Gifts & Souveniers, Key West
If you are looking to buy "Florida" stuff....seashells, sponges, that ghastly citrus wine and such, you will want to visit the areas in and around Mallory Square. Further up Duval Street will be other types of merchandise...some seedy, some stylish. But for good old fashioned junk souvenirs, check out Mallory Square.
What to buy: As little as your bauble-obsessed daughter will accept.
What to pay: Too much when factoring in value versus remittance.
the bahama village market is an interesting place to visit on whitehead street. this is a collection of stalls that sell souvenirs, T-shirts, arts and crafts. the market is located in the bahamian section of town where you may find interesting caribbean art and crafts.
The gallery of the Butterfly Conservatory has a gift shop as do most tourist attractions.
Gift Shop and Gallery Hours
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily
What to buy: All kinds of beautiful and unique butterfly and nature related items from around the world.
This is a neat area of Key West . The market is named for its many original residents who were of Bahamian ancestry. Its a large area COVERING 16 BLOCKS in the southwest part of the city. It carries typical souveniers like straw hats , beads and sponges.
This is a shop run by the Key West Art and Historical Society. They have three shops-one at the Custom House, one at the lighthouse, and this one at the East Martello Tower. You an buy in person or on the internet.
What to buy: There are two main areas at the East Martello Museum. One is connected with Robert the Doll, and that area also has Halloween and haunted houses kinds of things.
If you have a Robert in the family, you can buy a button that says "Robert Did It"
The other area is the Mario Sanchez art works some of which are on display in the basement. You couldn't afford the actual artworks though - what you could buy are prints of his work
What to pay: All the prints are unframed. Unsigned ones run around $25.00. The ones that he signed before he died in 2007 are about $175.00. From the Robert the Doll collection you can get license plates, coasters, and T-shirts and the like
During the Sunset Festival on Mallory Square, local artists sell their goods.
What to buy: The merchandise is more in line of what you would find at an art fair or craft exhibit. Joe and I both bought really nice t-shirts. Mine was hand painted tank top with gold accents. He got a silk screened one of Mallory Square for his mom. Much nicer than you would find in the shops. They also had jewelry, ceramics and some pictures.
I took a photo of this shop from the street. I don't think I went in to shop, I just thought it looked attractive.
What to buy: Some T-shirt shops are apparently very aggressive and have upsetting slogans on the shirts.
When we went to the Key West Butterfly Conservatory, we saw these butterflies in acrylic cases over on the side of the shop. No photographs were allowed, so I photographed it from the sidewalk outside. I've been to their website, and I do not think it presents their product as well as I would have done had I been able to photograph it properly.
What to buy: You can buy on-line by picking the case you want and the butterflies that you want to go in it.
What to pay: Prices range from $35 for a small butterfly in a small case up to $3K for a 36" round display.with multiple butterflies
Tina Brown is a charter fishing captain and co-founder of the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida Keys. In 1999, she founded the non-profit Turtle Kraals Museum as a means of educating the public about the plight of sea turtles.
She turned this building on the dock into a free museum- the world's only sea turtle museum.
What to buy: There is also a small gift shop where it is possible to join a society to protect the turtles and buy sea turtle themed t-shirts and other products
There are also items available from the online store, such as:
Turtle Shorts: Comfortable 100% cotton with side pockets. Available in S-XL.
T-Shirt: Heavy weight 100- percent cotton t-shirts boast the Turtle Kraals logo and are available in sizes S-XL.
"Saga of the Sea Turtle" By: Blackie Cruz
"Blackie" was a commercial turtle fisherman back in the early 1900's, in the Florida Keys. His memoirs reveal the history of the Key West fishing industry.
Turtle Socks: Ankle high socks for ages 6 months to men's size 13.
What to pay: Turtle shorts $23.00
Book Store and Gift Shop offers a full array of Ernest Hemingway’s novels, poems, short stories and biographies, as well as various publications related to Key West. We browsed here while we were waiting for our tour to start. I didn't buy anything, but I think my sister did.