Gloria Porter sells her wares at The Flea as Gj Port. Here she is on the water:
Gloria likes to make a little bit of everything. In the past she's brought handmade necklaces, wrap watches, tote bags and hair accessories to The Flea.
This year she's introduced a new line of cross-body bags perfect for getting around town (like say, to your favorite flea market...).
They are made in all kinds of fabrics...
Even upcycled neckties!
Stop by The Providence Flea this Sunday, meet Gloria, and see the care she puts into everything she makes!
The Opulent Squid brings whimsical, lovely handmade jewelry to The Flea and it is always a big hit. Melissa describes her handmade, one-of-a kind pieces as "luxurious, blingy and a bit off kilter." We love them. Brand new and premiering at The Flea are her fortune cookie necklaces. These "words of wisdom" are often funny, sometimes inspiring and frequently lost in translation. Each necklace is made from an actual fortune culled from a huge collection she has amassed over the years--personally having eaten every cookie!
And Melissa really loves being at The Flea. She says:
I love The Flea! It is hands down the best venue I have done in Rhode Island as a vendor. Well curated, highly talented, high quality artisans and a fun and helpful staff make vending at The Flea an absolute pleasure. And of course there's the food trucks...
She'll also be debuting some statement necklaces featuring upcycled vintage hardware with each perfectly imperfect centerpiece well worn and with a history and character all its own! Stop by next Sunday, meet Melissa and see her wonderful work. Buy local!
The Forager is also known as Cathy. When Cathy talks about her work, it is like a manifesto:
I meander, seek out and reclaim furniture, accessories and assorted "old" objects that others have discarded, sold for a song, or just plain ole given to me because they know I like things with a backstory, things that come by their dents and scratches honorably, things that call out for redemption.
When I find something that catches my eye I often find myself wondering about who owned a certain table or chair in the past, what their lives were like and why they no longer found value in the item.
Cathy is The Forager and The Forager knows The Hunt. Come see what you can find at her booth next Sunday!
Marco Pimentel got into the vintage and antiques business through an old girlfriend. "She'd want to go out to one of these places at 6 am. I hated it. But then over time I'd see some things I liked and dealers would ask if they could buy my finds from me. People said I had a good eye."
Fast forward 11 years and Marco has a booth filled with interesting things and lots of questions from browsers.
Marco says, "It is a fun job. You get to tell stories about where things came from, and people tell you their own stories. It's a history lesson. I love it."
One of Marco's specialities is vintage signs...
And he also showed us a prop replica of the DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol that was used as the basis for Han Solo's gun in Star Wars.
And then we lingered over this childhood memory:
All in one booth! Stop by to see Marco at The Flea next weekend. He's got stories and he wants to hear yours!
Maureen of Inside My Cranium is The Guitar String Chick.
She collects guitar, bass and mandolin strings from local musicians and repurposes them into funky, cool jewelry.
She adds other well used things she finds like keys, key plates and coins to enhance the weathered, layered metal feel of her pieces. She says, "Everything is repurposed and I never buy new to make my work!
Look at the beautiful results:
Meet Maureen and see her work at The Flea next Sunday. If you have guitar strings you don't want, bring them to her!
Savannah Jo of Sparkle and Dapper loves her some retro dresses.
Over the years I've found myself becoming a hoarder of beautiful, interesting and uncommon vintage dresses, as well as jewelry and other odds and ends.
Savannah Jo loves to hunt for the next great find from thrift stores, estate sales and odd places here and there. I think the verb she used was "gallivanting."
And she's excited to share them with you:
Flea markets are so very close to my heart -- I live for them! Selling my finds to people who understand, and would appreciate them, would just be awesome.
Come get some Sparkle and Dapper next Sunday at The Providence Flea!
Lola's Vintage Closet wants to add some zang to your life. Lola's collection of clothing includes anything from the Victorian era to today. A sampling could include a Victorian dress and shoes to match, men's shoes from the 1960s and vintage Hawaiian shirts.
But you can also find housewares, jewelry and all kinds of other interesting things at Lola's booth.
How did you get your start?
Linda has been in the business since she got her driver's license as a teenager and started driving her great aunt to rummage sales and auctions. Linda says, "She was an antique dealer from Warwick Neck, and I learned a lot from her and other family members. When I went to college for nursing I used the antiques to help support my two young sons."
