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.
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.
Swamp Rabbit Decor & More – This shop sells both old and new items, including repainted and repurposed furniture and farmhouse-style decor.
Locally Made Crafts
TR Mercantile Co. – Billed as part craft fair, part gift shop, this downtown shop features locally made gifts and home and garden decor created by more than 45 area artisans. Among the items for sale are candles, jewelry, apparel, dried flowers, birdhouses, toys, food items and women’s boutique clothing.
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.
Sunflower – This shop showcases the work of local artists as well as artists from impoverished nations, including India, the Middle East and Uganda. You’ll find everything from hand-carved wooden bowls to handwoven bike baskets to handpainted scarves.
Try one of these shops for casual women’s apparel and accessories:
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.