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So you’re in town, and you’re looking for a free way to pass the time before your next business meeting, the big game or the performance you’ve got tickets for.  If you love finding hidden treasures or would like to get a little more acquainted with the locals, then spending some time at a local flea market could be just the thing for you.

When you hear “flea market,” you may think of some small gathering of garage sales on the side of the road.  Fortunately for you, Raleigh’s Flea Market is nothing of the sort.  Located on the historic State Fairgrounds, this flea market draws tens of thousands of shoppers and more than 600 vendors every weekend.  Vendors offer everything from antiques and collectibles to handicrafts, furniture, homemade goodies, clothing, jewelry and more. If you’re looking for a unique gift, chances are you’ll find it here.

The Raleigh Flea Market only takes place on the weekend, but if you’re here on a weekday, don’t fret. Watson’s Flea Market also takes place in Raleigh but is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.  There are approximately 150 dealers a day, offering vintage clothing, silver, coins, jewelry and other hidden gems.

Care to venture a little outside of Raleigh?  Try the Rolesville Flea Market, the Garner Marketplace, or the Holly Springs Farmers Market for even more shopping and exploration.   Exploring a local flea market might not be on your itinerary now, but by the time you pay a visit to one, you’ll be penciling it in every time.

Have you been looking for your next great shopping adventure?  Whether you’re hunting for furniture, clothing and accessories, original art or unique gifts, downtown Raleigh has a shopping scene that can fill your shopping bags with just what you seek.  Downtown shopping isn’t your average buying experience, as you’ll be immersed in an eclectic mix of locally run shops in the midst of vibrant downtown culture.

A welcome perk to downtown Raleigh shopping is the ease of access you’ll have to all the area has to offer.  There is plenty of parking available, and once you’ve left your car, you won’t need to return to it again until your shopping trip is complete.  Most stores and boutiques are within walking distance of each other, and if you’re feeling like catching a ride instead, you can hop aboard a rickshaw or the free R-LINE bus.

If this sounds like a shopping experience you’d love, then you can visit this site, where you’ll find a map and guide highlighting 32 participating retailers, a Great Gift Idea guide, and information about upcoming downtown Raleigh shopping events, such as A Taste of Retail, and Shop, Sip and Cinema.  The next time you visit Raleigh, make sure to delve into all the downtown shopping scene has to offer.

Having grown to be one of the nation’s top 50 metro areas, Greater Raleigh has plenty of booming businesses, start-ups and new ventures.  Thankfully, some of those successful local ventures are in the fashion and accessories business, and there sure is a ton of awesome local fashion flavor for visitors to enjoy.  If you love to shop, or even just like to look good and have clothes and accessories that you won’t find on tons of other people back home, then checking out some of these local lines is a must.

For starters, there’s the oh-so-fabulous Holly Aiken boutique, Stitch.  Here you’ll find beautifully crafted, hand-stitched bags, purses, wallets and so much more designed by Raleigh’s very own creative talent.  With a downtown Raleigh store location, there’s no reason not to swing by and see what all of the talk is about.

A clothing line just as unique as it sounds, FYSH Clothing Co. was founded by four local guys who shared a love for sneakers, hence the acronym Four Young Sneaker Heads.  Their line is mainly casual t-shirts and hats with nautical overtones and a light-hearted approach.  Their mascot, FYSH Mammal, is absolutely lovable and graces most of their clothes.

Finally, there’s the very successful denim company started by Sarah and Victor Lytvinenko, Raleigh Denim.  This high-quality denim brand spreads the local name out to boutiques and high-end department stores throughout the U.S., but there’s nothing cooler than getting their jeans right where they are made.

There are those of us who like to shop every now and then, and then there are those of us who love to turn shopping sprees into the main event of the day.  Whether you’re an occasional shopper looking to dedicate more of your vacation time to finding some great buys, or a shopaholic fashionista who goes on vacation just to find new locations to shop, then look to this fun-filled, perfect day for a fashionista to get you going.

