Incredible artwork, unique items designed by local craftsmen, antiques from a by-gone era and, of course, fun stores that will have something for everyone—you’ll love shopping in the Tennessee Smokies! The best part is bringing a piece of the Smokies home with you. The region contains tons of shopping excursions, from outlet stores with name-brand items to specialty shops with one-of-a-kind finds. Find that special souvenir for those back home—or the perfect keepsake for yourself. Designer clothes, home accessories, original art, tasty treats—the variety is endless!
Gatlinburg is home to several malls and plazas, where you’ll discover one-of-a-kind shops that shape the character of the surrounding Smoky Mountains. Not only does Pigeon Forge have a massive outlet mall, there are also plenty of villages and quaint shops where you will find custom made products, fine jewelry, art galleries, vinyl records and much more. Sevierville has a popular shopping mall as well as lots of small retail areas which are home to a variety of stores and services, from clothing to hair salons. If you are searching for Smoky Mountain goodies and gifts, then head over to Townsend where you will find a plethora of locally owned shops offering a variety of unique items with that special Smokies touch. Wherever you decide to go in the Tennessee Smokies, shopping here is a fun and exciting adventure, and one of the reasons people find themselves coming back again and again.
High-End Shops & Outlets
Whether you have a keen appreciation for the finer things in life or just know how to spot a good deal, it’s easy to spend an entire day perusing the spectacular deals found in the outlet stores here. Adorn yourself with high-end favorites offered at low-end prices on designer outfits, jewelry, purses and shoes. Bring new life to your home with the most sought-after brands in kitchenware and home décor. Finally, treat yourself to a revitalizing makeover with the tremendous selection of top makeup brands, soothing body treatments and designer perfumes. These locations also have entertaining dinner theaters and top restaurants, so spend a whole day at the outlets!
Of course you’ll want to have that one particular item that reminds you of your unforgettable memories made in the Smokies each time it catches your eyes. Perhaps you’ll delight in an assortment of hand poured candles, a collection of mountain music reminiscent of your visit or a piece of accent furniture that mimics the rustic feel of Tennessee. Maybe it will be a piece of jewelry or a personalized Christmas ornament that brings a warm feeling to your heart. You’ll find an incredibly varied assortment of items inside the adorable specialty shops here. No matter which part of the Tennessee Smokies you are shopping in, it’s easy to discover a treasure that you know is special to our area.
Made In The Mountains
An alluring perk of shopping in the Smokies is that so many of the items found here are handcrafted by local artists and artisans. The Smokies contain various craft guilds, where talented artists can join together in revolutionizing the arts scene in Tennessee. Throughout the area, you will find a variety of galleries and shops filled with truly amazing arts and crafts symbolizing all that the Smoky Mountains stand for. When you purchase a hand-stitched quilt, a homemade bar of soap or a beautifully painted piece of art, you’re not only leaving with a quality piece of craftsmanship; you’re helping to support the local arts community, and that’s a purchase you can be proud of.
There are certain items that aren’t meant to last a lifetime. These delectable confections are found at many of shops here and may not last the car ride home. Bring a taste of the Smokies home with you by picking up a package of hand-dipped chocolates, a jar of specialty barbeque sauce or preserves, an assortment of nostalgic candy or a bottle of Tennessee-made moonshine. Don’t forget to grab some extra gourmet goodies for your friends back home!
Antiques, Vintage & Consignment Shops
The history of the Tennessee Smokies is a rich assortment of mountain pioneers, Cherokee heritage and colorful, Appalachian culture. Take a piece of this past home with you by visiting a local antique, vintage or consignment shop. A piece of pottery, a vintage leather sack, a hand-made toy—each item tells a story and will be a great reminder of your trip to the Smokies. The craftsmanship of Tennessee will ensure that this is a piece that will continue to stand the test of time.
No matter where you make your purchases, you’ll find amazing deals, one-of-a-kind gifts and, as always, a level of sweet Southern customer service you won’t find anywhere else. Both you and your wallet will be completely satisfied after just one day of shopping in the Smokies!
If you are planning on enjoying the Smokies during the summer, be sure to visit during their annual tax-free weekend beginning Friday, July 28–Sunday, July 30, 2023. During this time, you can purchase everything from clothes to computers without paying the sales tax! ■