Whether you’re looking for cultivated furniture or are on the hunt for a good bargain, you're sure to find something to take home from Walterboro's many downtown shops.
Your first stop should be the South Carolina Artisans Center, named the Official Folk Art and Craft Center of the Palmetto state in 1998. Showcasing the artwork of over 300 of South Carolina’s most talented artists and artisans from 32 counties, the center looks like an art gallery but is, in fact, a retail shop frequented by out-of-state visitors and decorators looking to furnish homes with unique decor. There are also literary works written by local authors covering history, the culinary arts and agriculture, along with coloring books for the little ones.
Items like Lowcountry foods, birdhouses, seashell sculptures, soaps or jewelry make great mementos, regardless of who is on your shopping list. Every third Saturday of the month, artists can be found on the building's large front porch showing off their work and answering questions about their craft.
Who needs Christmas in July when you can experience Christmas year-round at the Old Bank Christmas, Gifts & Bakery on Washington Street in downtown Walterboro? The 2,700-square-foot shop, located in the old Farmers & Merchants Bank, features unique treasures and decorations celebrating the spirit of Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween and any other special occasion you need covered. This one-stop-shop truly has it all with gifts, ornaments and fresh-baked sweets to take your celebration to the next level.
Walterboro also has an abundance of antique shops full of vintage, retro and family heirlooms to be discovered by treasure hunters. In four historic buildings on Washington Street, you can find Walterboro’s largest antique mall. Two of the shops in this mall are part of the South Carolina Antique Trail. Washington Street Antiques offers vintage items, antiques and collectibles like Waterford crystal. Farther down the street is Antiques and Collectibles of Walterboro, offering a wide selection of furniture, kitchenware, tools, lighting, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more. This shop is also the home of former Governor Carroll Campbell’s stunning Hong Kong-built chest.
So the next time you’re driving to Charleston or Savannah and need to pull over for a breath of fresh air, consider making a pit stop at Exit 57 to check out all that Walterboro has to offer.