For the another year, talented local and regional vendors are gathering at the seasonal Porter Flea Market. The event will be bustling with more than 100 jury-picked artisans and designers, as well as a swarm of eager shoppers. This year’s market promises a collection of one-of-a-kind gifts and handcrafted goodies, and ensures that all who shop will be treated to a wonderful, one-of-a-kind experience.
The festivities kick off on Friday, December 5, with the intimate Porter Flea Preview Market. This ticketed event allows attendees early access, the opportunity to meet with designers, and first dibs on handmade apparel, accessories, home goods, furniture, jewelry and paper goods. On Saturday, December 6, the full, free Porter Flea Holiday Market opens at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. In addition to stocking up on handmade wares, be sure to stop by the Porter Pantry and get snacks from some of Nashville’s favorite food trucks.
Still not convinced you need to go to Porter Flea? Allow the following 14 reasons to move you to take part in this uniquely Nashville tradition.
14 Reasons to Check Out Porter Flea Market
Drawing inspiration from the American South, HollerDesign owner Matt Alexander crafts furniture that exudes modern sleekness and simplicity. Designed and constructed on a dairy farm in Lascassas, TN, each piece is born of locally sourced and hand-selected lumber. You may have seen a few of these functional and sustainable pieces in some of your favorite Nashville hot spots … HollerD cheese boards can be found at Barista Parlor, and you may have comfortably dined in the sleek RolfChairs at Rolf and Daughters. Each cheese board, piece of furniture and home accessory is a tribute to dedicated craftsmanship and embodies the soul of the South. Learn more at hollerdesign.us.
Amaranthus Paper & Flora
Early this year, Meredith and Cherie Eastburn, a mother-daughter team with Nashville and Atlanta roots, combined their talents to begin making “immortal” flowers. Each flower is handcrafted with crepe paper and other materials to create unique, timeless pieces. Amaranthus Paper & Flora’s one-of-a-kind flowers are the perfect decorative piece to brighten any home. Flowers, bouquets and arrangements come in all varieties, colors, sizes and combinations and can be custom-made for any occasion. Learn more at amaranthuspaperflora.com.
Katie Gonzalez, the talent behind linenlaidfelt, is a traditional artist who has devoted her time to keeping the classic art of bookbinding alive. Spending time in Cortona, Italy, introduced Katie to the tradition of medieval bindery and gave her an appreciation for handmade paper. The company name is derived from papermaking materials: linen, laid and felt. These materials provide a distinctive texture that gives each paper its unique fingerprint. Handmade wedding guest books, baby books, Instagram photo albums, travel journals and sketchbooks combine the cultural identity of Italy with a touch of Southern charm. Learn more at linenlaidfelt.com.
Handmade Studio TN
The artistic roots of Morgan Williamson are the foundation of her ceramic work. Through the process of designing, sculpting, carving, glazing and firing, which ensures that each item is microwave- and (preheated) oven-safe, she uses organic material to create functional pieces. Williamson’s mission is to provide pieces that will be used and cherished for generations. Working out of a collaborative space in Nashville, Handmade Studio TN is dedicated to creating quality pieces that are modern and functional. Visit handmadestudiotn.com for more info.
Overlap Sewing Studio
Every piece that Asheville-based Overlap Sewing Studio produces promises to be beautiful and long-lasting and to function like a dream. These are the elements that they incorporate into every handcrafted lunch bag, bike bag, dopp kit, tote, purse, iPad case, wallet and accessory. The clean, simple lines and quality fabrics uphold Overlap founder Leigh Anne Hilbert’s motto: “Well thought-out goods for well thought-out people.” Visit overlapsewingstudio.com to learn more.
Native Bear, a home and gift brand based out of Atlanta, features original designs and illustrations. Artist Leela Robinson made her first sale in the summer of 2011, and the company has continued to grow ever since. Robinson’s love for travel shines through her work, and can be seen in her whimsical and earthy designs. Handprinted paper goods, home décor and hand-carved stamps provide an organic look that speaks to her dedicated processes and attention to detail. While her cards and calendars clearly display her talent, we have taken a particular liking to the tea towels. Learn more at native-bear.com.
Bear It No More
Bear It No More is a company driven by its commitment to creating quality pieces and its mission of honest employment. The BINM team sees the value of kinship in society, and works to provide the unhirable with access to employment, education, therapy and, eventually, a trade. With this mission in mind, they create expertly crafted furniture and home goods made of high-quality, locally sourced materials. See the stunning results of this brilliant mission at bearitnomore.com.
Wink Wink Eyewear
Wink Wink Eyewear sells authentic vintage eyeglass frames made between 1950 and 1980, and each unused pair is in excellent condition. The story behind these frames is usually unknown, but snag a piece of history and call it yours! The variety of shape, style and color of frames ensures that there is a pair for everyone. Visit winkwinkeyewear.com to learn more.
These playful paper goods and hand-lettered pieces are crafted by Chelsea Petaju, owner of OhMyDeer, right here in Music City. Her main focus is drawing, painting and lettering, but she’s happy to try her hand at anything in between. Each piece is creative and inspiring, and would fit seamlessly in any space. For special occasions, contact Petaju for custom note cards, invitations and more. See more of her light, whimsical style at etsy.com/ohmydeer.
Consider the Wldflwrs
This Nashville-based handcrafted jewelry line uses raw metals to create simple, eye-catching designs. Driven by curiosity and a thirst for the discovery of new things, Emily, owner and designer of Wldflwr.ink + Consider the Wldflwrs, continues to develop and explore her passion for the jewelry-making craft. Natural elements inspire her designs, and while each piece can stand alone, we think they look even better layered up. See more at considerthewldflwrs.com.
With the mission to create charming little clothes for charming little people, Young Guns was born. Handprinted, playful creatures adorn these shirts, which are sold in sizes 6 months to 24 months, and the pint-sized apparel is designed and printed by owner and artist KB. Her background in graphic design and studio art gave her the footing she needed to get her line off the ground. Check her out at Porter Flea and stay tuned for her launch party in January 2015. Learn more at shopyounggun.com.
Square Trade Goods Co.
This Square Trade Goods Co. candle, packaged in a classic enamel camp mug, is two gifts in one. All STG candles are crafted with U.S.-grown, all-natural soy wax and feature an all-natural cotton wick. The use of high-quality fragrance oils in Square Trade Goods Co. candles creates a scent that is strong, but not overpowering. The Camp Mug Candle is available in Campfire and Grass & Cedar, which will transport you back to your days spent at summer camp. Their product line reaches beyond candles to include hats, T-shirts, enamelware and sweatshirts. Visit squaretradegoodsco.com to learn more.
Nisolo, a brand that focuses on mindful consumerism, sells beautifully made leather goods created in Peru. With each purchase of Nisolo shoes, you are changing communities in South America and giving the gift of accomplishment. They provide classic, tasteful products that can span decades and age groups. See more at nisolo.com.
Porter Pantry is the artisan food market that lives within Porter Flea. Local millers, makers and bakers, including Eli Mason, Walker Creek Toffee, Haulin’ Oats, Firepot Chai, SoberDough and Sunday Morning Pancake Mix, will be on-site with their locally made food products. Pick up some packaged consumable goods offered by these foodie favorites.
For a full list of vendors who will be at the fourth annual Porter Flea Holiday Market, click here. We hope to see you there!