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Lancaster Shopping

Where to Find the

Best Gifts & Souvenirs

Where to Find the Best Gifts & Souvenirs

Train rides, theme parks, open-air museums...there's no shortage of intriguing activities to keep you entertained as you explore Lancaster. Often, however, the best days in Amish Country are exclusively dedicated to shopping.

From farmers’ markets to antique stores and even outlet malls, there really is something for everyone. We've highlighted just a few of the region's finest shopping destinations below:

Antique Stores

Antique shopping can give you a real sense of the history of any vacation spot. This is especially true in and around Lancaster, where vintage concepts are even more charming and abundant than in other tourist destinations. Add these antique destinations to your shopping itinerary:

  • Burning Bridges Antiques Market. Take a short drive to nearby Columbia to explore a vast antique collection housed in what used to be a hardware store. Over 200 vendors and three floors of treasures are waiting to be explored. Jewelry and fine art are well-represented here — and the prices are reasonable, given the quality of these items.

  • Space. This isn't your typical antique store; it's dedicated to midcentury modern. Stylish retro products abound, including vintage furniture, kitchenware, and decor. Many of these items are incredibly difficult to find at other antique stores, so Space is a must-visit if you're passionate about midcentury style.

  • Antique Village of Strasburg. Whimsical inside and out, this charming shop offers an eclectic mix of products that can appeal to any antique enthusiast imaginable. There are multiple buildings to sort through, so take your time and relax in this unique environment. You may emerge with fine jewelry, kitschy decor, books, or even tools.

  • Country Loft Antiques. Another Strasburg favorite, this multi-dealer location has plenty of compelling booths, each with its own unique vibe. Set aside some time to check every nook and cranny; you never know what you might find!

Consignment Stores

Consignment Stores

If the antique offerings listed above are any indication, vintage finds are abundant in Lancaster and neighboring communities. Thrift shopping is a big deal here, but the best stores ensure that every item you encounter is in pristine condition.

  • Twice Found Resale Boutique. Dressy items abound at this designer boutique, where you can easily find the perfect outfit to wear for your night on the town in Lancaster. The owner clearly has an eye for sophisticated style, as you'll observe while browsing this store's classy dresses and handbags.

  • Next to New Fine Clothing. Offering a carefully cultivated collection with only the best brands and top-notch quality, Next to New is a great option for consignment novices. While clothing is the main focus, Next to New also has several spectacular purses for sale, plus jewelry, shoes, and other accessories.

  • The Purple Turtle Consignment Boutique. As one of the most appealing shops in Lititz PA, the Purple Turtle is known for its friendly vibes and date night outfits. Beloved brands are easy to find here, including J.Crew and Saks Fifth Avenue. Best of all, an excellent chocolate shop is conveniently located next door.

  • Little Bo-Tique. By far the cutest consignment store in the area, Little Bo-Tique has plenty of offerings for the smallest shoppers and their loved ones. Many brands are offered, as are unexpected finds such as maternity clothing.

Gift Shops

Nearly every Lancaster attraction provides some opportunity for shopping, as most contain gift shops. If you want to take a step up with your gifts or souvenirs, however, you'll hit up these local gems:

  • Madcap & Co. Mugs, cards, crafts...every cute souvenir you could possibly want can be easily found within this cozy and quirky shop. Its vast collection includes a variety of countercultural items that are far from typical in Lancaster.

  • Lancaster Gift Box. Support local Lancaster businesses with a stop at this important store, which advocates for the region's special vendors. Don't worry if something seems too big for your carry-on; the staff members are happy to handle shipping on your behalf.

  • Norman's Hallmark Shop. Norman's may be a sizable chain, but that doesn't mean that you should bypass a visit to its Lancaster location. There, you'll find all kinds of greeting cards and ornaments, plus creative gift wrap and the most enticing soap scents.

Boutiques

If you're on the hunt for a stylish and decidedly unique outfit, you can't go wrong with the assorted boutique stores in Lancaster PA.

  • CHYATEE. Focusing on sustainable fashion and hand-crafted textiles, CHYATEE encourages both visitors and locals to shop with a purpose. Every visit is a delight for all the senses, although there is no denying the intricate beauty of CHYATEE's top styles.

  • Larkstone. No Lancaster boutique quite matches the unique appeal of Larkstone. At this must-visit location, you'll first encounter a cute brick-and-mortar shop with fun fashions for men and women. This gives way to a larger space that functions as a gallery and even a dance hall.