Start your day by enjoying the beautiful early-morning air in a charming downtown district packed full of unique shops that you can’t find anywhere else.  The lovely downtown historic district of Wake Forest is packed full of antiques, clothing, jewelry and so much more for you to rummage through.  While you’re at it, you can stop at a mom and pop eatery for a delicious breakfast to fuel you through your intense day of shopping.

Now that you’ve got some charming pieces to add to your home and wardrobe, venture closer into Raleigh to find some of the most sought-after shopping malls in North Carolina.  Choose from Crabtree Valley Mall, North Hills Shopping Center, Cameron Village and so many others as you land in the epicenter of Greater Raleigh shopping heaven.

By now you may have burned through a few credit cards, so venture over to Crossroads Plaza in Cary so you can find some great brand items at amazing deals.  Once you’ve explored every nook and cranny of this gigantic facility, you’ll have a full days worth of valuable loot to proudly bring home.

Do you have some shopping to do but can never find the right time to load up the kids and drag them around the mall?  Are you looking for something fun for the whole family to enjoy?  Whether you’re an avid shopper with kids to entertain or a simply a seeker of fun, Triangle Town Center’s new Kids Fest series is a great opportunity to make a mall trip with the added bonus of fun and festivities for the whole family.

On Sept. 12th and 26th, from 2 to 5 p.m., come out to Triangle Town Center and enjoy entertainment for kids of all ages, including performances by Flow Circus and Sam the Magic Man, kids karaoke, inflatable slides, trackless train rides, face painting, games, prizes and much more!  With all of these fun activities, Kids Fest is the best time your kids could have at the mall.

Come on out with your kids and get your Christmas shopping done early, or go in search of that perfect pair of shoes you’ve been searching for.  Your young ones will be so entertained they’ll completely forget they’re on another shopping trip.

The furniture lining contemporary showroom walls may be a favorite for some, but for those who can’t get enough of old collectibles and antique furniture, you’re in for a treat.  On July 16-18, the Antiques Extravaganza of North Carolina is coming to town at the Raleigh Convention Center.  The event is now the largest of all the extravaganzas.

Antiques Extravaganza of NC is a family-owned business founded in 1977 that attracts dealers and customers from throughout North Carolina and its neighboring states to the buying and selling of antiques and old collectibles.

This fine showroom event features quality dealers from Florida to New England.  You’ll find a wide range of antique furniture styles, rugs, pottery, textiles, fine china, jewelry, dolls, and so much more on exhibit here.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced collector, a novice home decorator or a just a curious shopper looking for something unique, the Antiques Extravaganza is a fine place to buy and browse items you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Tickets for this event are only $6.50 each, and for just a dollar more you can get a weekend pass.  If you’d like to set up a booth to showcase your own antiques for sale, then you can find reasonable rates here.  Come out to the July Antiques Extravaganza and become a part of the biggest and best antiques show in the area!

With cobblestone streets lined with old-fashioned lanterns, Historic City Market stands out as one of a kind in the area.  Located in downtown Raleigh, this market takes visitors away from the current downtown scene and whisks them away to the quaint, charming feel of years past.

Naturally romantic, City Market is a great dating destination.  Start out your date by admiring local art and watching artists work at Artspace galleries.  Then browse around shops and boutiques until hunger sets in, at which point you can dine at one of eight charming restaurants.  As the sun sets over the downtown skyline, stop in one of the district’s several casual bars for a few cocktails and reflect on all the fun you had while only having to venture within a few blocks.

Families and friends may want to experience a similar relaxing City Market day, or get a little more adventurous.  Come to City Market and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch meal at Big Ed’s City Market, and then head over to Triangle Segway right next door.  Here, you can sign up for guided Segway tours of the city, which start and end at City Market.  After a fun exploration of the surrounding areas, settle down in the shade with a delicious smoothie from Colibrisa.

As beautiful as City Market is, it’s no surprise that the large event space located in the center (the original market building) is booked for weddings, receptions and special events throughout the year.  The next time you’re looking for an event space, keep Cobblestone Hall in mind.

