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Where to shop local in Tampa Bay for holiday gifts this weekend

Plus, a fire sale at the store inside USF CAM and a Trans Fashion Expo.
The Holiday Open House at Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor will feature Estella Fransbergen's glittering gold clay torso with a skirt of crystals on Nov. 23. [Courtesy of Syd Entel Galleries]
The Holiday Open House at Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor will feature Estella Fransbergen's glittering gold clay torso with a skirt of crystals on Nov. 23. [Courtesy of Syd Entel Galleries]
Published Nov. 20, 2019

ELEGANT: HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Looking for an elegant holiday shopping environment? Consider the Holiday Open House at Syd Entel Galleries this weekend. The space will be filled with fine art, glass and jewelry from national and international artists, displayed with a crystal holiday theme. Staff will help you find the perfect piece for the art lover on your list. Perhaps Estella Fransbergen’s glittering gold clay torso with a skirt of crystals (pictured) would be a fit? The party will be festive with holiday cheer. Free. 6-8 p.m. Saturday. 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 725-1808. sydentelgalleries.com.

DOWNTOWN ST. PETE: HOLIDAY KICKOFF WEEKEND

It’s a group effort for St. Petersburg’s Downtown Business Association’s Holiday Kickoff Weekend. They bring the Sunrise Sale every summer, when people wear their pajamas and hit the streets in search of deals. While this event isn’t focused on discounts, it has the same whimsical vibe. Break out your ugliest Christmas sweater or, more likely, a T-shirt, and stop by participating shops for festive photo ops, hot cocoa and treats. There will be shopping assistant “elves” to help with your list and festive holiday windows to admire along the way. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Grab a map at the St. Pete Store, 100 Second Ave. N.

ARTISTIC OPTIONS: CAM’S FIRE SALE

Look no further than a museum gift shop for holiday shopping inspiration, especially when there’s a sale like the one at the University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum this weekend. The store recently reduced its footprint, which means books, exhibition catalogs, art toys, cards and CDs are 75 percent off Thursday-Saturday only. Take advantage and stock up for seasons of gift giving to come. Proceeds benefit the museum’s programming. Visa and MasterCard only. Free, $5 parking. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-4133. cam.usf.edu.

Books, exhibition catalogs, toys and CDs will be 75 percent off at USF Contemporary Art Museum's fire sale Nov. 21 to 23. [Courtesy of USF CAM]

DRESS UP: TRANS FASHION EXPO

Metro Inclusive Health and the Tampa Bay area Department of Veterans Affairs have teamed up to bring the Trans Fashion and Health Expo this weekend. The event offers transgender people a safe space to try on clothes that align with their gender identity. From 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, select from a full boutique of clothing and accessories at no cost. The event also includes workshops on gender marker and name changes and trans healthcare services, as well as vendors that feature trans-inclusive businesses and services. A runway show featuring local transgender and gender diverse models will close the event at 4:30 p.m. Free. 3251 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg. metrotampabay.org.

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