Hitty Goes to the Farmer’s Market

As part of my “Exploring My Neighborhood Series”  I took a trip to the River District of Fort Myers to get some fresh veggies at the farmer’s market.

Farmer’s Market Today!

Peppers!

The River District Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday between 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Centennial Park parking lot, under the U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee Bridge at the corner of Heitman and West First streets, just West of the U.S. Post Office.

This market has been a favorite of locals and tourists since 1994 and offers local produce, seafood, baked goods, honey, nuts, cheese, flowers, plants and much more.  The food trucks are a more recent addition to the market

Food Trucks at the Farmer’s Market

Just some of the fresh food and flowers available on the day I went

Fresh Fruit
Fresh Vegetables
Flowers at the Farmer’s Market

An added attraction is the beautiful River District of Fort Myers with it’s brick streets, historic buildings, decorative metal sculptures, and of course, palm trees.  Fort Myers is called The City of Palms

Centennial Park

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In Which Hitty Visits a Thrift Store

Recently, while I was out and about with my adopted human, Shirley, we stopped at one of our favorite thrift shops, the Hope Chest Resale Store for Hope Hospice in North Ft Myers.  The Hope Hospice organization provides specialized care to people with challenging and life changing illnesses.  We are glad to support this needed service.

Hope Chest Resale North Ft Myers Fl
Furniture and Household

There are many, many thrift shops in the Ft Myers area but the Hope Chest stands out for it’s uniqueness.  In addition to a room just for books and a room just for holiday items, there is a sewing and craft room.  It is a real treasure trove.

It’s always Christmas at the Hope Chest

Holiday Room

Books were on sale today.

Checking the Shelves for “Hitty Her First Hundred Years”
The Craft Room

Sewing Machines Repaired and For Sale

I always find fabric I love

Today, we came home with some vintage sewing supplies and some small stones to send to Shirley’s grandchildren.  Such a fun day

Our finds

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Hitty Loves Ikea!

Ikea is the world’s largest furniture retailer and is known for it’s simplistic, ready to assemble, affordable designs.  It was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad.  He was only 17 years old at the time. IKEA is an acronym of his initials, Ingvar Kamprad,  Elmtaryd, the farm where he grew up, and Agunnaryd, his hometown in Småland which is located in Southern Sweden.

The closest Ikea Store to us is located in Tampa Florida, about 2 1/2 hours away.

Ikea in Tampa Florida

It was a rainy day.  Our area of Southwest Florida is still getting some of the rain from Hurricane Hermine.  David and Shirley, my adopted humans decided this was a good day to make an “Ikea Run”. I have never been, so I wanted to go along.

I must tell you that your first trip to Ikea can be overwhelming.  For one thing, it’s huge. They are handicap accessible, but be prepared to do a lot of walking….just follow the arrows.  Everything you need to shop successfully is located at the front door, including carts, shopping bags, a store map and catalog, pencils and paper, a tape measure and strollers for the kids.

Ikea is a family-friendly store.  The Småland playroom is available for children who are potty-trained and 37-54″ tall.

Photo Courtesy of Ikea.com

However, children are allowed to test the toys in the children’s department.  If you need a short rest, feel free to sit down in one of the many room set-ups on the showroom floor.

A small bedroom set-up

Small Bedroom set-up

If you get hungry, you can get a full meal or a snack at the on-site restaurant. Try the cinnamon buns!  Yummy.

My favorite spot was the children’s department where I found several things I liked including a wood doll house for $29.99.  The furniture wasn’t included but could be purchased separately.

Hitty is not for sale!

This book looks interesting

Hitty loves this little house

When you get done browsing the showroom and the marketplace, your last stop before check-out is the warehouse where you will pick-up your ready-to assemble furniture.  Come with a vehicle large enough to haul your purchases home.

The Ikea Marketplace
The Ikea Warehouse

Shirley is glad she bought David a new cordless drill!  When we recently moved, he assembled her new office and sewing room furnishings. (see Hitty Moves to a Condominium) On this day, Shirley was supposed to get a new kitchen sink but the kitchen department was being re-stocked and re-organized and the sink she wanted was no longer available.  I see another trip to Ikea in my future!

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