Shopping in a new town is one of the great adventures of vacation. Great, unless you're trying to shop with little children in tow. Then it can be a bit more of a challenge. Unless, of course, you're shopping at a great toy shop.
Lucky for us, South Carolina has lots of charming, unique and delightful toy stores, perfect for the child in all of us.
Check out six of our favorites!
It's hard to walk by Magnifilous Toy Emporium in Charleston and not be pulled in. A merry-go-round gives children rides in the front window, an enormous rainbow-colored Ferris wheel made of tiny little building pieces spins just past the doorway and a Noah's Ark of stuffed animals greets visitors when they succumb and walk in. It's a truly delightful stop as you meander down super-hip King Street. Don't skip buying a gumball from the giant gumball machine in the center of the store. You just might win a prize!
When you're visiting the Grand Strand, make sure you check out Toy Isle on Pawleys Island. The shop has lots of games, toys and stuffed animals, but what makes it so perfect are all the beach toys. From friendly octopus buckets and starfish shovels, to terrifying shark kites and lightening-fast skimboards, Toy Isle has everything little ones (and the kid in all of us) need for a great beach adventure.
Tom's Toys in Charleston is unlike any other toy store you've visited. It looks more like an art gallery than a toy shop, and they sell just two toys. But, oh, what you can do with those toys! Turns out that what appear to be sculptures in the peaceful space are actually whimsies made by other visitors. You're welcome to sit right down in the middle of the shop and start building yourself with the Kapla and TomTect blocks they sell.
Right next door to Tom's Toys is the Doll Clothes Factory. Stuffed with every 18" doll costume you can think of, and dozens you never would have imagined until you saw them, this is the place to stop for any child who loves their doll.
O.P. Taylors on Main Street in Greenville is a little like Doctor Who's space ship-it's bigger on the inside! This toy store just keeps offering more surprises and discoveries as you continue to explore. Combine a visit to O.P. Taylor's with an afternoon finding the Mice on Main throughout downtown Greenville and a stop at the candy counter in Mast General Store. You'll have one great shopping day for both parents and kids!
Monkey's Uncle Toy Store is nestled right in the center of lovely historic Beaufort. With lots of charming classic toys and exciting modern ones too, in a charming, antique building on Bay Street, Monkey's Uncle is a lot like Beaufort itself-a mix of the best of old and new.