Reasons why NH is the Best Shopping State
Shoppers in America only have a few places to go if they want to escape a state sales tax – Alaska, Delaware, Montana, Oregon, and New Hampshire.
While New Hampshire residents know that they don’t have to pay tax–and that it is good–most don’t realize that many Americans will never know what it’s like to pay what’s actually on an item’s price tag. Many New Hampshire residents don’t understand how good they have it in their home state, where they can live free or die – without a sales tax.
The bottom line is: people spend less money for more in New Hampshire.
You can just go to one of the other states without sales tax, but NH has other benefits to consider. The Huffington Post named New Hampshire as the second safest American state to live in out of ten (based on crime rates and economics), while none of the other states without sales tax were on the list. NBC lists New Hampshire as third in a similar list. The two states above New Hampshire in rankings were Maine and Vermont – two other New England states.
The New Hampshire Lakes Region, in particular, draws people from all over the nation and the world because it does have beautiful nature, but it also has the Tanger Outlets in Tilton, NH, which house over 50 designer outlet stores. No matter what interests a visitor has, they’re bound to find many NH stores to suit their tax-free tastes. Antique lovers will find shops both big and small in almost every town. Crafters will find one of the biggest quilting stores in America: Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH with its sister knitting supply store, Patternworks, right next door. The Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith, NH has 14 shops (including a candy store, clothing stores, and a bookstore) in a renovated historic mill. The Kellerhaus in Weirs Beach, NH is one of the few candy makers still making ribbon candy and candy canes in the traditional style. Shoppers there can enjoy homemade ice cream and visit the smorgasbord to create their own sundae in addition to browsing their wonderful gift shop.
For artists and art lovers, there are numerous art galleries all around the Lakes Region, including The Old Print Barn in Meredith, NH; Tramway Artisans in West Ossipee, NH; Surroundings Art Gallery in Center Sandwich, NH; and Hampshire Pewter in Wolfeboro, NH. Each of these has its own unique character, with The Old Print Barn’s 50,000 individual prints and paintings displayed in a Civil War-era barn and Hampshire Pewter’s world-famous Christmas ornaments that they have been asked to create for the White House on more than one occasion.
If visitors wish to bring a little of the country back home with them, there are plenty of country décor stores within the Lakes Region, too. There’s the Laconia Antiques Center in Laconia, NH; the Amish Country Barn in Tilton, NH and the Annalee Doll Outlet in Meredith, NH – and those are only the specialty shops!
The fame New Hampshire has received because of its beautiful natural features sometimes makes it difficult for those outside the state to know just how great the tax-free shopping is. Tourists can hike, bike, swim or boat all day, and many do; but they shouldn’t forget about the designer stores and locally owned shops that are waiting for them right in the heart of New Hampshire.