Trends in home furnishings and décor come and go.
One thing that remains the same is a desire to find meaningful pieces that make a house a home. For many, that means looking to the past. Some have a penchant for antiques. More recently, the trend has turned to vintage and salvage pieces – items that are not quite old enough to be considered antiques, but rather have been altered by restyling, upcycling or repurposing to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
There are several places to find such items in Tampa Bay. Below we list a few of our favorites.
Vintage and Salvage Stores
Location: 5206 N. Florida Ave, Tampa, FL
Hours: Mon, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Seminole Heights’ Vintage Post Marketplace is home to vintage, repurposed, painted, artsy and unique finds for the home. The marketplace is housed in the 9,000-square-foot old post office building on North Florida Avenue and features specialty merchandise from local vendors and new or gently used consigned furniture and home decor.
Location: 106 E. Tarpon Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL
Hours: Tue-Thu and Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
One Amazing Find is a boutique furniture and home decor consignment store located in Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs. Each piece on the floor is hand selected. Items range from vintage to industrial to mid-century modern. The shop also stocks Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® with a full in-house studio that can transform your own furnishings into a one-of-a-kind pieces. They also host DIY workshops to teach you how to refurbish your own items.
Location: 601 Hope St., Tarpon Springs, FL
Hours: Tue-Thu and Sat, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun, noon-4 p.m.
This unique salvage shop features one-of-a-kind finds from across the globe. Scour everything from vintage neon signs to massive teak doors from Bali to locally sourced driftwood. They also offer custom live-edge tables and full-service welding and fabrication services.
Location: 208 S. Collins St., Plant City, FL
Hours: Tue–Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This market is worth a visit simply to see the space. Located in a 100-year-old brick building with 18,000 square feet of gallery interior, the owners describe the store as a “curated vintage marketplace.” On the first Friday of the month, Night at The Mercantile features extended hours (until 8 p.m.), 10 percent storewide discount and prize giveaways.
Location: 2326 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL
Hours: Second and fourth weekends of each month. Fri-Sun, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Vintage Roost is a unique three-day vintage market held twice monthly in the heart of Ybor City. From typewriters to glassware to one-of-a-kind statement pieces, this market has an ever-changing array of vintage items carefully curated by the market’s vendors.
Location: 10425 US Hwy 19, Port Richey, FL
Hours: Thurs-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This vintage market is packed with on-trend finds. Browse vintage furniture, decor, architectural salvage, antiques and repurposed piece. Follow them on Facebook for a sneak peek at the weekend’s wares.
Location: 2200 2nd Ave. S, Saint Petersburg, FL
Hours: First weekend of every month. Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This is Tampa Bay’s newest and largest monthly vintage market. This market prides itself on a passion for the past, the re-imagined and all things nostalgic. Search for unexpected treasures in this 15,000-square-foot space. For the best selection, purchase a $5 ticket to First Dibs Friday to get in before the weekend crowds.
Location: 1402 E. 2nd Ave, Tampa, FL
Hours: Sat-Sun, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
This Ybor market is just over 10,000 square feet of amazing finds. Browse their selection of industrial, cottage, MCM, primitive and rustic goods.
Location: 2866 Reynolds St. W, Plant City, FL
Dates: Nov. 5-6, 2021
Cost: $5 admission; free parking
The Fancy Flea vintage home & garden market brings dozens of vendors to central Florida for their Market in the Meadows annual market.. Shop fabulous furniture, vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, original art, garden decor, shabby chic and cottage glam.
Location: 601 Hope St., Tarpon Springs, FL
Dates: Sept. 4-6, 2021
The 10th Annual End of Summer Sale at this salvage store will feature music and complimentary food and beverages (while supplies last). This sale event offers up to 60 percent off select items.
By Karen Ring