My mother and I consider ourselves shopping experts. Not only are we quick when it comes to browsing the racks, but we always seem to know where to find the best deals. It is also not usual for us to turn a quick trip in one store into a back seat (and trunk) full of shopping bags- from five stores... So if you are looking for a great Indiana shopping experience, take it from this shopping expert: look no further than Hamilton County's 8 Great Towns. Bring your mom, your girlfriends, your sisters or daughter to search for bargains and one of a kind pieces.

Start your 8 Great Towns shopping journey by strolling the Carmel Arts & Design District. Here you will find locally owned shops lining the streets of the picturesque downtown. Delicious local dining spots mix in nicely with boutique stores, art galleries and a consignment shop filled with good finds. A must stop is Pillow Talk where you can take home cute and affordable couture lingerie.

While you are still in Carmel, make the quick drive north on Rangeline Road to Clay Terrace - a huge outdoor lifestyle center that offers a little bit of something for everyone; major stores, quaint shops, dining, shoes, clothing, purses, scrapbooking, home decor - everything. You will not be able to leave this Carmel, Indiana hot spot without a few quality purchases to fill your car.

Now, this is just Carmel shopping - but there is so much more, so visit our website for more details on all the fun shops in our area. In the meantime, be on the look out for another shopping post coming soon- focused on Noblesville, Indiana shopping...