Old Notes Vintage Guitars seeks out, restores, and resells vintage guitars and instruments from the 1950s and 1960s. Musicians Ken and Leslie Uhnak told us, "Guitars from this era represented an emerging expression of American music history that is rapidly fading from memory. Our mission is to preserve the spirit of this bygone era, and keep it alive through music played on the instruments of the time."
When we asked them what inspires their work, they had this to say: "We are musicians; we love the look and sound of these guitars and want to reintroduce them to a new generation of musicians."
They'll have a booth full of boxy-bluesy parlour and arch top guitars ready to adopt. And the other half of their booth features their project, The Brolly Drolly, specializing in Victorian through mid-century umbrellas in all of their glory.
Nothing will rain on this parade.
Check them out in their double-wide at the Flea on Sunday, June 14 from 10 am - 4 pm along the Providence River Greenway!
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!
Christine McCarthy of Artful Intuition combines instinct and imagination to offer a uniquely curated selection of handmade and found objects to celebrate, decorate, and commemorate life's special and simple moments. Vintage goods are served up alongside vintage reused creations and vintage inspired crafts and art works.
Christine told us, "All of my work incorporates images and collage materials from the past..." Some of the 'thread' that ties it all together? Vintage sewing notions and knitting; old postcards and sculptural bookmaking; sheet music and beach-combing, and the list goes on. Her vintage product focus is primarily smalls (think: sewing notions, pocket watch parts, and dog show ribbons) and paper ephemera (postcards, flash cards, and labels). You'll even find some antique chemistry lab equipment thrown in for good measure!
A book conservator and artist, Christine tell us she has always made things, collected things, and displayed things. As a child she wanted to be an archaeologist, because the idea of fragments that hold secrets and stories from the past appealed to her.
"The Providence Flea was recommended to me by a customer at an arts and crafts fair last summer," she told us. "I am a Rhode Island transplant in Connecticut, who loves any excuse to come home!" Well, we're glad to be that excuse, Christine--and we're sure Flea patrons are pretty revved about it, too!
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!
The Two Sisters booth at the Flea is filled with a scrumptious range of finds with a great mix textures and colors. See for yourself:
Two Sisters is back with their haul of antiques and collectibles, and this year they are also bringing some handmade clothing and crafts. Yes!
Ariane says, "It was a great experience to be a part of The Providence Flea last year. It was exactly the type of venue we were looking for with incredible customers!"
Meet Two Sisters this weekend at The Flea!
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!
Who's the man behind Big Al's Poke & Pick? He's the guy with the sweet smile, the great hat and the things you want to take home. Al started collecting when he was 18 and took a shine to Coca Cola collectibles. He now specializes in vintage mid-century modern collectibles including Eames, Heywood Wakefield, Russell Wright and McCobb. But in the end Al says, “If it is good design, I like it. Whether it is a typewriter or a lamp.”
(Editor’s Note: Our brief interview was interrupted when a man stopped by to collect the vintage bicycle he bought for his wife’s birthday. Their dog, Franklin, fits perfectly in the basket. This is the kind of sunny thing that happens when you hang with Al.)
Al lives in Rhode Island but used to trek to the Brooklyn Flea on weekends to sell. He’s excited to replace all of that early morning driving with a jaunt to the Providence Flea. “I just cannot come up with a better place to spend my Sundays,” he says.
Come see what Al has been storing in his garage and his basement. You won’t be disappointed. He’s at The Flea this weekend and all summer long!
If you have been to the Flea you’ve probably noticed Petals and Pots by Patricia. Their booth is a collection of color and pattern that you want to drink in like homemade iced tea. Delicious.
What will you find at Petals and Pots? Patricia says:
I like to bring a variety of true antiques and vintage pieces to the Flea. I'm not one for reproductions. Anyone can go to a chain store for that!
Why does she like The Flea?
I love being on the water on a sunny Sunday. And most of all, I have met so many interesting people with so many great ideas. What a great bunch of entrepreneurs!
Peruse Petals and Pots by Patricia at the Providence Flea on June 22!
Kimberly Joslyn has had a passion for all things vintage since high school: furniture, quirky decorative pieces, lamps, linens, hankies, kitchen goods, mirrors, frames, books, and… well, you get the idea. Kimberly offers these gems to the world through Arrowtrue Vintage. She also repurposes some of her treasures into jewelry and decorative pieces.
In true treasure hunter spirit, Kimberly told us, “Most of my items come from thrift shops and yard sales." And then in a whisper, "Although some of my best stuff has come from the side of the road.”
Kimberly summed it up best: “A whole crowd of people converging on the Providence waterside for the love of vintage and food? What's not to love?!” Get your Arrowtrue on at The Flea on June 22 and 29.
"All my life I have held a great love for the old and abused, as well as the odd and eccentric."
- The Marquis
Roland Marquis is led by a third generation antique collector, restoration artist and dealer. And their collection of found, vintage and repurposed treasures makes us want to climb in a time machine.
Roland Marquis specializes in antiques and upcycled items from the Victorian, Edwardian, early 1900's and machine age eras. Look for furniture, books, ephemera, prints, clothing, jewelry, accessories, knickknacks and items without categories. Their collection also includes handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories inspired by these eras.
Come meet The Marquis and experiences the Roland Marquis collection at The Providence Flea on June 8, 15, 22 and 29!