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Best thoroughfare for deep discounts: U.S. 41, Lutz to Bradenton

Best thoroughfare for deep discounts

To the south of Tampa, dozens of thrift stores, junkyards, and low-frills appliance shops dot the old Florida side-of-the-road properties, beckoning with hand-painted signs in English and Spanish. To the north, furniture stores and antique shops offer bargains for the home. You could spend a good three days on a field trip navigating what’s otherwise considered a bleak highway. Just prepare to bring some cash and shop in some squalor while traversing this 60-mile stretch.