SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Tish Ganey shifted through a basket of craft pieces at the recently opened Stained Market Place, choosing some that looked like plastic cookie cutters.
“How can you go wrong at 10 for $1?” asked the Seminole Heights artist. “I work in clay and I want them for making impressions.”
She added, “I like that it is new and local and I want to support that.”
Stained Market Place is an eclectic mix of recycled furniture, household items, toys, books, clothing, jewelry and decorating items. It is geared to those who want a unique look and those who want do-it-yourself projects.
It opened May 12 at 6119 N. Florida Ave. and is the second location for the business, with a year-old store in Ybor City at 2106 E. 15th Ave.
“We wanted to bring something a little closer to the neighborhood,” said Monique Molette, general manager of the new location. “We like Seminole Heights.”
The Ybor site’s general manager, Maria Moreno, agreed.
“We always wanted to come to Seminole Heights,” she said. “But we found Ybor first.”
Molette said she and Moreno and others involved in the locally owned business get their merchandise from garage sales, estate sales and donations from others who are cleaning out their closets.
“We are professional pickers with a little bit of everything,” Molette said.
She said the reception for both stores has been positive.
“They love how we repurpose, that we are eclectic, that we do our own thing,” Molette said.
Each month the Seminole Heights store plans to host a free project or event. One such was making a mason jar lid wreath.
A recent Friday night was a “Sip. Swap. Shop.” night where shoppers could enjoy complimentary wine, share information on their projects and shop for must-have items.
Candace Savitz, a Seminole Heights resident, was among those attending.
“I like to recycle. Any time I can, I feel like I am helping the environment,” said the Seminole Heights residents who said she likes to shop at thrift stores.
Items range from 10 cents to up to about $150.
Do-it-yourself chairs for refurbishing were $8; an antique chair was $14; a toy chest $30, crate tables from $22 to $25. Books sold for $1 each and dishes were $1 to $10.
Molette said she offers suggestions to the shoppers who are looking for projects and decorating ideas.
“I love knick-knacks,” the general manager said. “I can grow attached to a little piece and I’m sad when it sells.”