Tag - Mod Melrose

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Flea Style's Inaugural Houston Market
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Alex & Afton Vintedge – Tyler, TX

Flea Style's Inaugural Houston Market

Flea Style Houston / event/ LAFashionsnob

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!

Alex & Afton Vintedge – Tyler, TX

Alex & Afton Vintedge

5304 Old Bullard Rd.
Tyler, TX 75703
PH:(903) 617-8933
HOURS: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11-5pm
ONLINE

Alex & Afton Vintedge Vintage Shop

Deep in the heart of East Texas…in the bustling small city of Tyler, lies the only vintage shop in town- Alex & Afton Vintedge. It’s nestled in a converted old single-story home off Old Bullard Rd., complete with white picket fencing. It’s not hard to miss, as the signage is as clear as day and there are mannequins and other eclectic items on the porch, beckoning customers to come in.

Caitlin Brax is the shop owner and the shop’s Instagram model. She’s that bohemian spirited, cool gal who can easily also be your best friend. Her passion for vintage started when she was in high school. While living in Los Angeles, she worked at an upscale boutique. Her clients would always want what she was wearing (vintage). So that (and her love of working retail) got her creative entrepreneurial juices flowing and she opened up an Etsy shop.

Upon moving back to Texas, she made it a goal to never work for someone (at least in the town she was living in at the time). She gathered up her and her mother’s vintage collections and opened up a space in February 2012. The space outgrew itself and she opened the current location of Alex & Afton on November 1, 2013. She named the shop after her sister and her’s middle names. Her inventory includes pieces from the 1950’s to early 2000’s, however she personally prefers the 60s, 70s and some 90s (not so much the acid wash, but more like the minimal, Calvin Klein slip dresses 90s). The curated collection is meant to be non-costume-y, rather more ‘cool girl’-pieces that one can easily blend into their current wardrobe. “It’s easy, it’s cool…it’s not work,” Caitlin also refers to her buying aesthetic as a little rock n’ roll, some glam and some bohemian.

She also carries her mother’s Mod Melrose collection. The brand’s name is in homage to her grandmother- Jean Melrose. What started out with only caftans (and quickly sold out), has now expanded with jackets, tops, dresses and turbans. Her mother uses vintage patterns and fabrics whenever possible. The Mother-Daughter duo wants to “blow open any limitations that they had put on themselves for 2016” in terms of the brand. They also do custom orders!

So switching gears to the present, when I took a detour to Tyler to check out the shop (which I believe I heard about through Instagram awhile back). When I arrived, Caitlin showed me the ropes of the shop and told me to make myself at home (which is one thing I enjoy when I shop small/local shops). I still can’t get over the dressing room/lingerie section, which is housed in the home’s original 1950’s PINK BATHROOM, complete with built-in vanity (I mean come on, can the kitsch get any better?!). The curated selection of vintage is definitely very wearable for today’s consumer. Some goods offered that stuck out were: Kilim-esque Southwestern style accessories, caftans, a denim bar, cozy sweaters and knits, wall-hangings and various bric-a-brac. This is such a great little shop that I could probably hang out in for hours and chatting fashion and playing dress-up. So why not take a little detour to Tyler sometime…

Caitlin is extremely thankful for all the support that she’s gotten. “We know all of our customers by name and if we don’t, we get to know them. It’s like a beauty shop in here and that’s so important… You can come in here and make yourself at home… I love what I do and I’m so grateful that I can do it. I’m not a millionaire but I can pay my rent and that’s really all i need (and the occasional wine and dog food).”

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