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