Our immediate reaction is, "Cool!"
Our second response is, "I want that!"
Affa Dot Designs brings a wonderful modern take on classic industrial materials. The good people at Affa told us: "Upcycle is our motto. Everything we make has been recycled or repurposed using industrial gears, reused metal, and various motor, transmission and other vehicle parts."
Affa takes discarded metal and welds it into bookends, furniture, lamps, signs, decor and an array of creative adaptations where beautiful metal forms meet useful objects for your office or home.
Affa Dot says: "We recently bought an old fire truck and are looking forward to making some unique pieces!"
Intrigued? We are too. Come meet Affa Dot Designs at The Providence Flea this Sunday!
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!
If you have been to the Flea you’ve probably noticed Petals and Pots by Patricia. Their booth is a collection of color and pattern that you want to drink in like homemade iced tea. Delicious.
What will you find at Petals and Pots? Patricia says:
I like to bring a variety of true antiques and vintage pieces to the Flea. I'm not one for reproductions. Anyone can go to a chain store for that!
Why does she like The Flea?
I love being on the water on a sunny Sunday. And most of all, I have met so many interesting people with so many great ideas. What a great bunch of entrepreneurs!
Peruse Petals and Pots by Patricia at the Providence Flea on June 22!
Black Sheep Designs jewelry is crafted from vintage and antique treasures. That's right, Pamela Laurenzo hunts for tokens, tags, keys, and other tiny finds to make NEW treasures just for you. Mount Hope bridge tokens, weathered coins and Boston T tokens are paired with locally sourced vintage beads and mixed metals to make tailored-but-funky necklaces, bracelets, earrings.
Black Sheep Designs comes to The Providence Flea (and your wardrobe) from their Pawtucket studio. Meet Pamela and find your perfect patina June 22 or in July or August!
Kimberly Joslyn has had a passion for all things vintage since high school: furniture, quirky decorative pieces, lamps, linens, hankies, kitchen goods, mirrors, frames, books, and… well, you get the idea. Kimberly offers these gems to the world through Arrowtrue Vintage. She also repurposes some of her treasures into jewelry and decorative pieces.
In true treasure hunter spirit, Kimberly told us, “Most of my items come from thrift shops and yard sales." And then in a whisper, "Although some of my best stuff has come from the side of the road.”
Kimberly summed it up best: “A whole crowd of people converging on the Providence waterside for the love of vintage and food? What's not to love?!” Get your Arrowtrue on at The Flea on June 22 and 29.
"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!
Steve Duque is an artist, a skateboarder, and a native Rhode Islander. These passions come together in his wonderful handcrafted jewelry and housewares -- all made from repurposed skateboards he finds around town. When Steve isn’t out exploring Rhode Island on his board, he’s gathering broken and discarded skateboards in his studio and carefully shaping them into earrings, necklaces, coasters, pens and other colorful, intricate objects.
Steve is a Flea Fan in his own right. He told EcoRI “The Providence Flea is probably the best flea or art market I’ve ever been to. Not only because I’m a vendor there, but because of what they offer and how organized they are. You’re not just another person who’s signing up for a table. They want to know what you do and how they can be into it. These guys are really into it.”
Aw shucks, Steve. We ARE really into supporting our vendors!
Get an upcycled skateboard from Duque’s colorful layered collection. He’s at the Providence Flea June 1, 8 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!
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!
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!