I’ve been touring the East Coast the last 10 days, my first trip in the area! Salem is the last stop on my trip and a city I’ve always wanted to visit. Both the witchy element and the incredible history are a big draw for me.
What I didn’t expect to find is seriously great shopping! There are wonderful book stores, gift shops, botanical shops, farmers markets and more. Here are a few of my favorites:
The Coven’s Cottage
190 Essex St, Salem, MA
This might be the single most beautiful shop in Salem. Dedicated to Norse paganism and pagan paths in general, the shop is filled with incense, beautiful hanging dried herbs and witch balls. It’s cozy and warm and exactly what you’d expect a witch’s cottage in the woods to look like it!
186 Essex St, Salem, MA
Although the name of the store refers to the silver jewelry they carry, much of the shelves are stocked with piles and piles of beautiful, very affordably priced gemstones. I picked up a gorgeous polished labradorite which I’ve been dying to have and could have gone crazy if I didn’t have to fit everything in my carry-on!
3 Hawthorne Blvd, Salem, MA
A rather large freestanding building stocked with primarily dried herbs, flowers and teas, although I actually grabbed some incense and soap from here myself.
131 Essex St, Suite 1, Salem, MA
Part bookshop and part altar to all things literary, this shop looks like it belongs in Bath, England! Lots of Jane Austen and Sherlock Holmes goodies as well as beautiful jewelry, candles and more.
310 Essex St, Salem, MA
A rather small but sweet gift shop tucked along the entrance to The Witch House Museum, (the 1600s home of witch trials judge, Jonathon Corwin). This one has fun whirligigs and other historical toys, as well as some lovely stained glass ornaments in amongst baskets of dried flowers and antique wooden shelves.
40 Front St, Salem, MA
Although less witchy than many of the shops I wandered into today, this has to be one of the most beautiful. Roost is filled with all sorts of journals, candles, home decor and children’s clothes. I went home with a gorgeous painted paper lantern featuring a crescent moon and nightblooming flowers – can’t wait to hang it!
144 Washington St, Salem, MA
A bright beautiful space, this shop feels airy and filled with light. “Witch City” mugs, candles and totes appeal to the tourist, while spell kits and sprays are perfect for witchier needs.
The House of the Seven Gables Gift Shop
115 Derby St, Salem, MA
Larger than it looks from the outside and surprisingly well stocked for a shop located at an historical site, this place is filled with books, witch themed items, maritime gifts and so much more. I had such a great time exploring all the nooks in this 1600s building!