10Best Takes You Shopping in Sunny Sacramento

California's capital city is teeming with shopping options, from the cute little boutiques and gift shops of Old Sacramento to the giant outlets just outside of town. Antiques, gifts, clothing, novelty items...whatever it is your heart desires, 10Best has a recommendation on where to find it in Sacramento.


Old Sacramento

In an exclusive shopping area known as "The Pavilion," this gallery showcases more expensive pieces. People come from across the state to buy from owner Andrea Senter, who offers knowledgeable, personable service. Senter views art as a window; in fact, the word "ventana" is Spanish for "window." Contemporary and traditional pieces are available from world-renowned artists, and the staff has the resources to track down whatever you are looking for.

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Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies may not sound like a store just anyone would wander in to, but this delightful little shop is certainly worth a look. While they do indeed sell supplies for beekeepers, including start-up kits, they also stock a full range of products – many perfect gift items – made from honey, like candles, soaps and cosmetics. You can also purchase locally produced honey to take home with you.

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This fantastic little bookstore specializes in items and books relating to California. It's often crowded, and its extremely knowledgeable, professional staff are eager to help customers uncover what they're searching for. Unusual merchandise can be found, and the shop's sales benefit disabled people in the area.

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This gallery houses many ethnic treasures, including extraordinary pottery from Nicaragua. Mayan works in vivid colors look expensive, but prices are surprisingly reasonable. The gallery's mission is to "advance, celebrate, and preserve the art" of Chicano, Latino, and Native American cultures, and it succeeds. Temporary exhibits zero in on certain groups, and workshops are held throughout the year.

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Rancho Cordova

An antique-lover's paradise, Antique Plaza, located just outside of Sacramento in Rancho Cordova, contains hundreds of antiques merchants and dealers all in one place. If you're looking for anything vintage or antique in the Sacramento area, this is your best bet.

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Folsom Premium Outlets is home to 80 different outlet stores – big name brands selling their wares and heavy discounts. You'll find BCBG, Gap, Calvin Klein, Samsonite, Zales and Guess here, just to name a few. A small collection of cafes and eateries scattered throughout are ready to refuel your shopping expedition.

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Evengeline's is almost more of an attraction than a mere shopping experience. This toy, novelty gift and practical joke store is attached to a giant costume shop (Evangeline's Costume Mansion) that's fun to peruse even when it's not Halloween. If you're in Old Sacramento, you simply must stop by Evangeline's.

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Heart Clothing Boutique serves Sacramento's fashion-forward ladies with an eclectic selection of clothing and accessories. The shop's jewelry and purse collection is one of the best around, they cater to women of all sizes and prices are reasonable for the quality.

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Whether or not you like almonds, the Blue Diamond Growers Gift Shop is a great stop for travelers wanting to send a little something home. Wish-you-were-here gifts come with any type of almonds and a large selection of other nut types. Hats, T-shirts and other novelty items are also for sale.

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Old Sacramento

Take a walking tour or a horse-drawn buggy ride to best experience this 28-acre State Historic Park, an important commercial center during the 1840s and early 1850s. Shops, restaurants, museums, and shows keep visitors thoroughly busy and entertained as they browse and learn about Sacramento's Gold Rush era. Be sure to stop by the visitor center at 1101 Second Street to be apprised of current special events.

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