The second week of our Florida vacation was spent exploring and antiquing along Florida's Gulf Coast. As with any antiques hunt, you never know what you might find. Although my blog is mostly about antiquing, you will be missing something special if you fail to spend some serious time at one of the gulf coast's many pristine beaches. Sugar fine sand, sunny skies and warm blue waters await the Florida traveler. Some great beaches that we like: Clearwater Beach, Madiera Beach, Treasure Island, Sanibel Island.
WHAT YOU'LL FIND:
While on our way back from Homosassa Springs Wildlife Refuge, my daughter and I stopped at The Antiques Mall, along Highway 19 in Homosassa, FL (352-621-9800). This is a medium-size antique mall and has a variety of items. (Some glassware, military and antique firearms & knives, and the usual antique home items. Prices were low to moderate. (I bought a cockpit instrument from an old plane for $12. This will make an interesting paperweight.)
|The Antques Mall, Homosassa, FL|
When we got to Tarpon Springs, we found at least eight antique shops in the Historic District, along East Tarpon Avenue. Pricing ranged from moderate to high in this district. Some shops Char and I found interesting:
Carters Antique Asylum - A nice assortment of jewelry, glassware, and some interesting things like an Eastlake Marble Top Dresser with mirror for $450 and an old black Payphone for $150. Carters90@hotmail.com
|Carter's Antique Asylum, Tarpon Springs, FL|
Antiques Forever - This shop had jewelry, a nice selection of designer purses, music boxes, some Christmas items, old knives and kitchen gadgets. (727-938-0078)
Menzers - In this well-organized shop you'll find glassware, jewelry, small tools, etc. (My wife bought several Hull Pottery bean pots for $10 each.) www.acpeddler.com/cottageville_santa
|Menzer's Antiques, Tarpon Springs, FL|
|Finders Keepers, Tarpon Springs, FL|
Court of Two Sisters - This moderate size shop is home to some interesting and varied antiques, such as Military collectibles, watches, clocks and glassware, and other collectibles. ( I found a nice old 1920s or 30s vintage wind-up Toy Firetruck with 4 battery-operated lights, marked down twice from $550 to $220, finally to $112.) I need to do some research on this item, but I think I got a bargain. email@example.com
|2 pics from Court of Two Sisters, Tarpon Springs, FL|
When you're tired of antiquing, you can walk down to the nearby Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks for a nice meal and/or some interesting sight-seeing. For some great Greek-style cuisine try Dimitri's On the Water. (We split a Gyro sandwich with fries for just $8.) Dimitri's has both indoor and outdoor (on the water) seating. Walk along the sponge docks and check out a variety of old working fishing boats. Take time also to go through the large number of quaint little shops that you will find in this Greek-inspired town. Don't forget to try Helenas Bakery for some Baklava and other Greek pastries for desert. You can sit at one of the little tables outside on a nice day.
I think you'll enjoy antiquing along Florida's Gulf Coast. Give it a try!