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Shopping Planner: Gift and plant sale, Atomic Bazaar and merry markets




It’s that time of year, and Tampa Bay is teeming with holiday markets to meet all your shopping needs. Each week I’ll highlight one. Find a complete listing at

If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, perhaps A Very Merry Market today will put you in a festive mood. The shopping event hosted by Great Explorations Children’s Museum and Sunken Gardens takes place at the museum and will have more than 30 local vendors. You’ll find “handcrafted goods for happy people” from Strands of Sunshine, fancy olive oils and vinegars by Kalamazoo Olive Company and children’s goods from the Littlest Trunk (pictured), a “curated children’s and maternity resale boutique.” Have fun goofing off in the photo booth, take advantage of discounts and complimentary gift wrapping, and enjoy free champagne and holiday cookies. Although it’s a fundraiser for Great Explorations, it’s free for the public to attend because it’s sponsored by the vendors. It happens from 4-8 p.m. at 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.


Get outside on Sunday at the Gift and Plant Sale at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. You couldn’t ask for better ambiance, as the gardens are all gussied up in their holiday decorations. You’ll undoubtedly find the perfect plant for that green thumber in your life, as almost half of the vendors will feature landscape, culinary and decorative plants, including a large variety of tropicals, Florida natives, bamboos, succulents, orchids and butterfly plants. There will also be vendors offering handmade jewelry, unique yard art and decor and botanical skincare products and cosmetics and organic clothing.

But wait, there’s more! You can also find native plant books and information and vintage plant containers. The sale happens 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but if you stick around you can watch the gardens transform into a wonderland of twinkly lights at 5:30 p.m. 12520 Ulmerton Road. Suggested donation of $4 to enter for adults; kids 12 and younger and members get in free. Proceeds help keep the gardens gorgeous.


It seems hard to believe, but once upon a time there wasn’t a multitude of indie markets. When the Atomic Holiday Bazaar in Sarasota began 11 years ago, it was a unique event. That’s not to say that it’s not still going strong; quite the contrary actually. A peek at the website reveals hundreds of participating vendors, who will fill two rooms in the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and some only participate one day because the demand is so great. Billed as “indie crafts and arts for the world’s delightful irregulars,” the items you’ll find there run the gamut, from foods to art to the handmade jewelry from Blossom and Shine (pictured), which will be there both days. $5 for adults, children 12 and younger get in free. But anyone can peruse the street fair and the front room for free. The first 100 “adultish” people through the main room doors each day receive a free tote. 801 N Tamiami Trail.

[Last modified: Friday, January 6, 2017 5:17pm]


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