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“Busy and not enough local artist”

Charleston City Market
Ranked #56 of 256 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A popular tourist destination composed of 200-year old brick market buildings with shops and restaurants.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were hoping to see many more locals selling their wares and there just wasn't. it sure was packed and the more I saw the more it seemed like I had already seen it before. Every vendor sure was pleasant.

Thank John B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The City Market is a hallmark item that should be on everyone's list while in Charleston. It dates back to the 1790s and takes up four city blocks between Meeting St on the west side and Bay St on the east side. It's long and narrow with one-way streets on the north and south side.

The vendors in the center section are permanent including the awesome Hot Little Biscuit stand. One or more of the vendors are non-profit selling goods only made by locals. There will be a stamp on it letting you know it's local. There is no sales tax from the non-profit local vendors. The two open air stalls on either end have vendors that change out frequently.

The best way to enjoy the market is to do a slow walk from one end to the other. It takes about 30 minutes. Turn around and head back the other way and hit the stalls you liked. Since vendors in the open air stalls change, don't tell yourself you will come back and pick it up. That vendor might not be there when you return. Because vendors do change out, plan another visit later in the week to see what's new. Talk to the vendors. They are full of historic information. Also, check out the market on Friday and Saturday nights. There is live music and activities. Parking is a problem. Do not expect to drive to the market and park. There is limited street parking, but like all things in Charleston, you should plan to walk. Find a parking garage and hoof it over to the city market.

I found the items for sale to be quality goods. I would not call this junk, trinkets or tourist trap. It really is local vendors selling nice things. One vendor was selling slate roof shingles from homes built in the 1700s that got destroyed in the most recent hurricane. They painted Charleston scenes on each slate. Several geechee vendors are actively making and selling their sweetwater baskets. Charleston Shoes has a stall in the permanent section. Hand painted sand dollars are sold at another stall.

I like the city market. It's historical, it's great people watching, you learn a bit of history from the stall owners, and you get locally made items.

Thank CraftBeers
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some of the stuff is just normal tourist trap junk But.... you can find some real gems as well. It’s crowded and slow going but if you don’t mind that....take your time and look around. Just remember,everyone there is in the same hot, close quarters you so Be Kind to eachother. And Smile!

Thank Debbie R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All types of handiworks for sale including knick knacks, buckles, hats, clothing, collectibles. Also some hand made items (e.g. baskets) from the nearby islands.

Thank samuel755
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are so many vendors and things to look at. The sweet grass baskets are a must. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny for them. But they are beautiful. And the artists will talk to you and tell you about their work.

Thank precisiontitleky
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