Shop til you drop
In Arkansas, shopping venues include major malls with name-brand merchandise, discount stores and smaller upscale shops. Many Arkansas towns have downtown historic districts filled with hundreds of boutiques, quaint stores and some interesting offbeat places. Huge spring and fall crafts fairs, along with smaller ones during the year, offer the finest in handmade objects.
Throughout the state you can find souvenirs that are part of Arkansas’s history and heritage, such as quartz crystals from the Mount Ida region, whetstones and mineral water from Hot Springs, a hand-forged work of iron art from Mountain View, a basket of the highly-sought-after Arkansas Black apple from an orchard or roadside stand in the Ozarks, and, yes, even a precious gem at a real bargain price if you should happen to get lucky at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.