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Tampa Bay's top shopping picks: Kids Market, event decor and book sales

St. Petersburg’s Mirror Lake Community Library, pictured here in 2015, will host a book sale this weekend. [Times (2015)]
Published Jun. 26

NOT CHILD'S PLAY: Kids Market

Markets have taken over in Tampa Bay. You can find one every weekend. But the small business model is a perfect one to pass on to the children, so a kids market was inevitable. It came about through the community enrichment center Village Square, which provides music, fitness and educational programs to preschool-age kids from its location in WestShore Plaza. The Kids Market Summer Series will pop up in the mall this weekend with arts, crafts and food from vendors age 8-17. The program is serious; participants have to take an online course before they can participate. They're taught principles of customer service and parents are encouraged to not hover. And the food vendors are required to follow Cottage Law guidelines, so all the lemonade stand whistle-blowers can relax. The market will pop up again on July 27 and Aug. 31. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 250 WestShore Plaza, Tampa. Toll-free 1-855-534-8666. villagesquare.me.

SNAP IT UP: Summer sale

Ever been to an event at the St. Pete Side Lot in the Warehouse Arts District? It's a 5,000-square-foot open-air space that holds music, art shows and markets and can be rented out. It's curated by the owners of Cheers! Events. Ronnie Lee and Kristin Coffey completely transform spaces, from the lighting to the decor. When their warehouse gets too full, they have a summer sale, happening this weekend. Find lighting, decor, props, vases, glassware and candles all priced to move. People planning a wedding or large party should jump on this opportunity. Music and refreshments make it fun. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 2133 Second Ave. S. (727) 894-5558. sidelotstpete.com.

GET LIT: Book sale

Most of us should read books more often and give our poor eyes a break from screens. But books can get expensive. Enter the Friends of Mirror Lake Library book sale this weekend. It's co-hosted by local champions of literature Keep St. Pete Lit, and benefits the library. Tony the Balloon Guy will entertain. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 280 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg.

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