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Variety abounds in the number of local clothing, books, antiques, and food goods shops. Our recommendations favor those locally-owned shops such as Blue Bicycle Books, the Vault/Haute Hanger, and Las Olas–all thriving due to community support for small businesses, and of course, their unique stock of products.
Don't worry about budget; Charleston offers a unique mix of shops, from high-end designer stores like Gucci and Louis Vuitton at The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place to antique housewares and vintage furniture at Page's Thieves Market. There's plenty of shopping to be done for the little love ones in your life as well, with both modern and old-fashioned games and toys on display at the whimsical Magnifilous Toy Emporium on Upper King Street.
Outlet malls and shopping centers are located just a short drive away in North Charleston and over the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant, if that's what you're after. Shopping centers of the more open market variety are an integral part of the Charleston community, with the Charleston City Market and Charleston Farmers Market both within easy walking distance from anywhere downtown.