Green Dragon Books: Not Just for Nerds . . .
Well, maybe it is just for nerds, but a more widely diverse population of nerds than one would think from the outside. (It looks like a total Dungeons and Dragons nerd lair.)
I like this place because they have a pretty good selection of Tampa / Florida History books AND the staff appears to have read them / can comment on them intelligently. Plus, the bookstore is independently owned, so I like shopping there.
What to buy: If reading just isn't your thing, they also have tarot card readings there, candles, and other whatnots like that. It's not my thing, but hey, all the creatures of the night gotta get their gear someplace.
La France: Neat Little Vintage Shop
La France is like your Grandmother's closet - only eight million times bigger and better. For people like me who just can't seem to grow up, it's totally awesome. . . eternal dress-up.
What to buy: The store often features "grab bags" for the penny-pinchers out there. For a small fee (five or ten dollars), they give you a bag and a bin to pick from. You fill it up as much as you can. It's a great vintage fix - - and a checp way to get fun fabrics to make other things.
Also, the jewelry here is amazing - - my mom has this amber dragonfly pin from La France that is to die for.
What to pay: Prices vary at La France, but it can be expensive. This is the type of place that you buy things to have forever, though.