If you haven’t checked it out yet this summer, make some time before the cold weather sets in to head over to the Providence Flea Market on South Water Street. Located right by the Providence River, the Providence Flea Market features local vendors, artists, musicians, and food trucks, as well as a variety of booths featuring vintage clothing, antique toys, and more.
On my visits, I usually start the day off with some coffee from the brew trucks on site, so I can start my perusing with a (usually much-needed) caffeine burst. Then, I enjoy walking up and down the rows of vendors, which always includes a nice mix of regulars and new faces. One of my favorite tents to visit is an antique and vintage tent, where I have, on many occasions, purchased small, tin model planes for my dad, who collects them not only for himself, but for my grandfather, too.
Hungry? The Flea attracts food trucks like, well, flies: there’s usually a half-dozen or more parked along the row of market tents.
A low-key, local affair, the Providence Flea is a relaxing and fun way to spend a Sunday morning and afternoon. Visit this weekend and next on South Main before the location moves to Friendship St. and Chestnut St. for Fall Flea through the end of October. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.