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Historic District or Outlet Mall, Shopping is Fun in Gaffney

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Most travelers have a preference for where they like to shop when they’re on vacation. Some enjoy small, local stores offering unique goods and fashions. Others prefer malls with a wide selection of national brand retailers.

In Gaffney, you’ll find both.

The historic downtown district is lined with boutiques and shops filled with hard-to-find items, distinctive fashions and locally made crafts. Out-of-town guests who visit these stores are greeted by staff in the warm and welcoming tradition of the South.

For a taste of true Southern charm, stop by Scott & James Co., where the vibe is decidedly casual and the offerings eclectic. A combination cigar lounge, coffee/tea bar and gift store, this colorful, rustic shop feels a little like an old-timey general store with its weathered wood counter and interesting array of goods, many of them made in South Carolina.

Housed in the former First National Bank of Gaffney, the beautiful 1905 brick building adds to the flavor of the store. Stop by and enjoy a cup of hand-brewed coffee, peruse the selection of premium cigars and pick up an assortment of gift items that can be personalized with laser engraving.

Hartzog’s is another Gaffney original, dating back to 1946. What started as a family-owned shop in 300 square feet of space has grown into a 5,000-square-foot showroom for fine gifts and jewelry. The store is now run by the second generation of Hartzogs and includes everything from bridal and baby gifts to decorative items for the home.

North Limestone Street, the main corridor through town, is also home to a number of antique stores and malls, among them The Broad River Shoppes Antiques and Uniques and Pieces from the Past.

Bargain hunters will enjoy browsing through the many consignment, variety and thrift stores in Gaffney, including Gibson’s Variety Shoppe, specializing in wreaths for all occasions.

Another fun spot to shop local is the Gaffney Station Farmers Market, open April through November from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays with additional Tuesday and Thursday hours in the summer. Located in the parking lot of the Gaffney Visitors Center & Art Gallery, this popular retail extravaganza features fresh fruits and vegetables from the area, flowers, honey, potted plants, handmade artisan craft items and much more.

Serious shoppers will also want to hit Gaffney Outlet Marketplace, boasting 75 stores in a modern outdoor plaza. The selection of retailers includes Pottery Barn, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Michael Kors Outlet, Kate Spade New York, H&M, Under Armour, Banana Republic Factory and Adidas.

With so many options, you’ll want to set aside an entire day for your vacation shopping. And when you need to refuel, restaurants and cafes are only steps away.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.