Hi Florida!

In June I will visit the USA for a holiday, all the way from the Netherlands. We’ll be going to Florida. To be exact: Orlando, the Tampa/st Petersburg area and st Augustine. Are there any locals on wesewretro who can give some great tips for activities and must see’s/do’s for vintage lovers? Any flea-markets or other places to shop vintage goodies? Thanks!

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  • If you are going to be in the Tampa Bay area you MUST visit Sherry’s Yeserdaze. It’s the best vintage store I’ve found in the area and actually it’s just the best vintage store I’ve found period. Huge selection, very reasonable prices. Give it a Google. She’s got a website and an etsy shop if you want to preview.

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  • Good gracious Eileen, thanks! There is a google streetview of the shop. It looks amazing! :-D Maybe I can even find an metal mid century wall sculpture for my home over there..! I will certainly bring her a visit. Thanks again ;-)

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  • I spent my first 36 years in Tampa. What a town!

    Area flea markets: http://tampa.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-flea-markets-in-the-tampa-area/

    Do not miss Ybor City (Tampa’s historic Latin quarter):
    vintage clothes and jewelry at LaFrance : https://www.facebook.com/lafranceybor ,
    Cuban cuisine : http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2011/11/29/top-6-best-places-cuban-food-tampa/ ,
    craft beer : http://cigarcitybrewing.com/

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  • Hey there,

    I live in Jacksonville, which is right outside of St. Augustine, so I visit pretty often. There’s a delightful vintage shop that also sells makes from local artists as well. It’s in the historical district downtown which is always fun to walk around. http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-closet-saint-augustine There’s also The Way We Were – http://86charlotte.com/ . Those two are mostly for clothing and jewlery.

    If you walk around the historical district, you’ll find antique shops and local vendors that are awesome.

    There’s a nice winery that offers free tours with samples, I love their port – http://www.sansebastianwinery.com/

    Plaza Verde is also one of my favorite shops there. It’s filled with tons of goodies and lots of French lotions and soaps. I always walk away with something from this place, def not touristy – http://www.yelp.com/biz/plaza-verde-saint-augustine

    Here’s some other antique shops:
    http://astepbackintimeantiques.com/
    http://www.antiquesuniquescollectibles.com/
    http://www.churchill-lacroix.com/

    And here are the museums I would recommend:
    http://www.lightnermuseum.org/main_lightner.html – Lots of victorian art and pieces.
    http://www.villazorayda.com/ – A house modelled after The Alhambra owned by a collector, Egyptian art and oriental rug authority, which acted as a casino in the 30’s, filled with tons of really unique antiques from Egypt and Spain.

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  • I lived in Tampa for 10 years and still visit Tampa/st. Pete often. I would also recommend the ARTpool Boutique in St. Pete http://www.artpoolrules.com/boutique.html

    If you are up for some vintage fun, there is a little beach town area in St. Pete called Gulfport with nice little restaurants and bars. The main drag ends at the Gulfport Casino, which is actually a big, beautiful, campy retro dance hall on the water. They have swing dance nights every Wednesday that begin with a dance lesson. Admission is $7. The place is great! I had my wedding reception there.

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  • Also, there are a lot of good thrift shops where vintage and other good deals can be found. Sunshine Thrift on Dale Mabry is a good one, but there are many! I have found a lot of vintage fabric while visiting these last few trips.

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  • Hi Audrey86! I live in metro Orlando, and for starters, I recommend:
    1. The Sewing Studio- – located at 9605 South Highway 17-92, Maitland, FL 32751
    http://www.sewing.net/ I’ve been coming here since I moved to Florida in 1988. They have all kinds of wonderful fabrics and trims, and there is a bargain annex next door. The staff are also very helpful!
    2. Winter Park is a suburb on the northwest side of the city, with lovely shops and sidewalk cafes. The Morse Museum on Park Avenue is one of my favorite places on the planet: it’s a gorgeous display of Arts and Crafts paintings, furniture, pottery, jewelry, but especially the stained glass artistry of Louis Comfort Tiffany! It only costs $5, and it never ceases to refresh and inspire me.
    http://cityofwinterpark.org/
    http://www.morsemuseum.org/
    3. If you want to search in metro Orlando for antiques, there are some nice stores along Orange Ave. in the College Park area. For vintage clothing, try
    Orlando Vintage Clothing and Costumes, 2117 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789, open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Also try Dejavu Vintage Clothing and Accessories, 1210 Michigan Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789.
    4. For a major antiques fix and a nice drive to the Florida countryside, definitely head to Mt. Dora on Saturday or Sunday to see the lovely town on the lake with its shops and tea room, but spend most of the day at Renninger’s Antique Center. The address is 20651 US-441, Mount Dora, FL 32757. http://www.renningers.com/Locations/MtDora/index.html
    Most of the time, it’s free on the weekends, but sometimes they have a special show and charge admission. Don’t worry–it’s worth it!! Major antique overload. I’ve never left the place empty-handed.

    I hope this helps! Have a wonderful, safe trip and be sure to post and let us all know how it went!

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  • Oops! Winter Park is on the Northeast side of the city, not Northwest. I must be getting old and forgetful!

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  • The best of Tampa has definitely been mentioned. I just moved to Cambodia (6 months ago) and am missing the vintage and thrift like crazy! Sherry’s in Seminole Heights is by far my favorite. Seminole Heights was my neighborhood, good beer and good eats at The Refinery and The Independent (I used to work there) if you make it to that area. La France, of course in Ybor is wonderful. Also check out Seminole Heights Antiques, they have EVERYTHING. In downtown St. Pete there’s quite a few good shops, but definitely definitely go to Nooks. It’s a dear friend of mine’s shop. Tons of great things. For thrifting, Sunshine is good, think Goodwill, very large and usually more modern things aimed for children. My favorites thrifts were also in the heights, League of Mercy on Hillsborough Ave., and Metropolitan Ministries on Florida Ave. If you’re into chintzy, cheap, kitschy stuff, Magic Mall on Florida Ave and Waters Ave., is fun. A bit sketchy, but fun. :)

    I’m not usually one to put my two cents in, but thinking vintage and Tampa definitely tugged at my heart strings. Enjoy your trip, it’s a wonderful area when you know where to go! :)

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  • Thank you all for those great suggestions, I will certainly visit a lot of the places mentioned! Many thanks!

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