There is always a curious crowd at the Vintage Unlimited booth at The Flea. They come to see the eclectic and amazing things Roland Lefebvre has found.
Here’s sweet Roland in his booth surrounded by... well... one of everything:
What’s Roland bringing to The Flea in June? He says:
I'm interested in anything vintage or antique, but Mid-Century Modern, Industrial, and Machine Age are my most recent diversions. I'm heavy on the Modernism front -- particularly furniture, Danish, or cool 50s, 60s and 70s items.
Come to the Providence Flea and meet Roland, who says, “You can't beat the people or atmosphere! A good time will be had by all!”
Get in on the Vintage Unlimited collection June 1, 8, 15 & 22!
Providence Flea Opening Day (have we mentioned it is the place to be on Sunday, June 1?) will bring both new vendors AND returning favorites. One of our besties from last season is Observations 77. They bring that Don Draper/Joan Harris mid-century modern style to The Flea with housewares worthy of Mad Men (and Women).
Yesica Guerra says, “It was a great experience, we met super fun and knowledgeable vendors and it was fantastic to talk to customers. The environment of The Flea is a happy, happy place!”
We’re excited to have Observations 77 and lots of other vendors of collectibles and antiques at The Flea this summer!
Betty Daigle of Country Squire Antiques in Fall River (yes, 'that' Betty!) is coming the Flea with enough merch to fill a double-wide space this Sunday! Featuring refurbished New England, Early American furniture, Betty also carries a large assortment of early americana, cast iron, glass and china. (We're so anxious with anticipation we're in a cold sweat as we type this!)
Betty told us, "I love bringing things back to life, whether it be from many years of distress or taking something that no longer has any use, such as early farm items...and turning them into tables, benches...with lots of character and charm." If this gorgeous piece is any indication, Betty has cornered the market on antique TLC. Only on Sunday, October 27, and only at The Flea!
Bob Green of Oldfangled Finds has collected antiques for over a decade. His finds range from primitive farm tools and kitchen equipment to quirky stuff (vintage electric foot massager, 1940's bedpan--unused, thank goodness!) to an assortment of tins for tobacco, tea and cookies. Bob loves when people ask, "What can you tell me about this piece?" He really enjoys researching the history of a piece--who made it, how was it made, what was it used for, how common it was in its day. And he loves the unpredictability of a flea market, knowing that on any given visit you could stumble across something that completely makes your day. (Hopefully, for you, it probably won't be a 1940's bedpan...unless you're in Bob's booth, of course.) Test Bob's knowledge of his oldfangled finds at The Flea on August 18 and September 15!
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.
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.
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!
Merch is mixing it up with an eclectic collection of wares they'll be offering on Opening Day. With something for everyone in their space, you'll be hard-pressed to choose from their vast collection of antique and vintage wrought and cast iron locks, keys and found items. The tag team known only as Nancy & Martha are also bringing a selection of handsewn aprons in retro fabrics and designs that will look right at home in your harvest gold eat-in or your modern galley. And with a limited supply of upcycled shorts and pants that you--and your hips--will love, best leave nothing to chance! Get the keys to the castle, and some other cool stuff, at the Merch booth on June 2nd!
We want you to meet Honey Lemon Vintage! This delicious collection of antiques and collectibles is brought to you by Danielle Blasczak of East Providence. Specializing in kitsch, oddities and uncommon household bric-a-brac, the Honey Lemon Vintage booth is the place for that "must have" find you didn't know you were missing. (You may even find some vintage teacups with a prickly surprise inside!) Danielle says, "I am inspired by the potential The Providence Flea has to be a destination in Providence, for both locals and visitors." Fill that empty place on your shelf--and in your heart--with Honey Lemon Vintage on July 7 and 14; and August 4 and 11!
Olive Spoon Studio is a recycled vintage flatware business, owned by husband and wife team Michael and Erin Waite. They search New England for silver-plated antique and vintage flatware and turn it into beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces, wind chimes, and keepsake hand-stamped flatware. They work with pieces dating from the late 1800s to 1970. The Waites love them some flea markets! "There is a secret thrill (the thrill of the hunt!) in finding something used and loved, and then incorporating it into your days. When there is a need in our life, we always hunt flea markets first," they told us. Find Olive Spoon's wonderfully crafted jewelry at The Providence Flea on June 2, 23, July 28 and August 18!