"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!
Jennifer Karow of Reclaimed Curiosities told us her favorite thing about flea markets is "mostly never knowing what you might find...and coming up with new ways to use old items." Looks like this Flea newcomer has hit on something big with these lovely terrariums made in vintage containers! Customers may purchase an already crafted terrarium or work with Reclaimed Curiosities to make their own terrarium at their D.I.Y. workshops planned for the Indoor Flea at Hope High School on December 8 & 15! Jen will also bring to the Flea a dynamic mix of items found in nature, barns and flea markets, as well as reclaimed and repurposed items, vintage finds, and photographs. We can hardly wait!! Make your own terrarium at the Indoor Flea on December 8 & 15 with reclaimed Curiosities!
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.
I Stefanie's father has been taking her to flea markets since she was a kid. She still gathers materials wherever she goes--vintage findings, beads, and rocks from various travels. "Sometimes the elements dictate to me how they should be used," Stefanie told us. "I love to comb through bins of vintage stampings that my father created and incorporate them with silver and bronze items that I create. It is a way to pay homage to the past...and blend it with modern design." Stefanie may surprise you with an artfully placed vintage button from her seamstress aunt, or findings from her father's former manufacturing business, in fresh and clever constructions. Look for Stefanie's decidedly dichotomous beauties at The Flea on June 23, July 21 and August 18!
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.
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!
The creative force behind The Opulent Squid is Melissa Murray, designing posh and peculiar handmade statement jewelry and wearable art using new and vintage glass beads, wire, unique charms and findings, wood, glue and vintage ephemera. Biology, zoology, mythology, religious relics and bright shiny objects are just some of the things that inspire Melissa. She brings these interests to her jewelry with passion--and coffee--fueling her ambition! Melissa says, "I put my heart, soul and energy into every piece of jewelry I create!" And it shows. Look for her unpredictable pieces at The Flea on June 2 and July 21!
The good people at Recovered Relics enjoy "getting our special items into the hands of the people who will cherish them." Recovered Relics buys, sells and repurposes collectible and unusual items from years past. They scout much of New England with a focus on Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. While they will repurpose and sell pretty much anything and dig through any barn or crawlspace, they are particularly interested in objects related to transportation, vintage advertising, farm tools, architectural features, lighting, toys, furniture and period accessories. Sounds like their booth will be full! Check them out on Opening Day, June 2!
Diane Veyera combs the beaches of Rhode Island for sea glass to make her upcycled OOAK mermaids. Pieced together and adhered to her painted canvas, she adds texture and color to enhance the mermaid as it's being created. Diane told us, "I'm inspired every time I step onto a beach. I feel like every piece of sea glass I collect wants to be found and made into one of my mermaids. Many pieces have numbers and letters or words which always feels to me like a message from the ocean..." She has found her most favorite things at flea markets, and we're sure one of your most favorite things at our market will be one of Diane's creations. Catch a wave with Diane at The Providence Flea on June 9, July 14 and August 25.