Shopping Planner: Semiannual Dress For Success sale, plus flea market flips and more
DIVINE DEALS: DRESS FOR SUCCESS
The clouds just parted and I swear I heard angels sing, for it is that time again: time to show our support for Dress for Success Tampa Bay, all while scoring serious deals on clothes, shoes and accessories. Some backstory: Dress for Success helps disadvantaged women gain the skills and wardrobes they need to step foot into that perfect career. DFS Tampa Bay provides attire for job interviews — plus interview tips, employment skills, networking and more. Most of the clothes they offer are donated or gently used, but the organization sells off its excess inventory and uses the money to buy new clothes and keep the lights on.
That brings us to the highlight of this weekend: DFS Tampa Bay’s semiannual excess inventory sale. You don’t want to miss this one. Head over to Bayshore Baptist Church in Tampa on Friday or Saturday to find suits for $10; clothing, shoes and purses for $5; and jewelry, belts and scarves for $2. This is not a drill. Deal Diva extraordinaire Stephanie, who volunteers for the charity, found some Diane von Furstenberg calf-hair platform heels last year. It will never be forgotten. Bonus: Steph will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday to demonstrate how the DFS personal shoppers put outfits together, and help you do the same.
While there are major steals to be had, you have to play by the rules: All sales are final, no kids are allowed and you have to pay with cash or credit. (There’s a $25 minimum purchase for credit cards.) Pro tip: Wear leggings and a tank, because the dressing area might get a little crazy. Oh, and BYOB. That’s “bring your own bag” in Diva speak. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 3111 W Morrison Ave., Tampa. (813) 259-1876. tampabay.dressforsuccess.org.
SWIG AND SWAG: WINE AT THE DOCKS
What’s better than relaxing with a tasty glass of wine? Shopping while relaxing with a tasty glass of wine. Stroll the quaint shops of Tarpon Springs and schmooze with 35 participating merchants during Wine at the Docks. A ticket gets you a keepsake wine glass for tastings, light bites, prizes and a lift to various downtown locations. You can buy your $20 advance pass online or where the wine walk kicks off at the Chamber of Commerce, 111 E Tarpon Avenue. Day-of tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the event if available. It starts at 4 p.m. Saturday. 828 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 543-1593. tarponspringsfloridausa.com.
FLEA MARKET FLIP: TRASHY TO FLASHY
Who says closet castoffs aren’t fit for the clothing-conscious? Certainly no one at the Land O’Lakes Woman’s Club, which is celebrating flea market finds for the fashion-forward. The club hosts an annual show featuring looks pulled from donated clothing that will be on sale at their upcoming flea market. The runway show promises to be chock-full of hilarity, and proceeds benefit Very Special Arts, an international nonprofit organization that provides creative opportunities in arts and education for people of all abilities. Tickets to the luncheon are $6. 11 a.m. today. Lutz Community Center. 101 First Ave. NW, Lutz. (813) 528-1179.
ITEM OF THE WEEK: MARK NOLL DESIGNS
So, I was wandering around St. Pete’s Saturday Morning Market last weekend and somewhere between wiping tiny popsicle-stained faces and applying sunscreen because spring (!), I stumbled upon a rather delightful artist. His name is Mark Noll, and he creates the most stunning carved jewelry from upcycled materials. Noll uses old broken pallets and Corian countertop sink cutouts to create most of his earrings. He also uses scraps of wood from other projects as well as wood reclaimed from trees cut down by the city. Noll’s latest line is made from the cutoffs of carbon fiber paddle handles, but the set that first caught my eye was crafted from the iridescent elytra of jewel beetles. Yes, bug wings. The result: gorgeous, affordable, one-of-a-kind designs that will absolutely blow you away. If you can’t make it to the market, you can find Noll’s jewelry at marknolldesigns.com.