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Add Shopping in Alabama To Your Vacation Bucket List

Whether you want to browse the sale racks at large malls, spend a day perusing historic districts, or poke around antique stores, you’ll discover that shopping in Alabama is a fun experience. Friendly shopkeepers are eager to share stories about the Yellowhammer State, and most will go out of their way to show you unique finds and made-in-Alabama treasures.

Riverchase Galleria Mall

The largest mall in the state. Situated at the intersection of US-31 and I-459 in Birmingham, it features over 200 stores, an arcade, and a variety of family-friendly restaurants. The Summit Birmingham is a lively open-air mall and entertainment district located at US-280 and I-459. Shop at more than 100 locally owned shops and chain stores, see a movie, browse the bookstore, or enjoy a variety of eateries.

Tiger Town Shopping Center

This shopping center is located in Opelika and near I-85 and AL-280. Spanning over 800,000 square ft., it’s the largest shopping center in eastern Alabama. Shop at Target, Best Buy, TJ Maxx, and specialty shops, then grab a bite to eat at popular on-site restaurants. Five Points Shopping District in Huntsville features a variety of locally-owned shops and boutiques in one of the city’s popular historic districts.

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

This center is in Southwest Huntsville is a historic textile mill that has been converted into an arts center. Buy wares from local studios, see artist demonstrations, and enjoy a snack and beverage at a nearby café. Rivenbark & Roper boasts the largest collection of silver hollowware in Alabama. Shop for upscale antique décor, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, and art from all over the world. The Garage at Clinton Row on Clinton Avenue in downtown Huntsville features retailers selling unique finds at a former city parking deck. Clinton Row Project, directly across the street, is a group of small shops started by retail entrepreneurs.

Gulf Coast Shopping

Visitors to the Gulf Coast have a wide choice of shopping options. Stock up on outdoor gear and apparel at Bass Pro Shop in Spanish Fort, or hunt for bargains at Tanger Outlets in Foley. Fairhope’s downtown area offers more than 80 shops including specialty boutiques and antique stores. Buy locally made wares from regional artists at The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach and the Gulf Coast Alliance in Gulf Shores.

Unclaimed Baggage Center

One of the most popular stores in Northern Alabama is Unclaimed Baggage Center. Located at 509 W. Willow Street in Scottsboro, the warehouse-sized facility has been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show and Travel Channel. Lost luggage that was never claimed by original owners becomes fair game for shoppers seeking quality merchandise at bargain prices. Shop for clothes, jewelry, accessories, luggage, and electronics.

Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham, offers three shopping villages. Scoop up artisanal breads and pastries at English Village, shop for toys and candy at Smith’s Variety Store in Mountain Brook Village, or pick up jewelry, stationery and gifts at Crestline Village. A Touch of German in Cullman offers handmade nutcrackers, nostalgic metal wind-up toys, cuckoo clocks, Bavarian steins, Austrian crystal, unique Christmas ornaments, and candies.

Bank Street Art & Antiques

Bank Street Art & Antiques in Decatur showcases three floors of antiques and works from local artists. While you’re in town stop by legendary U.G. White Mercantile for made-in-Alabama products and enjoy the old-fashioned general store ambience. Shop for handcrafted items at Jerry Brown’s Pottery in Hamilton or Miracle Pottery in Valley Head. Admire unique glass creations at Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne.

Mountain Top Flea Market

Mountain Top Flea Market in Attalia is a fun spot for a day of treasure hunting. Find unusual souvenirs at bargain prices and admire locally crafted home décor. Montgomery’s Eastbrook Flea Market and Antique Mall is also an antiquea lover’s dream come true. Prattsville Pickers is the state’s largest antique mall. Boasting over 300 dealers, the indoor mall was once a sewing factory.

Alabama Antique Trail

Search for treasures in a fun atmosphere spanning over 100,000 square feet. The store is located at 616 Hwy. 82 W. in Prattsville. The Alabama Antique Trail is an association of upscale galleries and multi-vendor malls scattered throughout the state. Be sure to check out the gift shops and bookstores at museums, visitor centers, and family attractions. You might discover the perfect souvenir in the most unexpected place.