Dallas-based Flea Style held its inaugural Houston Market at Silver Street Studios. I first heard about the market through one of their vendors, and one of my vintage gals, Caitlyn of Alex & Afton Vintedge in Tyler, TX. During one recent sunny Saturday, Flea Style opened its doors to hoards of shoppers that browsed over 100 booths- ranging from vintage wares, clothing, jewelry, home decor, and more.
My favorite vendors from the market:
Alex & Afton Vintedge– Vintage slinger Caitlin Brax, along with her sister, brought their eclectic mix of vintage goodies to the market. It was so great to see her and finally meet her mother, Lori. Lori -a talented sewer- creates amazing caftans, jumpsuits, etc from vintage patterns and creates them by using vintage fabrics for her brand- Mod Melrose. I left the booth with a couple pairs of boyfriend jeans, which I’m so happy to have found and that they fit.
Julie McCullough owns Dallas-based Folksie, a brand that believes in small-batch production and is made in the USA. I was loving the linen and hand-dyed jumpsuits, dresses, and kimonos.
North Texas-based ceramics company- Lemonglaze is owned by Carmen Aberasturi. She does a wide range of giftable and collectible pieces, including: ring dishes, plant markers, plant pots, and larger serving dishes. I personally loved the cactus print (everything) and the ‘little bird’ dishes.
Oregon-based Ladies of Paradise was founded by Jade Daniels and features a unique variety of vintage and modern jewelry and accessories from countries such as: India, Turkey, Thailand, Afghanistan, Spain, and Guatemala.
I literally stopped in my tracks upon seeing a succulent in a vintage ARIZONA cup and saucer at the Hearth and Hovel booth (and I obvs bought it, too). The Dallas-based brand was founded by husband and wife team: Chaz Anderson and Mia Pettyjohn, and also features local artisans and their closest friends. I adored all the succulents in the cutest cup and saucers, as well as other vessels. Also in the booth were watercolor prints, hand drawn silkscreen pillows and handwoven blankets.
Another one of my vintage dealer gals, Arrica, had her shop- Collected Vintage Closet there. I got the coolest gold beaded vest and palm print top there!
Catherine Miles launched Found Images during her senior show at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX some years ago. Along with selling some vintage pieces, she also sells the coolest lamp shades (I can’t stop thinking about the cactus lamp shade), and other apparel, home furnishings and gifts that have nostalgic retro images on them or are in some way affiliated with travel memorabilia.
While browsing the main aisle, a lovely floral scent drifted into my nostrils. I followed the scent to the Milk and Bubbles booth. The Dallas-based handmade soap and bath company was founded in 2013 by Stephanie Serhal. Everything is crafted by using natural ingredients, such as: goat’s milk, flower petals, and oils.
I’m a HUGE fan of wall hangings, so it’s no wonder that I had to stop at the Wool and Weave booth. The cute Dallas-based shop is on Etsy, but also does the Flea Style market. The owner- Marie Matter, creates the cutest woven tapestries that are in a variety of sizes and colors from naturally-dyed yarns.
Julie Windsor’s shop- East to Oak, offers darling custom artwork, design and paper goods. I of course, loved the cactus prints.
Texas sisters- Laura & Amanda Ernst opened Sunshine Tienda Shop on the basis of their journeys in fashion, being constantly inspired by NYC’s cultural diversity, and traveling the world. They offer goods (seemingly from the Mexican and Central American countries, and India) that range from Huipils, caftans, a blend of home goods, jewelry, accessories, and more. I was drawn to the vibrant colors and unique items that I know would help create a captivating home environment.
The Vintage Arah was another great vintage clothing stop in the market. I really loved Arah’s cool curated vintage selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes. I wound up getting a Southwest-style coyote brooch to add to my collection.
Oil Digger Tees was founded by friends- Brittany and Amy, who wanted to branch out of the 9-to-5 world. They found their common medium in fashion and launched Oil Digger Tees- a blend of country casual and city chic. The tees have quirky sayings, such as: “Champagne and Queso,” “Eat Our Dust,” “Haggard Swagger, and “Willie State of Mind.”
Rainy Day Illustrations was founded in 2014 by mother- daughter team Annie Peck and Suzanne Simmons. They specialize in watercolor prints and photography wood transfers. The watercolor prints are done by Suzanne, while the photography is done by Annie. I was drawn into the booth by Suzanne’s beautiful watercolor of a cactus.
I had an amazing time at Flea Style and am excited to see how it continues to grow!
** Images by Zinn Photography **
(Vintage Michael Hoban for North Beach Blue Leather Jacket- borrowed from MRS.Couture, Vintage White Fuzzy Top- The Purple Pink Rhino, Vintage Silver Metallic Pants- thrifted, Heels- Topshop, Vintage Silver Elephant Necklace- thrifted, Vintage Sunglasses- The Grove Vintage.)
I actually started out the day by wearing only the vintage fuzzy top and vintage silver metallic pants with the heels and necklace, but when I saw the vintage Michael Hoban for North Beach blue leather jacket at my job – a vintage clothing showroom – I put it on (mainly because I was chilly) and quickly realized that this was the “bread to my butter,” if you will. The outfit was OK, but that jacket really added the “WOW” factor, with the blue hue really popping against the white and silver.
Huge thanks to Lauren of Zinn Photography for taking my outfit photos!