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Old 01-25-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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Default Looking for Quaint Small Town in SC

Hello!

My husband retired a few years ago and we are looking to purchase a second home in a small, quaint town. We're not specifically looking for a retirement community but want a place where there are things to do with friendly people. We would like to find a 'Mayberry' type town with the downtown still thriving but small. We buy & sell antiques & estates and would really like to find an area where possibly buy a building or house and use to sell and live. We're not particular about what part of the state - the town itself will be the deciding factor. Also looking in Georgia also. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:57 PM
 
Location: North Dallas
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Aiken,SC...29803
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Plano, Texas
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Here are a few you may want to check out:

Aiken--very nice downtown with a lot going on in the area. Very active and growing community. A little larger than the other towns on my list.

Newberry--has a thriving downtown for a small city. Several friends who live there say locals refer to it as "Mayberry".

Camden--historic small town with a number of antique shops.

Landrum--smaller than the above three. Right on the NC border with a number of similar small, quaint NC mountain towns. Known locally for antiquing.

Elloree--even smaller, but has an impressive and quaint downtown area that has recently been done with little shops and eateries.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: On a Farm & by the sea
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Traveler's Rest, SC is one to check out...near to Greenville, SC, which would help to guarantee year-round traffic to support the antiques shop. Be careful as you seek our rural areas.....you really need to have a place with non-local traffic flowing through in order to sell your antiques. My cousin and uncle have two shops in two rural areas of SC and they struggle (good stuff they bring in from up North and other areas). Just make sure you choose a place with a year-round market......
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
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We would like to find a 'Mayberry' type town...
Why not the real thing? Have you checked out Mt Airy, NC? It was Andy Griffith's home town, and the inspiration for the TV show. You can still get a pork chop sammich at Snappy Lunch Diner.

Seriously, though, it's a neat little town, in what is very much an antiques type of place. You would have some competition, but it's a location known for antiques, so you would also have shoppers. As Tinabean pointed out, you need traffic, and Mt Airy is located between Hwy 52 and the upcoming I-74. Both of them are major routes between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Winston-Salem and other NC metropolitan areas.

It's near NC's foothills, so a little cooler and a little less humid than SC. They see some snow, but it's a much shorter winter than OH. Overall, a scenic, 4-seasons kinda place. You could do much worse...
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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Thanks to all of you for your time & information - I can't wait to check all the towns out starting next week!
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Florence, South Carolina
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Don't forget to give Kingstree, SC 29556 a look! Barbeque Capital of SC!
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Valley, PA, & Greenville, SC, USA
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Here are options in each of the three connected states: Landrum (SC), Tryon (NC), and Hartwell (GA). Another good option in South Carolina is the quaint and historic town of Abbeville.

If you want something slightly larger than those, yet still a "small town", try Hendersonville (NC), or Anderson (SC).

While looking in the Upstate area, be sure to check out the quaint, yet vibrant and award-winning atmosphere in Greenville's downtown. It beats the others hands down when it comes to relaxing things to enjoy in a quaint downtown atmosphere.
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Back Home in the High Country
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I definitely second the recommendation of Travelers Rest.

What about Seneca, SC? It has a nice downtown and close to upscale developments on Lake Keowee as well as Clemson (thinking about Clemson parents looking for things to do on their visits).
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Hello!

My husband retired a few years ago and we are looking to purchase a second home in a small, quaint town. We're not specifically looking for a retirement community but want a place where there are things to do with friendly people. We would like to find a 'Mayberry' type town with the downtown still thriving but small. We buy & sell antiques & estates and would really like to find an area where possibly buy a building or house and use to sell and live. We're not particular about what part of the state - the town itself will be the deciding factor. Also looking in Georgia also. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!
I would suggest Easley or Greer
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