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Where to Shop on Block Island, Rhode Island

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New Shoreham, Rhode Island — the only township on Block Island, 13 miles off Rhode Island's mainland coast — takes all the best parts of New England's better-known island destinations and leaves behind the country club vibes. Gorgeous beaches with rolling dunes and bluffs? Check. Blue hydrangea bushes and old Victorian inns? Check. Fresh fried seafood, and plenty of opportunities for souvenir shopping? Check and check.

But unlike some other seasonal locales, the shops in this down-to-earth beach town are particularly affordable — and varied. Sure, there are more than a few places to pick up fudge and taffy, or overpriced sweatshirts and cotton T-shirts proclaiming their allegiance to Block Island. But there's a whole lot more, from a vintage and thrift store chockablock with retro knick-knacks to boutiques shilling handmade jewelry, home wares, and other accessories from all over the world.

Whether you're just stopping over for a day trip from Providence or New London (which is an easy train ride from New York, by the way) or shacking up for a whole week, be sure to check out a few of our favorite shops on Block Island.

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Blvck Market

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If you want to go home with something that reps Block Island but feels a little more fashion-forward than the regular old beach town sweatshirt, head to BLVCK Market. Owner Sean Dugan spends his winters in Bali, where the contemporary pieces from BLVCK Market’s in-house label — which includes everything from silk shorts to crochet dresses to soft men’s T-shirts — are made. The shop carries a few other laid-back, young feeling brands like RVCA and LA’s Honey Punch.
Tracy Finn

Glass Onion

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If you’ve got enough time to visit one shop before catching your ferry, Glass Onion should be the place; you’ll definitely go home with something you love from this quirky little shop, located a stone’s throw from Block Island Ferry. There’s a nice mix of home wares, apparel, and jewelry, ranging from welcome mats made from recycled lobster trap rope to handmade local jewelry to a huge selection of striped Breton shirts and dresses from St. James.
Tracy Finn

The Tipsy Mermaid

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Brace yourself for a lot of pastel. Tipsy Mermaid is like a Lilly Pulitzer explosion, with a huge selection of the designer’s iconic prints right up front. Walk a bit further into the shop to find several like-minded labels, all exuding a retro-preppy vibe you can get behind even if you’re not a Biff or Muffy. (If you’re really in the mood for digging through the racks, Rags across the street has a decent selection of women’s clothes, as does Tipsy Mermaid’s sister store, Bonnie & Clyde, located at 53 Water Street.)
Tracy Finn

East Of The River Nile Trading Company

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Intricate necklaces from Afghanistan, block-printed pillows from Ghana, inlaid wooden boxes from Iran, silk rugs from Turkey — East of the River Nile features cool goods from all over the globe that taken together can feel a little hippie dippie, but individually can be styled into any wardrobe or lifestyle to great effect. The extensive (and inexpensive) jewelry selection is a good place to start.
Tracy Finn

Red Right Return

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Straddling the line between vintage, thrift, and antique store, Red Right Return is the place for truly one-of-a-kind finds on Block island. Deadstock 1950s denim, estate jewelry (including amazing cocktail rings), and vintage glassware were some of the highlights during our last visit, but the selection is always changing. Check out the shop’s annex across the street for bigger items like furniture.
Tracy Finn

Lazy Fish

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This large, somewhat rambling space is full of homewares, local art, jewelry, and apparel (including vintage) sourced from near and far. Owner Carolyn Collins was formerly an interior designer, and her wonderful eye is evident throughout the shop’s artful displays. And if all that shopping has made you hungry, now is a good time to stop by the adorable Persephone Kitchen for a coffee or draft kombucha and homemade snack next door.
Tracy Finn

Marmar Jewels

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Run by jewelry designer Martha Andrew, Mar Mar features a rotating display of indie jewelers from around the country in addition to Andrew’s own designs (check out the schedule of trunk shows during your visit for the chance to meet one of them in person). The selection includes lots of organic shapes and rough-cut semi-precious stones; prices start around $50.
Tracy Finn

Diamondblue Surf Shop

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Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of places to shop for swimwear on the island. Diamondblue Surf Shop has the best selection. Browse suits and apparel by surf brands like Roxy, Rip Curl, and Hurley as well as lesser-known swim labels like IMSY.
Tracy Finn

Blvck Market

Tracy Finn
If you want to go home with something that reps Block Island but feels a little more fashion-forward than the regular old beach town sweatshirt, head to BLVCK Market. Owner Sean Dugan spends his winters in Bali, where the contemporary pieces from BLVCK Market’s in-house label — which includes everything from silk shorts to crochet dresses to soft men’s T-shirts — are made. The shop carries a few other laid-back, young feeling brands like RVCA and LA’s Honey Punch.
Tracy Finn

Glass Onion

Tracy Finn
If you’ve got enough time to visit one shop before catching your ferry, Glass Onion should be the place; you’ll definitely go home with something you love from this quirky little shop, located a stone’s throw from Block Island Ferry. There’s a nice mix of home wares, apparel, and jewelry, ranging from welcome mats made from recycled lobster trap rope to handmade local jewelry to a huge selection of striped Breton shirts and dresses from St. James.
Tracy Finn

The Tipsy Mermaid

Tracy Finn
Brace yourself for a lot of pastel. Tipsy Mermaid is like a Lilly Pulitzer explosion, with a huge selection of the designer’s iconic prints right up front. Walk a bit further into the shop to find several like-minded labels, all exuding a retro-preppy vibe you can get behind even if you’re not a Biff or Muffy. (If you’re really in the mood for digging through the racks, Rags across the street has a decent selection of women’s clothes, as does Tipsy Mermaid’s sister store, Bonnie & Clyde, located at 53 Water Street.)
Tracy Finn

East Of The River Nile Trading Company

Tracy Finn
Intricate necklaces from Afghanistan, block-printed pillows from Ghana, inlaid wooden boxes from Iran, silk rugs from Turkey — East of the River Nile features cool goods from all over the globe that taken together can feel a little hippie dippie, but individually can be styled into any wardrobe or lifestyle to great effect. The extensive (and inexpensive) jewelry selection is a good place to start.
Tracy Finn

Red Right Return

Tracy Finn
Straddling the line between vintage, thrift, and antique store, Red Right Return is the place for truly one-of-a-kind finds on Block island. Deadstock 1950s denim, estate jewelry (including amazing cocktail rings), and vintage glassware were some of the highlights during our last visit, but the selection is always changing. Check out the shop’s annex across the street for bigger items like furniture.
Tracy Finn

Lazy Fish

Tracy Finn
This large, somewhat rambling space is full of homewares, local art, jewelry, and apparel (including vintage) sourced from near and far. Owner Carolyn Collins was formerly an interior designer, and her wonderful eye is evident throughout the shop’s artful displays. And if all that shopping has made you hungry, now is a good time to stop by the adorable Persephone Kitchen for a coffee or draft kombucha and homemade snack next door.
Tracy Finn

Marmar Jewels

Tracy Finn
Run by jewelry designer Martha Andrew, Mar Mar features a rotating display of indie jewelers from around the country in addition to Andrew’s own designs (check out the schedule of trunk shows during your visit for the chance to meet one of them in person). The selection includes lots of organic shapes and rough-cut semi-precious stones; prices start around $50.
Tracy Finn

Diamondblue Surf Shop

Tracy Finn
Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of places to shop for swimwear on the island. Diamondblue Surf Shop has the best selection. Browse suits and apparel by surf brands like Roxy, Rip Curl, and Hurley as well as lesser-known swim labels like IMSY.
Tracy Finn