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If you like to shop, you'll notice that when you visit some of the them, you find there are quite a few "chain" stores and shopping on St. Thomas was probably where it all started. Of course, there are many "independent" shops, but the more you travel around the Caribbean islands, the more you'll find the recognizable names of stores like Diamonds International, Omni Jewelers,Little Switzerland, Touched by the Sun, Boolchand's and the distinctive, Mr. Tablecloth.
On St. Thomas, you'll find a jewelry store every 10 feet. If you know your prices and know something about jewelry, you may find that you can get some very decent deals in the islands. It's a great place to pick up that special anniversary jewelry, or even perhaps for a couple to pick out an engagement ring. The key thing is to take your time and shop around before you BUY.
Several years ago, we purchased a man's ring for my husband to replace the wedding ring he lost (accidental or not!?!) He chose a 14k gold ring with a pattern of pave diamonds which was $500 or less + no tax (duty)
Electronics, cameras, expensive watches, etc., can be a good deal at the island stores. "a T-shirt that goes from plain white to colorful in the sun? Find that and other sun-turning "colorful" items at "Touched by the Sun.
NOTE: Cruise ship passengers and others should look for the bevy of coupons available for free gifts (yes, free) with purchases or additional discounts. Check Tourist Info. centers or on your ship. We have been given little gold necklaces or bracelets; tiny diamond chip stud earrings; charms; frames; souvenirs, etc. It just depends on the type of store and the coupon.
What to buy: If you women are not in the market for any high end jewelry trip, how about Mr. Tablecloth? It is a great place for special linens of all sorts such as tablecloths (of course!!), table sets--placemats, napkins, runners, etc., accent table round cloths, and even sheets, pillowcases, nightgowns, pajamas and robes. The special adnornment of embroidery, smocking, battenburg lace, etc., is what makes these things special. Looks for linen, fine cottons, satins, or Jaguard fabrics. Prices range from a few dollars and up.
At Little Switzerland, look for those adorable tiny babyshoe charms, each decorated differently and collected for each child a mother has and to be worn on necklaces. They also carry LLadro, Lalique, Rado, Omega, Movado, Mikimoto, Tiffany, Tag Heurer and many other designer names.
What to pay: From a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars for jewelry, watches, cameras and electronics. Remember that shopping here is duty free but purchases must be claimed on custom forms. Also the amount of importable liquer and tobacco products is limited.
Directions: Diamonds Intern'l: Main St.; Waterfront; Havensight
Mr. Tablecloth: 6 Main St. www.mrtablecloth-vi.com
Touched by the Sun: 37 Main St., A.H.Riise Mall
Little Switzerland: Main St.; Havensight Mall www.littleswiterland.com
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