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Martha's Vineyard shopping

You won't find chain stores on the Vineyard—other than the touristy Black Dog T-shirt shops that seem to be everywhere. The island's shops range from funky general stores to art galleries and the wares run from cheap souvenirs to high-end crafts. Prices are resort-steep, but there are also original finds in places like retro Alley's General Store, the funky boutique Mix, and Midnight Farm, which is part-owned by Carly Simon. And let's face it: Where else can you buy scrimshaw? For an authentic island experience, buy direct from island artists and craftmakers at the Vineyard Artisans Festival (508-693-8989;, every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm from Memorial Day through Columbus Day at the Grange Hall on State Road in West Tisbury.

The Vineyard's newest shopping neighborhood is a nascent arts district just outside the center of Oak Bluffs, anchored by the Alison Shaw Gallery. Across the street in a former general store, the Dragonfly Gallery showcases contemporary art by local and global artists (91 Dukes County Ave.; 508-693-8877;, and Periwinkle Studios, in what was once a fish market, specializes in fabric art (92 Dukes County Ave.; 508-696-8304). The arts district is a pleasant walk from downtown Oak Bluffs across the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association.

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Alison Shaw Gallery, Oak Bluffs

In this small converted fire station, just outside the center of Oak Bluffs, the island's personable star photographer, Alison Shaw, exhibits her dazzling...more

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Alley's General Store, West Tisbury

The oldest operating retail business on Martha's Vineyard, this authentic New England general store occupies a restored 1858 building operated by the Martha's...more

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CB Stark Jewelers, Vineyard Haven

This jewelry shop got the jump on the charm-bracelet craze—by about four decades. The glass cases here are filled with elegant gold and silver charms in...more

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Edgartown Scrimshaw Gallery, Edgartown

The art of scrimshaw—etching delicate, highly detailed pictures onto pieces of ivory—was popularized by sailors looking for ways to while away the...more

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Granary Gallery, West Tisbury

Housed in a restored grain-storage barn, the Granary Gallery displays a captivating collection of art by artists with connections to the island. There are...more

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Martha's Vineyard Glassworks, West Tisbury

Watching glassblowers practicing their old-fashioned craft may take you back to elementary school field trips. But seeing the end result at Martha's Vineyard...more

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Midnight Farm, Vineyard Haven

Better known as Carly Simon's store (she's actually one of the partners; the owner is Tamara Weiss), Midnight Farm has all the multiculti charms of a more...more

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Mix, Vineyard Haven

Vintage kitsch and eclectic modern gifts share floor space at Emily Milstein's funky boutique. If you're not in the market for a 1930s Brownie camera, a calico...more

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Sundog, Edgartown

Even men who hate to shop will like to shop at Sundog. The hypermasculine two-story store—still run by two generations of the family that founded it in...more

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