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!
Sharon Gatzke of Now and Then has noticed that each piece in her collection has its own "personality" --retro, funky, traditional, chic etc. And she's okay with that. You, too, will be as naturally accepting when you see her cool retro/modern oilcloth tote bags, tablecloths, placemats, aprons, clothespin bags, and zippered pouches. (Her vintage button bracelets and rings are equally comfortable in their own skin...) Sharon told us, "I have always loved design and combining colors and patterns to different effects. I believe that an item must be functional and durable but must also have style, be whimsical and be unique and fun too. Also, my work is a statement against mass marketed junk." Amen, sister. Her favorite thing about flea markets? "The surprise," she said. "The unique quality of unexpected stuff." Come and see some of the unexpected stuff Sharon will have for *you* when she joins us on August 11 and 25!
When asked to describe her business The Fox Affect, Valorie Taylor put it to us this way, "Vintage Clothing and Accessory Lover, Advocate and Seller. Revived and Recycled Relics for the World." (Amen, sister.) She told us she's been collecting for about 10 years, "ever since I moved to Alabama." (We're glad she has since landed in Rhode Island!) Valorie loves wearing things that nobody else has. She also tries to be as eco-conscious as possible, and she thinks--and we agree--that reselling vintage and recycling old into new again is definitely helping the world a little bit. Valorie loves the thrill of the hunt at a flea, much as many of our vendors do. She is also inspired by never knowing what you are going to find, but knowing, too, there is always something for you there. Come see what The Fox Affect has for you here, at The Providence Flea, on July 21 and 28!
We're excited to welcome Rachel Kupillas of ElevenTwentyEight from Cambridge to the Flea this Sunday! Rachel redesigns vintage and used clothing into these gorgeous and modern, wearable styles. She also collects vintage pieces that have stood the test of time and are still fabulous just how they are. Rachel likes that shopping vintage/redesigned not only allows you to have one of a kind pieces but also helps out the environment. She told us, "I love the care and design that went into clothes and jewelry back in the day. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is amazing. I like that chances are you won't see anyone else wearing what you're wearing. Also, not buying anything new and all the environmental issues that can cause." (We're with you on that, girl!) Rachel said she loves meeting and talking with people at a flea market who share her passion for vintage. We're sure Rachel will have no problem finding homes for the items that she loves and seeing people excited about their finds! Catch Rachel and ElevenTwentyEight this Sunday only, July 14th!
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!
Michelle Tolleson is behind MakingMichelle, a handmade accessories company specializing in handmade accessories including jewelry, handbags, scarves, journals and other items. (We especially love her clever upcycled book tote shown above!) Michelle is an absolutely positively 'glass half-full' kind of gal: "I love to create and express through my work," she told us. "I am inspired by other artists and also by the natural beauty of this world. I feel the possibilities are endless." She loves the variety of flea markets--finding that hidden treasure-- and also seeing what others have been inspired to do in their own creative realms. You can find Michelle in her creative realm at The Flea on June 23 and July 14th!
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!
Just when you thought you'd died and gone to vintage heaven! The Flea presents the elusive Gypsy, who wants to be your favorite roaming resale boutique. Providence's Ruth Meteer collects closet cast-offs, fabulous vintage finds, and locally crafted favorites. She aims to make high fashion and quality affordable, while diverting passed-over treasures from the waste stream and reducing the carbon footprint of fashion. Ruth is driven by "a deep desire to rescue under-appreciated things, and find them a new life in an adoring new home." Who doesn't want to help rescue a mod Twiggy mini, some Gucci shoes or some Mad Men style '50s wear? Gypsy might be roaming most of the time, but you know you can find her at The Providence Flea on June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30!