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This year marks the inaugural run of the Providence Flea, an outdoor market led by Maria Tocco, peddling fancy vintage items based on the Brooklyn Flea model. The series of vendors changes a bit each Sunday at this airy River Greenway spot, offering a variety of clothing, accessories, decor, and wacky memorabilia. These are the five to add to your calendar. Maybe swing by as you take in the RISD Museum of Art Dandy exhibit?
Jay Davani is a Providence local who started selling thrifted wears just last year. She's built her inventory on the premise that you don't need to spend a million bucks just to look like it. Expect to find some trendy contemporary pieces mixed with vintage and get a taste of her offerings here.
Owner Kim Hobby collects vintage apparel (not to mention, a fresh set of bags and shoes) from the 1920s through the 80s. You'll find a range of goods from all price points, as evidenced by her Etsy storefront stocking everything from $550 jade earrings to dresses under $100.
6/23, 7/14, 8/11
THE HOUSE OF FINDINGS
Yes, this Boston-based vintage purveyor is one of our picks from SoWa—seriously, Mayra Gonzalez and her crew are everywhere this summer. If it sells secondhand fashion, you can buy from her DIY denim bar, breezy 70s dresses, and sequined 80s tops. A broad selection of shoes and bags are also available to snap up.
6/16, 6/30; 7/14, 7/21; 8/4, 8/18, 8/25
Oh yeah, even more killer vintage apparel over at this vendor, collected by owner Ruth Meteer of Providence. She has a bit of everything, including (as the Providence Flea website notes) Twiggy minis, Gucci shoes, and Mad Men-esque getups.
6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30
CARMEN & GINGER
Whoa, does this vintage retailer have a lot going on. Mid-century antiques (paper items, home goods, apparel) are the draw here, and so much bric-a-brac signals there is a find for everyone. Check it out for bizarre memorabilia that is worth the hunt.
· The Six Vintage Booths You Must Shop at SoWa [Racked Boston]
· Providence Flea [Official Site]