There is always a curious crowd at the Vintage Unlimited booth at The Flea. They come to see the eclectic and amazing things Roland Lefebvre has found.
Here’s sweet Roland in his booth surrounded by... well... one of everything:
What’s Roland bringing to The Flea in June? He says:
I'm interested in anything vintage or antique, but Mid-Century Modern, Industrial, and Machine Age are my most recent diversions. I'm heavy on the Modernism front -- particularly furniture, Danish, or cool 50s, 60s and 70s items.
Come to the Providence Flea and meet Roland, who says, “You can't beat the people or atmosphere! A good time will be had by all!”
Get in on the Vintage Unlimited collection June 1, 8, 15 & 22!
Kim Hobby is kind of obsessed with vintage clothing. But in a good way. A really, really good way. We’re excited to welcome Archetype Vintage back to The Flea!
Kim says, “I'm so excited to be returning to The Providence Flea for the 2014 summer season! Lots of wonderful people, good food, great finds, sweet music and summer sunshine by the water.”
Three decades of loving vintage clothing led her to a full time life of finding and sharing the highest quality vintage women’s dresses, skirts, handbags, sweaters and accessories. Lucky us!
“From classic, feminine pieces to the more daring designer finds, each item is selected with an eye for historical relevance and modern wearability,” says Kim.
This year Archetype Vintage has a new vintage bridal and wedding dress selection that they’ll be previewing at The Flea. Brides to be, come meet Kim at The Flea on June 1, 15 or 29!
Madera y Metal is the combined passion of Matt Pelrine and Anakarina Gende. Matt has been working with wood since an early age, and Anakarina has a background in metals and jewelry. The result is incredible handmade accesories. They use all kinds of wood --- such as maple, walnut, and tulip --- and add sterling silver, copper or bronze -- to create stunning wearable pieces.
Anakarina says, "We inspire each other every day, feeding off each other's ideas while having coffee in the morning; it is a beautiful thing!"
Beautiful, indeed. Their work is both modern and grounded in timeless, natural elements. And you can see it for yourself at The Providence Flea on June 1 or 22!
Pretty Old Goods sells “uncommon vintage from the littlest state.” Flea veterans will remember Lauren Faria and her terrific eye for vintage women’s clothing. Think dresses, jackets, pumps, skirts and purses. Yum!
This year Lauren is adding vintage jewelry and some vintage housewares to her booth!
Lauren loved being at The Flea last year. “The Flea has such a great community energy," she said. "It's been great to befriend fellow vendors and greet shoppers.”
Meet Lauren and try on the Pretty Old collection at the Providence Flea on June 1, 15 and 29!
The Providence Flea would not be such a great way to spend a sunny Sunday without our Fabulous Food Trucks. We are so grateful to have such an amazing food truck community in our town, bringing tasty treats right to our mouths.
For our much-anticipated Opening Day on June 1 (have you told your friends?) our line-up includes these wonderful folks listed below. Follow them on twitter and straight to The Flea! You can also check them out -- and their menus -- at foodtrucksin.com.
Lady Copacabana @CopacabanaLady
Like No Udder @LikeNoUdder
Noble Knots @NobleKnots
Presto-Strange-O Coffee Truck @prestostrangeo
Rocket Street Food @rockettruck
Nom nom nom...
Did you know that each week The Providence Flea introduces crowds to a local non-profit doing great work? We are very pleased to host The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women on The First Flea of the year on June 1.
The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women has worked tirelessly for more than a decade to provide Afghan women with four-year college scholarships at over 20 universities in the United States. In the process they are helping to bring change to Afghanistan.
Under the rule of the Taliban women were not allowed to be educated. With the liberation of their country, young Afghan women are slowly returning to the education system and their voices are being heard.
The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women has accelerated change by offering a college education at some of the nation’s best schools. These young women return to Afghanistan after graduation to help their country move forward.
Come learn more about this groundbreaking work happening right here in Rhode Island on June 1.
Steve Duque is an artist, a skateboarder, and a native Rhode Islander. These passions come together in his wonderful handcrafted jewelry and housewares -- all made from repurposed skateboards he finds around town. When Steve isn’t out exploring Rhode Island on his board, he’s gathering broken and discarded skateboards in his studio and carefully shaping them into earrings, necklaces, coasters, pens and other colorful, intricate objects.
Steve is a Flea Fan in his own right. He told EcoRI “The Providence Flea is probably the best flea or art market I’ve ever been to. Not only because I’m a vendor there, but because of what they offer and how organized they are. You’re not just another person who’s signing up for a table. They want to know what you do and how they can be into it. These guys are really into it.”
Aw shucks, Steve. We ARE really into supporting our vendors!
Get an upcycled skateboard from Duque’s colorful layered collection. He’s at the Providence Flea June 1, 8 and 29!
People in the glass world know the work of Neal Drobnis. Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to visit his magical studio and see him at work. Neal creates all kinds of objects in glass – lawn ornaments, night lights, glassware, tiles.
Inspired by nature and ancient artifacts, Neal frequently uses a technique called “sand casting,” working with sand as a mold to form unique shapes in glass. The result is one-of-a-kind and beautiful.
Neal’s work can be found in galleries all over the world, and now you can also see it at The Providence Flea this summer. Visit Neal’s booth on June 1 on the Opening Day of The Flea!
Providence Polaroid wants to convince you that film is not dead. A project of Standard Film, Providence Polaroid is out to "make Providence an Instant City" by selling functional vintage Polaroid cameras and instant film. You can walk away with everything you need to instantly make film AND fun.
Devan Durante, the guy behind Providence Polaroid, is driven by that moment when “someone takes a picture with a Polaroid camera for the first time and is shocked that it actually worked and pleasantly surprised by the results.”
We can’t wait to get our retro on with one of these chunky funky cameras! As Devan points out, “Polaroid cameras are just as instant as your iPhone, don't require filters for cool effects, and actually produce a physical photograph - so what's not to love?”
Meet Providence Polaroid at The Providence Flea on June 15th and June 29th!
Do you get a rush when you spy something awesome wedged in a pile of stuff? Then you have to meet Bill Foley.
Few people know about finding like Bill Foley of Foley’s Finds. Bill is returning to the Providence Flea for a second season toting along the furniture, collectibles and antiques he uncovers from near and far. When we asked him what was new for him as a vendor this year he said, ”In my line of business everything is new to me but vintage to you!”
Bill had a great time at last summer’s Flea. He said, “I had a great experience. Had fun meeting and engaging many new and friendly people.”
You can find Foley’s Finds at The Providence Flea on June 1 (that's the Opening Day of the Flea... in case we haven't said that enough... we might remind you a few more times...)!