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« on: May 20, 2007 05:38:11 PM »

I'm taking a graphics manager position in the new IKEA Orlando and we are very crafty and wanted to make sure that when we get there we find lots of farmers' markets, craft fairs, antique shops and other creative venues.

We'll be living of Kirkland road south of Orlando and didn't know if there is an online directory I haven't found yet that would answer our questions.

Hopefully the scene is alive and well. We just got done starting a Phoenix Craft Mafia with other people and would love to meet up with more creative types when we get to Orlando.

Any info is greatly appreciated!!!!

« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2007 11:35:52 PM »

I'm afraid I can't tell you too much about the craft scene as I don't really participate in fairs, etc. but I just followed the link to your website and noticed your concerns about crime in the area. I live in Metrowest and while crime has been rising, it's really not that bad if you don't go around by yourself at night, etc. and just be aware of your surroundings, which you should pretty much do anywhere anyway. Personally I love living here. That Orlando Sucks website is way off base as far as I'm concerned.

I'm a graphics student at Valencia Community College, and either there, UCF, or Rollins College might be good places to keep up on for art shows, etc. if you're into that. The area surrounding Rollins in Winter Park has some nice little shops and stuff, probably some antique stores and things (I haven't explored it all as much as I'd like to yet). I haven't found any really good thrift stores yet, actually the only one I've been to on this side of town is Savers on Colonial (at Good Homes Rd.)

I'm sorry I don't know more about craft fairs, markets, etc. but I hope that helped at least a little! =)

Celeste =)
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2007 08:33:11 AM »

There are a few farmers markets on Colonial drive and on Old Winter garden road. If u driver around there are quite a few. There are a few big craft/art shows in the Orlando area every year. Festival of the masters is at Down town Disney is one...There is a big craft/art fair in Winter Park..and Mt. Dora.. then there are many flee markets and such.. one is Flea World in Sandford ..It's the biggest indoor flea market in the world. heheh.. If u want to drive a big there are art shows and festival through out the state.. I can't wait until IKEA opens btw.!!!   Grin

« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007 07:47:42 AM »

i am super excited about ikea as well - half of my apt is furnished with the stuff!

unfortunately, i don't think the thrift stores are really as good down here. but if you're interested in learning more about local food, i'd stop by dandelion communitea on colonial. they're pretty active in the community and have some great food.

there is a sam flax and a photo and hobby store really close to dandelion. as far as other craft stores, there's the typical michaels, joann's, etc.

there's a pearl as well up in altamonte springs on 436.

i don't know the area that you're moving to very well - i've pretty much stayed in the downtown, college park and winter park area.

let me know if you want to know about anything in those areas! there's tons of little fun spots.
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2007 11:43:19 AM »

I'm not aware of a whole lot of craft stores in the area... I usually just stick to Joannes, Michaels, Pearl and Dollar Tree for craft supplies...

If you're looking for old objects (ie. doors, windows, benches, etc.) Renniger's (sp?) Antique Market in Mt. Dora is awesome. There are two sections- a flea market type thing and a place where people sell old stuff they don't want anymore. Some of it can be expensive but there are many good finds. It's only open on the weekends and I'd suggest getting there early (9, 10 am) because some of the sellers go home early.

Flea World is ok, but there isn't much variety, letalone unique things. I visit maybe once every few months to check out the vinyl dealer and thats about it  Grin

The only other place I can think of for weird, offbeat things is the Virgin Megastore- the Books dept has all sorts of pop-culture weird stuff to check out. Not really craft supplies, but you know what I mean.

Good Luck!
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2007 05:17:33 PM »

I just moved to Orlando June 11.  I actually work at Bloomingdale's across from the Ikea.  I haven't had much chance to explore yet but Winter Park has a farmers market every sat. morn. until 12:00.  Lots of produce and plants at a good price.  I really like it here so far.
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2007 11:28:14 AM »

Welcome to Orlando! There are some good unique shops in Downtown Sanford.... Check out Volta Vintage for one, and there is also a flea market at the Central Florida Fairgrounds every weekend... that should be pretty close to you :-)
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