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Treasure Troves: Our Favorite Shopping spots in The Outer Banks, NC

The Outer Banks is a true coastal gem off North Carolina’s shore, famous for stunning beaches, wild horses, and lore to explore! Still, a trip to the beach wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a little retail therapy, wouldn’t it?

If you’re wondering where to go for some quality shopping in Outer Banks, NC, you’re in the right place. In this blog, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite places to check out.

Whether you want to buy a souvenir to take home or need new clothes and beach gear for your trip, Outer Banks shopping has something for everyone — and shopping makes for the perfect afternoon activity to enjoy while you’re vacationing.

Let’s embark on a shopping adventure!

Outer Banks Mall, Nags Head

Outer Banks Mall in Nags Head is a combination of retail shops, grocery stores, and restaurants — in other words, a one-stop destination for all your shopping needs while staying in town.

Two of the most popular shops are The Cottage Shop and Dollar Tree, where you’ll find many items, including unique souvenirs to take home. If you feel hungry, dining options vary from Chinese and Asian cuisine at New China Buffet to pizzas at Yellow Submarine or delicious steaks at Outback Steakhouse.

Wondering about convenience? Their parking lot is huge, so you won’t get stressed trying to find a spot to park.

There’s more: once you’re done with your shopping spree, find the sitting areas facing the sound providing stunning views and a great spot to watch the sunset.

Outlets Nags Head, Nags Head

At Outlets Nags Head, you’ll find unbeatable deals for your favorite brands.

With established labels such as Banana Republic, Michael Kors, J. Crew, American Eagle, Champion, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sunglass Hut, and more, you can explore their wide range of clothes and accessories while enjoying plenty of cool extras.

Amenities include vast parking, bike racks, shaded areas, and outdoor decks offering serene sound views. Plus, many stores welcome your furry companions, so they can join in your shopping adventures.

Families with children will enjoy the oversized checkerboards and cornhole games for added entertainment.

Local tip: Keep an eye out for exclusive specials like “Lunch on Us,” where a $10 gift card accompanies a $50 purchase, redeemable for dining discounts at Outlets Nags Head’s array of eateries.

Island Bookstore, Various Locations

Island Books OBX offers an eclectic mix of novels, biographies, children’s books, books about local history, and, of course, beach reads. Whether you’re a fan of heartwrenching dramas or thrilling mysteries, you’re sure to find something to enjoy.

The staff at Island Books OBX love literature as much as you do, and they’re always eager to help you find your next favorite book. They can provide thoughtful recommendations based on your preferences and introduce you to authors and titles you might not discover otherwise.

Be sure to stop by and visit Island Books OBX on your next trip to Outer Banks. The welcoming and warm atmosphere coupled with a unique selection of books is sure to make it a memorable part of your trip.

Scarborough Lane Shoppes, Duck

For nearly 30 years, Scarborough Lane has been the go-to shopping spot in the heart of Duck, NC. This charming retail complex boasts a delightful array of boutiques and restaurants, ensuring a relaxed and exceptional shopping experience for both locals and visitors year-round.

Connected by covered porches, the boutiques offer a diverse range of treasures to explore, including local favorites like Confetti Clothing, Ocean Treasures, The Mystic Jewel, October Jae Boutique, and Finest Flotsam for unique vintage finds.

Indulge your taste buds with unique snacks to take home from OBX Popcorn Shop, where choosing just one favorite flavor can be a challenge, or visit Ella’s Olive for gourmet treats such as Bloody Mary mixes, honey, homemade jams, olives, and flavored infused olive oils.

When it’s time to refuel, there are several dining spots where you can recharge your energy. Plus, Scarborough Lane hosts exciting events featuring art and music from time to time, making the shopping experience even more memorable.

Timbuck II, Corolla

Overlooking the Currituck Sound, Timbuck II is a prime spot in Corolla featuring restaurants and over 60 shops to satisfy your shopping cravings.

