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Best Arts, Crafts & Souvenir Shopping In Charleston

Charleston is deep rooted in history, culture, and folklore. One of the best ways to communicate such a legacy is through the arts via the eyes and able hands of the local artisans that create physical interpretations of their culture to be seen, enjoyed, and purchased by visitors to this fine south coastal city. Charleston in all of it's glory is one of those places than can be hard to describe to your friends and family back home, it is a place not so much talked about as experienced. Photos come close to the process, but when back at home, with digital images of the journey locked away in your “Documents” you will long to again be surrounded by the trappings of the rustic eateries, street front shops, beachfront cottage or boutique hotel that made the Charleston experience so special. Bring back as much as you can from the Holy City, fill your home tasteful arts, crafts and accessories and enjoy impromptu moments where the scent of sweet Carolina salt water air fills your imagination.


Charleston City Market

375 Meeting Street, Charleston


You'll want to pack an extra travel bag to accommodate the purchases made at this location alone. The Charleston City Market is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and residents alike. For many locals, a visit to this charming market is a weekly ritual. The dining, browsing and people watching festivities are top notch at this 365 day per year hub of activity, but the arts & crafts are stellar.


Once you enter Market Hall, the main entrance that opens up to four blocks of open air shopping, you know you are in for a treat. The vibrant paintings, pottery, and sculptures on display at every turn add to the already colorful palate that is found throughout the vicinity and you will quickly discover what is probably Charleston's most famous craftwork, the Sweetgrass Basket. As you witness local women hand weave these exquisite creations you feel an inspirational obligation to buy one on the spot, so go for it! Our only warning here is to take your time and shop around before making whimsical purchase decisions and make your rounds through the market more than once. You'll be so tempted to buy the first thing you see that appeals to your tastes, spending your budgeted allowance in one foul swoop, only to be heartbroken to find that a vendor a few meters away has that one item that you are certain was made specifically for you, and only you. With a plethora of handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, and accessories on display one can easily spend an entire day at the Charleston City Market and we can testify that the day, and the dollars, will be well spent.