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Amazon warehouse sale

Toon Town Treasure Hunt, Jacksonville, FL

Have you ever wanted to dig through giant bins of Amazon returns in a warehouse in Downtown Jacksonville? Okay, maybe not, unless you’ve binged all the youtube videos of a similar concept. In any case, it’s a cool concept right? And maybe just maybe you’re curious. What if I told you it was only a 3 day event. Day 1, the items are $5 each, day 2 $3, day 3 $1?

I didn’t need any more info after that. I was sold. So yesterday, Sunday, day 2, my fiance, 2 friends and I went and treasure hunted.

I’ve passed the Toon Town building numerous times since living in this city. It’s hard to miss with it’s walls completely covered in colorful cartoon murals. I never really knew what it was used for however. Turns out it’s an arts and entertainment complex that can be rented in part for special events, studio space, etc. And this weekend it was obviously rented for an event.

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Ron's Miniature Shop, Orlando, FL

Ron’s Miniature Shop, Orlando, FL

Ron’s Miniature Shop went viral maybe 7 months ago now, with no online presence whatsoever. But with less and less shops like this existing, word of mouth gets them all the advertisement they need.

Ron’s Miniature Shop has been a staple of Orlando since 1989 and is still going strong.

I was in Lakeland for work and noticed that Ron’s Miniature Shop was going to be almost precisely on my way home to Jacksonville, so of course I had to stop by. And I wasn’t disappointed.

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Bayard Antique Village

Bayard Antique Villages, Jacksonville, FL

My mom and I finally went to check out the Bayard Antique Village last week. While we only recently became aware of it, the location itself has existed since 1949.

US 1 was the main North/South travel road of the area. The formerly named Beautyrest Cabins provided a nice place to stay while en route. They were a popular honeymoon spot.

After I-95 was built, the location wasn’t nearly as popular and was converted to an auction site in 1967. It was at this time that the large central barn was built on the premises.

The cabins on the perimeter were later converted to independent shops, forming what is now the antique village.

No doubt the place is cute, and all the shop owners are beyond nice. Whether I should admit it or not, my favorite part was the variety of cats, kindly cared for by the shop owners. It was a bit of a hunt to find and photograph as many cats possible. The black cat you’ll see pictured below was not happy he wasn’t getting his wet food 2 hours ahead of schedule. Read more