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Shopping Planner: Rhea Lana's, Misred fall launch, Tampa Bay Kids Expo and Halloween stores



Rhea Lana’s is a national franchise of children’s consignment events in which a local business owner gathers quality children’s items from consignors and then holds semi-annual sales. We’re not talking a little sale in someone’s garage; this is a full-blown event that runs Sunday through Thursday, at the former Sports Authority building at 3700 Tyrone Blvd., St. Petersburg. Expect to find everything related to infants, children and teens including cribs, toys, games, strollers, furniture, books and clothing. Consignors set their own prices, and everything has been tagged and entered into a database before the event. The company has earned acclaim for using software to keep track of the inventory, pay the consignors and run the events.
They’ll have a special presale event for consignors, volunteers, moms-to-be and members of the military and law enforcement on Saturday, and a special half-price sale for them on Tuesday evening. But don’t feel left out if you’re not in that group; Tuesday is a 25-percent-off day for the public from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday are half off to the public from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. It’s free to enter, and they accept all forms of credit cards and cash. Visit for more information.

True, it still feels like summer, but it is technically fall, and you’re probably ready to swap out your sandals and bright colors for some booties and darker hues. Swapping out summer for fall is exactly what Misred Outfitters in downtown St. Pete has done, and they are celebrating from 6-8:30 p.m. today. The whole store has been autumn-ized, and no single item costs more than $50. Being that it’s Misred, you can be sure the new selections will be in perfect keeping with all the fall trends. The shopping soiree is the shop’s most anticipated event, and there will be cocktails, popcorn and a fun DIY pop pom purse accessory station. Misred Outfitters is at 615 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

It’s all about the youth at this free event that brings learning, playing and shopping together to the Event Factory in Tampa on Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Your kids will have a blast at the Tampa Bay Kids Expo, which had more than 4,000 attendees last year. Free activities such as bounce houses, a video game truck, face painting, stage shows, arts and crafts and balloon art will keep the kiddos entertained for hours. Kids’ salon Sweet and Sassy Tampa will be on site styling girls’ hair with glitter spray and a glitter star, while boys get a spiked and colored ’do and a temporary tattoo. And it wouldn’t be a proper kids event without a few superheroes and princesses on deck.
Parents can find out important information on child safety, health and wellness, special needs, education and child care from local resources. Local vendors selling all manner of youth-related items will be on hand for those with the shopping bug. The Event Factory is at 7565 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. Register at and you’ll be automatically entered into all of the event’s giveaways.

Well, I should say, they’ve been here. In the tradition of barely clearing one holiday before you start preparing for the next, the major retailers started carrying Halloween items before summer was even close to being over. The Halloween stores that pop up in various deserted businesses for the season followed suit, coming to the area in mid August. To me, those pop-ups, like Spirit Halloween, which has more than 10 locations in the area (, are indicative of what a big business Halloween really is, maybe even rivaling Christmas. It’s great for those who love the holiday to have so many options, from the usual suspects like Party City and Target to these pop-ups, which include Halloween City ( and Halloween Express, and others that I’m not sure of the names of, but they’re like, everywhere. They all tend to have similar merchandise, but hey, happiness is having alternatives.
Then there’s the costume dilemma. They’re not cheap by any means, and you’re probably not going to wear it again, or at least not for a few years. Buying a new one every year is costly and then you have to have the space to store them. Tampa organization Community Roots Collective came up with a solution to this problem: a Costume Swap. The event happens Saturday at 1 p.m. at 400 E Palm Ave. in Tampa. Bring adult and kids' gently used costumes to swap for a different one. Halloween solved!

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:57pm]


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