  • Ruthie's Apparel, LLC. Originally a T-shirt shop, this Ronks favorite has evolved considerably through the years. These days, it's best described as an upbeat ladies' boutique, where you'll find that the styles are as cheerful as the enthusiastic staff members.

Quilt Stores

An important niche in Lancaster and throughout Amish Country, quilt stores are whimsical and wonderful. Since Lancaster is a hub for this popular craft, no shopping expedition would be complete without hitting up at least one of these essential spots:

  • Lantz Homestead Quilt Barn. Amish handmade quilts are a go-to for many Lancaster tourists, who often make a beeline for this beloved location. Applique, cathedral window, nine-patch...all kinds of designs are represented. Every quilt is unique and has a story to tell. You'll be similarly impressed by all the wall hangings and quillows (quilted pillows) on display.

  • The Quilt Shop at Miller's. If you chow down at Miller's Smorgasbord Restaurant, treat yourself to a visual feast at the neighboring quilt store. A spectacular array of colors and designs can be found among the hand-stitched collection. The staff members are happy to provide friendly and helpful insight into these remarkable quilts.

  • Log Cabin Quilt Shop. If you find Lancaster's quilting culture inspiring, you will definitely want to invest in a few quality patterns and materials to boost your own quilting practice. These can be found at the Log Cabin Quilt Shop, which has everything you need for your next project — plus some already quilted items in case you're not feeling particularly ambitious.

Shopping Malls

While nothing compares to the quaint shops in Lititz PA, there's nothing wrong with a mall-based retail therapy session. Sometimes, all you want are great deals on familiar brands. These are in abundant supply at the various outlets in Lancaster PA.


Tanger Outlets

Score amazing deals on all your favorite brands at Lancaster's Tanger Outlets location. From Chico's to Nike and even Samsonite, you will appreciate the wide range of products and price points. Start by visiting the Shopper Services area, where you can grab an exclusive coupon book that helps you save even more on the outlets' best products.


Shops @ Rockvale

If you somehow come up short after a visit to the Tanger Outlets, you will no doubt find whatever you're missing with a quick visit to the nearby Shops @ Rockvale. Also offering excellent deals on several familiar brand names, this local gem has it all: outlets for Loft, Disney, and even Pepperidge Farm.

If you visit with kids, you can hit up the Busy Bodies Play Cafe to get the wiggles out. It's even better as a date day destination, however, as you can level up your outing with axe throwing or a visit to the wine shop.

Don't forget to hit up the outlet mall's most unique offering: the First Saturday Local Makers Market, which brings local artisans together so you can purchase regional candles, jams, jellies, woodcrafts, fiber art, and more.


Park City Center

Outlets boast amazing deals, but what if you want the convenience of an enclosed shopping mall? You're in luck: Park City Center offers all the hallmarks of the classic shopping mall experience.

Anchored by several department stores, this mall is also home to dozens of smaller, but equally impressive shops, including several familiar names (Torrid and Francesca's for example) plus a few specialty shops you won't find just anywhere. There are also sit-down restaurants, a food court, and even a bowling alley.


Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets

Whether you crave fresh produce, enticing snacks, or even fine soaps, you will find a variety of local items at the best farmer's markets in Lancaster PA. Central Market is the region's go-to, largely due to its historic appeal: this is America's longest-running public market. It's incredibly busy on the weekend, but you'll be glad you dealt with the crowds once you've gotten your hands on fresh flowers, colorful produce, and the most compelling jam flavors you've seen.

In nearby Ronks, the beloved Busy Bee's Farm Market provides an excellent alternative. Situated on Fisher's Amish farm, this market boasts a spectacular selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. If possible, visit on a Saturday, when you can score homemade potato chips or even soft pretzels twisted by hand. Don't forget to say hi to the animals at the small onsite petting zoo. You're welcome to feed them for a small fee.

Discover the Joy of Shopping in Lancaster PA

As you plan your perfect Lancaster vacation, don't forget to add a leisurely afternoon (or two) of shopping to your itinerary. After a satisfying shopping adventure, you'll be eager to return to your hotel and enjoy all your new treasures.

The perfect day of shopping will be that much better if it ends with a drink by the pool or a meal in an upscale restaurant. These are just a few of the many ways you can unwind when you stay at the Eden Resort. Let the kids get their energy out with a visit to the pool, so they're more willing to take part in shopping later on.

Whether you're relaxing onsite or exploring the best of Amish Country, you'll be glad to stay at a conveniently located resort that places you in the center of all the action. Get in touch to learn more or book your visit today.

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