The Opulent Squid returns for Season Three of the Flea on Opening Day, Sunday, June 7 from 10 am - 4pm! Owner Melissa Murray has been with us since the beginning. She designs and creates handcrafted "posh and peculiar" jewelry from vintage assemblages and found objects. She tells us, "I try to use upcycled materials and vintage components as often as possible. I find that incorporating these element enhances the character and uniqueness of my work and helps to give each piece a history of its own!"
When we asked Melissa why The Opulent Squid returns to the Flea year after year she had this to say: "I wait for it all winter and actually save some of my new summer lines to debut especially for the venue. The freshness and diversity of my fellow vendors inspires me and keeps me coming back for more, and I know my customers feel the same way!" We're glad to have you back, Melissa!
Support local jewelry makers and see more from The Opulent Squid on June 14!
Emily Buffi turned her hobby of making jewelry and accessories into a business venture when she opened that hippie chic in December 2013. Previously a salon manager, hairstylis and nail technician, Emily brings her knowledge of the beauty industry to her stunning, simple and hippie-inspired designs. "My motto has been and always will be, 'do what you love and love what you do.' This has been my inspiration since I can remember," Buffi shared with us.
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!
Hilary Treadwell is the witty charmster behind bit & little bit. An artist, designer and teacher, Hilary loves to make things and to instigate creative trouble with children. Once I saw her leading a line of toddlers onto a RIPTA bus. Her bio reads:
"She babysits for some great families and works as a birth doula. She dances. And she loves the ocean and raccoons and the great murmurations of starlings."
Okay, she's amazing, but what about the stuff she brings to The Flea? Let's start with the t-shirts. The legendary t-shirts.
Clever designs for adults and kiddos are her specialty, so look for silkscreened tees, onesies and more that showcase that gritty, quirky Rhode Island pride.
But don't worry, there's lots more:
Cards, accessories, decor, magnets, toys and more all with the clever twist and handmade integrity of bit and little bit.
Stop by The Flea this weekend to meet Hilary, experience her smile and check out what she's been making. You won't regret it!
All of the shimmer and glam of a star is infused in the design work of Naomi King, the visionary behind Starlite Designs & Vintage. Naomi creates one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, tailored handbags, organic perfumes and carries a line of vintage vanity accessories.
Since 2008 Naomi has used locally-sourced vintage jewelry components in her work--including uncirculated pieces from the Rhode Island jewelry manufacturing industry, some more than 50 years old. She uses precious and semi-precious gemstones and vintage crystals to make her earrings, bracelets and necklaces sparkle.
Naomi has also expanded her work to include a line of tailored, glimmering leather handbags. Just what that Little Black Dress needs...
Naomi is influenced by a love of history, art and nature in her designs. Meet Naomi and see Starlite Designs & Vintage firsthand at The Providence Flea this weekend and throughout the summer. Photos cannot capture the true shimmer, people!
Well hello there, My New Bag.
Diane Hoffman is an artist, designer and teacher. She makes one-of-a-kind loom-knitted bags, pillows and other textiles. Need we point out that her work is gorgeous and we are super excited to have her at The Flea? Of course not.
Diane tells us:
"I appreciate rescuing, recycling and reuse in all things. I use vintage and old linens to make the flaps of my handmade messenger bags. I use mill end-yarns and upcycled leather belts for my knitted items. I upcycle used t-shirts to print my line of rescued animals."
The goat on the shirt above is Alice from Saunderstown. (Awesome, right?) Diane also has some great pitbull, backyard chicken, and cat tees, too.
Check out Diane's funky, local, handmade work at The Flea this weekend. Buy Local!
Barbara Moss is lovely. So is the Barbara Moss Antiques collection of jewelry. You *must* stop by her booth for a chat and a slow trip through her glass cases. “All my items are vintage or antique and for the most part, jewelry,” says Barbara. “Some are old collectibles, others are sterling silver or gold. Many pieces have a story to tell and I love to tell them.”
Barbara has been in the vintage and antiques world since 1967. (That’s a minute or two!) She previously had a store in Wickford, but now you can find her at flea markets. “For me flea markets are a way of life. Even when times were lean, I'd still set up. Many of my best friends are the people I met doing the fleas. I will always be a Flea Marketer.”
Barbara loves seeing all of the dogs at The Providence Flea so bring your pooch by to meet her this Sunday, July 13 and occasional dates through the summer!
Anthony Defilippo caught the entrepreneurship bug and started Earth Custom Designs, an ecologically aware jewelry line, as a high school student. Yup. How's that for awesome?
Earth Custom Designs started by designing leather bracelets that feature non-precious stones from developing countries. The sale of the bracelets helps support the growth of poor villages where the stones originate. Each wonderful bracelet comes with a story of origin explaining the stone and is presented in a hand-stitched gift bag. Wow. This year Anthony will introduce necklaces and earrings to his line and plans are in the works for t-shirts and bags that will help support impoverished communities in Guatemala.
We're so impressed with Anthony's vision and commitment. Anthony says, "I really appreciate what the Providence Flea is trying to accomplish. They are helping grow small businesses throughout Rhode Island."
Stop by and meet Anthony this summer at The Flea!
Black Sheep Designs jewelry is crafted from vintage and antique treasures. That's right, Pamela Laurenzo hunts for tokens, tags, keys, and other tiny finds to make NEW treasures just for you. Mount Hope bridge tokens, weathered coins and Boston T tokens are paired with locally sourced vintage beads and mixed metals to make tailored-but-funky necklaces, bracelets, earrings.
Black Sheep Designs comes to The Providence Flea (and your wardrobe) from their Pawtucket studio. Meet Pamela and find your perfect patina June 22 or in July or August!
Terry Horton of BugTee.com is warm and lovely. But don’t let that sweet smile fool you. Her design work has real edge.
Her designs feature vintage images screenprinted or embroidered on apparel. She also sews vintage images by hand on pillows. She burns vintage images onto sections of downed trees. We’re serious. She does all of these things.
Terry is inspired by nature. She says, “Nature constantly amazes me so its easy to be inspired. My head gets so full of ideas, I have a hard time narrowing it down and focusing on one thing. I’ve started with insects but am soon to expand to other subjects like sea creatures, reptiles, and birds.”
Meet Terry and BugTee.com this weekend at The Flea!
editorial note: We would like a high five for not using one bug pun in the entire post.