Every engaged woman knows that in order for wedding preparations to be complete, you must find the perfect bridal gown.  Sometimes, bridal boutiques can be few and far between, but in Greater Raleigh you’ll never have difficulty finding the perfect gown.

For a truly elegant bridal shopping experience, Alexia’s Bridal Boutique and Vera Wang Salon is the perfect boutique to visit.  This Cary boutique carries gowns from designers such as Vera Wang, Suzanne Ermann, Reem Acra and Carmela Sutera, to name a few.  If you’re on a bit of a budget, you can find excellent selection, service and reasonable prices at The Bridal Gallery at MacGregor Village, also located in Cary.

Located in Fuquay-Varina, Enchanting Moments has a wide range of bridal gowns that includes all styles, fabrics, sizes and price points.  This bridal shop was the 2008 pick for The Knot’s Best of Weddings and has decades of experience with designers and clients.

If you venture into Raleigh, you’ll find many options for bridal shopping, including Victorian Rose Bridals on Glenwood Avenue and The Bridal Boutique of Raleigh on Hillsborough Street.  The Bridal Boutique is the sister store of The Bridal Gallery at MacGregor Village in Cary, so visiting one of these boutiques is like visiting the inventory of two.

These are just a few of the many bridal boutiques and shops sprinkled across Greater Raleigh.  Head into the area for a day trip or a relaxing overnight stay and enjoy the wedding gown shopping experience that you deserve!

There’s something about hunting for the perfect purchase in a boutique that is uniquely different from chain store shopping.  You never know what you will find, whether it be the latest style straight off the New York runways or a local designer’s newest creation.  Greater Raleigh is lucky to be home to many boutiques that can keep you adorned in some of the trendiest and most stylish fashions.

Gena Chandler in the North Hills shopping district of Raleigh carries designer collections hand-picked by the two local owners.  Here, you’ll find designer fashions offered at a wide variety of price points, and you’ll be able to ask the owners themselves for fashion advice, as they make every effort to be in the store on a daily basis.

Located in Cary, Ciao Bella Boutique carries both men’s and women’s apparel from designers such as Michael Stars, Bailey 44, Christopher Blue and Joseph Ribkoff.  If you see something you like on their website, you can call ahead and have similar items pulled and waiting for you when you arrive at the store!

Gigi’s Boutique has a great selection of women’s clothing with retail prices under $100, so you’re sure to find something trendy that can fit your budget.  With locations in both Cary and Raleigh, this boutique is as accessible as it is affordable.

Looking for some cute boutique clothing for your children?  Head over to Padoodles in Fuquay-Varina for girls, boys and now mom’s trendy clothing and accessories.  You’ll find a huge selection of brands and most likely walk away with something for both your kids and yourself.

The next time you’re searching for a boutique shopping experience, head out to these fine shops in Greater Raleigh and let the shopping begin!

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Plan on doing your holiday shopping in Greater Raleigh and you’ll have so many shopping options, you probably won’t have to stop and shop anywhere else this season!  In fact, much like a theme park, Raleigh’s shopping scene is so vast you probably won’t be able to see it all in one day.  Luckily, you can book a fantastic holiday hotel package at a great rate.

Whether you prefer shopping in unique boutiques with locally crafted fashions, handbags, art and edible goods, or you’re searching for exotic treasures from stores like Ten Thousand Villages and Beleza, Greater Raleigh has got it all.  You can even score top brand designer labels at a fraction of the cost.

Here, you’ll find 11 major shopping hot-spots decked out in their holiday best, including North Hills, Cameron Village, Crabtree Valley Mall, Brier Creek, Triangle Town Center and quaint downtowns with nostalgically decorated main streets and fabulous finds.  Clearly in Greater Raleigh finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including yourself, will be a very merry experience.

If you find you can’t get all of your holiday shopping in one day, then just book one of the many holiday hotel packages available in the area.  LaQuinta Inn & Suites, located directly across the street from Crabtree Valley Mall, offers a standard room and free breakfast for only $59 a night.  You can find many other holiday packages here.


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