Tom Nault loves antiques and collectibles and he's no newbie to the flea market scene, having first attended markets with his parents when he was just 10 years old. "I can't not go," Tom tells us today. "It is pure joy for me to be there."
We like Tom because he has great pickings...and because Tom likes the Flea. In fact, when he gushes, we blushes! "Great stuff, delectable food, sweet people, good times on the Providence waterfront... Why wouldn't I want to come back?"
Tom doesn't come often, but when he does, he doesn't disappoint. You won't want to miss his eclectic collection of vintage jewelry molds, science lab beakers and bunsen burners, ceramic sculptures, antique furniture and furnishings, and downright fantastic finds.
Check out Tom's latest at the Flea on Opening Day from 10 am-4 pm on June 7. We never know when he'll be back!
Christine McCarthy of Artful Intuition combines instinct and imagination to offer a uniquely curated selection of handmade and found objects to celebrate, decorate, and commemorate life's special and simple moments. Vintage goods are served up alongside vintage reused creations and vintage inspired crafts and art works.
Christine told us, "All of my work incorporates images and collage materials from the past..." Some of the 'thread' that ties it all together? Vintage sewing notions and knitting; old postcards and sculptural bookmaking; sheet music and beach-combing, and the list goes on. Her vintage product focus is primarily smalls (think: sewing notions, pocket watch parts, and dog show ribbons) and paper ephemera (postcards, flash cards, and labels). You'll even find some antique chemistry lab equipment thrown in for good measure!
A book conservator and artist, Christine tell us she has always made things, collected things, and displayed things. As a child she wanted to be an archaeologist, because the idea of fragments that hold secrets and stories from the past appealed to her.
"The Providence Flea was recommended to me by a customer at an arts and crafts fair last summer," she told us. "I am a Rhode Island transplant in Connecticut, who loves any excuse to come home!" Well, we're glad to be that excuse, Christine--and we're sure Flea patrons are pretty revved about it, too!
Bob’s Beach House premiered at the Flea only last weekend, and he sure made a splash with patrons. Well, according to Bob-o, they’re just getting started. Opening at the Flea with their 1,000+ disc vinyl collection and equally large CD collection, they also brought along some iconic art--including half-size cutouts of an animated Fab Four, painted album covers and more.
What partner Bob-o Feen hasn’t revealed to Flea fans yet is their travel scarf collection featuring Rhode Island summer favorites like Newport and Block Island, as well as an array from neighboring states and cities. But wait, there’s more…and we’re not talking about a set of steak knives, folks. The Beach House collection rolls out like the pull-down map you studied in 5th grade--and yes, he'll have those, too--plus sea charts, map prints and yes, more paintings. Sounds like Bob’s Beach House is the place to crash at the Flea this summer, and browse to your vintage heart’s delight! See Bob & Co. on July 6, and select dates throughout the season.
Providence Polaroid wants to convince you that film is not dead. A project of Standard Film, Providence Polaroid is out to "make Providence an Instant City" by selling functional vintage Polaroid cameras and instant film. You can walk away with everything you need to instantly make film AND fun.
Devan Durante, the guy behind Providence Polaroid, is driven by that moment when “someone takes a picture with a Polaroid camera for the first time and is shocked that it actually worked and pleasantly surprised by the results.”
We can’t wait to get our retro on with one of these chunky funky cameras! As Devan points out, “Polaroid cameras are just as instant as your iPhone, don't require filters for cool effects, and actually produce a physical photograph - so what's not to love?”
Meet Providence Polaroid at The Providence Flea on June 15th and June 29th!
Do you get a rush when you spy something awesome wedged in a pile of stuff? Then you have to meet Bill Foley.
Few people know about finding like Bill Foley of Foley’s Finds. Bill is returning to the Providence Flea for a second season toting along the furniture, collectibles and antiques he uncovers from near and far. When we asked him what was new for him as a vendor this year he said, ”In my line of business everything is new to me but vintage to you!”
Bill had a great time at last summer’s Flea. He said, “I had a great experience. Had fun meeting and engaging many new and friendly people.”
You can find Foley’s Finds at The Providence Flea on June 1 (that's the Opening Day of the Flea... in case we haven't said that enough... we might remind you a few more times...)!
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!
Peter Michaud of Spindle City has been buying and selling high-end vintage mens' shoes and clothes online for the past five years. He also mixes in some newer consignment pieces as well. His favorite question that customers ask of him? "People really buy used shoes?" His answer is a resounding yes! Evidently, men who like to look sharp also know a good deal when they see one. Artist, rebel, dandy--and those who just wannabe--fare attenzione! You're sure to find something with a past at Peter's booth on August 25, September 8 and 15!
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!
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!