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Shop Florence for Fun Finds and One-of-a-Kinds

Libby Wiersema Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 30 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.
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When the shopping bug bites, folks in the Pee Dee head to Florence for great finds. If you need it—or simply want it—chances are you’ll find it here: the latest fashions, vintage collectibles, novelty gifts, antiques and more. Grab your wallet, put on your comfy shoes and make the rounds for a day of unforgettable shopping.

Find It All a the Malls 

Belk, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, Burlington and HomeGoods make for convenient shopping at Magnolia Mall. Other favorite retail shops include Old Navy, Five Below, H&M, Palmetto Moon, American Eagle, Rue 21, Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works. The only enclosed shopping mall in the area, it also features a bustling food court as well as several stand-alone restaurants like Texas Roadhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and Chuck E. Cheese's.

Though not enclosed, Florence Mall is just as walkable and has a desirable number of popular shops and restaurants. Ulta, Talbot’s, Ross and T.J. Maxx are among the many retailers local shoppers love. This is also the home of popular Florence restaurant Red Bone Alley and a busy Piggly Wiggly grocery store. Outbuildings offer a range of eateries: Moe’s Southwest Grill, CiCi’s Pizza, Shane’s Rib Shack, Five Guys, Starbucks and Schlotzky’s Deli.

Antiques, Collectibles, Trinkets

Florence is rich with shops selling vintage, antique and retro everything, be it furniture, jewelry, art, kitchen tools and even clothing. Here are a few places where you can snag such prizes.

Like to browse? Spend a couple of hours perusing the booths inside Palmetto Peddlers Antique Mall, a 38,000 square-foot Mecca for everything from vinyl records to hand-crafted items to antique furniture and vintage books. Whether you’re bargain hunting or seriously seeking a missing piece of the family china, block off a few hours to visit Thieves Market, a 22,000 square-foot warehouse filled to the brim with treasures, collectibles, bric-a-brac and lots of surprises.

The small but delightful downtown shop Consider the Lilies not only carries an inspired array of antique furnishings, but also an assortment of unique gifts and fresh flower arrangements. For a refined experience and expert guidance on selecting an antique piece for your home, look for the pink Victorian house on Dargan Street. Hamilton House  is a fixture in Florence and headquarters for period furniture, artifacts, fine art and more.

For a not-so-refined but oh-so-fun shopping experience, plan to spend a Saturday at Florence Flea Market. Billed as the biggest yard sale in town, this sprawling market is teeming with hundreds of vendors selling wares of all stripes. You never know what you’ll find, and that’s a part of the allure.

Boutiques and More

Ladies, when your wardrobe needs an update, head to downtown Florence, home of Ella’s BoutiqueMainstream BoutiqueMiLadies 182, McCant's Lingerie and Mosaic. Florence men like to look good too and dress for success with the help of Butler’s Fine Men’s Clothing and Hoffman and Hoffman, both purveyors of the best in sportswear, neckties and formal wear.

Gift and Specialty Shops

Great finds for gift-giving, home decor and specialty items abound in Florence. A few shops you’ll want to linger in for home decor and more are Goosie Ganders Gifts and Interiors, and Wukela’s House of Clocks. For edible gifts, try Sweet Serenity Gourmet Foods, Kaleen’s Homemade Favorites, and Young Plantations, which carries an eye-popping range of flavored pecans and a large inventory of South Carolina-themed gifts.

For the child in your life, a trip to the Toy Shop, Florence’s only specialty toy store, is a must. And an unforgettable experience awaits you at the Earring Lady, home of artist Barbara Mellen, who creates stunning dichroic glass jewelry. Stop by and meet the artist herself, who loves the color purple so much, not only is her shop painted purple, but she dresses in the color every day, too.

Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 30 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.