Uncommon Treasures at the Providence Flea

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Vintage collectors and craft vendors gather along the Providence River every Sunday through September 14.

If you hear the words “flea market” and picture piles of unsorted paperback romance novels and plastic toys, don’t let that prejudice stop you from making a trip to the Providence Flea.

Described by its organizers as a “juried flea market,” the Providence Flea was inspired by the legendary Brooklyn Flea in New York. Not just anyone can get a booth here. Vendors are selected based on the quality of their vintage merchandise, upcycled goods, and handmade crafts.

providence flea wandering bird

Earrings by Wandering Bird Handmade Designs offer a refined Bohemian look.

providence flea vintage fox affect

The Fox Affect offers a well curated variety of vintage dresses.

You might find cutting boards made from reclaimed wood, fully functional typewriters, potted herb plants, antique suitcases, necklaces made from old bridge tokens, or a prom dress from the 1980’s. The list of vendors changes every week, so it’s worth going back again and again.

providence flea owl kill

Owlkill Studio‘s cutting boards are made from reclaimed lumber scraps.

providence flea found by susan

Susan Walker collects shiny, sparkly baubles for her store, Found by Susan.

providence flea recycled blues denim company

The Recycled Blues Denim Company restyles and repairs used luxury jeans.

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Food trucks bring all kinds of dining options to the Flea, from Brazilian street food to vegan ice cream.

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Vintage Americana rules at Carmen and Ginger‘s booth.

providence flea opulent squid

Quirky handmade jewelry is for sale at The Opulent Squid.

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Situated alongside the Providence River, with the city’s skyline as a backdrop, the Flea is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Here, you can shop till your heart’s content; sample treats like maracon ice cream sandwiches and traditional Brazilian street food from food trucks; or just watch the ducks float by.

providence flea ellie's bakery cart

Ellie’s Bakery sells macaron ice cream sandwiches from a bicycle-powered cart.

providence flea vintage keys

providence flea madera y metal

Madera Y Metal uses recycled metal and wood to create these chunky rings.

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Antonia Noori Farzan is a writer living in Newport, Rhode Island. She enjoys cooking vegan meals, practicing yoga, designing floral arrangements, and photographing old houses for her blog, Clapboard and Shingle.

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