As you peruse their wide variety of boutiques, be sure to keep an eye out for local favorites such as Beach Books, The Cottage Shop, Dolphin Watch Gallery, Island Apparel, Sound Feet Shoes, Salt Coast Outfitters, and Good Vibes Video.

The latter is a true haven for retro lovers. For over 20 years, this business has been a treasure trove where you’ll find DVDs, games, VHS tapes, vintage sports cards, and comics.

Additionally, several dining options are available if you need a break, along with shops selling sweet treats like ice cream and cupcakes.

Timbuck II isn’t just a shopping spot; it also offers great options for family fun with entertainment activities such as golf links, a kart racetrack, and live music.

The Cotton Gin, Corolla

With three locations in the Outer Banks, including Corolla, Duck, and Nags Head, The Cotton Gin is a local institution and a must-visit spot if you’re going shopping in the region.

While you browse through their coastal and nautical collections featuring home furnishings, accessories, jewelry, and clothing, it’ll be difficult not to be taken aback by the nostalgic decor, transporting you to an old-time country market. 

You’ll also discover amazing souvenirs and gifts like collectible dolls, handmade quilts, towels, wooden crafts, and candles.

Local tip: if you happen to pass through Jarvisburg, visit their original store, functioning since 1929.


Nags Head Hammocks, Kill Devil Hills

Want the perfect souvenir to give your house that summer vacation feeling all year round?

Since 1974, Nags Head Hammocks has been selling high-quality hammocks using top-notch materials. Their pieces are known for their great design and durability, standing up to the test of time.

If you think buying a hammock or swing while vacationing in the Outer Banks is too cumbersome to carry around, you can have your purchase delivered. But they also offer portable hammocks that are great for taking on the go. Their Travel Hammock is very compact and perfect for family outings like backpacking, fishing, camping, or family vacations to the coast. 

They also offer nice accessories like stylish hammock pillows and even super cool strong dog leashes made of rope.

Chips Wine and Beer, Kill Devil Hills

Chips Wine & Beer Market boasts over 2,000 wine varieties and 600 craft beers. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a curious novice, stepping into Chips promises a journey of discovery and delight, with new arrivals consistently enriching the already vibrant selection.

The experience at Chips doesn’t just stop at shopping. Their dedicated tasting room invites patrons to linger a little longer, offering a cozy nook to sample and savor a rotating selection of drafts. It’s a perfect way to discover your next favorite in a welcoming and relaxed environment.

They also offer gourmet foods, decadent chocolates, and even exquisite cigars for those who appreciate the finer tastes in life. 



Extra Tips for Making the Most of Your Shopping Experience in and Around Outer Banks, NC

Outer Banks and the entire region are evolving each year, with new retail options emerging every season, introducing fresh concepts to locals and visitors alike. Here are some additional tips to enhance your shopping adventure:

    • Explore Local Markets: Seek out local markets or shopping districts renowned for their unique offerings and cultural vibes.

    • Seek Local Advice: Locals often hold valuable insights into the best places to shop for authentic and reasonably priced goods. Strike up conversations with residents and ask for their recommendations.

    • Interact with Store Staff: Don’t hesitate to engage with store employees for assistance or suggestions. Establishing positive interactions with staff members can enhance your overall shopping experience.

    • Embrace Sustainability: Look for eco-friendly and sustainable options whenever feasible. Prioritize quality over quantity to minimize the environmental impact of your purchases.

    • Support Local Businesses: Give preference to local establishments over large chains whenever possible. Supporting local businesses can foster economic growth within the community and provide access to more personalized offerings and services.

Remember, the goal isn’t solely to buy things but to enjoy a fulfilling shopping experience while making a positive impact locally. That’s the essence of quality tourism!

For more relevant local tips, head to our
blog. We cover many topics from the best restaurants to the best spots to watch sunsets, and there’s much more coming.

Wondering where to stay in the Outer Banks, NC?

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Our number one priority? Your ultimate comfort and happiness. Our local staff will always go the extra mile to make sure you and your family have a special vacation in OBX.

Staying with us, all you have to care about is letting the coastal beauty whisk you away – and you can rest assured it will!

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