Retail Goes Green
Not far from RAM, located in the Railyard District, is one of the most unique stores I have ever had the opportunity to explore – Eco Relics. This one-of-a-kind antiques store is “committed to reducing waste, repurposing supplies, and providing reclaimed and discount building materials to our community.” They clean out buildings being renovated or torn down and resell the items in this huge store. Anything from antique doorknobs, reclaimed wood, bath tubs, furniture, you name it! They also have their own woodworking shop and use their products to create beautiful pieces. Even if you aren’t remodeling, it’s inspirational just to explore the store and consider all that is there! I highly recommend a walk through the building.
Now if you want to find the real deal of the day and a one of a kind experience, then one of our eclectic flea markets is where you must go. My dad has been a flea market goer for all my life and still comes home every Saturday with some amazing deal – a most recent notable purchase included a Moses clock that announces one of the ten commandments on every hour. From new to old, flea markets are for haggling, so don’t just accept the first offer. The Ramona Flea Market off I-10 has a bar and karaoke inside – and some very talented performers on Saturdays. It’s a great place to rest your legs and soak in the local culture. The Pecan Park Flea Market is the largest in the area, located just off I-95, one exit north of the airport, be sure to visit the pond of gators!
Local boutiques are a great way to find that unique trip souvenir to take home. Downtown on Laura St., Wolf & Cub is an amazing shop which they describe as “a finely curated selection of independently produced products, interesting goods for the home and beautiful things to wear for women and men.” I love their handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, fun hand-screen printed Jacksonville and Jaguars t-shirts, and other unique finds I might encounter. Sailor’s Siren, found in the Beaches Town Center in Neptune Beach, celebrates the “salty Southern life”. This beautiful beachy boutique is the perfect place to find a gift for a friend (or yourself, I mean c’mon). Located on Edgewood Ave in Murray Hill, swing through Momni Boutique for “high fashion style that pushes the boundaries of small-town trends” and pick up super cute fashions for women. Just north on Edgewood swing into Grater Goods, Jacksonville’s only stand-alone cheese shop! They have lots of fun cheese related products and gifts, as well.