The fun of shopping in a small town is meeting the local merchants and discovering the art, crafts, products and foods unique to the area. Pendleton delivers on the experience with its friendly shopkeepers and assortment of stores.
Whether you’re looking to take home an authentic mountain antique, gifts for family and friends or an interesting souvenir from your travels, you’ll find it in Pendleton’s historic district shops.
Here are a few recommendations to start your hunt:
Mountain Made – This shop’s specialty is American handcrafts, particularly those produced locally. You’ll enjoy browsing through its eclectic selection of pottery, South Carolina specialty foods and cool gifts, including jewelry, birdhouses, yard art, toys, candles, coasters, scarves, jackets and quilts. Everything in the shop is made in the USA but the focus is on arts and crafts from the Southern Appalachians.
The Mercantile – A town staple for more than three decades, this fun gift store features toys, games, greeting cards, old-fashioned candy, gourmet coffee beans, candles and a whole lot more. It also offers a wide array of classes, including beading, rubber stamping, ceramics and paper crafting.
Newtique Boutique – A unique shop for gifts and home decor, it features vintage home goods, shabby chic painted furniture, one-of-a-kind accent pieces, children’s toys and quirky gifts along with collectible T-shirts by award-winning South Carolina artist Steven Jordan. Around the Upstate, he is best known for his “Watching the Tide Roll Away,” a print he created after the Clemson Tigers football team beat the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2019.
Two What Knots – This children’s boutique offers hand-selected merchandise you won’t find in department stores. The sweet selection of clothing includes dresses, pants and shorts sets, T-shirts and rompers for children up to size 8. There are also lots of gifts and accessories, including shoes, hair clips and wraps, nightlights, pacifier clips, receiving blankets, sock sets and bibs.
Pendleton Place Antiques – Take your time perusing all the neat American antiques and primitives from the 1800s to the middle of the 1900s in this antique store. The collection also includes rare coins and currency. A number of vendors have booths in the store so new items come in regularly.
The Art Gallery of Pendleton Square – Looking to take home a special memento of your visit to Pendleton? Visit this gallery and find a beautiful work of art created by a local artisan. The diversity of offerings will make it difficult to choose just one piece among the many turned wood bowls, jewelry, stained glass, sculptures, paintings and photographs.