Shopping on the Outer Banks

OBX Shopping

Looking for things to do on the Outer Banks? One of the most enjoyable parts of any OBX vacation is picking up a few mementos to remind you of your wonderful trip to the beach. The stores on Hatteras Island have a lot to offer. From seashells to sweatshirts, fine art to fishing poles, the seaside shopaholic won’t leave the island unfulfilled. Read on to find out more about the Outer Banks Shopping Experience!

Quick Hatteras Island Shopping Guide

  • Hatteras Island is mostly comprised of local mom and pop shops filled with local charm.
  • Much of what you find in the art galleries is created locally or regionally. Ask about shipping so you don’t have to pack it in the car for the ride home with you.
  • If you’re looking for outlet shopping, plan a day trip up to Nags Head. You’ll find a Tanger Outlet Mall less than a mile north of leaving the seashore.

Outer Banks Shopping For the Art Lovers

What’s the best way to take home a unique piece of Hatteras Island? By exploring the island art scene. The Outer Banks is full of local artisans who use the island environment as their muse, and this inspiration is evident in their work. Stop by a few local galleries and find a one-of-a-kind piece of Hatteras Island art you can hang at home as a lifelong reminder of your ties to the seashore.

Find that Summer Bestseller

There’s no better find than a great beach read to enjoy while you’re lounging away the hours on the sand. Hatteras Island has just the place to find a book or two to enjoy. Buxton Village Books in Buxton has been entertaining island readers for years and has a nice selection of contemporary favorites, used books, and local authors and guides.  You might also want to check out the Hatteras Island library in Hatteras Village for a sample of used books at a low price.

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For the Crafty

Do-it-yourselfers, take note: Hatteras Island is the ideal place to indulge in a little self expression. There are a few creative shops where you can paint your own pottery, and create your own jewelry. Take a break, get inspired, and spend a couple of hours creating a necklace or a piece of pottery that’s as enjoyable to make as the finished product itself. After all, for a present that’s truly personalized, there’s no better gift than one you created yourself.

Ice Cream and Coffee Shops

Need to re-energize from an afternoon of shopping? Hatteras Island features a variety of ice cream shops for a much needed cone-fix. On an especially hot day, you might want to try a snow cone stand for an icy cold and refreshing snack.  Prefer caffeine? There are a number of coffee shops that serve everything from a shot of espresso to a gourmet iced mochaccino with plenty of whipped cream. Many island coffee shops also have wireless internet access, so bring the laptop along.

Find the Perfect T-Shirt

You can’t leave the beach without grabbing a couple of Outer Banks T-shirts, and there are many stores on Hatteras Island that can help you find the right fit and style for your personality. You might also want to breeze by a couple surf shops for some board shorts and surfer tees. The spring and summer seasons are also usually the best time to find great deals on Outer Banks sweatshirts and jackets- a perfect holiday present for the Hatteras Island lover in your family.

Bring Home Memories of your Beach Vacation

If you want to remember Hatteras Island throughout the year, start with a memento you can use during the holiday season. Many gift shops have exquisite Christmas ornaments that can add a little Outer Banks to your holiday tree. Look for local shell inspired favorites, like starfish Santas and hand painted sand dollars. Don’t forget to pick up a few for your family and friends- it’s never too early to start thinking about the people on your Christmas list. 

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