Shopping in Lancaster, PA

It is so easy to shop in Lancaster, it’s almost a no brainer. The area is riddled with options from small owner run stores and boutique shops to antique malls to outlet malls. Don’t forget the farmer’s markets that showcase an amazing variety of goods just within their boundaries. Many stores feature handmade Amish goods, specialty arts and crafts, and furniture all under one roof.


Of course there are a plethora of antiques to be found in the Lancaster area. There are hundreds of antique dealers in the area with many special items just waiting to be found by you. If you want the best shot at grabbing your perfect item, you’ll want to get out early to be sure no other master shoppers beat you to your finds.


Auctions are also plentiful around Lancaster and, again, arriving early gives you an advantage. You can often preview the lots before the auction begins to plan your attack. Many of the items at auction will be antiques and a watchful eye can make it well worth your while to wait around for your chance to bid.


If furniture is what you are after, Lancaster will be very good to you. There are so many items either hand crafted by artisans, Amish builders, or repurposed and upcycled one of a kind pieces. One can also find name brand furniture around the area, especially if you hit the outlet malls. Amish furniture is of course very special in Lancaster. You may want to view items in a showroom and then commission your very own piece to pick up later or have shipped to you.

Outlet Malls

There are some free standing outlets in Lancaster if you do your research, but it is even easier to shop at one or both of the two large outlet malls in the area. Both located on Route 30. Both the Tanger Outlet Center and the Rockvale Outlet Center have gathered stores together under one roof to make your shopping efficient and maximize your total savings.

Farmer’s Markets

There are a variety of farmer’s markets in Lancaster, all of which are a much loved part of the local landscape and a highlight of daily as well as tourist culture. The wide availability of locally grown fruits and vegetables from local family farms is a privilege and a treat to behold and sample. You will find more than simply produce at Lancaster farmer’s markets, though.

At the market, you will have access to the tastiest baked goods, crafts like candles and baskets and even meats and cheeses. They are a true old fashioned style market where you can meet the people creating or harvesting the goods, in person. One can often find lovely Amish quilts and wrought iron work to beautify your home in addition to picking up something tasty for a snack or dinner. If you are interested in local food, the farm to table movement, or organic small farm production, you are sure to find items at the Lancaster farmer’s markets that will satisfy you.

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