One of my favorite things to do when I visit Charleston, South Carolina is shopping at the Market. Established in 1790 and rebuilt after a fire in 1804, it now boasts more than 300 vendors daily. It is located in the heart of downtown and is literally a long brick building that takes up a few blocks right in the middle of the street. It’s where locals make and sell anything and everything. The market allows aspiring entrepreneurs to kickstart their business without the commitment of a brick and mortar storefront. It really does provide the locals the opportunity to live the American Dream.
The most iconic scene at the Market is basket weaving. They are made from sweetgrass and woven into baskets of all shapes and sizes. When I think of Charleston handcrafted products I immediately think of these baskets. Above, you see a Gullah woman in action creating another work of art.
I met and talked with Kim from Charleston Pottery for while as I admired her beautiful work. Her high quality stoneware mimics early American pottery and is safe for the oven, microwave, and dishwasher. I was so blown away by the paint and durability of her products. See that blue and white batter bowl at the bottom-right of the photo? Yeah, that handsome fella came home with me. Most of her products can only be bought at the Market, but she does sell some varieties on her website. It’s definitely worth a look. This woman is so very talented.
A cool and unique treasure is this shop that sells a collection of repurposed wine and liquor bottles. They have been carefully kiln-fired and flattened into cutting and serving trays.
The At Home store inside the indoor section of the market sells beautiful home decor items that are just my style. Southern accents and farmhouse designs adorn the cottage shelving. See those flour sack tea towels at the left of the photo? You can win one of those. See below for details.
The main reason I visit the Market is for the handmade jewelry. There are tons of vendors and shops with the most unique crafted jewelry I’ve ever seen. Kristen from A Southern Collection was such a good sport and let me photograph her showing off her handiwork. She works side by side with her business partner Terry and crafts the jewelry right in the store. You can watch them work and even request customized designs. Love local handcrafted jewelry as much as I do? You’re in luck. I’m giving away a couple of their best items below!
What’s a good vacation without souvenirs?
I couldn’t tell you all about the market without bringing back some surprises for the In The New House family! I’ve got souvenirs! I’m giving away a flour sack tea towel and two beaded bracelets bought right here at the Charleston City Market. You’ve got one week to enter to win one of these beauties and there is no purchase necessary. Just a little love. Be sure you enter for both items separately by scrolling through the prizes with the arrow.