Shopping Planner: Mad Hatter's Masquerade, Florida's Largest Home Show and a button show
Tip Your Hat: Mad Hatter’s Masquerade
ARTpool knows how to throw an art party, and they say that the Mad Hatter’s Masquerade Ball is the fanciest of the year. The event Saturday in St. Petersburg has a lot going on: an art show, video art presentation, body art and a fashion show featuring unique hats, masks and custom couture from local designers. Don’t expect to see some ordinary fedoras going down the runway; it’s much more Eyes Wide Shut, with a Venetian, dark fantasy theme. Guests are encouraged to dress up, as there will be a costume contest. All attendees must wear a hat or a mask to get in. The party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. $15, $25 VIP. artpoolgallery.com.
Alter Your Abode: Florida’s Largest Home Show
Spring is here, almost officially, and with the season comes the notion of renewal. That’s why spring cleaning is a thing, but you could also consider taking it a step further to renovate or redecorate. Sounds like perfect timing for Florida’s Largest Home Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. With more than 900 exhibits, folks can shop, compare and save with affordable ways to freshen up their homes, including outdoor spaces and landscaping. Experts will be on hand answering questions and products will be available to check out. Free to attend Friday. Saturday-Sunday it’s $8, $7 seniors and military with ID, free for children 12 and younger. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 4800 U.S. 301. bighomeshow.com.
Collectible Accessory: Button Show
It’s true that we all wear buttons, but don’t take them for granted. Many are very beautiful and intricate, and are often the inspiration behind sewing or art projects. My mom kept my grandmother’s vast button collection separated by color in jars, and I’ve spent some time marveling at how magnificent a small, functional thing can be. Fellow button enthusiasts can flock to the Button Show at Park Station in Pinellas Park on Saturday, where collectors will show, swap and sell antique and vintage buttons, some with historical significance. There will be workshops to learn about how to collect buttons, which is serious business: Some collectors have been known to spend $2,000 on a single button. The show runs from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at 5851 Park Blvd. Free to attend. (727) 742-5584.