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!
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!
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!
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!
What’s better than a new pair of jeans? A recycled pair that you custom design, at a better price.
Recycled Blues Denim Company has your next favorite pair of jeans--straight up, or with a twist. You can re-work a pair with owner Elizabeth Moreau on the spot, adding vintage fabrics to pockets and flies for a custom order. Or you can embellish a pair of cut-offs with lace and lined hems... restyle, remake, redesign to your heart's content.
RBDC's Elizabeth says, “Denim is the number one apparel piece worldwide. We wanted to recycle and restyle what already existed, saving the planet and making high quality denim more affordable. Reuse, Recycle, Restyle--that’s us!”
Meet your new favorite pair of upcycled jeans at The Flea on July 13 and throughout the summer!
Slightly Odd is a Rhode Island-based clothing brand that is "as open minded as the people who wear it." Think artfully-designed t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, pins and more.
Designer John Lopes of Slightly Odd told us, "I really enjoyed The Flea last year. I meet interesting and odd individuals who shared the same spirit and enthusiasm on life and it's many wacky endeavors!"
Get on down to The Flea and get the latest looks from Slightly Odd on June 29 and July 6. Their wisdom: "We spend our whole lives trying to fit in. It's time we stick out."
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.
"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!
Kim Hobby is kind of obsessed with vintage clothing. But in a good way. A really, really good way. We’re excited to welcome Archetype Vintage back to The Flea!
Kim says, “I'm so excited to be returning to The Providence Flea for the 2014 summer season! Lots of wonderful people, good food, great finds, sweet music and summer sunshine by the water.”
Three decades of loving vintage clothing led her to a full time life of finding and sharing the highest quality vintage women’s dresses, skirts, handbags, sweaters and accessories. Lucky us!
“From classic, feminine pieces to the more daring designer finds, each item is selected with an eye for historical relevance and modern wearability,” says Kim.
This year Archetype Vintage has a new vintage bridal and wedding dress selection that they’ll be previewing at The Flea. Brides to be, come meet Kim at The Flea on June 1, 15 or 29!