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Get Your Gasparilla Swag On at South Tampa Trading Co.

South Tampa Trading Co. is a unique business located in the heart of South Tampa. Featuring more than 30 small businesses under one roof in a seamless presentation, you can find a wide range unique, personalized and local produced items in the beautifully decorated store. Right now, the selection showcases Gasparilla, but savvy shoppers will be able to find fun additions for any holiday.

Walk through the door, and your first glance reveals sparkles and more sparkles! Fabulous jewelry and glamorous bags bedazzle the eye, and the warm, easy style of the shop draws you in. Looking closer, you find breathtaking wreaths, locally crafted candles, hand painted objects d’art, custom etched glassware, as well as exquisite embroidered towels and bags. Owner Anne Bartlett and her Trading Partners seek out extraordinary items that feel like Tampa, and the eclectic mix is surprising and charming.

South Tampa Trading Co. recently moved into the Carriage Trade Shopping Plaza from their location on Bay To Bay Blvd. The expanded square footage has allowed them to add some fun new departments, and the increased parking, greater pedestrian traffic and huge picture windows encourage lots of window shopping. Anne and her Trading Partners enjoy creating new and surprising windows to reflect the seasons and holidays—a return to traditional retail shopping. Our friendly staff is ready to help you find the perfect item.

New to this location is the expanded Children’s Section featuring regional books by local authors, adorable backpacks and ponchos with a pirate flair, and embroidered and embellished Children’s clothing perfect for any event. An expanded Men’s section showcases silk ties with local flavor (think fishing, golf and of course, Pirates) and outrageous socks, as well as shaving and grooming gifts. Unique women’s tees and wraps, and beautiful scarves make the perfect gift.

Particularly exciting for South Tampa is the fabric and trim section, with sumptuous trims collected from all over the world. Taffetas, silk, brocades, as well as cotton shirting material in outrageous designs are neatly arranged on the shelves, with rows and rows of metallic and sequined trims in front. Custom, one of a kind hats are created onsite, while a rainbow of feathers, hat pins and hat blanks encourages do-it-yourselfers.

Threads, a full service custom design shop, showcases the talents of three full time designers. From custom costume design and execution to embroidery and monogramming services to pressed tee shirts and vinyl appliques, this shop handles large corporate orders, as well as individual projects. Our talented staff will help you design a look as special as you are.

And then there is the Bead Room……South Tampa’s favorite location for throw beads, South Tampa Trading Co. has a wide variety of reasonably priced beads for the most discerning parade participant or spectator. With sizes ranging from 33 inches all the way up to one hundred, customers will find the beads that they will love. We carry bead belts (in sizes ranging from S to XXL) and bags, as well as boot covers. Custom and special orders are welcome, and STTCo will even carry your beads to your car with a smile.

Dance Essentials, with a wide selection of dance shoes, tights (in many sizes and colors) , leotards, tutus and dance gifts remains in place, perfect for last minute dance needs. Foodies will delight in our Tasting section featuring locally produced culinary items by Watson’s Family Kitchens and VooDooSpice, the official spice of Gasparilla.

Ready-made costumes hang near feather boas. Rhinestone eyes flash from a jeweled skull necklace. Lighted wreaths flicker on etched glassware next to regional cookbooks. Beaded and headbands stand next to small, weatherproof embellished bags. Local business, and local flavor abounds at South Tampa Trading Co. Not just for Gasparilla, South Tampa Trading Co. offers hard to find treasures that reflect the spirit and style of Tampa.

*This content was sponsored by the South Tampa Trading Co.

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