One of the first things we do when we visit Jeff’s parents in Florida is take a trip to Port Charlotte to visit Mariners Trading. This boating supply consignment shop has a wide variety of used gear as well as nautical decor. We usually leave with a half a dozen books, a new chart book or two, and something swanky for our nautical-themed bar room.
We like to spend most of our visit perusing the paper charts, dreaming of our next trip. This week we bought a 1986 Region 2 Chart Kit for Block Island, RI to the Canadian Border. While it may seem silly to buy an 28 year old chart set, after the 50% off discount, it only cost us $3.50! We will use these charts for planning purposes only, as we consider our next adventure, and then, if we actually head to Maine, buy a more up-to-date kit. We also bought Rough Water: Stories of Survival from the Sea for $3!
As you can see, there are some great deals to be had at Mariners Trading, but there are also some pretty far-out prices here too. One example is this West Marine offshore PFD priced at $129! Clearly the consigner did not see the recent sale of this model for $99 at West Marine before xmas.
While we are no way affiliated with Mariners Trading, we highly suggest that if you find yourself on the West Coast of Florida, you drop in for a visit. At the very least, you will be entertained by the wide variety of decor items and the friendly faces that you will find at the counter.
While we were out and about, we also found the store below that made us think of our friend Mads at Sail Life. Perhaps this is where he goes to find decor for Obelix??? 🙂