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Gasparilla gear: 8 places to get beads and pirate costumes in Tampa Bay

Need beads and eye patches? These places have them.
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The streets of Tampa will soon be filled with thousands of people donning eyepatches, colorful beads, captains hats and fake swords.

Gasparilla season is coming, and so are the pirates. 

But where do these local scallywags get their gear? Here are a few suggestions for pirate garb.

Pirate Fashions

This one-stop shop promises to take you from “landlubber to authentic pirate.” At Pirate Fashions, stock up on pirate garb like sashes, bandanas and boots and wench wear like corsets and coats. You can even get a complete outfit to channel your inner Jack Sparrow or Captain Morgan. The Tampa store even has a miniature pirate ship inside to help you test out your new styles. 

4006 W Cayuga St., Tampa

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South Tampa Trading Company

This store calls itself the ultimate destination for Krewe costumes. The South Tampa Trading Company is the spot for supplies to create custom costumes by picking out your own fabric, buttons, trim and bling. The shop also has a stockpile of colorful beads to throw during the parade, nautical and pirate-themed home decor and plenty of Gasparilla keepsakes. 

1916 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa 

Buccaneer Beads

Need beads? This place has beads. From classic black and white strands to pretty pastels and bright colors, there’s a bead style for everyone. Buccaneer Beads gets in truckloads of beads for the Gasparilla season, including custom orders and specialty strands shaped like the Jolly Roger flag. 

3808 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa 

Why Not Boutique

This Tampa boutique features fashionable outfits and accessories to channel your inner chic pirate. Stop in for sparkly skull shirts, Jolly Roger candles, gold pirate jewelry and anything and everything with a skull and crossbones on it. Why Not Boutique even sell special totes to hold all your beads and still coordinate with your outfit. 

3423 W Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa

Imagine That!!!

Here's another Tampa boutique that can get you fashionably ready for Gasparilla. Imagine That!!! has plenty of shirts and accessories adorned with different styles of skulls and crossbones, jewelry, hats and specialty beads that you won’t want to throw. 

3417 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa

La France

If you’re looking for a more vintage, authentic pirate look, stop into La France in Ybor City. Stock up on vintage garbs like corsets, flowy shirts and handmade captains hats adorned with feathers and jewels. 

1612 E 7th Ave., Tampa

Theatrical Fantasy Costumes Inc.

If you live on the Pinellas side of the bay, there are still a few Gasparilla options for you. Fantasy Costumes in Pinellas Park has been a one-stop shop for Halloween and other costumes year round. The bright purple building is full of all-in-one pirate costumes, beads and accessories. The shop even carries supplies for clowns and magicians.

5257 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park

House of Make Believe

Clearwater’s year-round costume shop has been in business for more than 40 years. The House of Make Believe has authentic pirate outfits for rental and accessories and pieces to purchase, including authentic seafaring boots. 

2140 Range Rd. Ste. B, Clearwater


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