Merch is mixing it up with an eclectic collection of wares they'll be offering on Opening Day. With something for everyone in their space, you'll be hard-pressed to choose from their vast collection of antique and vintage wrought and cast iron locks, keys and found items. The tag team known only as Nancy & Martha are also bringing a selection of handsewn aprons in retro fabrics and designs that will look right at home in your harvest gold eat-in or your modern galley. And with a limited supply of upcycled shorts and pants that you--and your hips--will love, best leave nothing to chance! Get the keys to the castle, and some other cool stuff, at the Merch booth on June 2nd!
Just when you thought you'd died and gone to vintage heaven! The Flea presents the elusive Gypsy, who wants to be your favorite roaming resale boutique. Providence's Ruth Meteer collects closet cast-offs, fabulous vintage finds, and locally crafted favorites. She aims to make high fashion and quality affordable, while diverting passed-over treasures from the waste stream and reducing the carbon footprint of fashion. Ruth is driven by "a deep desire to rescue under-appreciated things, and find them a new life in an adoring new home." Who doesn't want to help rescue a mod Twiggy mini, some Gucci shoes or some Mad Men style '50s wear? Gypsy might be roaming most of the time, but you know you can find her at The Providence Flea on June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30!
Our canine pals need a booth at The Flea, too! The good folks at Plaid & Stripe, a wonderful pet shop in Providence's Wayland Square, will bring Up Country collars, leashes and treat jars--all handmade just up the road in East Providence. (We love that Up Country donates collars and leashes for adopted dogs at the Providence Animal Rescue League--also coming to The Flea!) Your best friend will also enjoy "Jack's Snacks" cookies made for dogs from local ingredients in Cranston. Bring home some treats for your four-legged pal from Plaid & Stripe on June 9 and 30; July 21 and 28, and August 11 and 25.
Floweredsky Designs of Providence creates minimalist, modern and fun sterling silver jewelry. Designer Sema Gurerk gives special care to selecting the elements for every piece, and many include gemstones and semi-precious beads. "A beautiful stone," Sema says, "can be the catalyst for a great piece of jewelry." She uses hammering techniques and wire wrapping to create sculptural bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Get your sparkle on with Floweredsky Designs on June 2 and June 9.
SUEDE is the fashionable love child of Jay 'ironsuede' Davani. This chic chick with an eye for vintage and a gift for thrift is passing her trade secrets--along with stunning, hand-selected accessories and clothing--at The Flea this summer! Based on the idea that nobody needs to overspend in order to look like a million dollars, Jay brings her love of stylish steals to life through SUEDE. It's all here: all-American classics with an edge, one of a kind vintage pieces, and accessories to make you stand out in a crowd. SUEDE is her name and thrift is her game. Get in on Jay's secrets at The Flea on June 2, July 14 and August 25!
We are mad crushing on MadKnits! They make designer plush and resin monster toys, one-of-a-kinds and a line of creatures featured in their very own comic book. All of these weird new monster friends are created in their Pawtucket studio. Designer Kaitlin Juarez learned to knit from her grandmother, and a love of fibers was born. Each not-of-this-world creature comes with a name and a story. Kaitlin says, "Each monster's story is printed on their hangtag, but more often than not, customers want me to tell every story about every monster that we have on our table." Get the monster stories at the MadKnits booth on June 2 and July 7!
We want you to meet Honey Lemon Vintage! This delicious collection of antiques and collectibles is brought to you by Danielle Blasczak of East Providence. Specializing in kitsch, oddities and uncommon household bric-a-brac, the Honey Lemon Vintage booth is the place for that "must have" find you didn't know you were missing. (You may even find some vintage teacups with a prickly surprise inside!) Danielle says, "I am inspired by the potential The Providence Flea has to be a destination in Providence, for both locals and visitors." Fill that empty place on your shelf--and in your heart--with Honey Lemon Vintage on July 7 and 14; and August 4 and 11!
Olive Spoon Studio is a recycled vintage flatware business, owned by husband and wife team Michael and Erin Waite. They search New England for silver-plated antique and vintage flatware and turn it into beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces, wind chimes, and keepsake hand-stamped flatware. They work with pieces dating from the late 1800s to 1970. The Waites love them some flea markets! "There is a secret thrill (the thrill of the hunt!) in finding something used and loved, and then incorporating it into your days. When there is a need in our life, we always hunt flea markets first," they told us. Find Olive Spoon's wonderfully crafted jewelry at The Providence Flea on June 2, 23, July 28 and August 18!
The creative force behind The Opulent Squid is Melissa Murray, designing posh and peculiar handmade statement jewelry and wearable art using new and vintage glass beads, wire, unique charms and findings, wood, glue and vintage ephemera. Biology, zoology, mythology, religious relics and bright shiny objects are just some of the things that inspire Melissa. She brings these interests to her jewelry with passion--and coffee--fueling her ambition! Melissa says, "I put my heart, soul and energy into every piece of jewelry I create!" And it shows. Look for her unpredictable pieces at The Flea on June 2 and July 21!
"I want to say one word to you...Just one word...Are you listening?...Plastics." Are you ready for The Providence Plastic Project? Maybe Ben* wasn't, but we sure are--and the planet is too! Providence Plastic, a team of three artists and designers, makes cool products from pre-consumer waste. They gather the waste (like bags from dry cleaners) right here in Providence and create bright, colorful and completely unique material for local artists to use in developing new products. They declare, "We are taking recycling into our own hands and working with local companies to pursue completely new ways to deal with local material resources. Think of us as a material microbrewery." Meet your old plastic in a new form at The Providence Flea on June 2, 9,16, 23, 30; July 7,14, 21, 28; and August 4, 11, 18 and 25!
(*Ben=Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 film classic, The Graduate)