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8 Local Items To Shop For In Charleston


One of the nation's oldest public markets

The Charleston City Market is one of the nation’s oldest public markets and is located in the heart of downtown Charleston. Home to more than 300 entrepreneurs, artists and craftsmen, the market is bustling with excitement and open every day of the year except for December 25. Scroll through to discover a few of our favorite local products to shop for at the Charleston City Market, then click here to plan your visit and get ready to #ExploreCharleston.

Gold Creations has been a staple in the Charleston City Market for more than 40 years. Head inside this family owned jewelry store to pick up a very special souvenir - a Charleston Rice Bead Bracelet.

Handcrafted in Charleston, Rewined Candles are made with all-natural soy wax that is infused with subtle wine-inspired aromas and hand poured into repurposed wine bottles. Rewined Candles launched in 2009 at the Charleston City Market and today appear in more than 1,300 shops across the country.

An artist’s muse, Charleston has lent its setting to novels, movies, operatic scores and canvases seen around the world. At the Charleston City Market, you'll find scores of picture-perfect Lowcountry scenes created by talented local artists.

Take special note of the sweetgrass baskets, an indigenous artform and one of the most easily recognizable Gullah traditions. Originally made to winnow rice on the plantations, these baskets have become sought after souvenirs and are even on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

Fuel up for more Charleston City Market shopping with a warm and pillowy buttermilk biscuit at Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. While you're at it, don't forget to pick up Callie's Buttermilk Biscuit Mix and Blackberry Jam to recreate a sweet Southern brunch back at home.

Handcrafted in a John's Island warehouse and delivered daily to the Charleston City Market, Old Whaling Co. soaps are available in a wide variety of refreshing scents, including eucalyptus, magnolia and sea salt.

Thousands gather every May at the Charleston Tea Garden for the First Flush festival celebrating the first harvest of the year. You can take a trolley ride through the 127-acre Charleston Tea Garden, the only commercial tea farm in North America, tour the factory and take some tea bags home for a freshly steeped souvenir. The tea can also be found at the Charleston City Market, along with authentic colonials blends, a delicious nod to Charleston's history, created by locally based Oliver Pluff & Company.

Swing by The Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation to find one of the most comprehensive collections of Charleston area books highlighting the destination's culinary scene, history, gardens, traditions and more.