Havana Banana offers vintage ribbons, trims, laces, buttons, beads, and linens for the many mixed media artists, quilters, sewers and designers coming through the Flea on Opening Day, June 7! But that's not all. This booth is a veritable candy store for shoppers who love all things with a history. Collector and owner Jacquelyne Lusardi is passionate about bringing the best bits of the past to Providence's creative maker community. "Wherever old stuff shows up...I am there!" she told us proudly.
When we asked her why she vends at the Providence Flea, she said, "The Flea generates an excitement in the City. I want to be a part of that."
Be a part of the Flea and check out Havana Banana along the Providence River Greenway on Opening Day, June 7, from 10am-4pm!
Vintage Unlimited offers something for everyone at the Flea--from jewelry, pottery, and art to musical instruments, furniture and toys. Collector Roland Lefebvre describes his selection as eclectic, antique, vintage, repurposed, and reclaimed fun stuff. "You will find something of interest." Lefebvre assures us. "If not, I offer a conversation and friendship."
Friendly guy Roland finds his antiques and collectibles all around him. He's rummaged through attics, basements, garages, and yard and estate sales to bring Flea-goers the perfect finds on Opening Day. "My inspiration is based on love," Roland proclaimed. (Man, is this guy in touch or what?)
When we asked what he likes about the Providence Flea, he gushed: "The people, the space, being by the river, being downtown. I love Providence and am very proud of Rhode Island. Everyday is a sunny day at the Flea!"
Visit Roland for something unusual, something unexpected and some good conversation at Vintage Unlimited on Opening Day, June 7!
Makeshift Studio was born when owner Sarah Furtado found herself newly graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts but without a permanent studio to practice her art. A firm believer in 'making it work,' Furtado found herself continuing to make art in a variety of makeshift studios. From her studio Sarah creates and sells functional ceramic wares with a mission to make you smile. (Mission: accomplished!)
When we asked Sarah what inspired her work she told us: cartoons, children's book illustrations and pop culture. "I like to incorporate those into my work in hopes that when someone uses my pottery, they smile. I love to create work that has a story to tell or makes someone crack up laughing."
Sarah also told us she attended the Flea most of the Sundays it was running last summer and was inspired by all of the creativity. "It's such a great community event and there is so much activity and enthusiasm at the Flea, that I really wanted to be a part of it this year."
We can't wait for Sarah and Makeshift Studio to join us at the Flea on Opening Day, June 7!
Tom Nault loves antiques and collectibles and he's no newbie to the flea market scene, having first attended markets with his parents when he was just 10 years old. "I can't not go," Tom tells us today. "It is pure joy for me to be there."
We like Tom because he has great pickings...and because Tom likes the Flea. In fact, when he gushes, we blushes! "Great stuff, delectable food, sweet people, good times on the Providence waterfront... Why wouldn't I want to come back?"
Tom doesn't come often, but when he does, he doesn't disappoint. You won't want to miss his eclectic collection of vintage jewelry molds, science lab beakers and bunsen burners, ceramic sculptures, antique furniture and furnishings, and downright fantastic finds.
Check out Tom's latest at the Flea on Opening Day from 10 am-4 pm on June 7. We never know when he'll be back!
'Freedom Through Art', Resources for Human Development, RI (RHD-RI), provides people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore and expand their creative talents in a way that empowers them. Their artists create paintings and drawings as well as craft items such as handmade soap, pillows, bags and hand-painted repurposed furniture.
Artist B. Lucy Stevens told us what inspires them: "The belief that creativity has no disability. That these talented artists deserve support as well as opportunities to get their art out into the world and perhaps even support themselves through their art."
We're pretty sure that we're as excited as they are to come to the Flea. "We want to show off our fantastic artists to a larger Rhode Island audience," Lucy said. "We believe that their unique art will appeal to the kind of people who attend the Providence Flea -- people who are looking for things they can't find anywhere else. Also, we want our artists to experience the sense of accomplishment and empowerment that comes from actually selling their work."
Don't miss the fabulous creations of these artists at Opening Day on June 7, 10 am - 4 pm!