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Shopping in the Smokies

Every destination has its own inimitable merchandise that is desired by shoppers from all over the world. Fortunately, the hunt for something different and noteworthy isn’t that hard throughout the Smoky Mountains. There are many products that are unique to the region and coveted by visitors. Step into some of the local shops and stores where you can easily find beautiful gifts for your loved ones or cool souvenirs of a fantastic vacation to take home.

To browse a collection of handcrafted items all in one place, visit The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Nowhere else in America has a gathering of artisans quite like this 8-mile loop, just a few miles east of Gatlinburg. This eclectic shopping area has hosted an array of artisans and craftsmen since the 1930s. You'll find nearly everything you never knew you needed including silver, scrimshaw, baskets, candles, and fashionable clothing and accessories. The vendors not only sell their wares, but they often offer demonstrations so you can see the immense skill involved in creating these magnificent pieces. Get a hand-carved likeness of the region’s iconic black bear or take home a one-of-a-kind oil painting that perfectly captures the sunrise you saw while hiking in the national park. Those who enjoy sewing or tactile arts may like shopping for a new quilt or lace décor for the home. Even custom leather goods and newly forged knives can be purchased in the Arts & Crafts Community. And if you get hungry while meandering through all of these shops, be sure to visit the café, tea room or some of the other vendors who sell distinctive foods for a delicious snack.

Lovers of Thomas Kinkade’s art should definitely visit his signature gallery in Pigeon Forge. Prints of some of his famous works can be purchased, while exclusive and limited edition paintings featuring Christmas themes, religious icons, or seasonal landscapes are available for serious collectors. There is even a small gift shop that retails frames for your new piece, works from other artists, and other Kinkade collectibles.

Over 100,000 items can be found at great prices at the Old Time Pottery in Pigeon Forge. This vast store sells more than just pottery—you’ll find decorations for the home including flower arrangements, paintings, furniture and even holiday décor. The family may like new bedding sets at bargain prices, and even their pets can have a new place to lay their heads with the ample supply of pet products that are for sale. And with a name that includes “pottery,” it should not be surprising that there are hundreds of kitchen and dining pieces to choose from. Cookware, bakeware, plates, goblets, silverware, and linens for the table are housed in this often-visited store.

The holiday season is strongly revered in this region, and the joy of Christmas is not just reserved for December... The Incredible Christmas Place at Light 2A on the Parkway proves that the merriness of the holiday can be in your heart year-round. As you enter the large and festive Bavarian-styled building adorned with wreaths and red ribbon, you'll find Christmas has come to the mountains—even in July! Inside, decorated trees display thousands of ornaments that you can purchase including the prized Christopher Radko hand-blown glass ornaments from Poland. Nativity sets, and Department 56 townscapes and Snowbabies are also popular buys in the Incredible Christmas Place. There are so many beautiful decorations on display in this store, it’s actually a must-see destination for many who visit Pigeon Forge.

The cities surrounding the park are also quite fashionable. At Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, you’ll find some of the nation's top designers. There are over 75 stores where you can browse the aisles and clothing racks for upscale styles at unbelievable prices. The entire family will love Tanger Outlets for the great selection of clothing but also for everything they could possibly want or need such as toys, home décor, sports equipment, and even interesting food items. And on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, there are two locations where even your child’s American Doll can find a new, American-made outfit. There really is something for everyone!

As your trip nears its end, you may want to start searching for a small token to take home. Affordable gifts and souvenirs can be found at stores such as the Country Barn Gift Shop, The Old Mill Square, The Island Trading Post, or the Tie Dye Store. Choose from Smoky Mountain-themed items including coffee mugs, hats, shirts, and magnets that will remind you of quality family time in Tennessee. It’s nearly impossible to leave without a souvenir featuring a black bear or Dolly Parton. Plus, they have large selections of famous collectibles, toys and jewelry. Or, if you need a tasty gift for someone back home, pick up some homemade fudge at The Fudgery or a savory snack from Try My Nuts Company. Their decadent gift packages are a great way to thank someone for watching the pets, plants and the house while you were away—or a nice indulgence for yourself!

Enjoy browsing both the traditional and eclectic stores that can be found throughout this region Smoky Mountains. You'll love the quality, selection and appeal of the products offered by our storekeepers that come from the Great Smoky Mountains!

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