Well, we are off and running! With Halloween behind us, we are now fully immersed in the holiday season of the year.
Whether you are a willing participant, already up in your attic sorting through lights and ornaments boxes, or are the type that would like to nap for two months and miss the whole thing, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the New Year are just around the corner. In fact, as I write this, I am dually watching a Hallmark Channel movie about a Rocky Mountain romance, chock full of snow, sugar cookies and Santa. Folks- – it is on.
Like many, I would like to fix the homestead up a bit before the grand season is in full swing. Having purchased exterior paint a full five months ago, it is not for lack of materials that my house color remains faded and dingy. What has been missing from my home improvement project is motivation. With the holidays coming on and the need to prepare things stirring in my bones, I can visualize my freshly painted home with new exterior lights and updated landscape, adorning my front window with a Christmas tree peeking out and I like it. So, with that in mind, I am now ready to get to work on my home and make it gorgeous for the holidays. There are also a couple of fixer-upper projects inside that would make the upcoming events even better- – if only they were complete. If you are of a similar frame of mind, then settle in with a cup of hot cocoa and some holiday jingles and let’s talk about sprucing up your home for the holidays on the cheap.
In Sarasota County, we are privy to a variety of thrift, consignment, over-stock and resale establishments. Though there are a ton of shops from Sarasota down to North Port, we are focusing on three discount stores in the area. We are sure you will come across a spectacular item or two that will make your home sparkle for the holidays.
Sarasota: It is hard to narrow down all the amazing second-hand stores to come up with one to refer in Sarasota. Perhaps, thanks to our friends living out on Casey Key and similar areas, we can find great “steals” on high-end handbags, art, and furnishings at donation destinations throughout the city. But I really love the SPARCC Treasure Chest located at 1426 Fruitville Road. All proceeds are given to SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center) to fund their various programs. Additionally, SPARCC participants are given vouchers to shop there for free. What can you find at the Treasure Chest? The answer is nice, high-quality furniture, collectibles and home décor items. As they receive donations daily, you just never know what is going to be there when you visit. I love the fun and excitement that adds to everyday shopping. SPARCC Treasure Chest is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please visit their FB page here for more information.
Venice: In Venice, the standout destination for finding exceptional household items is the Habitat for Humanity Restore. If you or someone you know is a second hand shopper, you surely have been to this local gem. All proceeds from sales at Restore go directly to the purchase of building materials needed for the construction of homes in Sarasota County. With 900 stores in 49 states, Restores are everywhere. Venice’s Restore often has beautiful furniture for virtually every room in your home, including the patio. Gorgeous paintings, small appliances, tchotchkes, and other “necessities” are laid out in an organized, easy to look through manner. With donations happening throughout the day, you can shop in the morning and return after work to find a new selection of items. South County Restore is located at 1400 Ogden Road in Venice and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
North Port: The new kid on the block for discounted home goods is Willow Wholesale Warehouse in North Port. This exciting place has everyone scratching their heads trying to figure out exactly what it is all about. Essentially, they are a warehouse of mostly new liquidation items. Mike DeMaio, owner of WWW explains it this way, “We get trucks from Lowe’s and Home Depot right now. We are still learning the best trucks to go after, in terms of what our customers want.” Mike goes on to say they also purchase “mystery” rosters, where trucks will come in with a variety of items, unknown to the folks at WWW until the pallets are unloaded. From bathroom vanities to smoke detectors and ceiling fans, contractors, flippers, and everyday people looking for great finds for the home without breaking the bank are flocking to WWW. According to Mike, “This has been a dream come true and North Port is the best community. I truly believe this area wants to create something special, and the support we have received from the residents has been humbling. I love talking to people when they come through the doors, and when they get excited about how much they are saving, it gets me excited, too.” Willow Wholesale Warehouse is located at 1050 Corporate Avenue Unit 110 in North Port. Please visit their FB page here for store hours and inventory information.
Photos courtesy of Deposit Photos, Willow Wholesale Warehouse and Habitat for Humanity Restore South County Facebook page.