Of course, antiquing involves more than simply stopping off at a couple of shops. This is a serious sport for some, and that involves going the extra mile to find a good deal on a great item. Most antique shoppers pick a region to explore multiple sources on the same trip, so we've compiled an easy-to-follow list for our guests at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort. Head out in any direction from the resort (except east into the Atlantic Ocean) and hit these local honey holes:
* Coast to Coast Antiques Gallery: This Kings Highway hot spot has a large showroom filled with home furnishings, vintage decor and collectibles.
* Fox & Hounds Antiques Mall: The hunting-themed title is fitting, since shoppers can comb through this 8,600-square-foot showroom with more than 60 vendors to bag some bargains.
* Soda Pops Vintage Shop: This unique store is worth visiting even if you aren't into antiquing. Featuring memorabilia that might be found in a general store from the mid-20th century, Soda Pops allows patrons to take a stroll down memory lane while enjoying an old-fashioned soda and burger.
* Vintiques Antique and Variety Mall: Antique shoppers with a good eye can find a wide variety of vintage items at this honey hole.
* Classic Antiques and More: If you are searching for upscale home furnishings and decor, be sure to check out this Murrells Inlet hot spot.
* Emma Marie's Antique Shoppe: If you make it all the way to Georgetown's historic Harborwalk district, this place is a must-visit.
* Harvest Commons: This popular Pawleys Island shopping center houses more than 50 vendors offering a wide selection of home furnishings and more.
* Homespun Crafters Mall: This Surfside Beach outlet specializes in fabrics, quilts and other antique items.
* Legacy Antique Mall: Located in Murrells Inlet, this destination offers a diverse group of vendors offering wide range of wares.
* Pluff Mud: Take home a piece of the Lowcountry at this Pawleys Island shop, which offers local artwork, antiques and re-purposed items in an “arrogantly shabby” setting.
* New To You 2: This chic boutique in Murrells Inlet features antique items, local art, vintage jewelry, home decor and a whole lot more.
* Two Sisters with Southern Charm: For the two sibling owners of this Murrells Inlet shop specializing in “Vintage & Shabby Home décor,” antiquing runs in the family.
* Waccamaw Antiques and Interiors: This Pawleys Island store has everything you need to give your home a Lowcountry makeover.
* Everything Under the Sun: The name says it all at this North Myrtle Beach indoor flea market, which features antiques, clothing, jewelry, memorabilia, crafts and a whole lot more.
* Little River Mini Mall: This mall might be “mini,” but it packs a lot of items under one roof. Located in Little River, just south of the Carolina border, this place is worth the half-hour trip.
* The Wildflower: The classic meets the modern at this trendy North Myrtle Beach shop, which offers antique and vintage items in a cool setting.
* AAA Resale Antiques and Collectibles: Make the 15-mile trip to Conway for some great deals on home furnishings and décor.
* Carolina Forest Flea Market & Antiques: You name it, you can probably find it at this 30,000-square-foot facility.
* Forgotten Times Antiques: Discover the active antique scene at this store in downtown Conway that offers a wide selection of furniture, collectibles, memorabilia and much more near the Riverwalk.
* Southern Pickers Antiques: Experience a slice of Southern life at this honey hole in historic Conway.
Of course, antiquing can take a toll on the body and mind, so be sure to unwind back in Myrtle Beach at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort with a dip in the pools or ocean, a relaxing break on your private oceanfront balcony, and a good night’s rest in your comfortable room.