By limited engagement, we'll have Spiritual Readings by Phyllis this Sunday to help you discern your divine purpose in life. (We already know ours: to bring you Phyllis by limited engagement!) And to further clear your spiritual pathways, you can ask Phyllis about her Tarot readings at The Flea. (We had to ask Wikipedia because Phyllis wasn't available: "The tarot (first known as trionfi and later as tarocchi, tarock, and others) is a pack of playing cards (most commonly numbering 78), used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play a group of card games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. From the late 18th century until the present time the tarot has also found use by mystics and occultists in efforts at divination or as a map of mental and spiritual pathways." Of course, Phyllis already knew this, and now, so do you. Get your cards read by Phyllis at The Flea this Sunday only, June 30th!
Kyla Coburn's signature interiors can be found in some of the city's sleekest spots--Loie Fuller, Broadway Bistro, The Avery, and most recently--and amazingly upcycled and architecturally salvaged--The Grange. "I love getting the psychology of a space and contributing the environment that serves up the tastes and sounds. Certain objects and art call out to be a part of a completed space and making that match is inspiring," Kyla told us. What does she do with that which doesn't make a match--one-of-a-kind finds, spoils of the restaurant design wars, picks of the pickers and hoarded beauty of all kinds? Why bring it to The Flea, of course! And Kyla's favorite thing about flea markets? "Mmmmmm...like a religion, an addiction, and a lover all in one harmless Sunday afternoon." We couldn't have said it better. Catch Kyla and her magic red truck of curiosities again at The Providence Flea on June 30, July 14 and 28, and August 11 and 25.
I Stefanie's father has been taking her to flea markets since she was a kid. She still gathers materials wherever she goes--vintage findings, beads, and rocks from various travels. "Sometimes the elements dictate to me how they should be used," Stefanie told us. "I love to comb through bins of vintage stampings that my father created and incorporate them with silver and bronze items that I create. It is a way to pay homage to the past...and blend it with modern design." Stefanie may surprise you with an artfully placed vintage button from her seamstress aunt, or findings from her father's former manufacturing business, in fresh and clever constructions. Look for Stefanie's decidedly dichotomous beauties at The Flea on June 23, July 21 and August 18!
Michelle Tolleson is behind MakingMichelle, a handmade accessories company specializing in handmade accessories including jewelry, handbags, scarves, journals and other items. (We especially love her clever upcycled book tote shown above!) Michelle is an absolutely positively 'glass half-full' kind of gal: "I love to create and express through my work," she told us. "I am inspired by other artists and also by the natural beauty of this world. I feel the possibilities are endless." She loves the variety of flea markets--finding that hidden treasure-- and also seeing what others have been inspired to do in their own creative realms. You can find Michelle in her creative realm at The Flea on June 23 and July 14th!
Calling all dog lovers...and cat and bird and snake lovers! (Ok, maybe not snake lovers...) Jodi Manca is a painter specializing in pet portraits in tempera, acrylic, oils and print who is inspired mostly by color. Jodi told us, "I love the emotional effects color can produce and enjoy exploring that. When it comes to the dog portraits, it's all about emotion!' As a pet owner herself, she says it's the emotion in the eyes that draws her to paint them. She likes to see if she can capture their individual personalities. (We'd say she captured it in the face of this beagle!)
Jodi loves the diversity of a flea, and thinks a flea market is like traveling the world--something to discover around every corner! See Jodi's art in our corner of the world at The Providence Flea on June 23, July 21 and August 25!
When Providence's Emily D'Ambra was about 8 years old she asked her mom, "Why don't adults do something they love as a job, then they will never be upset about going to work?" Her mom replied, "That is the dream Emily..." Now Emily is living that dream as the owner of Vintage Accessories by Emily. "I whole-heartedly love what I do," she says, "and I believe it shows in my work." She designs and handcrafts every piece in her collection, bringing a warm, vintage feel to modern earrings, necklaces and rings. This hometown gal is excited to grow her business with the Providence Flea. "There's no place better, in my mind, than to sell my jewelry where I grew up.. Providence!" We agree!
Meet Emily at The Providence Flea on June 16 and 30; July 14 and 28; August 18 and 25.
How does a massage-on-site sound after a round of Fleaing on the river? In a nod to The Cleveland Flea, we're going to bring a few service providers to the Providence Flea. We thought we'd start with the women with the magic hands at West Side Wellness, LLC. (Did someone say 'bodywork'?!) Owner and LMT Jen Raimondi told us, "We can help you recover from injury, reduce chronic pain, untangle muscle spasms, alleviate symptoms of disease, reduce stress, and just plain feel better. We make it easy by employing highly skilled, licensed therapists, providing some of the best bodywork in Rhode Island." Ok, where do we sign?! You are not going to want to miss this opportunity to get your body 'worked' at the Flea on June 16 and 30!
Got an urge to really dig through a pile for something special you didn't know you had to have? Luigi Porreca is bringing the treasure he's found through his scrap metal recycling business to The Providence Flea. For the last 30 years he's been collecting lamps, metal signs, tools, cast iron, brass and copper goods. He's also stumbled across some art and vintage fashion. Luigi says, "We have too much stuff, and we want to pass along the great finds from over the years." What better place than The Providence Flea?! Let something shiny catch your eye at Luigi's booth on June 16 & 30; July 7, 14, 21 & 28; August 4, 11, 18 & 25.
One of our favorite kinds of browsing is digging through piles of books. We are thrilled to welcome Providence's own Symposium Books to The Providence Flea. Symposium sells discounted books in art, architecture, photography, design and literature -- perfect for leafing through under that Providence skyline. Sam at Symposium is looking forward to the Flea because, "it is more relaxed than the conventional retail world, a good time to chat with customers. " Get some summer reading at The Flea on June 16 at the Symposium booth.
If you've been down to The Flea already, you've seen Jim McCarthy's green reCYCLEmobile nestled between the food trucks. If you haven't, you're missing something green,... and green! Vintage Bikes RI renews vintage and unique bicycles, giving them a second life on the road! Jim recognizes that the rescue, repair, restoration and reuse of vintage bikes have value on may levels. He told us, "Our mission is to promote the art of fixing things in place of the disposable mentality so prevalent in the world today." Vintage bikes can be affordable, ride-able and semi-collectible at prices less than new bikes built to similar standards. You might not find your wheels for the Tour de France, but you can peddle these babies for the fun and the fresh air! Catch Vintage Bikes RI and their big green truck parked at the curb most Sundays this summer!