Shopping Planner: Saturday Morning Market and after-Christmas sales
Last-Minute Shopping: Saturday Morning Market
Saturday is Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah, so if you still need a gift for someone, get out early and head over to the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg. You know the mall will be a zoo, and while the market gets pretty darn busy itself, it’s a different shopping experience. Peruse the many small business vendors selling a variety of goods, such as local jewelrymaker and market staple Mark Noll. He makes incredibly cool jewelry out of the most unlikely materials, such as Corian, recycled wood and even beetle wings, called elytra (pictured). You’ll find fresh produce with which to make holiday dinners and plants and flowers to bring as a gift. Grab something scrumptious to eat from one of the many food vendors, and enjoy live music from the Gulf Coast Jazz Quartet. It runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE. (727) 455-4921. saturdaymorningmarket.com.
Aftermath: After-Christmas Sales
Well, Sunday’s the big day if you celebrate Christmas. For some, that means no more shopping for a while. For others, that’s when the shopping really begins. And with Hanukkah just beginning Saturday, there’s plenty more gift-buying to be done. Isn’t it nice, then, that some shops are having after-Christmas sales to take advantage of? The store at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, is having one, beginning Monday and running through Jan. 1. Receive discounts of up to 75 percent off on all manner of artistic items, from jewelry to wall art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except Thursday, when it’s open till 8 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, although they may close a bit early for New Year’s Eve. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.
One of the biggest deals people love to take advantage of are sales on ornaments. If that sounds like you, make sure to check out Florida CraftArt’s after-holiday sale, which starts Monday and ends the 31st. They’re offering 20 percent off not only on ornaments, but also on all holiday-themed items. What’s especially great is that they’re all handmade by Florida artists. They’re open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391. floridacraftart.org.