No trip to Nashville is complete without a stop at this museum and its accompanying gift shop. You can order a custom CD of your favorite country music songs played in the museum and have it waiting for you when you leave ($22 to $24 for 12 tracks).
Nashville suffers from no lack of antiques, and a fair percentage of the city's selection is on the affordable side. This mall, located in an old warehouse, has the added bonus of being near railroad tracks: Listening to the rattle of trains while browsing is surprisingly relaxing.
Decades ago, this shop played home to the Midnight Jamboree, a wildly popular Saturday-night jam session attended by many country stars who'd walk over after they finished their shows at the nearby Grand Ole Opry. The Jamboree has relocated, but this spot is still one of the best places in town to load up on all types of Southern music, from bluegrass to banjo plucking.
Even if you have zero musical talent, it's still an unofficial rite of passage for any Nashville visitor to stop by a guitar store. This long-standing shop has seen nearly every country music star (or any music star, for that matter) as a customer, from Metallica to Dolly Parton.
There's no lack of tourist shops hawking raunchy tees and unsettling redneck memorabilia in the downtown area. Legends Gift Shop is one of the few locations that makes the effort to raise the bar with its mix of unexpected and amusing trinkets.
Near the Tennessee State Fairgrounds (don't miss the flea market there on the fourth weekend of every month), this gift shop is a worthwhile destination not only because it has a seven-foot-tall spaceship on display in the front yard, but also for its ample selection of well-priced knickknacks.
Part vintage store, part '50s kitsch shop, this winding bungalow encourages serious browsing. Wander around and discover sexy bandanna-print skirts by owner Katy K ($90), and belt buckles with hokey sayings like pig farmers bring home the bacon ($15).
Locals favor this spot for its good prices (CDs can be had for $2 to $10) and broad array of genres (everything from ambient to zydeco). If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask any of the salespeople—all of whom have a frighteningly high level of music knowledge.
This Southern home-goods chainlet caters to individuals looking to add the perfect vintage reproduction lamp or mod color-blocked pillow to their decor. The store's prices are on the affordable side, which makes a splurge on a set of Moroccan tea glasses ($8 each) or a sari-covered picture frame ($14) entirely acceptable.
Saturated with colorful merchandise, this boutique offers so many affordable trinkets, it's nearly impossible to exit without making multiple purchases. Not to worry, though, because even if you load up on, say, a bunch of painted-metal Indian bracelets ($3), a pair of polka-dotted tin cups ($12), a set of retro drink coasters ($6), and a lime-green tooled-leather purse ($48), your total would only be $69.