Our Story

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[vc_column_text]On a whim, Michael and I rented a booth space inside a local up-scale flea market. We thought we would test the waters in order to see if we would really enjoy the adventure. We got hooked, fast!

Many months later, we set out to an estate sale to grab one item we saw advertised – Captain Jack, a vintage ceramic peg-leg ship captain. Upon walking into the store, Captain Jack was at the door welcoming us. The next thing we knew we had purchased the contents of the estate sale and leased the space. Our voyage has begun…

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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” wrap_container=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1580361463993{border-top-width: 1px !important;padding-top: 70px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;background: #e0e2e3 url(https://theblueflamingo.biz/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/grey.png?id=17498) !important;background-position: 0 0 !important;background-repeat: repeat !important;border-top-color: #eeeeee !important;border-top-style: solid !important;}”][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10″]


What our customers say about us
  • Amazing handmade crafts and gifts the store has. Good store to find decor for house or condo.

    thumb Cole Schultz

    My new favorite store! They carry Dixie Belle paints, stains, stencils, transfers and other upcycling products as well as home decor and other fun surprises. If you’re looking for a one of a kind gift, this store is for you. If you’re looking for the awesome Dixie Belle products, the very knowledgeable store owners will guide you in the right direction. Have fun!

    thumb Lillian
  • Cute shop with items ranging from gifts, clothes, home decor and artwork. Such a large collection too! You think it’s just the front little shop, but head out back and there’s even more to see!

    thumb Lauren

    I have found the most exquisite, unique pieces at The Blue Flamingo! Everything I find becomes not only a conversation starter but a statement piece of our home! They also offer a wide range of hard to come by housewares and my favorite area of all is the open air space in the back where you with find up-cycled pieces, fountains, and more! The team at The Blue Flamingo takes great pride in our community and not only does that resonate in the infectious positivity you feel when you visit, but also in their support on community organizations such as the Manatee Nutrition Initiative. Everything I visit I leave not only excited about showing off my new purchases but invigorated by the passion that Andrew and his team infuse into everything they do!!

    thumb Brian Craft
  • This place is the absolute best!! They have everything from paint to funny magnets and jewelry and furniture. Most of the products are from and support local artists so all the products are so unique. I really loved walking around and looking at everything I wish I wasn't in a rush! Lots of cool finds and really not too expensive as we are supporting handmade hard work! Will recommend and can't wait to go back

    thumb Gianna D'Aloia

    There are so many beautiful things to choose from in this store. I'll be back! A definite must-see in Bradenton.

    thumb Lori McCarthy
  • Colorful interior. Lovely merchandise. Eclectic selections for rounding out your decor with accent pieces. Interior and exterior furnishings.

    thumb John Perides

    Very cool. Lots of great beach and Florida decor and gifts.

    thumb Brian Kinn
  • Went to this awesome shop with my girlfriend on a day out of shopping and browsing for our girls day out . What a find this store is ! Owner Andrew was fabulous and helpful and great to chat with . Lots of great items inside & outside with tons to choose from local artists and one of a kind fun things to see & buy . This is will on our list of regular places to stop in to see what great new items have arrived and say hello to Andrew . I would give them more stars if I could . My new favorite store !!

    thumb Liz Fisichella

    I happened across the blue flamingo by accident one day. Figured I'd just stopped in what could I lose. The store is fantastic doesn't look like much from the outside but the inside is awesome. I ended up getting paint to paint some furniture I have to have that restored look. Had a fun time doing it. Andrew the person that waited on me and helped me very helpful very friendly. You can get a lot of good ideas on what to do with some of your things you got laying around the house. Stop and you'll enjoy just looking around don't miss all the rooms.

    thumb Peggy Olson
  • Love the Blue Flamingo. Great ideas, different and friendly atmosphere. During this COVID time, certainly observe the guidelines and that makes stopping by there comfortable.

    thumb Ellen Devine

    I absolutely love, love, love The Blue Flamingo. The selection is unique and spectacular! The merchandise changes frequently. I have purchased wonderful items for both my home and my garden. The price are very affordable and reasonable. The owner is friendly and accommodating. A lovely place to shop!!!

    thumb Paula Ney
  • Love love this Shop!! This eclectic beach shop is full of fabulous coastal handcrafted items, curiosities, great gift ideas, one of a kind items and the staff is very helpful and friendly!

    thumb Sue Lorine

    If you need a special gift or something for your yard, theBlue Flamingo is the place to go - plus the personal service you receive- it can’t be neat!

    thumb Micki Gaughan
  • Awesome place to spend your time and $!! Well worth the trip

    thumb Donna Wiley

    Love this treasure shop got the cutest ear rings and and nice face mask with octopus on it that Andrew's mother in-law made and I love. I get alot of compliments on the mask. I have to get another one for my husband. Come in and check out the great and unique ideas.

    thumb Kristie Young
  • Wonderful people answered my many questions about Dixie Bell Paint and some of the amazing pieces they have.

    thumb Sherry Forbus

    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
  • 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

    Every time I shop here I find something unique. The shop is filled with everything from coastal decor to gorgeous artwork and funky gifts for the person who has everything. I always find something for myself too, and look forward to all the new items always coming in. Love supporting Drew and Michael and their awesome shop doing so much for the neighborhood. The Blue Flamingo is THE place to shop!

    thumb Debra Mauroschadt