Auckland, United Kingdom
December 31, 2002
If you do see something you want in one of the souvenir shops, haggle. A friend of mine worked in one of these for a while and warned me that the sellers price everything according to what they think you can afford--so be prepared to bargain.
As you'd expect, there are any number of arty-crafty gift shops, with goods ranging from tacky to very lovely and very expensive--check out the glass shops and art galleries. There's a chicken gift shop at the end of Duval, I'm not sure why. And at the other end of Duval, near Mallory Square, you can visit the Megastore, nothing to do with Virgin (whatsover), as it's an erotic superstore.
Just before Mallory Square, there's a little market filled with mostly tourist junk--Key Lime soap, etc.,--and there's usually a few crafts stands in the square. Some of these have some surprisingly decent goods.
There are a couple of second-hand bookstores just off Duval Street; also try the library, which does a free paperback swap.
Whatever you go shopping for in Key West, just don't expect it to be particularly cheap, as this is not the place to come for a bargain.
From journal Key West times