So, as you can see from my last blog post, our mid-century modern shopping excursions were both successful and enjoyable. Fair’s fair and, in return, the banker wanted to go ‘proper’ shopping. So we drove to the famed Aventura Mall, south of Fort Lauderdale. Billed as one of the biggest and best malls in the US, we expected great things. As American retailers don’t really do tweeds, or the sorts of other clothes I like or fit into properly, I eventually sloped off to find a bookshop. Only to find that in the hundreds of stores in the mall, there wasn’t one single, solitary bookshop. Not one!

But they did have this.

A shop entirely dedicated to all manner of calendars.

Great.

Thankfully, the bookshop isn’t dead, despite the closure of Borders. I spotted a couple of Barnes & Nobles as we drove around, but was delighted to find Books & Books in South Beach. This is surely the future of bookshops. A carefully curated …

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As we didn’t manage a holiday this year, and Summer wasn’t exactly hot, the banker and I decided to cash in some air miles and spend New Year in the hot sun of Florida. When I take a holiday, it doesn’t usually take long for that ‘itch’ to set in and for me to start keeping a keen eye out for antiques, vintage, or retro shops. I think my record is about three days. And I certainly didn’t break that record this time… South Beach in Miami offered nothing, but the three days of relaxation were marvellous. We then drove down to Key West for a day or two, where I had more luck. Bear the somewhat tacky main drag of Duval Street as long as you can to turn off and go down Fleming Street. There are a couple of places here, the most interesting for me being Sam’s Treasure Chest. Looking just like an antiques or junk shop used to look, it’s packed to the gunnels with all sorts of goodies, generally priced at under $100 …

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