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Best Ocean City Shopping

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There truly is no tacky to compare to the tacky of Ocean City. XXXL purple T-shirts with glittering unicorns, dirty joke posters about the Eagles, the Ravens, the Redskins and the Giants, and every double entendre regarding a phallic-shaped object you can imagine. Ah, capitalism. On the other hand, there’s a lot of decent beach wear, suntan lotion, a few interesting art galleries and, well, hey, who said purchasing tackiness was a bad thing? As you may guess, the glut of shopping in this town stretches along the Boardwalk.

Life-Saving Station Museum Gift Shop

Neighborhood: South Ocean City
The small gift shop in the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum may seem underwhelming at first, but this happens to be a good repository for books about the history of Ocean City, from her development as a resort to her local characters and personalities. Beyond titles on OC history by OC authors, there are cookbooks filled with community recipes, old photos and the usual seashell tat.

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Kite Loft

Neighborhood: South Ocean City
The Kite Loft is cool. It’s not just kites, although there are all kinds of cool kite-ish toys on offer. But you can also grab gimmicky balls, magic tricks, springy toys, barking toys, bouncy toys and google-eyed dolls that could qualify as their own genre of outsider art. Basically, it’s a lovely spot to take your kids, or yourself if you happen to be a kid at heart. For the record, some of the more expensive kites here really are professional flyer types that will certainly impress everyone on the beach.

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M.R. Ducks

Neighborhood: South Ocean City
M.R. Ducks is arguably the best-known outdoor clothing shop on the Eastern Shore. Get a shirt or a jacket here and folks from up and down Delmarva will give you the nod for being in on the M.R. Ducks experience. If you’re wondering where the name comes from, it’s the beginning of a joke that pokes fun at the slurred tidewater Maryland accent—"M.R. Ducks" equals “Them are ducks.” We’ll let you try and figure out the rest of the joke.

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Sunsations

Neighborhood: Ocean City
There are 13 Sunsations stores in Ocean City, each more seemingly filled than the last with suntan lotion, sandals, towels, sun dresses, sunglasses, bikinis, swim trunks and anything else you could possibly need for a beach holiday. These places are literally beach department stores, so if you happen to forget anything that’s needed for making the best of an oceanfront holiday, just pop into your nearest Sunsations and go nuts.

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Art League of Ocean City

Neighborhood: North Ocean City
Local artists make the creative world go ‘round, right? Sure, the quality of what they produce might be a little mixed, but you gotta respect local artists for their raw passion and push. And that’s what you get when you visit the gallery at the Art League of Ocean City, which showcases community paintings and sculptures from across the Eastern Shore. Not everything is going to be to your liking, but you may find the beautiful original of your dreams—or at least something cheap to spruce up the bathroom.

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