Shopping in Charleston, SC: Best Antiques, Vintage, and Thrift Stores

Shopping in Charleston, SC: Best Antiques, Vintage, and Thrift Stores

Several years ago, I visited Charleston, SC to explore their “secondhand scene” – the best antiques, vintage, architectural salvage, and thrift stores that I could find. I published the post and sadly didn’t return for several years. But, that all changed a few weeks ago when I had the chance to visit again!

Just about every single shop that I had visited last time had already closed or moved on. I suppose that happens in the world of antiques. So, it was high time that I started fresh with a brand new blog post about junk shopping in Charleston SC.

Fair warning – I included shops in Summerville, SC and Mt. Pleasant, SC here, too. I mean, once you’re in the area, you might as well hit ALL the best antiques stores and thrift shops, right?

So, let’s get right to it and explore my favorite secondhand shopping spots in the lowcountry!

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Charleston, SC Shopping for Antiques, Vintage, and Thrift

Old Hat Vintage

Hands down, my favorite kind of antiques store is typically on the smaller side with quirky, well-curated wares. A shop with personality that takes vintage seriously, but without taking itself to seriously. Does that make sense?

Anyway, Old Hat Vintage was a PERFECT example of a small shop that was brimming with charm, eclectic treasures, and inviting displays. I had a lovely time here, poking around, hunting for keepsakes, and snapping photos.

Next time you’re shopping in Charleston, make sure this shop is at the top of your list.

Charleston antiques and Charleston antique stores at Old Hat Vintage in North Charleston SC

Old Hat Vintage is one of the best antiques stores in Charleston SC for boho decor and midcentury modern decor

Second Chance Resale

In true Sadie form, I was a heat-seeking missile towards thrift stores in Charleston, SC that benefited local animal welfare groups. And Second Chance ReSale was the first of two that I checked out!

Second Chance is the kind of thrift store I dream of – huge, brightly lit, clean, and chock full of furniture and housewares. And the cherries on top were the adoptable kittens who greeted me as I walked in. I absolutely LOVED this thrift store and will be going back every time I’m in Charleston.

And if you’re in the market for used furniture, it had an EXCEPTIONAL selection.

Thrift stores charleston sc and Charleston thrift stores at Second Chance Resale

Second Chance Resale is a thrift store in Charleston SC and shopping for used furniture Charleston SC

Relic Revival Antiques

This was the first shop I hit in Summerville, SC and I fell in love instantly. Relic Revival Antiques is the kind of shop you move through slowly – it’s packed with lovely treasures without a lot of wiggle room (which was fine). It had a magical feel to it – with loads of pastel glassware and shabby chic / cottage style decor.

So, don’t come here looking for rough and tumble “mantiques” – come here to be mesmerized and bewitched by romantic vintage charm, instead.

Antique stores Summerville SC at Relic Revival Antiques for vintage home decor and vintage decor

Shopping in Charleston SC for shabby chic decor and vintage at Relic Revival Antiques in Summerville SC

Second Chance Thrift Shop

Not to be confused with Second Chance Resale (mentioned earlier), Second Chance Thrift was a darling little thrift store I found in Summerville, SC. It had a nice selection of both housewares/smalls and clothing – and the gals working the cash register were as kind and gracious as could be.

Not only does this thrift store benefit organizations such as Meals on Wheels, but I wanted to spotlight it for it’s TRUE thrift store prices! Which, let’s face it, is becoming a thing of the past…

Shopping in Charleston SC at thrift stores Charleston SC such as Second Chance Thrift in Summerville SC

Main Street Antiques

This antiques store (in Summerville, SC) had been on my radar for several years but I had never had the chance to visit. So, I was quite thrilled to finally walk through its doors on my junkin’ journey. It was such a wonderful shop – especially for lovers of farmhouse, cottage, and general vintage home decor!

I found several treasures (in the form of vintage kitchen utensils). But my favorite part was something I nearly missed – the wall of salvaged hardware near the furniture paint section.

Antique stores Summerville SC at Main Street Antiques for farmhouse decor and vintage farmhouse

Patina Market

One of the few traditional “antique malls” that I visited was Patina Market. I usually shy away from the massive malls (not always, but often), but Patina Market really wasn’t a traditional mall. It was the perfect size to hold a lot of merchandise without being overwhelming, and it had a memorable selection of quirky vintage, unique treasures, and even some architectural salvage.

The workers were wonderfully personable, the booths were full but not cluttered, and I’ll definitely go back on my next trip to Charleston!

Antiques Charleston SC and Charleston antique stores at Patina Market

Architectural salvage Charleston SC and shopping in Charleston SC for vintage decor at Patina Market

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There are always a few shops that I check out and I forget to take photos OR the photos don’t turn out well.

I was so busy gathering treasures at the Children’s Cancer Society Thrift Store that snapping photos just didn’t happen. This thrift store in Charleston, SC is HUGE and has a ton of clothing – if that’s what you’re looking for. But they also have plenty of used furniture and housewares – plus, I always find some great vintage pieces here, too.

The Animal Helpers ReTAIL Store is just down the street from the Children’s Cancer Society shop and is also worth checking out. They have more housewares and smalls than the average thrift store, which is a bonus for me. And in Mt. Pleasant, I had to check out Sweetgrass Mercantile, which is a series of antiques booths inside a hardware store! Talk about charming – and doing multiple errands at once.

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My junkin’ journey blog posts are never meant to be a comprehensive collection of EVERY antique or thrift store in a town. But rather a list of my absolute favorite ones that I recommend. I still like to ask, though – did I miss your favorite antique store or thrift shop in Charleston, SC?

And don’t forget – I’ve gone junkin’ to other places, too- check out all the places I’ve traveled to here and start planning your own junkin’ journey!

Explore on!

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Comments

  1. All of the shops look so orderly and lovely! I have seen some so dark and hard to maneuver!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Oh I know it – and it’s especially frustrating for me if a shop is dark but full of treasures. My pictures always turn out so poorly!

  2. Janet Brennan says

    Thanks for these recommendations and your posts for other cities as well. I live in Charleston and have been to a few of these.

    I need to check out the North Charleston and Summerville spots sometime. We also have a Habitat resell store on John’s Island that is very good.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Years ago, I went to that Habitat and it was a good one back then! I’m so happy to hear that it’s still a great spot.

  3. Maggie Martin says

    I am running away from home and going to Charleston, don’t tell anyone. I am drooling to get there!

  4. Thank you for sharing your shops! These look like great places to poke around in and find perfect treasures!

  5. A few years ago I was in NC for a short vacation and went shopping and found some interesting shops while there. I love finding unique vintage shops. The other thing I enjoyed were the lighthouses!! Great post!!

  6. Tracy Miller says

    Next time you visit the Lowcountry, check out the Summerville Antique Gallery as well as heading to Walterboro, SC to visit the shops there – highly recommended.

  7. Oh, I wish I could go thrifting with you. The places just look great….the grass is always greener somewhere else. Did you get any treasures? Any for future blogs?

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  9. Robyn Wright says

    No picture of the “salvaged hardware wall”? 🙁 I got all excited to see it. Guess I’ll have to make my own visit. 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I know, I’m sorry! I have to move so quickly on these trips to capture so many shops in a day or 2. 🙁

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