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Shopping continues to be a huge draw in ski resort towns, and Breckenridge has capitalized on that with more than 200 shops and galleries in restored buildings and homes. You won’t find a Walmart or JCPenney here; only locally-owned unique boutiques that are fun to browse and where you can buy mementos from your trip or maybe a piece of artwork or furniture for your home. Most shops open around 10AM and close about 9PM to accommodate the after-dinner crowd. By far, T-shirt shops are the most abundant, as everyone wants logo swag as a take-away, like the shirt that reads: “Dude, I think this whole town is high—9603 feet.” One-of-a-kind stores include: Magical Scraps (310 S. Main St.), where you can watch seamstresses sewing scraps of fabric together for clothes and accessories; Joy of Sox & Excessories (324 S. Main St.), selling socks of every type for all ages, plus other stuff; Mountain Angler (311 S. Main St.), a complete store for fishermen and women with a guide service; Breckenridge Hat Company (411 S. Main St.) with thousands of hats, wigs, fun glasses and jewelry; Hand and Glove (306 S. Main), Breckenridge Spice Merchants (226 S. Main St.) with the largest selection of spices, sea salts, blends and loose leaf tea in Summit County. There are many more stores and other places to spend your money, such as coffee houses, ice cream shops, spas, a French bakery and a bookstore. A visit to the concierges in the Welcome Center in the Blue River Plaza can answer all your shopping questions and make reservations where needed. We couldn't cover everything here, but these are the places for the best Breckenridge shopping.
Rabbit fur flip-flops are some of the outrageous things we found in this elegantly funky women's boutique. Under crystal chandeliers in a small space, racks are jammed with many one-of-a-kind and made-to-order items, including the owner's own brands Rhinestone Redneck, Love Lorn and Wee Tees. Shrugs, tops, jeans, jackets, coats, skirts, vests, purses, belts—everything a girl could want in velvet, lace, sequins, rhinestones and metal. There are romantic dresses by Spy, embroidered cowgirl boots handmade in Mexico by Old Gringo and baby Alpaca sweaters from Odd Molly. You'll also find a large collection of bling and collectibles. Don't look for anything less than $40.
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This outdoor store contains everything you need for playing in the backcountry in summer, winter and every month in between. The two-story shop in a historic home is owned and staffed by authentic outdoor enthusiasts who can offer their expertise and help you make selections, even sharing updates on the latest trail openings or snow conditions. This is the go-to place for locals looking for hard-to-find items for their backcountry excursions. We were outfitted with backcountry gear for a hut trip and were impressed by their intimate knowledge of the route we were going to take and the hut system. Besides footwear, clothing, accessories and backcountry ski equipment, they carry ice axes, crampons, harnesses, packs, beacons, tents, sleeping bags, stoves and books. Brands include Marmot, Patagonia, Powderhorn, Scarpa and Black Diamond, to name a few. The shop is open every day. Check the website for hours.
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When Scott and Jan Magnuson opened this unique little shop in a historic house dating to1898, they carried only items with an animal theme. Now, nearly a quarter of a century later, they’ve branched out with different vendors from all over the world, so only about half of their inventory carries an animal motif. But you can still unearth that perfect, hard-to-find specialty item from their large collection of gifts, jewelry, picture frames, ornaments and collectibles that include Willow Tree and Wee Forest Folk. Picture frames with Breckenridge and Colorado carved into the wood are popular vacation take-aways. Vintage signs are another, as are one-of-a-kind aspen woodcarvings from an 83-year-old artist. And for those animal lovers, there’s not a better place to shop. The store is open every day except Christmas from 10AM until 9PM during peaks seasons, and until 6PM in the off-seasons.
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You can spend a whole day in here, checking out all the hippie swag that's piled on tables, racks and shelves. Fans of Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Beatles, Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin will go nuts in this haven for retro stuff. There are vintage CDs (the best collection of hard-to-find tunes, they say, and the only CDs in town) and prayer flags; stickers, tapestries, posters, New Age art and mouse pads all paying homage to the counterculture of the 1970s. There's even a Woodstock puzzle. Behind curtains is the head shop, with artsy glass and wood pipes and other paraphernalia. You must be 18 or older to enter this portion of the store.
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Owner Anne Dowling is a certified sommelier who knows more about wine than anyone else in town. She takes time to chat with you and help you make the best choice from her selection of wines from around the world. The shop is famous for the $10 rack of exceptional values in great wines. You can stop in for a fresh glass of wine preserved with the Enomatic wine serving system, and pair it with artisan cheeses, fresh bread and exotic chocolates. Enjoy it in the upstairs wine-tasting room or on the patio of "Romance Alley" at the Shops at Old South Main. Also sold are balsamic vinegars, olive oils, pestos, tapanades and gift baskets.
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