Shopping Planner: Holiday markets, Bags of Change and more
Gift-Giving Season: Holiday Market RoundUp
It’s that time of year, and Tampa Bay is teeming with holiday markets to meet all your shopping needs. I’ll be highlighting one or two every week. Find a complete listing at tbtim.es/markets.
The Junior League of Tampa’s Holiday Gift Market is the mack daddy of holiday markets, boasting more than 150 vendors and large enough to fill the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. In addition to the wide selection of gifts, the family-oriented market also includes activities like Cookies with Santa ($20, includes admission), a Candle Pouring Party ($35, includes admission) and a Princess Meet and Greet. A Mother’s Nook provides a quiet space for baby’s needs, and there’s also a Man Cave with oversized sofas and lounge chairs to watch sports on giant flat screens. Get your gifts wrapped for a nominal fee, and there’s a bag check so you don’t have to lug around your purchases as you continue to shop. There’s a preview party tonight from 7-10 p.m., which includes live entertainment, food samplings and a raffle, all for $35. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8 at the door, or $5 in advance for Junior League Tampa members. Parking is $6, cash only. 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. jltampa.org/holiday-gift-market.
On the Road Again: Tampa Bay Fall RV Show
The Florida RV Trade Association’s show rolls into the Florida State Fairgrounds today through Sunday, bringing new and used travel trailers, motor homes, tent campers and conversion vans. Stoke your desire to get out on the open road by perusing the vehicles from dealers including Arrow RV, Camping World and Lazydays RV. Booths feature parts and accessories, insurance, RV repair and financing. They’ll also give out two $100 gift cards daily. Pets are welcome but must be leashed and cleaned up after. Admission is $4, $1 off with a nonperishable food item for Metropolitan Ministries. 16 and younger free. Seniors get a dollar discount today, and first responders and active military get the discount all days of the event. frvta.org.
New Neighbor: Scout and Molly’s Grand Opening Event
Hyde Park Village welcomed women’s boutique Scout and Molly’s on Oct. 29 to a location nestled between Lululemon and the Carlton Ward Gallery. Check them out Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m. They’ll have light bites, and a live DJ will set the ambiance. Scout and Molly’s was founded in Raleigh, N.C., in 2002 by Lisa Kornstein, who wanted to create a vibe where women felt comfortable shopping. The brand expanded and is now a national franchise with trendy clothes from labels like Amour Vert and Elan. 1603 West Snow Circle, Tampa. scoutandmollys.com.
Item of the Week: Bags of Change
It’s the time of year when helping those in need is on the brain. Here’s a way you can help while doing something you already love: shopping. With Dress for Success Tampa Bay’s Bags of Change program, purchase new bags donated by designers. Sales benefit the organization, which helps women in need get back into the workforce by providing them with professional attire and the tools to obtain and keep gainful employment. There’s a range of prices and a variety of styles, like the Circle Tote, pictured, $290. If you want to be really selfless, consider purchasing one as a gift for someone. The inventory changes constantly, and shipping in the United States is free. If none of the bags strike your fancy, you can make a monetary or clothing donation. Shop and donate at bagsofchange.org.