GSM Outfitters: Where to shop for your GSM hike
Great little store in Wears Valley. The owner is super friendly, and will give you helpful hints for hiking trails and restaurants. The store carries clothing (shirts, swimsuits, shoes), gear (backpacks, kayaks, hiking sticks) souvenirs, and lots of other stuff.
I bought a pair of hiking socks there that have SAVED MY FEET - seriously. You wouldn't think a pair of socks would make such a difference, but they DO. The shop is located adjacent to our favorite pancake house - Hillbilly's - so it makes for a very convenient stop just after breakfast, and just before heading out for our hike or out to Cades Cove.
What to buy: I bought a pair of FITS hiking socks for $18, and I have bought GSM t-shirts and a hiking stick medallion in the past. I think the shirt was ~$18, and the medallion was ~$6.
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Book Heaven: Where all the good books go
If you are looking for a good place to relax and sift through a great collection of new and used books, and collectible books, then Book Heaven is the place for you. You can bring in your old books and trade them in for store credit. Books are sectioned into catagories such as Mystery, Sci-Fi, Western, Romance and children's books for easy shopping. You may run into Plume, the book store kitty cat. She is always ready for someone to toss her toy mouse for her to chase.
Scrapbook SuperStore: Scrapbooking Heaven!!
This is the largest scrapbooking store I have ever been in!! It has EVERYTHING and then some more! It is located in the Governor's Crossing shopping center on Collier Drive. Right next door is a Clearance Store that has some WONDERFUL bargains! http://yourscrapbookstore.com/ This is the first place I go when I come to the Smokies! lol Along with local T-shirts, they even have paper, die cuts, etc, to do your Smoky Mt Vacation on! There is also a weekend retreat - www.yourscrappincabin.com . If you are an addicted scrapbooker like myself, you definitely won't want to miss this place!!
Bass Pro Shops - Outdoor World: America's Outdoor Store
The sign over the front door says "Welcome Fishermen, Hunters and other Liars." I don't hunt, fish or lie, but I love this store. It's huge - 142,000 square feet, and much more than just a place for hunters and fishermen. It is also a great free museum and aquarium, with numerous displays of mounted wildlife and large tanks of both fresh and salt water fish. Inside you will also find a good restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop.
I have visited the original Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, Missouri, and also their newer outlets in Orlando, Cincinnati and Nashville. Next to Springfield, the Severville store is my favorite. I was not surprised to learn that it is also the #1 profit making store in the chain.
What to buy: If you hunt of fish you will find a larger variety of gear here, at good prices, than just about anywhere else. I personally have bought camping equipment and outdoor clothing at Bass Pro Shops. I find their sturdy and comfortable clothing to be just what I need for most of my traveling wardrobe. Also, you can find books, videos and chocolate candy - three of my favorite things.
What to pay: Reasonable Prices - better than some.
- Adventure Travel
Home Cents: Unique Home Furnishings & Decor
New shopping center offers home furnishings and decor items, very nice store.
What to buy: Featuring many one of a kind items.
What to pay: You can pick up a brochure at most welcome centers and get a 15% OFF coupon in there with one regular priced item.
- Family Travel
Two locations in Sevierville to choose from: Tennessee Trading Post
Specializing in white cedar log furniture, home and cabin decor, & quality storage buildings too.
What to buy: Woodland bridge, log beds, rockers, lawn swings, chairs, double rocker, tea set and love gliders.
736 N. Main, Sevierville, Tn. 37862
What to pay: Log beds start at $239, chair $59-79, rocker $99, gliders $149, outdoor bridge only $109.
Furniture comes as unassembled kits. Assembly instructions provided.
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Great Smokies Flea Market: One of America's Top Flea Markets
With more than 200,000 square feet under roof and over 600 vendors, this place is HUGE. It has been voted one of the top ten flea markets in America. The facility is also very clean and nice (for a flea market), with the main building enclosed and climate controlled. There are also restrooms, restaurants, and lots of free parking.
What to buy: Just about everyting one can imagine can be found here: antiques, collectibles, crafts, housewares, electronics, home decor, candy, clothing, tools and much, much more. Some vendors offer essentially the same thing week after week, while others are more transient. It's always a little different.
What to pay: You'll generally pay less here than anywhere else, but not always, so be careful. Sometimes the outside vendors seem to have better deals than the more permanent shops inside.
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Mall: Bargains Galore
Second only to the Great Smoky Mountains themselves, shopping is now the #2 reason people visit Sevierville. First, the shops were put up to take advantage of the millions of tourists who pass through on their way to the Smokies. Now, regretably, many come only for the shops and forget the mountains.
What to buy: Everything you can imagine from American Outpost to Zales. Check the website below for a complete list of outlets.
What to pay: Usually less than normal retail prices.
- Road Trip
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