Shopping Planner: Sparkle and Shine, Smartly Dressed and more
Sparkle and Shine: Holiday Boutique
Now that Halloween is behind us, we’re officially into the holiday season, at least as far as shopping goes. Get a jump on your holiday shopping Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., as Florida CraftArt opens its festive Sparkle and Shine Holiday Boutique. Peruse the selection of handmade crafts from more than 300 artists while enjoying holiday music. You’ll find one-of-a-kind ornaments and holiday decor, works of clay, glass and wood, and of course, tons of jewelry. Shop for everyone on your list, and don’t be surprised if you pick up a few things for yourself, too. Free. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. floridacraftart.org.
Gifts Galore: MFA Smartly Dressed Boutique
While we’re on gifts, don’t miss this event on Monday at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg. The museum is hosting more than 20 local and national vendors in the Mary Alice McClendon Glass Conservatory, which patrons can enter for free from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vendors include hand-painted accessories from Holly Jones, handmade dolls and whimsies from Jennifer Kosharek and French table linens from Maisons Francaises. Start your shopping on a full stomach by attending Breakfast at the Boutique in the Marly Room at 10 a.m. For $25 you get breakfast and a complimentary gift wrap. Or ease into your shopping experience at the Sip, Stroll and Shop event from 5-7 p.m., also $25, featuring a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary gift wrap. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. stuartsociety.org.
Shop Around: Holiday Shopping Expo
I’m just saying, gift markets abound this week, and probably will weekly until the end of the season. This new event at Brandon’s Event Space on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. features more than 40 vendors. You’ll find a range of items and brands, some well-known, others home-grown. Vendors include Sweet Cheeks Cupcakes, skin care line Rodan and Fields and jewelry brand Origami Owl (pictured). Free. Bring a donation for Toys for Tots. 137 S Parsons Ave, Brandon. Find a full listing of vendors at facebook.com/annualholidayshoppingexpo.
Upscale Vintage: The Fancy Flea
Vintage never seems to get old. Or, I guess, being old is its charm. If you love it like I do, definitely check out the Fancy Flea Vintage Home and Garden Market this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held twice a year at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds in Plant City, the show offers more than 250 vendors selling painted furniture, shabby chic decor, garden art and plants, original art, antiques, primitives, midcentury modern furnishings and decor (swoon!), and salvage. There will also be a food truck rally and live music. $5, free parking. 303 N Lemon St, Plant City. fancyflea.net.