Shopping Planner: It's a St. Pete-apalooza all the livelong weekend
LOCAL LOVE: GARGANTUAN GUIDE
Attention, St. Pete shoppers: The city will be your oyster this weekend as Localtopia, Crafty Fest, Saturday Morning Market, St. Pete Indie Market and Brocante Market collide. On Saturday, prepare yourselves for screams of “Just take my money!” during what we are billing as the Big Bang of local business.
Localtopia: In its third year, nearly 200 St. Petersburg area independent businesses will present “A Community Celebration of All Things Local.” Expect a representation of local arts, culture, shopping, food, drinks, health, wellness and sports. T-shirt lovers can watch live screen-printing of Keep St. Pete Local and Localtopia tops. Popular Burg-centric T-shirt designers Chad Mize/CHIZZY & Wide Sky will be on hand as well. Swing by the arts village to pick up some one-of-a-kind decor, or eat and drink your way down Third Street, which will feature some of St. Pete’s best brews and bites. The event includes live music, a skate village, raffles, photo ops and family fun (featuring the Rowdies!). Admission is free at Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. (St. Pete Indie Market pops up here this week.) (813) 500-7708. localtopia.squarespace.com
St. Pete Indie Market: This edition of the monthly fair will pop up as its own village at Williams Park during Localtopia. Artists, indie designers, vintage sellers, horticulturists and crafters will gather to show off their handmade jewelry, letterpress cards, screen-printed tees, vintage treasures, upcycled home goods, succulent gardens, artisanal jams and much more. With more than 60 vendors, this is one spot you won’t want to pass by. stpeteindiemarket.com
ARTpool Crafty Fest: This local indie market comes around once a month at ARTpool Gallery’s outdoor space, teeming all weekend with handmade jewelry, art, vinyl, vintage, food and drinks. The funky gathering with an artsy slant is happening in the Grand Central District between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. artpoolrules.com
Saturday Morning Market: If it’s a Saturday, it must be time for more than 100 local vendors to descend upon Progress Energy Park and Al Lang Field. There you’ll find farmers, produce, gourmet foods, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants. This free event, now in its 14th year, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. saturdaymorningmarket.com
Brocante Market: The shop is open! Brocante’s vendors are ready to show you what they’ve made of their rescued vintage finds. At Brocante’s 15,000-square-foot space, you’ll find unique, hand-picked treasures, some upcycled, some weathered. Check it out Saturday and Sunday. It’s only open one weekend per month, so don’t miss it. 2200 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg. brocantemarket.com
ITEM OF THE WEEK: ST. PETE PRINTS
At Localtopia, hunt down the booth manned by Franny and Franky Designs, a wildly popular print company that has been featured in HGTV magazine. Franny and Franky Designs sells unique wall art, nursery art, wedding decor and personalized art prints, including custom neighborhood art like this print of St. Pete. You can find it for $20 at their booth or online at their Etsy shop.
SEEING SILVER: SOUTHWEST SENSATION
In other shopping news, David Dear, a silversmith from the San Juan Pueblo in New Mexico, will showcase his handcrafted Southwest-inspired jewelry and accessories for men and women at Red Cloud American Indian Art in St. Pete all weekend. You can find his breathtaking boho beauties at 208 Beach Drive NE from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. daviddear.com
IN THE BAG: CONSIGNED FINDS
Reruns 4 Little Ones knows that the struggle of children growing too fast is very real. That’s why the kids consignment shop is hosting a bag sale on Sunday. Sale clothing, shoes and maternity wear will be sold for $7 per bag or $15 for three bags. Just show up at the long tables outside the store at exactly 9 a.m. and start bagging. All inventory will be organized by gender and size. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday. 8802 Rocky Creek Drive, Tampa. (813) 249-1975. reruns4littleones.com