Shop Till You Drop in Savannah

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It’s no big surprise that Savannah is a hotbed for design, both interior and exterior. It does boast SCAD, one of the premier art institutions in the country, after all and a smattering of designers and artisans of all walks. But so much talent busting at the seams in a tiny city can be bad on the wallet, as we bachelorettes would soon find out.

SCAD in Savannah, GeorgiaThe first night in Savannah, we stayed in and played games with the intention to rise early and head to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. HA. Wishful thinking. This was a bit of a lackadaisical group who liked to sleep in so we didn’t actually leave the house until 2pm. At which point, we decided to forgo food and made straight for Broughton Street instead. I ditched my DSLR in favor of my iPhone (becoming increasingly common) and new OlloClip to give you a sneak peek into Savannah’s best shops.

The Paris Market in Savannah, GeorgiaFirst stop: The Paris Market. Can I just tell you how much I absolutely adore this store? It might be my favorite. Anywhere. Ever. It’s well-stocked with unique trinkets and travel-style accents from around the world. Not cheap but still fun to peruse.

The Paris Market, Savannah, GeorgiaAnd the fact that they had a photo booth at the entrance is pure social media gold.

The Paris Market photo boothNow, I’d been to The Paris Market on my first visit to town but this was before I owned an 1800s Victorian home. Let’s just say had I come down to Savannah in a truck, I would have left with half the shop.

The Paris Market in SavannahI came across some of the photos I snapped last time I was in the store two years ago when the displays were drastically different (and I was actually toting around my DSLR).

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The Paris Market in Savannah, Georgia The Paris Market in Savannah, Georgia The Paris Market in Savannah, GeorgiaGlobes and maps and vintage luggage and clocks? Custom made for me.

The Paris Market in Savannah, Georgia The Paris Market in Savannah, Georgia The Paris Market in Savannah, Georgia The Paris Market in Savannah, Georgia The Paris Market in Savannah, Georgia The Paris Market in Savannah, Georgia The Paris Market in Savannah, GeorgiaSavannah Bee Co. was the next shop that grabbed our attention. If you’ve been visiting these parts for awhile, you may remember that I met Savannah Bee’s founder Ted Dennard, a fellow Sewanee alum, a couple years back.

Savannah Bee CompanySince then, I have become a bona fide Savannah Bee fan, having stocked up in various Whole Foods and retail stores across the South.

Savannah Bee CompanyThe store has expanded since I last visited to include a mead tasting room and other fun offerings. Of course, they still provide complimentary honey (and honeycomb tastings), so arrive hungry.

Savannah Bee CompanySavannah Bee CompanyNext, we popped into a jewelry store and then hit up an amazing, upscale furniture shop 24e Design, another place I would have liked to own everything and yet could afford nothing.

Broughton StreetThen we found my favorite affordable Savannah boutique to date: Villa Savannah, a Z Gallerie-like home decor and clothing shop with a local slant. I didn’t manage to snap any interior shots but I did succeed in walking out with an awesome anchor scarf and a pair of yellow crown hooks for my Lemon Room.

On Saturday, heavy with hangovers, we brunched at Gryphon Tea Room, which was conveniently located right across the street from the shopSCAD store, a shop I had visited two years back and which we took a quick peek inside again.

shopSCAD in SavannahIt features all handmade products from students—from soaps to wall art to jewelry—and while pricier than my budget allows, there are some real finds.

shopSCAD in SavannahStill, I was getting antsy to walk and realized we must be close to the Downtown Design District my Savannah friend Amy had raved about. Sure enough, we were not more than three blocks away! So off to Whitaker Street we went.

One Fish, Two Fish in SavannahOur first stop was at One Fish, Two Fish, and I’m pretty sure collectively we could have purchased the entire store.

One Fish, Two Fish in SavannahInstead, I left with just an anchor necklace to match the anchor scarf I had procured at Villa the day before. We also dropped in One Fish, Two Fish’s Annex across the street, but it was very Lilly Pulitzer (i.e. not my style). The main store was much more my speed (i.e. contemporary and bold).

AnchorsNext was La Paperie, which was adorable but a wee bit out of my price range as far as stationary goes.

La Paperie in Savannah's Downtown Design DistrictJust as we were all about to peter out, we did a quick drive-by at cutesy Custard Boutique, during which I decided I needed to own this Tennessee necklace by Kris Nation.

