Charleston's antique shops used to be a blend of all price ranges and styles, including some of the most reputable stores in the southeast. Sadly now its gone upscale with mostly imported English and European merchandise, very little American. What's really amusing is the prices which are out of sight. Maybe they're pricing everything in inflated Confederate dollars, but it appeared to me that the stores on King Street simply put a ridiculously high prices on everything and hope some one pays it. Perhaps they do and of course the rents must be through the roof, etc.
And worse yet, a significant amount of the merchandise appeared to me to be questionable, that is. newly manufactured. copies, or with other issues. If you're planning to spend big bucks, bring an independent expert along to advise or pay with a credit card so you can later dispute the transaction if your Louis X chair is really a mid century copy.
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