Old Notes Vintage Guitars seeks out, restores, and resells vintage guitars and instruments from the 1950s and 1960s. Musicians Ken and Leslie Uhnak told us, "Guitars from this era represented an emerging expression of American music history that is rapidly fading from memory. Our mission is to preserve the spirit of this bygone era, and keep it alive through music played on the instruments of the time."
When we asked them what inspires their work, they had this to say: "We are musicians; we love the look and sound of these guitars and want to reintroduce them to a new generation of musicians."
They'll have a booth full of boxy-bluesy parlour and arch top guitars ready to adopt. And the other half of their booth features their project, The Brolly Drolly, specializing in Victorian through mid-century umbrellas in all of their glory.
Nothing will rain on this parade.
Check them out in their double-wide at the Flea on Sunday, June 14 from 10 am - 4 pm along the Providence River Greenway!
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!
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.
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!
The Forager is also known as Cathy. When Cathy talks about her work, it is like a manifesto:
I meander, seek out and reclaim furniture, accessories and assorted "old" objects that others have discarded, sold for a song, or just plain ole given to me because they know I like things with a backstory, things that come by their dents and scratches honorably, things that call out for redemption.
When I find something that catches my eye I often find myself wondering about who owned a certain table or chair in the past, what their lives were like and why they no longer found value in the item.
Cathy is The Forager and The Forager knows The Hunt. Come see what you can find at her booth next Sunday!
Marco Pimentel got into the vintage and antiques business through an old girlfriend. "She'd want to go out to one of these places at 6 am. I hated it. But then over time I'd see some things I liked and dealers would ask if they could buy my finds from me. People said I had a good eye."
Fast forward 11 years and Marco has a booth filled with interesting things and lots of questions from browsers.
Marco says, "It is a fun job. You get to tell stories about where things came from, and people tell you their own stories. It's a history lesson. I love it."
One of Marco's specialities is vintage signs...
And he also showed us a prop replica of the DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol that was used as the basis for Han Solo's gun in Star Wars.
And then we lingered over this childhood memory:
All in one booth! Stop by to see Marco at The Flea next weekend. He's got stories and he wants to hear yours!
Maureen of Inside My Cranium is The Guitar String Chick.
She collects guitar, bass and mandolin strings from local musicians and repurposes them into funky, cool jewelry.
She adds other well used things she finds like keys, key plates and coins to enhance the weathered, layered metal feel of her pieces. She says, "Everything is repurposed and I never buy new to make my work!
Look at the beautiful results:
Meet Maureen and see her work at The Flea next Sunday. If you have guitar strings you don't want, bring them to her!
Savannah Jo of Sparkle and Dapper loves her some retro dresses.
Over the years I've found myself becoming a hoarder of beautiful, interesting and uncommon vintage dresses, as well as jewelry and other odds and ends.
Savannah Jo loves to hunt for the next great find from thrift stores, estate sales and odd places here and there. I think the verb she used was "gallivanting."
And she's excited to share them with you:
Flea markets are so very close to my heart -- I live for them! Selling my finds to people who understand, and would appreciate them, would just be awesome.
Come get some Sparkle and Dapper next Sunday at The Providence Flea!
Josephina's Creations is a veritable smorgasbord of flowers, succulents (her personal favorite), cactus, air plants and other garden delights that Josephina Sullivan has planted in old French pots, sea shells, birdcages, various vintage containers and hypertufa forms that she makes herself!
Josephina told us, "I love the vibe at the Providence Flea..whenever I've gone I've had the best time and I've picked up some of my favorite treasures."
Jo also makes chair gardens, terrariums, and jewelry out of quahog shells... with still more vintage and garden items sprinkled throughout her arrangements. Now she's working on "living walls" -- plant frames that you can hang up outdoors!
Jo said, "I love to garden, collecting fun items that interest me and putting it all together. It's a great experience to share a piece of yourself with others!"
Go Green, literally, with Josephina at The Flea this weekend!
All of the shimmer and glam of a star is infused in the design work of Naomi King, the visionary behind Starlite Designs & Vintage. Naomi creates one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, tailored handbags, organic perfumes and carries a line of vintage vanity accessories.
Since 2008 Naomi has used locally-sourced vintage jewelry components in her work--including uncirculated pieces from the Rhode Island jewelry manufacturing industry, some more than 50 years old. She uses precious and semi-precious gemstones and vintage crystals to make her earrings, bracelets and necklaces sparkle.
Naomi has also expanded her work to include a line of tailored, glimmering leather handbags. Just what that Little Black Dress needs...
Naomi is influenced by a love of history, art and nature in her designs. Meet Naomi and see Starlite Designs & Vintage firsthand at The Providence Flea this weekend and throughout the summer. Photos cannot capture the true shimmer, people!