And who is Lola?
"Lola is my wiener dog. She's 7 lbs of energy, purpose and determination and has been with me for 6 years."
Come meet Linda at The Flea this weekend and she what's she's found to share!
Heather of heatherjeanny has been known for a long time in Providence and national craft circles for her beautiful screen printed stationery. (I *might* have tried to convince her to print some on bedding so I could literally DREAM inside her design. *might*)
But things change, and Heather's keen eye is no exception. This, gentle reader, is no stationery:
Whoa. This requires some explaining. Heather calls these beauties Antimacassar Scarflettes -- a necklace/scarf made from a vintage doily. Rad.
Heather gave a little history:
"Antimacassars came into popularity in the Victorian era. Women spent countless hours crafting these beautiful pieces, each stitched by hand in a manner that no machine could ever replicate. Delicate, beautiful and unique like tactile snowflakes, they are a great example of something utilitarian made beautiful by skilled hands.
Heather searches far and wide for vintage antimacassars with good design. She knows what Brimfield means, okay?
What happens next?
"I dye each one with professional grade dyes that form a permanent, molecular bond to the fibers. These dyes will not fade or rub off. The piece is then finished with a simple chain or clasp and a single, vintage glass bead."
Now you can own one to wear to the club or Saturday night's dinner party. Come to the Providence Flea this weekend, meet sweet Heather, and get in on the Antimacassar Scarflette craze!
Why does Brenda make Handmade Soaps?
I'll tell you: because she loves helping people.
Brenda gets so much satisfaction knowing that the products she makes help people treat their skin to natural ingredients.
Brenda is a cancer survivor. During her journey she changed her diet, starting eating whole foods, and became more aware of what she put into her body. Her new approach to food changed her life, and led the way to thinking about other products she used. She signed up for a handmade soap class and made her first coffee soap.
My husband took it to work with him. We have a tire business, and he has to wash his hands all the time. Every winter they would crack and bleed. That year was the first time his hands didn’t dry out. He raves about the soap all the time!
Handmade Soaps was born!
What exactly does Brenda make you ask?
I make handmade personal products, soaps, herbal remedies, lip balms, dog shampoos, shaving soaps, face, hand and foot creams, toners, salt and sugar scrubs, serums, solid perfume sticks, soap and cream for ezcema, psoriasis & poison ivy.
I'll summarize that as: every kind of soap you need.
Come to the Handmade Soaps booth at the Providence Flea next weekend, meet Brenda, see her beautiful skin and get her advice on the soap your skin deserves.
Bonnie Reid's handmade jewelry is inspired by connection, beauty and nature. We asked her to share a little more about her business, Wandering Bird, and her exquisite work.
How did Wandering Bird get started?
Wandering Bird started when I was living in San Francisco. That city just breathes creativity, and I am blessed to have made many talented friends there. They taught me a few tricks about jewelry, and from there it's pretty much been self directed. We'd travel to gem fairs, buy beautiful strands of beads, and sit around listening to music and making things.
How did Wandering Bird become a business?
When I moved back east from San Francisco my mom was ill. I was bartending and customers would ask to buy my earrings right off my ears. I have always loved beading, ever since I was a child. It's extremely meditative. Creating things at that time eased the stress of worrying about and taking care of my mom. I am always very prolific in times of stress.
You talk about Wandering Bird as an extension of the contemplative practices in your life. Can you say more?
I am a certified yoga instructor, and yoga has taught me a lot about stress and anxiety management. More importantly, it has taught me a lot about connection. I feel most connected when I am creating. I often create a piece of jewelry to honor an experience I had. The colors and designs I choose often emulate my experiences. Whether it was something I encountered while traveling, a favorite lyric or line from a poem or a person who has inspired me. And as I said earlier, beading, for me, is meditation.
What do you do when you aren't making?
I teach 5th grade at an incredible school in Central Falls called The Learning Community. My students often give me feedback on my designs. ;)
What has been your experience at The Flea?
I am amazed by the positive feedback I have been given from so many Flea Goers. Creating art and offering it to the world is a very vulnerable process, just being told what I create is beautiful is so gratifying and humbling.
I have absolutely loved participating in the Providence Flea. I have met so many amazing people and everyone on the Flea team have been so amazing. I am proud to say this Sunday will be my 6th Flea!