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!
The Carpenter's Wife RI crafts upcycled, OOAK art and functional pieces from various media. The woman behind the magic, Jerilyn Spaziano, tells us that her inspiration often comes from taking walks in the woods and stumbling upon unique and unusual pieces of wood or piles of oversized acorns. She's also been known to use pallets found behind abandoned warehouses. Each time, she tells us she thinks, "Free wood! I'm going to take this home and make something out of it."
Jerilyn began working with wood in 1975 when she made history as the first woman in her high school to take wood shop classes. She later married master carpenter, David Spaziano, and continued developing her woodworking skills and learning from him. But wood isn't Jerilyn's only talent. She holds a master seamstress certificate and enjoys taking classes in jewelry-making and metal working, too. This carpenter's wife is truly a 'Jill' of all trades and a master of many.
"I feel proud to be part of Providence Flea, which represents an eclectic mix of artists and crafts people from the state of Rhode Island. The vendors are like a family who help each other, while independently hoping to sell their wares." Welcome to the family, Jerilyn!
See the latest from The Carpenter's Wife RI at the Flea on Sunday, June 14 from 10 am - 4 pm!
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.
'Freedom Through Art', Resources for Human Development, RI (RHD-RI), provides people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore and expand their creative talents in a way that empowers them. Their artists create paintings and drawings as well as craft items such as handmade soap, pillows, bags and hand-painted repurposed furniture.
Artist B. Lucy Stevens told us what inspires them: "The belief that creativity has no disability. That these talented artists deserve support as well as opportunities to get their art out into the world and perhaps even support themselves through their art."
We're pretty sure that we're as excited as they are to come to the Flea. "We want to show off our fantastic artists to a larger Rhode Island audience," Lucy said. "We believe that their unique art will appeal to the kind of people who attend the Providence Flea -- people who are looking for things they can't find anywhere else. Also, we want our artists to experience the sense of accomplishment and empowerment that comes from actually selling their work."
Don't miss the fabulous creations of these artists at Opening Day on June 7, 10 am - 4 pm!
American Revolution design is Patriot Kevin Travers, and he describes ARD as "25 years in the making, built on hard work and determination...the blood, sweat and tears in your gears."
As a lifelong resident of Rhode Island, he has been building, renovating, restoring and designing homes, new and old alike throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The recent downturn in the economy and a few unexpected bumps in the road ultimately left him with a lot of free time and little resources for new ventures. Holed up in his historic New England farmhouse, he found himself surrounded by years of accumulated junk and decided to build a makeshift workshop in an old chicken coop.
Jess Repose takes original photos and transfers them onto wooden postcards. (Yes, you can actually mail them with a little extra postage.) The transfer process is done by hand with acrylic gel medium which makes each postcard unique. The 3.5 x 5 inch postcards are made from laser cut birch wood using tools at an AS220 lab, and most of the photos are shot with a film camera. Pretty cool, huh?
Jess told us, "I was looking for a fun and creative way to sell my photography without just framing the photos. I love that each and every transfer I make is different."
(Yes, Jess, well 'different' is one word for it. Another few would be...'deliciously tactile and an insanely creative use of a camera and a piece of wood!')
Jess is coming to the Flea on September 7 and 14 because she's a local of Providence and would like to share her work with friends and neighbors. We recommend you stop by for a share.
If you are running a Sunday Flea market, you think about coffee (on Sundays, sure, but on many other days, too). We were really excited to welcome Dave’s Coffee to the market this year. Making the trek from their roastery in South County, Dave’s, a family-owned, certified organic, craft coffee roaster, has come North.
They bring their handmade cold-brewed ice coffee to The Flea and also a range of their coffee syrups. Yes. I said syrups.
To make their coffee syrup they start by cold-brewing coffee for 18 hours. What?! Name something you do for 18 hours in a row. I can’t think of one other than "breathe."
Their coffee syrup is vegan.
Their coffee syrup is gluten free.
Their coffee syrup is local.
Vanilla. Mocha. Decaf.
Look at the syrup sitting on the shore with his l'il milk pal. I’m about to pass out.
Food and Wine magazine says, “This sweet syrup is amazing on ice cream and adds a rich note to barbeque sauce.”
Come see what all this fuss is about. Check out the Dave’s Coffee booth at The Flea this weekend!
Rhode Trip Photography brings our state's past back to life through old fashioned film photography. Whether it is a vintage ad for Rocky Point or the listing for Grease playing at the Campus cinema, you can take a trip down memory lane with Rhode Trip Photography.
Artist Paul Davis spent his teen years wandering the used book and record stores of Providence. All of this looking and collecting resulted in an amazing collection of photographs of vintage Rhode Island.
Paul says, "Hand printing photographs in the darkroom and hand making Polaroid transfers in the studio is what I love to do. Finally, my love for antiques, Rhode Island and making have merged. These are the pictures I was born to make."
Meet Paul and share in the "OMG, I remember THAT!" experience this Sunday at The Providence Flea.
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."
People in the glass world know the work of Neal Drobnis. Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to visit his magical studio and see him at work. Neal creates all kinds of objects in glass – lawn ornaments, night lights, glassware, tiles.
Inspired by nature and ancient artifacts, Neal frequently uses a technique called “sand casting,” working with sand as a mold to form unique shapes in glass. The result is one-of-a-kind and beautiful.
Neal’s work can be found in galleries all over the world, and now you can also see it at The Providence Flea this summer. Visit Neal’s booth on June 1 on the Opening Day of The Flea!