Shopping Planner: Oprah, flora and yard sales galore
O PLUS YOU: STYLISH SUPPORT
Talbots and O, The Oprah Magazine have joined forces to support Dress for Success, which helps disadvantaged women gain the skills and clothing they need to land that perfect job. Through April 3, 30 percent of proceeds from the sales of O, The Oprah Magazine for Talbots Capsule Collection will be donated to DFS. Last year, Talbots collected more than 4,000 boxes of clothing and donated $500,000 to DFS. This year’s goal is to double that tally. Stop by any Talbots store this Saturday to take part in a Spring Style Shopping Party where you’ll enjoy refreshments and receive 25 percent off (excluding the Capsule Collection). You can also drop off gently used, office-appropriate attire at any Talbots store today through Sunday. Monetary donations for DFS will be accepted at the register of each store through April 3. dressforsuccess.org.
GET GARDENING: FANCY FLORA
It has been gorgeous outside as of late, and yards across the land are screaming for some quality time. This weekend you can find plants and herbs to spruce up your spring garden at a sidewalk sale presented by Palm Harbor Garden Club members. Admission is free, and it starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at 3254 Pine Forest Drive, Palm Harbor. (727) 786-7472. Also Saturday: Tampa Bay Orchids, a show of more than 6,000 square feet of live orchids will be on display at the Orchid Carnival-themed American Orchid Society judged show and sale. Potting and repotting services will be available at the event that will include growing supplies and vendors. It’s at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Egypt Shriners Activities Building. 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. $5 adults, 12 and younger free. (813) 368-7353. tampabayorchidsociety.shutterfly.com.
TRASH IS TREASURE: YARD SALES GALORE
The sun is shining, the air is crisp. Yes, springs is on its way, and we all know what that means: out with the old and in with the temporarily more organized lifestyle. That brings us to this weekend’s lengthy list of community sales, courtesy of those who are on top of their purging. Here’s where to go if you’re ready to rehome some of Tampa Bay’s cast-off treasures:
White Elephant Sale, 9 a.m. Saturday: Jewelry, antiques, collectibles, linens, electronics, housewares, furniture, DVDs, CDs, tapes, LPs, books. Americana Cove Community, 7200 First St. NE, St. Petersburg.
Wesleyan Village Yard Sale, 8 a.m. Saturday: Hosted by the Brooksville Wesleyan Church Women’s Ministry, 8225 Wesley Drive, Brooksville. (352) 777-4532.
Junk in the Trunk Garage Sale, 9 a.m. Saturday: More than 40 Safety Harbor-area residents load up their trunks and sell items from the backs of their cars. Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Ave. S, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1530. cityofsafetyharbor.com.
UCC Spring Rummage Sale and Outdoor Flea Market, 8 a.m. Saturday: Breakfast and lunch items will be for sale Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-4870.
ITEM OF THE WEEK: POOPY DOOPS
As I made my way through downtown Clearwater’s Pierce Street Market on Saturday, a couple of kids who shall not be named refused to let me leave without adopting two Poopy Doops. Poopy Doops are creatively named felt creatures designed and crafted by Stephen Roff and Dylan Kash. They come in the form of pillows, stuffed animals and key chains, and to be honest, they’re mighty cuddly. Each creature has a crazy backstory. Etsy legend has it that Poopy Doops are “mysterious two-dimensional creatures that travel from Japan on ocean currents in the form of spores, and once fully germinated wash ashore from the Gulf of Mexico.” They can not survive on their own, and they need your help! Such was the myth that inspired us to shell out for a couple of felt pals, one of which is a member of the superstar band Svedish Gold. They play fusion future funk, in case you were wondering. You can adopt your own Poopy Doop for $12-$35 at the Pierce Street Market on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month or online at etsy.com/shop/PoopyDoops.