Make us your home page
Everybody's Business

Consignment shop serves family needs

PALMA CEIA WEST — Stay-at-home mom Jenny Clayton isn't staying home anymore. With her youngest son at Dale Mabry Elementary and her eldest at Plant High, Clayton decided now was the time to open Sweet Pea Consignment.

"My kids are six years apart, but I always passed their things on to my nephews," Clayton said. In addition to clothing, she "recycles equipment, such as swings, high chairs and strollers, toys and books" in the shop near the intersection of S Dale Mabry Highway and Neptune Avenue.

"If they can use it, we will sell it,'' she said, pointing out Webkinz, Barbies and DVDs. "I think there's a great need for consignment right now. Anywhere you can save money is the right thing to do. It's good for the environment and good for families."

Merchandise has varied seasonally since the September opening. A selection of smocked outfits for boys and girls arrived in time for the holidays. Dozens of dresses still bear tags from a posh South Tampa linen boutique.

"Someone thought she was having a girl," Clayton said.

Employee Amy Plummer takes orders for the pillowcase dresses she makes from fancy fabrics, starting at $25. "She also monograms and embroiders," adds Clayton.

Moms might find some surprises for themselves, including Lilly Pulitzer in women's sizes and Vera Bradley purses that look like new.

Sweet Pea Consignment is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 1521 S Dale Mabry Highway. Call (813) 374-9980.

Sweet things of life are right next door

The idea of a strawberry chocolate pedicure, enjoyed while eating handmade chocolate truffles, sounds divine to Tammy Childers, who renovated and divided space at 201 E Twiggs St. to offer both.

At the Peppermint Reindeer Konfection Kafe she will sell gourmet chocolates and a variety of nostalgic candies. Childers' grandparents owned a chocolate shop in Illinois, "so it's in my blood," said the Florida native.

A few steps farther, 201 Twiggs Studio Salon offers his-and-her grooming. "Manicures, pedicures, waxing, massage and facials, available seven days a week," Childers said. "All services will be very male friendly." Trendy couture products include those by Jessica Nail, Sonya Dakar and Bella Lucce.

Renovations were extensive and delayed the opening until this week, said Childers as she awaited the city's final inspection at the southeast corner of Tampa and Twiggs streets.

Childers spent the last decade working for Internet and financial start-ups in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She believes her company logo, a dancing reindeer, embodies her independent spirit. "I've always been someone who lived on the edge."

With chocolate.

Call the Peppermint Reindeer Konfection Kafe at (813) 223-1666 and 201 Twiggs Studio Salon at (813) 225-1800.

Tile Market offers new lines, designs

Military wife and interior designer Liz Price moved four times in the past five years, personalizing each new home as if she and husband Wes were never leaving.

"It's your home, not your work cubicle,'' said Price, 42, manager of Tile Market on S MacDill Avenue, which she opened in mid November. The owner, Archie Vandermass, is well-known in the tile industry, said Price, and owns showrooms in Orlando and Sarasota in addition to this one just north of Bay to Bay Boulevard.

Tile options range from "economy styles to high-end products,'' said Price, a graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

"We're bringing new vendors that Tampa doesn't have," she said, such as Original Style of Exeter, England, known for hand-molded ceramic and glass designs.

The Prices arrived in Tampa in May when Wes was assigned to work at U.S. Central Command. And Tampa is where they plan to stay.

"There are so many opportunities here," she said.

Tile Market is open at 2406 S MacDill Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; visit or call (813) 381-5021.

Do you know something that should be Everybody's Business? Call (813) 226-3332 or e-mail

Consignment shop serves family needs 12/09/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 9, 2010 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 'Toxic' times: How repeal of Florida's tax on services reverberates, 30 years later

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Hurricane Irma attacked Florida, the state faced a troubled fiscal future that the storm will only make worse.

    Robertson says the tax debate is now “toxic.”
  2. Fewer Tampa Bay homeowners are underwater on their mortgages

    Real Estate

    The percentage of Tampa Bay homeowners underwater on their mortgages continues to drop. In the second quarter of this year, 10.2 percent of borrowers had negative equity compared to nearly 15 percent in the same period a year ago, CoreLogic reported Thursday. Nationally, 5.4 percent of all mortgaged homes were …

    The percentage of Tampa Bay homeowners underwater on their mortgages  continues to drop. [Times file photo]
  3. 'What Happened'? Clinton memoir sold 300,000 copies in first week


    Despite being met with decidedly mixed reviews, What Happened, Hillary Clinton's new memoir about the 2016 presidential campaign, sold a whopping 300,000 copies in its first week.

    The new memoir by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sold 300,000 copies in its first week.
  4. After Irma topples tree, home sale may be gone with the wind

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — To house hunters searching online, the home for sale in St. Petersburg's Shore Acres neighborhood couldn't have looked more appealing — fully renovated and shaded by the leafy canopy of a magnificent ficus benjamini tree.

    Hurricane Irma's winds recently blew over a large ficus tree, left, in the yard of a home at 3601Alabama Ave NE, right, in Shore Acres which is owned by Brett Schroder who is trying to sell the house.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  5. Unemployment claims double in Florida after Hurricane Irma


    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped by 23,000 last week to 259,000 as the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey began to fade.

    Homes destroyed by Hurricane Irma on Big Pine Key last week. Hurricane Irma continued to have an impact on the job market in Florida, where unemployment claims more than doubled from the previous week.
[The New York Times file photo]