One of my favorite places to load up on Retro Roadmap worthy souvenirs when we’re in Florida is Nifty Nic Nacs in Venice FL. They have a huge selection of all sorts of vintage themed memorabilia with wonderful vacation postcard graphics, new old post cards, funky coasters, signs, magnets and more that bring back the feel of when Florida was the vacation spot to be!
Located on Venice Avenue the shop is coming up on it’s 7th anniversary in the adorable downtown section of Venice Florida, which is located on the gulf coast side of the state. Friendly owner Jeff O’Berry is a 5th generation Florida native, and had some wonderful places to suggest that we feature on Retro Roadmap, many of which his grandmother would bring visitors to when they were in the Sunshine State. I’ve got them on my list for sure, and can’t wait to head south again, especially after all the snow that welcomed us when we got home to chilly Philly.
Along with the vintage themed Floridania the shop is chock full with pop culture memorabilia, books, gag gifts and cards and all sorts of fun and wacky things. I am partial to the Ann Taintor collection of sassy and snarky vintage graphic inspired gifts and was pleased to see my fave Blue Q bags represented as well. If you’re into the Marilyn, Lucy, James Dean school of retro then you’ve found your spot too! Colorful and fun, I have a hard time focusing on all of it, as so many of the gift and decorative items would look perfect in the Hacienda, or on the Retro Roadmap mobile.
We have made a point to stop into Nifty Nic Nacs any time we’re in the area, and one of my favorite purchases has to be our tropical themed lampshade, with a picture of a sunset behind palm trees. Perfect to gaze at during the cold spells we have here at home.
If you like Retro Roadmap type vacation destinations, I cannot recommend Venice Florida highly enough- the folks are friendly, the historic downtown is well kept and you can find all of your souvenirs right here at Nifty Nic Nacs – and they are the only gift shop in Downtown Venice that stays open nights until 8pm Monday through Saturday – year ’round!
Nifty Nic Nacs
203 West Venice Avenue
Venice, FL 34285
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