Shopping Planner: Markets galore and the Sunrise Sale returns to downtown St. Pete
Never Too Many: Market Round Up
It’s interesting to watch the trends in retail change, and there’s no doubt indie markets are having a moment. Whether tried and true or all brand new, these markets each have something different to offer.
Shop under the shady trees at Williams Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday for the Saturday Morning Market, in its summer location. You’ll see the same quality of fresh produce, food, vendors and entertainment that you’ve come to expect at Al Lang Stadium, only with respite from the blazing sun. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Fourth Street and First Avenue N.
Clearwater Beach is getting in on the market action with the Art Bazaar and Market, pictured, on Saturday. This market boasts art, a farmers market and vendors just for kids. But the main event is the Bazaar Art Throwdown, a competition between three area artists for cash prizes. 3 p.m. McKay Park, across from co-host Beach Fire Beach Bar and Grill, 608 Mandalay Ave.
If you haven’t been to the beautiful Rialto Theatre in Tampa Heights, then the Tampa Indie Flea on Sunday is the perfect opportunity. Vendors inside sell art, works in letterpress, vintage items, jewelry and succulents. There will be coffee and breakfast, food trucks, and beer next door at Hidden Springs Ale Works. 1617 N Franklin St. Noon to 4 p.m.
Rise and Shine: Sunrise Sale
I went to the Sunrise Sale last year with some fashionable friends from the Times. We had a great time finding all the best deals downtown St. Petersburg had to offer. I’m considering doing it again, even though it means waking up before the break of dawn to get there. The event is back for the 44th time on July 20. Known as “St. Petersburg’s largest pajama party,” everyone is encouraged to roll out of bed in PJs and hit the sale. Many participating retailers will reward you with extra discounts or prizes if you show up in pajamas. It starts at 6:43 a. m. (that’s sunrise), and continues throughout the day. The main tent is on the steps of the Museum of Fine Arts (255 Beach Drive NE), with free cake and maps of participating businesses. The Downtown Business Association will also be collecting donations for Clothes to Kids.