After you’ve drawn up your shopping list, head to the Charleston City Market (pictured), one of the nation’s oldest public markets. The sprawling four-block retail venue, which dates to 1804, is home to more than 300 vendors as well as a variety of well-known local businesses including Historic Charleston Foundation, Food for the Southern Soul, Caviar and Bananas, Wonder Works, and the Charleston Angler.
Take special note of the sweetgrass baskets, an indigenous art form and one of the most recognizable Gullah traditions. Gullah is the Charleston area’s native sea island culture with a distinctive language, cuisine, crafts, music, and legends. Originally made to winnow rice on the plantations, sweetgrass baskets have become sought after souvenirs and are even on display at the Smithsonian Institution. The Charleston City Market is home to more than 50 sweetgrass basket weavers who demonstrate their hand-weaving techniques daily.
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