Yes, in a shameless ploy we're plugging ourselves, tooting our own horn, puffing up our chest, patting ourselves on the back--because we're just downright giddy about winning Rhode Island Monthly's 2013 Editors' Pick for best Vintage Market. Ok, so wait a minute...who was the competition? Well, we're not quite sure, but we're not complaining either! This is great for The Flea and even greater for our vendors who deserve a statewide audience for their keen, vintage fashion sense, their innovation and creativity, and their unabashed love of recycling and upcycling, reducing and re-purposing, making new things from old things, rescuing and salvaging, reusing and renewing. Thank you, Flea vendors, food trucks, patrons and volunteers, for making the market an early success and making it just so much fun to Flea!
When asked to describe her business The Fox Affect, Valorie Taylor put it to us this way, "Vintage Clothing and Accessory Lover, Advocate and Seller. Revived and Recycled Relics for the World." (Amen, sister.) She told us she's been collecting for about 10 years, "ever since I moved to Alabama." (We're glad she has since landed in Rhode Island!) Valorie loves wearing things that nobody else has. She also tries to be as eco-conscious as possible, and she thinks--and we agree--that reselling vintage and recycling old into new again is definitely helping the world a little bit. Valorie loves the thrill of the hunt at a flea, much as many of our vendors do. She is also inspired by never knowing what you are going to find, but knowing, too, there is always something for you there. Come see what The Fox Affect has for you here, at The Providence Flea, on July 21 and 28!
At Jeanne Paradiso's Reloved Treasures Children's Consignment Boutique, she sells adorable, gently worn children's clothing, toys and maternity items with the aim of recycling and saving local families money. She told us she believes the general philosophy of recycling can be a bigger and stronger system across the region. Jeanne thinks, "It creates a sense of unity and everyone can get a sense of working for a bigger purpose." She told us her favorite thing about being at the market is "getting to mingle and experience the work of people around us." Well, there are so many interesting vendors to mingle with, we've been told by patrons and vendors they wish there were many more hours in the day at the Flea! (Hmmm...we think six hours is just the right amount for us!) Come mingle with Jeanne at The Flea on July 21, August 4, 11, and 25!
We're excited to welcome Rachel Kupillas of ElevenTwentyEight from Cambridge to the Flea this Sunday! Rachel redesigns vintage and used clothing into these gorgeous and modern, wearable styles. She also collects vintage pieces that have stood the test of time and are still fabulous just how they are. Rachel likes that shopping vintage/redesigned not only allows you to have one of a kind pieces but also helps out the environment. She told us, "I love the care and design that went into clothes and jewelry back in the day. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is amazing. I like that chances are you won't see anyone else wearing what you're wearing. Also, not buying anything new and all the environmental issues that can cause." (We're with you on that, girl!) Rachel said she loves meeting and talking with people at a flea market who share her passion for vintage. We're sure Rachel will have no problem finding homes for the items that she loves and seeing people excited about their finds! Catch Rachel and ElevenTwentyEight this Sunday only, July 14th!
The Beekman Boys may be fabulous, but they've got nothing on Little Rhody's own Aden & Jon Mott-Restivo, the owners of Legend's Creek Farm. Named for their Australian Shepherd 'Legend', the farm sits on 35 acres in Foster, replete with dogs, assorted livestock, Americauna chickens and an heirloom garden. This unlikely lawyer/farmer duo is bringing their luxury hand-made goats milk soap to the Flea, and we think they are just lovely (the soaps, too!). Full-time farmer and recently licensed cheesemaker Aden told us he's inspired by the smiles on his customers' faces when they smell his soaps--and we're among the newly converted! Meet the recently dubbed Magnificent Mott-Restivo Boys at The Flea on Sunday, July 7th!
Hilory Wagner started selling at flea markets with her sister when she was about eight years old. Now Hilory is back at it with EssenTiles, upcycled Scrabble tiles that she transforms into wine charms and gifts. "They are fun, functional, totally customizable, and appeal to everyone's passions!" Hilory told us. Her wine charm sets include eight wine markers--tiny works of art combining Scrabble tiles with images or beadwork--and an authentic wood Scrabble tile rack to store and display her creations. She also creates earrings and pendants from cool photos or customers' images. Hilory created these beauties below especially for Flea staff and volunteers, and everyone LOVED them! Thanks, Hil! Land a triple word score with "awesome" at the Essentiles booth on July 7, 14 and 21, and August 4 and 11 at The Flea!