Let’s face it: like most major U.S. cities, Miami can put a serious dent in your pocketbook. High gas prices and a limp economy mean every penny counts, especially when it comes to dressing up your abode with local art or a variety of boutique jewelry and figurines. Fortunes can be saved if you take the time to mind just a few of South Florida’s artistic deals that are sumptuous steals.
Bijoux Terner Jewelry Boutique
Miami International Merchandise Mart
777 N.W. 72nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33126
Founded in Miami in 1974, this jewelry boutique is the place to go for quality fashion jewelry that will have you looking red-carpet ready at between $10 to $12. No, your eyes do not deceive you. All pieces are locally designed and sourced from around the world. Owner Monty Terner’s $10-per-piece price point allows men and women to buy as much as they like rather than just what they need.
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Salvation Army Thrift Store
90 N.W. 93rd St.
Miami, FL 33127
Until now, Salvation Army was probably a place you would donate to but not be caught dead in. Well, if you are in the market for fabulous framed or unframed art, groovy or edgy picture frames and a variety of orphan jewelry and accessories, then load up on café cubano and drop in here to spend ‘til you drop and still save a ton. Many donations are produced locally so you can find your next gem here. Constant donations mean fresh pickings every week.
2998 McFarlane Road
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Whether you are looking for young and fresh, charming and cute or just plain frizzy and fun, this storefront is part of a chain of locations and kiosks around Miami that offer an array of charms, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, berets, rings, bracelets, watches, cell phone chains and other accessories for teenage girls. Lose yourself in fashionable and fresh, all for well under $100.
1130 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
This award-winning gallery exemplifies local Miami art and color in all its glory. Tucked along Ocean Drive, it eclectically presents the works of over 35 local artisans for their works to be enjoyed by the beautiful people who flock to SoBe to see and be seen. A smorgasbord of diverse works like sculpted BMW police cars starting at $98, a variety of rings crafted from sterling silver, nylon and glass beads at $87 and an outrageous and colorful collection of Miami pop-art figurines at $68 are just a smidgen of what awaits.
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Glenn Osrin is a journalist and seasoned consumer products sales professional living in Miami, Florida. A new vegan, his most recent assignment is writing about the benefits of a plant-based diet and lifestyle while learning about the Miami vegan community. His work can be found at Examiner.com.