Your Southern Connecticut Shopping Guide

As convenient as online shopping is, there’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in the racks of department store clothing, the stacks of stilettos at your favorite shoe store and the homey atmosphere of a craft fair. Put away the laptop and dive head first into a sense of place with some southern Connecticut shopping. From antique stores to outlet malls, southern Connecticut shopping supplies a hearty dose of retail therapy for all you shopaholics, bargain hunters, and fashionistas out there.

Go Bargain Hunting at Southern Connecticut Shopping Outlets

Outsmart the climbing prices at your average shopping mall at southern Connecticut’s outlet malls. Just a stone’s throw from Old Saybrook are several premium outlet malls with designer and stylish clothing. Tanger Outlets in Westbrook is one of our favorite outlets for its quiet atmosphere and huge selection. Explore stores like LOFT, J. Crew and Eddie Bauer without fighting the crowds or getting in a tug-of-war over the perfect floral skirt. Down the road, Clinton Premium Outlets is even bigger with over 70 upscale stores.
Downtown Mystic Connecticut Shopping
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Browse a Historic Downtown

That perfect find doesn’t only exist at the mall. Stroll through some of southern Connecticut’s most charming small towns to window shop for eye-catching pieces. Breathe in the salt sea air of Mystic, CT, as you saunter through its nautical downtown. Learn the ancient art of quilting by stopping into CT Quilt Works or outfit your kitchen with some classic copper cookware from the Grey Goose Cookery. In Essex, CT, just ten minutes from Saybrook Point Inn, uncover a seaworthy accessory for your cruise through Connecticut coast. The Boatique offers a variety of decor that will let you bring the coast back home. For a quintessential Main Street experience, hit the shops of Old Saybrook. From the arts of Corner Music, Tracy’s Art Center, and Central Gallery to the variety of apparel, books, and jewelry stores, you’ll find the perfect piece for any occasion.

Get Up Close and Personal at a Craft Fair

CT Craft Fair
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Unearth the DIY-side of Connecticut shopping by exploring the state’s numerous craft fairs. We love being able to talk directly with local artisans and crafters to hear first-hand why they’re so passionate about their products. While it’s not technically a craft show, the Southern Eastern Connecticut Home Show offers this same spirit of connectivity while you browse some of the state’s best offerings in home goods. Our favorite part of southern Connecticut craft shopping? Getting in touch with the seasonal charms of new England. Continue the spirit of summer at Old Lyme’s Mid-Summer Festival. Enjoy a hands-on crafting experience with kids arts and crafts, and spend your day playing with domestic farm animals.

Step Back in Time at a Southern Connecticut Antique Store

Few things feel more quintessentially Connecticut than a visit to a local antique store. This state has history, so you can imagine why it can be hard to narrow down the stops on your hunt for antiques. Take a little guidance and follow the Connecticut Antique Trail. From country barns to antique malls to auction houses, it’s easy to find the perfect rug, dress, or lamp to tie the room together. If you don’t mind heading further afield, visit Woodbury, the antiquing capital of Connecticut with its fifteen stores of every style. Right here in Old Saybrook, our three antique shops are a must-visit. After blazing the southern Connecticut shopping trail, settle in for the night somewhere that matches your incredible style. At Saybrook Point, you can compare style notes with our guest house decor or show off your newest garment over dinner in Fresh Salt.