For several years now- literally, years- Jon and I have made plans to take a long weekend in Charleston, South Carolina…but for whatever reason, our plans have been scrapped due to any number of reasons. Finally, FINALLY, we made hotel reservations that we didn’t have to cancel, and a list of shops and eateries that we actually got to try!
And let me tell you- it was worth the wait. We had a MAGNIFICENT time and already have a list of places to check out during our next visit. If you are a junker, a shopper, a foodie, a beer snob, and/or a history buff, then Charleston needs to be on your Bucket List.
Now, truth be told, my kind of junk shopping does not fall under the category of “fine antiques”. While there is plenty of highfalutin antiques within Charleston proper- and we ambled all over the gorgeous downtown districts- most of my shopping happened in every direction surrounding the city! North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, and Johns Island offer plenty of vintage shops, none of which are very far by car. So hop on board and let’s get started!
Goodwill- Johns Island
I know, I know- all Goodwills are the same, right? WRONG!! This store (1758 Main Road, Johns Island, SC) was a very pleasant discovery and breaks all the Goodwill myths- it was bright, it was clean, it was neat, it didn’t have that “thrift store smell”, and still boasted the Goodwill prices that I appreciate. The building looked fairly new, so I’m sure that helped, but if you’re in the area and are looking for a nice thrift shop, then by all means, check this one out!
This is one of those antiques malls that is deceptively large! I wasn’t expecting it to be as expansive as it was, and while there were plenty of booths that didn’t require a long pause (as is the case with most big malls), I was pleased to find several booths filled with architectural salvage and other similar chippy/rusty treasures.
Children’s Cancer Society Thrift Store
This thrift shop (835 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC) is a more typical example of second-hand shops- large but a little jumbled, not messy but not neat, either. BUT, I can see the appeal if you’re looking for furniture (I wasn’t) and/or housewares/linens (I was). I love a long aisle of dishes and knick knacks- hoping something will spark my upcycling imagination, of which I found plenty at this store.
For some folks I know, Page’s Thieves Market would be worth the trip to Charleston alone! It’s a rambling barn filled with old, vintage furniture in various stages of disrepair. It is the absolute PERFECT shop if you love chippy/shabby primitive pieces…either to be refinished or painted. I nearly took home a vintage standing radio…but my practicality set in before it made it in the hatch. I’ll be returning to Page’s Thieves Market…every chance I get!
Surprise, surprise- I found an animal charity-based thrift shop! I’m like a heat-seeking missile when it comes to stores like this…I can’t help it! And bonus- this one has a LOT of vintage pieces, both furniture and housewares! There were several vintage bowls/dishes that I could have added to my collection- and quite a few vintage books that would have looked lovely around our home. I’m fairly certain that are always treasures to be found here, no matter when you go.
Last, but by no means least, we explored this rambling shop- and it was definitely at the top of our list of favorites in the end. I’m a sucker for primitives and “mantiques”, which this shop was filled to the brim with! Definitely set aside some time for Six Mile- you’ll want to poke around in every corner…and if you’re a Pyrex lover, make sure you find your way to my favorite room in the entire building!
What else did we do in Charleston this time around? Well, we toured the Charleston Tea Plantation on Johns Island (LOVED it- and we really learned a lot about tea, which was really cool for dorks like us). We enjoyed FANTASTIC food and beverages at Edmund’s Oast (Beer Drinker? Try their PB&J…cocktail drinker? Try the Red Wedding). And we also loved dinner at The Fat Hen followed by craft cocktails at The Gin Joint.
So for Part 2…we’ll definitely be checking out some shops in Summerville, but where else would you recommend? We seriously had such an amazing time that we’re already pinning down dates for our next trip!
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