Types of Girl about the Globe (GatG) – Island GatG, Shopping GatG
If you’re planning a trip to Nantucket, one highlight for the shopping Girl about the Globe is shopping in Nantucket to take advantage of the island’s shops and get a keepsake of your vacation to take home.
Whether you’ve rented a house in downtown Nantucket, and are looking for some house decor, an ornament or a painting, or searching for an unusual artefact or piece of jewellery as a keepsake to take home, there are Nantucket stores and in this article we cover where to find unique treasures on and around the island.
Shopping in Nantucket
Murray’s Toggery Shop
If you’ve been on Nantucket for a few days, you’ve probably seen people rocking the popular Nantucket Reds. Considered cultural Nantucket wear, this clothing features a red colour that has faded to a salmonish pink. If you’d like one for yourself, you can grab one or check out the other clothing at Murray’s Toggery Shop. They have a wide variety of shorts, shirts, t-shirts, trousers and caps to choose from.
Nantucket Pearl Company
If you love jewelery, just as its name suggests, Nantucket Pearl company is the place to shop for pearls. This company create unique and authentic pieces that make excellent use of pearls. Their unique designs blend real pearls with glass, leather, crystals, natural stones and various types of metal. What’s great about this company is that their selections are created in limited numbers and you can even find pieces that are one of a kind.
Maria Mitchell Aquarium
For the ocean Girl about the Globe, the Aquarium is a place where you can learn more about the sea life around the island. See baby sharks, lobsters and other local species. Then, when you’ve explored all of the exhibitions, stop by the gift shop to browse some unusual shopping items. As well as educational books, you can also buy scientific gear and Maria Mitchell Association clothing. Very unique!
Martha's Vineyard Shopping
Just south of Cape Cod is Martha’s Vineyard, a popular vacay destination in New England. It’s only an hour ferry ride from Nantucket so it’s perfect for a shopping day trip. Not only can you take in the island’s beauty you can drop by any of these Martha’s Vineyard stores to add to your souvenirs to take home.
Island Alpaca Company of Martha’s Vineyard
To learn all about Alpacas and closely interact with them, Island Alpaca Company of Martha’s Vineyard is the ideal place. Not only do you learn about the island’s history here but you can also find out everything you need to know about alpacas whilst meeting some of these gentle animals.
Other than alpacas, you can also meander around the farm's well-stocked gift shop. Inside, you can find a wide selection of products, including soft hats, socks, gloves, artefacts, and other handmade items made with the soft alpaca fibres. Among the cutest things you can find are the alpaca plush toys.
Martha’s Vineyard Baskets
The gift shop offers gourmet gift baskets curated based on your tastes and preferences. The cute baskets may come with imported beverages, sodas, fine cheeses and salamis, local coffees, handmade pasta – or anything else that takes your fancy. Most of these products are locally sourced from small businesses and local artisans. Package prices start at $125 and generally depend on what you want to be included in the basket.
Before you arrive, it’s a good idea to check out what Martha’s Vineyard Baskets has to offer, then pre-order them to give them around 24 hours to package it. Once it's ready, you can pick it up at their store or have it delivered to your address if you are within the Grand Rapids area. If you’re further away, you can also have it shipped to your preferred location. That way you don’t have to carry it home.
With good reason, CB Stark has been crowned the best jeweller in Martha’s Vineyard for several years. Their thematic jewellery collection is timeless and sports innovative. CB Start produces creative designs such as Alpaca charms, vineyard charms, or a compass rose necklace that you can even buy as a gift for yourself or for a loved one back home. Besides selling distinctive jewellery, the jeweller also repairs, re-designs, and can custom-make any jewellery. Plus if you’re there at the right time, you may even stumble across one of their fantastic sales.
Shopping in Cape Cod
Cape Cod is not only famous for its picturesque beaches and lobster rolls but also for its unique products and brands, which draw their inspiration from the sea and its surroundings. When you’re in Nantucket, it’s only a 2-hour 15-minute ferry ride away to Cape Cod so you can continue your vacation shopping in Cape Cod. Here are some of the best shopping spots in this popular vacation destination:
Get unique, stylish and trendy wear from Sundance clothing. From t-shirts, sweaters, cardigans, pants, and jackets to dresses, the clothing store has something for every woman regardless of her body or size.
The main goal of Sundance Clothing’s team is to help women look and feel at their very best, and they’ve been doing it for over a decade now. Brighten your outfit’s look with a piece of fine jewellery from their wide selection. For convenience, the store has two branches, one in Chatham and one in Sandwich.
Chatham Candy Manor
If it’s a sweet tooth that you have, grab some savoury candies at the Chatham Candy Manor. Treat your tastebuds to some delicious chocolate, fudge, Oreos & pretzels in their sweet collection. If you’re watching your weight, the store also offers sugar-free and vegan-friendly varieties.
Chatham Candy Manor boasts over 65 years of perfecting the traditions of the old-school chocolatier. So, you can expect nothing short of the best candy you’ve ever had. It is every candy lover’s paradise!
If you are into unusual items that spice up your living space, do not leave Cape Cod without a visit to Design Works. Their collection includes original art, antiques, vintage goods, bedding, and seasonal home accessories. Also, check out their clothing and jewellery section for some cool and fashionable pieces for adults. Not only do they have great goods but their staff are friendly and helpful too.
So there you have it. These are just a selection of the best shopping in Nantucket and beyond. Happy shopping!