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.
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.
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.