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Tampa Bay's top shopping picks: Sunrise Sale, Trashion Fashion

Kevin and Marisa Kiermaier walk with “dream” child Kelsie Vance at the Rays on the Runway fashion show in 2018. The local baseball team’s players will get dressed up for a good cause again Sunday for the event at Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. [Photo by Brian James]
Published Jul. 17

BREAK OF DAWN: Sunrise Sale

St. Petersburg's Downtown Business Association holds its annual Sunrise Sale Thursday, so by the time you're reading this people are already scoring deals at participating locations. But it's not too late to catch some of your own. Shoppers like to wear pajamas, and some stores give discounts if you do. Florida CraftArt has special deals on handmade art and vendors set up outside selling more. One vendor will have glass, ceramics, turned wood and a collection of vintage neckties. Find the map at stpetedowntownbiz.com. 501 Central Ave.

AVANT-GARDE: Trashion Fashion

Creativity knows no bounds at Trashion Fashion, Artpool Gallery's annual runway show of designs made from recycled or unusual materials. Take the Pixel Postage Pinups collection. Who would look at stamps and envelopes and envision cute, vintage-inspired outfits? Beth Joy Hobit, that's who. She and her daughter, Ayla Jade, will be walking in the show wearing the ensembles. Ayla Jade's is made from more than 100 canceled stamps from the 1980s to 2000s, while Beth Joy's has more than 500 dating from the 1970s and earlier. In her artist's statement, Hobit said she was inspired by the stamps as pieces of history through correspondence, and wonders if they'll one day be obsolete. The event is quite the party, and Artpool is loaded with cool stuff to browse through. $45 VIP runway seating, $20 standing room only and $10 ages 10-17. 8-11 p.m. Saturday. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. artpoolrules.com.

GOOD CAUSE: Rays on the Runway

Your chance to see your favorite Tampa Bay Rays players all dressed up happens this weekend at Rays on the Runway, benefiting the Children's Dream Fund. They'll be joined by their spouses and partners, as well as some special children who are recipients of the Children's Dream Fund's "dreams." That organization grants wishes to seriously ill children, from gifts of puppies to trips to see the northern lights. The runway show features local stylist Valerie Romas and fashions from Jackie Z Style Co. The players will all wear apparel from Bespoke and Co. The event includes a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres and a meet and greet with the players, including Kevin Kiermaier and his wife Marisa. Over 13 years, the benefit has raised $1 million. $125. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday. Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. (727) 896-6390. childrensdreamfund.org.

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