About Us

ABOUT THE BLUE FLAMINGO

Your local gift shop to find all things fun, quirky, beachy, thrift, and vintage.

The Blue Flamingo was born out of a desire to sail our own course and to share our passion for unique, quirky and one-of-a-kind items. Inside our shop you will find up-cycled and repurposed goods, renewed furniture, décor, jewelry, and many other unique items from several local artisans.

We opened the shop in September of 2018.  We quickly realized that we needed more space, so we purchased the shop building and the auto mechanic shop behind it.  In doing so, we were able to enclose the area between the two and make it one cohesive shopping space. Most people are surprised when they walk in the shop how large it is, but they are even more surprised when they walk through the garden area and into the shop in the back.

OUR POPULAR PRODUCTS

Find gifts for any occasion.
  • Coastal Decor
  • Local Artisans
  • Repurposed furniture
  • Outdoor/Garden
  • Art
  • Dixie Bell Paint
  • Home Decor
  • Bath and Body
  • Jewelry

In the shop we carry a few of the following lines:

 

Oxford Candle Company
  • Great scented soy candles in a hand-thrown pottery bowl that is food, dishwasher, oven and microwave safe.

 

Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paints
  • Paints for furniture, glass, fabric and more that require almost no prep.
  • It comes in 64 different colors, stains, prep coats and finish coats in a bunch of different varieties.

 

30 Fathom Mats
  • Hand-Made locally in Matlacha.
  • Made both out of reclaimed and new commercial fishing lines.
  • Their name tells you exactly how much rope they use to complete each handwoven mat.
  • Because they are made from fishing line, they are waterproof and can be easily hosed off for cleaning.

 

Florida Salt Scrubs
  • Carry a local line of 4 different “flavors” of salt scrubs AND a reef safe suntan screen.

 

Freckled Beachcomber
  • Donna makes custom designed and painted folding tables.
  • She also makes Map serving trays and Painted and Scrabble Tile Signs
Chop Saw Salvage and Reclaim
  • Bill and Jeanie from Chop Saw rent the back building and have set up an amazing shop full of repurposed furniture, vintage items, records, military items, cast iron, and salvage.

 

Bill is incredibly creative and can be found on most days doing what I like to call “Franken Furnituring.”  He can take two seemingly unmatched and unusable pieces of furniture and by the time he is done, produce an amazing piece of furniture that compliments most decors.  Most of his creations are too large to have brought with me but am bringing a shelf made out of old drawers. He rescues wood furniture that otherwise would be thrown out and lost forever including hutches, TV cabinets, dining tables and more.
  • Jeannie is an artist in her own right and painted the Anna Maria Island Turtle sign that I am bringing.
When we enclosed the outside area, we put a fence up.  In doing so, we realized that we could have some fun, pretty up the neighborhood and promote the business all at the same time.  So we had Jeanie design a mural that reflects the Blue Flamingo’s style and story. Fun and quirky and always beachy.

 

Wine Oh by Roxi
  • Bringing new life to old jewelry boxes
  • Amazing Cork artwork including Key chains, jewelry, and wreaths
  • Art from cork, bottle caps and pull tabs.  On foam core, so it weighs very little.

 

Karen’s Kreations
  • Hand frosted light up bottles
  • Plant Pretties  – Plant stakes

REVIEWS

What our customers say about us

    review rating 5  I absolutely love this place! There are so many unique treasures to be found, and they are changing Inventory all the time so there’s always something new to discover. The one of a kind front door wreath I got there is one of my favorite treasures. It was made by a local artist. I smile every time I come home. I have also found many cool and unique gifts for friends and family. The owners are amazing. You can tell they really love what they do and care about their customers. This is more than just a store to them. It’s a place where they can reach out and connect to the community around them. I moved to Sarasota so I don’t get to visit as often as I’d like, but it’s definitely worth the drive when I’m on the search for something special.

    thumb Shana Hamel

    review rating 5  What a great place! The Blue Flamingo is the only gift shop around that has something suitable for everyone on my list. Great customer service, great pricing, great selection and great quality! I highly recommend the Blue Flamingo!

    thumb James Carver