A stroll through the Henry B. Plant Museum isn’t complete unless it includes a stop at the museum’s store, where shoppers can find unique merchandise, cultural keepsakes and more.
For two days shoppers can enjoy savings up to 65 percent off during the museum’s Spring Clearance Sale, a once-a-year event benefiting the museum.
This isn’t the kind of merchandise you’ll find in big box stores, says Sally Shifke, museum spokeswoman.
“We try to try to find merchandise that complements the era that the building was the Tampa Bay Hotel,” she says. “You will find patterns, designs and colors popular during the Victorian period or Roaring Twenties. Many of the items are handcrafted by solo artists.”
Among the finds: Handmade bohemian glass jewelry by New York designer KJK Jewelry originally $59 and $33.50, reduced to $29 and $16; Signed first line Imari replica plate originally $75 for $37; a cobalt blue tray in the shape of a tea pitcher priced at $14 from $24; a Christmas tree originally $26, for $9 and a Jolly Tumbler Victorian era family game discounted from $14.50 to $10. There will also be books, stationery, home accessories, desk sets and more on sale.
Shoppers also will be able to view a new custom-made sterling silver minaret brooch by local artist Lea Davis, which will sell in the museum store for $195.
The spring sale will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the shop, at 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Admission to the store is free.