Custard Boutique in Savannah's Downtown Design DistrictI could have shopped for days in Savannah—there were plenty of chain stores at the end of Broughton near the water like Kate Space, Marc Jacobs and Anthrologie—but that’s all we squeezed in the bachelorette itinerary.

The Paris Market in Savannah, GeorgiaWhat did I miss? What would you add to my shopping agenda for my next trip down to Savannah?

Disclosure: Thanks to the folks AT&T for sending me the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens I used for all of the photos taken with my iPhone. it was fun toggling back and forth between wide angle, macro and fish eye on my iPhone 5s without having to deal with heavy DSLR lens attachments. While I love the concept of having four different options in one, I do wish there was an adjustable attachment that allowed me to use this on top of my phone case without removing it; the Mophie I use as a case/backup battery for my iPhone is tough to get off and as big a klutz as I am, I always fear I will drop and shatter that darn $800 device if it’s not cloaked in a shield of armor! Still, I do foresee using this lens more and more and think it’s a cool accessory to add to my photo kit.

  • February 27, 2014

    Looks like you need to come to the Americasmart in Atlanta to buy all this stuff wholesale!

  • February 27, 2014

    Custard is one of my all time favorite Savannah stores! Number Four Eleven across the street and down from One Fish Two Fish is great for home stuff! Also, check out Red Clover, James Gunn and Gaucho next time you’re down there. The bachelorette looks like so much fun!

    • March 1, 2014

      Dangit, I missed those others! Actually, they were all closing as it was close to 5pm on Savannah so we didn’t make it into all of them, but I did LOVE Custard and One Fish, Two Fish!

  • February 27, 2014

    Sounds like fun! Savannah is another city I’m dying to go to. Also, I know you are from Nashville. I’m heading there soon and was wondering if you know of any music venues on or near Broadway that host singer-songwriters, Scarlett (from Nashville)-style. Thanks in advance for any tips!

    • March 1, 2014

      You bet! The Listening Room Cafe is really close and features regular singer-songwriter rounds. I also think 12th & Porter does. Email me at CamelsAndChocolate (AT) gmail if you need more Nashville tips.

      • March 10, 2014

        Thank you! I’m only going to be in Nashville a couple days, so this is perfect!

  • March 2, 2014

    I get to visit Savannah this year. i’ll have to check out these spots.

  • March 3, 2014

    I love Savannah! I got the chance to visit when I went to a friend’s wedding a few years ago, but I definitely want to go back. Not to mention that I think the only store you mention here that I actually got to go to was the Savannah Bee Company, so I’d love to go back and visit the others. Though I’m sure they’d be out of my budget, too.

  • March 5, 2014

    Amazing antiques and handicrafts … next time I’m cruising thru Georgia, I’ll keep this in mind!

  • March 5, 2014

    Sounds like there are a lot of great shops in Savannah! I like the looks of The Paris Market best, could spend hours in there 🙂

  • March 8, 2014

    The Paris Market seems so very pretty! Great photographs too, I love how well organised everything looks in there!

  • March 10, 2014

    Savannah is one of those Southern cities I’ve been meaning to get to and this just makes me want to visit even more.

  • March 13, 2014

    OK soooo I need to book a trip to Savannah just to go to the Paris Market. It looks amazing!!! I’ve actually always wanted to visit and now that JetBlue has direct flights from NY I am tempted…

  • March 20, 2014

    Hi Kristin, we went for a month long holiday to the usa in dec but could not fit savannah in at that time. i love this post – and i will make sure i go back the next time… your photos are wonderful. i regret not fitting savannah in!!!!

    • January 5, 2015

      I hope you make it there next time! It truly is one of the prettiest cities in the South.

  • January 5, 2015

    Ahh this makes me miss Savannah! I’ve visited twice but they were two of my favorite day trips ever! I would love to live there/ near there someday.
    I second the Savannah Bee Company love, but you also have to check out The Salt Table for specialty salts and spices and Civvies if you like vintage clothes! Civvies is fun to look around in even if you don’t wear vintage, honestly.

    • January 5, 2015

      Awesome recs! I’ll be there at least once this spring, so will definitely check these spots out. THANKS =)

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