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The best shopping isn’t always about getting the newest, most expensive item at a boutique or bragging about your big savings at the outlets. Sometimes it’s window shopping in a cozy downtown or picking up an antique chair you didn’t know you needed. Lucky for us, our options are limitless.

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Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods

Greenwich

Greenwich Avenue is the destination for some of the finest shopping on the Gold Coast, from department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue to fashion icons Hermès and Kate Spade New York and the ultra-upscale Richards. Hidden gems off the beaten path are The Perfect Provenance and Pinky of Greenwich.

West Hartford

It’s almost difficult to avoid a solid shopping district in West Hartford. Whether you’re at the monstrous Westfarms Mall or trendy The Center & The Square (West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square), there’s plenty of worthy potential recipients of your hard-earned dollars.

Mystic

Olde Mistick Village is a beautiful option for a shopping day trip. Nautical-themed gift shop The Boardwalk boasts more than 4,000 products. Sticky Situations is dedicated to all things honey bee. And while we’re just about to enter the holiday season, it’s Christmastime all year long at Sofia’s Mystical Christmas.

Montville

The Shops at Nature’s Art Village calls itself “the most unique shopping destination in Connecticut.” There are six shops filled with nature’s art — the Artistic Jewelry, Absolute Bead, Ageless Toy, Ancient Fossil, A to Z Mineral and Artful Gift shops.

Clinton

For many people in the state, getting to Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets can be a pretty long drive, but we’re confident you’ll find something to make it worthwhile. They seem to have things regular malls don’t. Respected brands are sold at factory prices, the selection of both stores and items is remarkable, and food trucks are often on site.

Westport

In opulent downtown Westport, where Route 1 and Main Street meet along the Saugatuck River, it’s an upscale experience all around. Brandy Melville, Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines, lululemon, Lucky Brand, Banana Republic, Theory, Tiffany and so much more provide a quintessential Connecticut shopping excursion.

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Woodbury Antiques

Westbrook

The open-air Westbrook Outlets, formerly the Tanger Outlets before a May 2017 sale, comprise dozens of stores including H&M, Hollister, J. Crew, Loft, Old Navy and Williams-Sonoma. There’s also a 12-screen movie theater on the premises.

Canton

Despite being a small town in the suburbs west of Hartford, Canton has two fantastic yet distinct main shopping options. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley has your American Eagle, Francesca’s and Sephora, but historic downtown Collinsville is like a whole other time and place with Antiques on the Farmington, mom-and-pop shops and a farmers market on Sunday mornings.

Woodbury

At the opposite end of the spectrum from malls and outlets is the Woodbury Antiques Trail. With more than 35 dealers, the “antiques capital of Connecticut” is not housed under one roof or on one lot. It is made up mostly of Colonial or Victorian houses situated along Route 6.

New Haven

The Shops at Yale on Broadway and Chapel Street is a nice complement of national retailers including Apple, Patagonia and Urban Outfitters operating alongside one-of-a-kind local businesses including Atticus Bookstore Cafe, Campus Customs, Wave Gallery, dwell New Haven and Hell Boutique.

The Casinos

Casinos know that if you win money, you’re going to spend money. The lone Tanger Outlets remaining in the state is at Foxwoods along with spots such as high-end jeweler Bulgari and men’s clothing store Misura. Over at Mohegan you’ll find Lux Bond & Green, Coach and Swarovski.

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Mike Wollschlager, editor and writer for Connecticut Magazine, was born and raised in Bristol and has lived in Farmington, Milford, Shelton and Wallingford. He was previously an assistant sports editor at the New Haven Register.