Thrifty shopping

Where to find vintage, used or stuff that's just plain cheap.


La France. Elegant, one-of-a-kind clothing; look for good sale prices. 612 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City, Tampa 813-248-1381.

Plato's Closet. Affordable consignment pieces, friendly staff, clean stores. 13124 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-968-8383; 3993 Tyrone Blvd. N., Suite 300, St. Petersburg, 727-343-8021; 10500 Ulmerton Road, Suite 306, Largo, 727-581-1001; 33211 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor, 727-789-6262,

Second Image. A well-organized store where the clothes don't make you wonder if someone's old ma died in them. 10810 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, 727-546-3300,

Sherry's Yesterdaze Vintage. Great selection of clothing, accessories and jewelry from the 1800s to the 1980s, good condition; décor items from 1940s-1970s. 5207 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-231-2020,

Squaresville. Exquisite selection of vintage clothing and retro furniture. 508 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-259-9944.


Books & More Inc. Thousands of new and used textbooks for great prices, fast service, school supplies and merchandise available too! 1441 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 813-631-8398,

Gray's College Bookstore. "Committed to exceeding your expectations with honesty and integrity." 2836 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 813-971-2665,

Haslam's Book Store. The one, the only St. Pete institution for great deals on used books (and new ones, too). 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-822-8616 or

Zbookz. Near Tyrone Mall, and close to SPC's Gibbs and Seminole campuses. 7901 46th Ave. N., St Petersburg,


Cort's Furniture. 7817 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-933-1731,

Salvation Army. There are several locations in Pinellas Co., but here are a couple of the better ones that have at least a decent offering of furniture. 5885 66th St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-541-7781; 5885 66th St. N., St. Petersburg; 24400 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

Goodwill. The blue-hued cousin of the Salvation Army, this location is large and carries furniture. 10596 Gandy Blvd. N., St Petersburg, 727-523-1512.

Talk of the Town Thrift Shop. 683 Central Ave., St Petersburg, 727-823-6243.

Target/Wal-Mart. Target has cooler ads. Wal-Mart — well, if you must.


Saturday Morning Market. From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday morning from early October until late May, this temporary open-air market, on the blocked-off Central Avenue east of Second Street in St. Petersburg, features vendors selling everything from produce and baked goods to crafts and live music. Check the Web if there is bad weather.

Sunshine Farmers Market. 7423 N. Florida Ave., 813-238-8203.

Ybor City Fresh Market. Open every Saturday, with produce, arts and crafts. Centennial Park, Ybor City, Tampa, Eighth Ave. and 18th Street, 813-241-2442.

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