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Cape Cod shopping

While Cape Cod isn't particularly well known for its shopping, there are a number of ways to keep your charge card busy. Many of the Cape's most interesting shops are conveniently located along a 30-mile stretch of Route 6A that passes through Sandwich, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster, and Orleans. Designated the Old King's Highway Historic District, this route offers some of the Cape's prettiest scenery, making it ideal for a day trip. The main commercial drags of Chatham and Provincetown are also home to a nice selection of shops, and there are other worthwhile stops throughout the Cape. In Falmouth, Maxwell & Co.'s selection of casual and semicasual men's and women's fashions from European and American designers is a nice—albeit pricey—departure from the ubiquitous whale belts and sundresses (200 Main St., Falmouth Village; 508-540-8752). The 90 stores at Mashpee Commons, an outdoor shopping center designed to look like a Cape Cod village, includes some upscale chains as well as independent retailers of clothing, jewelry, art, crafts, and home furnishings (routes 151 and 28; 508-477-5400; If you're in the Wellfleet area on the weekend, you can join in the Cape Cod shopping tradition of hunting for deals on Cape memorabilia, collectibles, and new merchandise at the Wellfleet Flea Market (51 Rte. 6, South Wellfleet; 508-349-0541; If you don't come away with a find, try the nearby Blue Heron Gallery, which offers a spellbinding selection of contemporary American art (20 Bank St., Wellfleet; 508-349-1714). And fans of the mail-order Atlantic Spice Company might fancy a stop at the outlet in Truro, which sells gourmet ingredients and kitchen gadgets (2 Shore Rd., Truro; 800-316-7965; If you can't leave home without them—or want to avoid them—note that typical shopping-mall chains and box stores clog Route 132 in Hyannis.

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Shopping in Brewster

At the Sydenstricker Glass Gallery showroom, artists create vivid, kiln-fired glassware using an early Egyptian process rediscovered by an MIT researcher. The...more

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Shopping in Chatham

Chatham's Main Street exemplifies the archetypal Cape Cod village, with picturesque storefronts housing some fun, hip, and creative shops. Although the intimate...more

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Shopping in Dennis

Opened in 1952 by the prominent potter and sculptor Harry Holl, Scargo Stoneware Pottery sells work by Holl, his daughters, a son-in-law, and other artists who...more

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Shopping in Orleans

Don't be put off by the name Bird Watcher's General Store: Even if you have no interest in bird-watching, you may lose track of time exploring the endless...more

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Shopping in Provincetown

Provincetown's Commercial Street is a crowded bazaar of art galleries, antique shops, souvenir stores, bars, ice-cream counters, and restaurants. Retro antique...more

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Shopping in Sandwich

There are several large antiques consignment shops on Cape Cod, but the best is the Sandwich Antiques Center. Rooms and rooms are filled with meticulously...more

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Shopping in Yarmouth

Built as an apothecary by Thacher Taylor Hallet in 1889 and run by his descendants, Hallet's Store still has its original marble-topped soda fountain—with...more

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