Get ready for Gasparilla! 8 slots for pirate clothes, beads and more
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As Gasparilla gets closer and closer here in Tampa, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of pirate you want to look like, how you’ll decorate and even how to fuel up while you shop .
After last year’s cancellation, the Pirate Invasion and Parade returns to the city on January 29. You can watch the parade live on News Channel 8 next Saturday.
Ahead of the big day, we’ve compiled a list of 8 places to pick up your Gasparilla gear, from corsets and coats, to last-minute pearls and even the official, licensed Gasparilla Treasures cafe. The locations are presented in no particular order.
Know of another place to score beads, pirate gear, or other Gasparilla must-haves that we may have missed? Let us know by emailing [email protected]!
Location: 4006 W Cayuga St, Tampa
Tiger Lee of Pirate Fashions has been dressing earthlings to look like real pirates for a decade and a half.
“No cheap Halloween costumes or kids’ stuff here,” Lee says on the Pirate Fashions website.
Pirate Fashions sells finished pirate sets, as well as individual pieces, ranging from everything from pirate coats, corsets to any accessory you can think of.
Lee warns in a blog post about the store’s Gasparilla opening hours that the Friday before the big event is called “Black Flag Friday,” and that they do more business on that day than during of a normal month. Two registers will be open, but he estimates it takes about 45 minutes to wait and pay.
The store itself will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Gasparilla Day.
Location: 3808 E MLK Jr Blvd, Tampa
The second most important thing besides a pirate costume is of course pearls!
Buccaneer Beads in East Tampa has been in business since 2006 and is owned by a mother-daughter duo.
According to Buccaneer Beads President Jennifer Grindell, it takes truckloads of boxes with millions of beads to prepare for this time of year.
“I have two warehouses outside. I have two trucks on the way. Gotta make sure I got enough to [the] Children’s parade, Gasparilla, MLK parades. There are over 90 parades in the state throughout the year,” Grindell told 8 On Your Side’s Brianda Villegas.
Location: 6801 Gulfport Blvd S. #12, South Pasadena
If you’re looking for something a little shinier than the pearls you’ll be rocking along the parade route, Century Jewelers says on their website that their “Pirate Death Bling” is in stock now.
Here you can find Jolly Roger necklaces, bracelets and rings, as well as ship pins and more.
“If you don’t live in Tampa Bay, most don’t understand how much happiness dressing up as a pirate brings to all of us in the Bay Area,” their website says.
Location: Online/3655 Midtown Dr, Tampa
Whether you’re still buying beads, decorations, or even your costumes, you’ll need to stock up, and Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea company has certified pirate brew.
Joffrey’s Gaspar’s Brew is the official coffee for the big day, licensed by Gasparilla Treasures.
“African and Indonesian beans, brought by sea as legend has it José Gaspar did in the 18th century, are blended together to create a smooth, smoky cup with hints of caramel,” the company explains.
The brew can be purchased online or ordered in person at Joffrey’s Midtown Tampa location. An ‘Invasion’ cold brew is also available on-site for a limited time and includes espresso, Irish cream syrup and light cream.
Location: 1916 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
South Tampa Trading Co. is another place you can stop for all your pirate costume needs, right down to fabrics, laces, and buttons.
The store offers customizable gifts from different “business partners” and many things inside the store can also be customized.
The location also offers a wide selection of beads, from your standard beads to even “pearls”, disco balls and other novelty shapes of all sizes.
Location: Online, available for pickup or delivery for those in the South Tampa area
It’s not just floats and costumes for Gasparilla, your house, apartment or office also needs to be decorated!
“Wenches, Ribbons and Wreaths” creates custom handmade wreaths to decorate anything during Gasparilla season. Crown orders are custom made to color and size preferences. Pricing is determined by decoration, ribbon choices, and pirate accents, but wreaths typically cost between $165 and $200.
Location: 1211 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
“Argghhh are you ready Tampa?” the Don Me Now website boasts. If you’re going for a more subtle look for Gasparilla this year, the country’s first hybrid boutique and champagne bar might be the boutique for you.
Gasparilla apparel and accessories are in stores now and include items like skull sashes, skull shot glasses, pirate earrings and phrase tees, and you can shop while you sip.
Location: 3423 W Bay-to-Bay Blvd, Tampa
This South Tampa boutique is also ready to opt for Gasparilla on a more subtle level.
“Why Not Boutique offers an eclectic mix of fashion with a functional twist, emphasizing comfort and color at exceptionally affordable prices,” their Facebook reads.
Why Not Boutique offers skull sweaters with a lightning bolt motif, as well as t-shirts and tank tops. The store also stocks skull and jolly roger jewelry to complete an outfit.