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Window treatments available locally? #400661
02/20/11 02:09 PM
02/20/11 02:09 PM
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Wandering the USA
BeBelize Offline OP
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Hello all,

We're building a condo in San Pedro, and since we'll be on the first floor of the building, I'd like to install natural bamboo window shades. Is anything like this available in either San Pedro, Belize City, or over the border in Mexico, or is this something I need to plan to purchase and ship from the US?

Here's the type of shades I'd like (or similar): Levolor Natural Shades

Thanks in advance!

Last edited by BelizeBoundGal; 02/20/11 02:09 PM.

Former Belize expat traveling the USA & Mexico
Re: Window treatments available locally? [Re: BeBelize] #400662
02/20/11 02:29 PM
02/20/11 02:29 PM
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Ambergris caye
SnoopysMom Offline
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They do have a small selection at Mirabs (I saw some at Caye Supplies also), however, the sizes are very limited and the prices being much higher (at least double) than the US, so you might be better off shipping / bringing them with you.

Re: Window treatments available locally? [Re: BeBelize] #400664
02/20/11 03:59 PM
02/20/11 03:59 PM
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San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
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Natural bamboo window shades in a venetian-blind style are available at Mirab in Belize City. They are $135 Bz ($67 US) each for a 3-foot wide blind (60 inches long - can be downsized easily). You can get them in two colors - light oak or walnut.

They also have some roller shades that are more like what you show in the website.
If you are near the beach I'd recommend strongly against the type you have selected, due to problems with the strings and wheels that make them go up and down - between the weather and the wind you tend to end up with a mess.

Re: Window treatments available locally? [Re: BeBelize] #400665
02/20/11 04:04 PM
02/20/11 04:04 PM
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San Pedro, Belize
KateV Offline
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We can make you some roller shades here at Sew What. We make whatever size you need, they have a continuous bead chain, and I have a few different fabrics with different levels of transparency. PM me if you're interested in more information.

Kate Vincent
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Re: Window treatments available locally? [Re: BeBelize] #400666
02/20/11 04:44 PM
02/20/11 04:44 PM
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San Pedro/Prescott
GwenA Offline
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I would love for you to be able to do your window treatments here on the Island, and please check in with Kate, and look around at Caye Supplies. Other decorators will be available too. Check in with the message boarders for the biggies!
Lamps and lighting are hard to get here. Furniture options are good to check on with the locals, too.
It isn't intuitive about what to ship and what to do here. I would suggest that this is a good topic! It is so important to support the local folks that need your work.
So open it up!
Ask who can do what, and ask what is you can ship it.
Give up on what you think you want...and ask the locals for ideas.

Re: Window treatments available locally? [Re: BeBelize] #400671
02/20/11 08:31 PM
02/20/11 08:31 PM
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BeBelize Offline OP
BeBelize  Offline OP
Thanks so much for this information! I'll check out Kate's blog. We are a ways before actually needing anything, but I'm trying to do my research up front. Even when something is cheaper initially in the US, by the time we pay to ship it to Belize and pay duty, it may not be less, so anything we can get locally in San Pedro or other places in Belize, we'd prefer to.

GwenA, you are right that it is hard to know what is available there, especially from afar, and because fewer places have web sites than here in the US. So I will keep inquiring as things come up - thanks! I would much rather support local businesses and try to do the same here in the US whenever possible too.

Seems like there's a good opportunity ripe for someone to open up a lamp shop there! What do people who need lamps do there? Is that something I should strongly consider shipping down?

Thanks much!

Last edited by BelizeBoundGal; 02/20/11 08:31 PM.

Former Belize expat traveling the USA & Mexico
Re: Window treatments available locally? [Re: BeBelize] #400674
02/20/11 09:15 PM
02/20/11 09:15 PM
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Fishers, Indiana UISA
lovey and thurston Offline
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I have used Kate at Sew What many times,and highly recommend her. She has a lot of experience in what is practical here in the tropics. Have also used Emma Carter for curtains,pillows , bedding etc. She does beautiful work. Lamps are limited, but someone could make a killing suppling lampshadeses.

R.B. Mernitz
Re: Window treatments available locally? [Re: BeBelize] #400678
02/20/11 11:56 PM
02/20/11 11:56 PM
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san pedro, Belize
collyk Offline
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Kate has an amazing workshop and I've seen a lot of her work at resorts around the island. Excellent work.
Belize Wedding Photography

Re: Window treatments available locally? [Re: collyk] #400732
02/21/11 04:58 PM
02/21/11 04:58 PM
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San Pedro
Ana Lausen Offline
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We use Sew What! in our properties, Kate does excellent work, very professional.

Ana Lausen
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