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Best Savannah Shopping

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First of all, we've got to give you an important piece of advice: Skip the overpriced galleries and souvenir shops of the City Market and River Street. Peddling cheesy watercolor prints and Savannah logo shot glasses, they're mostly bad quality and bad value. For the best Savannah shopping, head, instead, to one of the Historic District's many antiques shops, or check out the art galleries near the Savannah College of Art and Design. Savannah has gained a reputation as an arts mecca in recent years, so you never know what amazing painting or sculpture you might find.

Keller's Flea Market

Neighborhood: South Savannah

Every Saturday and Sunday, this flea market draws thousands of bargain hunters to its rural Savannah grounds. Like a yard sale on steroids, it's a huge, messy labyrinth of individual vendors hawking wares on every possible surface. You can find everything from carved German beer steins to Confederate flag license plates to Coca-Cola memorabilia. There are a number of pet-sellers, but they're best avoided, as the animals are rumored to be kept in less than optimal conditions.

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Savannah Art Works

Neighborhood: Tybee Island

On Tybee Island, this fantastic gallery displays hundreds of works by local Georgia artists. It specializes in folk art and outsider art—sculptures made from discarded car parts, paintings on cardboard backing. Prices are reasonable and the works will make great conversation starters back home. Many come with back stories about the artist's hardscrabble lives. So forget the cheesy watercolor paintings on sale in the City Market and come buy some of the real stuff here.

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ShopSCAD

Neighborhood: Historic District

The students of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) sell their own artwork at this nifty gallery. You'll find everything from giant oil self-portraits to minimalist sculptures to small pen-and-ink sketches. You know every piece is an original, and you're supporting starving young artists to boot. And hey, your abstract painting might turn out to be made by the next Picasso.

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E. Shaver, Bookseller

Neighborhood: Historic District

This longtime bookstore contains the mother lode of books about Savannah history, culture and food. Owner Esther Shaver is that modern-day rarity, a bookseller who actually knows her stock inside and out. Ask her for recommendations. The store's also got a terrific selection of maps and contemporary Savannah travel guides. In a world where local bookstores seem to be getting less and less common, E. Shaver is definitely worth a stop.

River Street Sweets

Neighborhood: Historic District

Of all Southern sweets, the praline has to be one of the simplest, yet the most marvelous. Try some of the pecan-and-sugar creations at this Historic District candy store, which ships its wares all over America. Other popular goodies include fudge, saltwater taffy, pecan pies and more. Just try walking past the shop on an empty stomach—the sweet smell of cinnamon and brown sugar will pull you in like an invisible rope. Expect crowds of sightseers, especially on weekends.

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