The Providence Flea Opens for the Summer

Jun 10, 2013

A new, upscale flea market is attracting crowds to downtown Providence on Sundays; it’s not your typical flea market.

The Providence Flea is a new upscale flea market open in downtown Providence for the summer.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

You won’t find tube socks or cheap baubles at the Providence Flea. Pleasantly situated on the Providence River Greenway overlooking the city skyline, the flea market features vendors who sell antiques and collectibles, vintage clothing and unique handmade objects.  It was founded by Maria Tocco, a top advisor to Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts.

"I was inspired by the Brooklyn Flea, which is an urban, upscale flea market in a neighborhood in Brooklyn. And I kept waiting for someone to do it and it just didn’t happen.," said Tocco.  "So, my partner said ‘Why don’t you stop talking about it and just do it?’ So that’s what we’re doing."

On Sunday, shoppers oohed and ah’d over items not carried by the typical retailer: necklaces made out of nickles, dimes and pennies; wallets crafted from recycled tee shirts and plastic; and silver rings wrought of antique spoons. Stephanie Zurek of Providence took a break from shopping to sit by the Providence River.

"I think it’s a great way to experience the city on the water on the weekend and get people out. I don’t see that you’ve bought anything, though? I’m grazing, yeah,"said Zurek.

The Providence Flea will be open every Sunday, rain or shine, through August 25th.  It’s located at the end of South Water Street in Providence.

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