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Take Home Unique Finds from TR’s Local Shops

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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When it comes to local shopping, Travelers Rest offers all the diversity you could desire with the hospitality of a small Southern town. The Main Street corridor features block after block of charming storefronts, luring visitors with unique furnishings and home decor, vintage collectibles, handmade goods and retro apparel.

Plan to spend a couple of hours poking around the clothing boutiques, antique stores, gift shops and galleries, offering everything from local honey to hard-to-find cigars to one-of-a-kind South Carolina-crafted patio accessories.

Below are some of the shops you won’t want to miss.

Outdoor Gear
Sunrift Adventures – Housed inside a historic cotton gin in downtown TR, Sunrift is one of the largest outdoor outfitters in the state, offering bikes, kayaks, camping, backpacking and climbing gear and apparel for all your outdoor adventures.

Antiques and Collectibles
Charlie’s Southern Rustiques – This cute little shop has made a home inside the old Sinclair gas station, a fitting setting for its eclectic collection of old and new treasures, from vintage farm equipment, home goods and advertising signs to cool gift items.

RetroMarketplace – Find vintage and “upcycled” decor and retro clothing and accessories from the 1940s-90s along with handmade and vintage gifts in this downtown shop owned by two sisters. Their collectibles include cameras, albums, furniture, dresses and mid-century barware.

Locally Made Crafts
Swamp Rabbit Tees -- Along with original design screen print T-shirts, this shop offers home decor and gifts, including tea towels, wood cut signs, ornaments and pillows.

Kramers Korner Shops – You’ll have fun exploring each of the rooms in this little house, filled with handcrafted goods created by 85-plus local artisans. The collection also includes lots of antique and vintage items.

Women’s Clothing
Try one of these shops for casual women’s apparel and accessories:

Silver Lily Boutique

Three Little Birds Boutique

Flop Shop

Beyond the Threads

LaVeta Boutique

Miscellaneous
Carolina Honey Bee Company – This Main Street retailer sells pure wildflower honey straight from Upcountry hives along with raw honeycombs, honey-glazed pecans, natural body butter, beekeeping supplies and honey bees.

FH Cigars –  Love cigars? The selection in this store includes well-known and hard-to-find cigars as well as pipe tobacco and accessories.

Farmers Market – Open during the spring and summer seasons, the Travelers Rest Farmers Market is the largest in the state with more than 70 farmers and vendors. The weekly event includes live music, free yoga, cooking demos and a kids’ booth.

Palmetto Proper, Play Café & Gifts -- The kids will be entertained in the indoor play space while you shop for gifts with a Southern flare. Merchandise includes drinkware, bath and body products, pet accessories and men's, women's and children's clothing. 

The Crescent Olive -- You don't have to be a celebrity chef to appreciate the incredible variety of ultra-premium extra-virgin olive oils, fused and infused olive oils, and aged balsamic vinegars available in this shop.

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.