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Nearby Shops in Athens, GA

Looking for the best places to shop near downtown Athens, GA?

With several distinct shopping districts, you’ll find everything from quirky vintage, to southern home goods, all within a couple minutes’ walk.

Into sustainable fashion? Start your shopping spree off browsing vintage goods and locally-made clothing at Community.

Looking for that perfect gift for that UGA student in your life? Peruse unique greeting and congratulations cards, alongside journals and cute office supplies at Archer Paper Goods.

Whether you’re seeking a memento to remember your trip, gifts for a pal at home, or simply looking for some retail therapy, here are our top five recommended stores to hit on your shopping day in Athens.



Athens’ very own sustainable fashion hub, Community is a boutique specializing in vintage goods and locally-made clothing. Browse curated racks and shelves filled with unique pieces and artisan gifts like handmade soaps, paper goods, home decor and jewelry. Be sure to keep an eye out for Community Service, their in-house brand of redesigned vintage clothing created by the owner and her ultra-talented team. 

Insider Tip

Sign up for one of Community’s sewing classes or personal styling sessions while you’re in town to take the boutique’s vibe back home with you.

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Bizarro Wuxtry

Bizarro Wuxtry is Wuxtry Records’ kooky upstairs sister store, selling comics, zines, art books, toys and other odds and ends to the Athens community since the ‘70s. Prepare to be amazed by floor-to-ceiling shelves with everything from the classics to that obscure edition you’ve been searching for forever. Don’t be intimidated by the massive selection even if you’re a comic book novice – the staff are incredibly knowledgeable and will definitely point you towards something to love.  

Insider Tip

This is the perfect place to pick up a few out-of-the-box souvenirs that will easily fit in your suitcase. 

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Archer Paper Goods

Stationary, greeting cards, accessories, oh my! Archer Paper Goods is a playground for office supply lovers. From colorful pencils to stationary, keychains to candles, if it lives in your office, you’ll find it at Archer. They even offer Athens-made jewelry and office wares, so you can bring home a trinket that’s unique to UGA. 

If you find yourself in Atlanta, Dallas, or Charlotte, don’t hesitate to find their other locations to get your Archer fix.

Insider Tip

Hit up Archer Paper Goods at the beginning of the semester and grab all the cutest Back to School goodies you could ever dream of. It’ll give you that school supply shopping feeling you had as a kid.

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