Porter Flea

Porter Flea

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not Christmas. It’s PORTER FLEA SUMMER MARKET!

oh just dandy, rabbit stuffy, toddler backpack, nashville, handmade, maker
Oh Just Dandy
stuffed animal, toddler backpack, nashville, handmade, maker
Oh Just Dandy
toddler backpack, nashville, handmade, maker
Oh Just Dandy

Porter Flea was launched in 2011. Katie Alexander and her husband Matt Alexander have been hosting two markets every year since – summer and holiday – that highlight handmade and modern goods. There is definitely a focus on Nashville area makers which is great – I can support local businesses (that I can frequent with repeat business when it’s not Flea time!) but also support the handmade maker movement with vendors from other states, too!

peg dolls, wood toys, nashville, handmade, maker
Honey & Hen
peg dolls, wood toys, nashville, handmade, maker
Honey & Hen
peg dolls, wood toys, nashville, handmade, maker
Honey & Hen

You can do a quick Google search and see that Porter Flea has earned buckets of praise – and rightfully so. I attended my first Flea as a vendor – where I provided mini whoopie pies during Preview Night – summer of 2013 and I’ve been a customer ever since. It’s something I can recommend to tourists and to local friends without hesitation.

paint by number, metal jewelry, enamel pin, maker, handmade, nashville
Paint the Town by Number, Simon & Ruby, Hondo Supply Co.
paint by number, ruth bader ginsburg, maker, handmade, nashville
Paint the Town by Number
earrings, necklace, bracelet, brass jewelry, maker, handmade, nashville
Simon & Ruby
boston terrier, enamel pin, maker, handmade, nashville
Hondo Supply Co.

Here’s my Porfer Flea MO (PFMO if you will):

·         Go on Preview Night. Less crowds. $25 ticket fee gets you free parking, two free Jackalope drinks, a tote bag provided and designed by Courtney at Hey Rooster (and printed by Friendly Arctic), and did I mention LESS CROWDS? (What can I say. I socialize like a granny.)

·         Get to Preview Night by 6 pm so you can maximize all three hours of browsing + shopping + socializing time. You’ll use it all!

·         Grab something to eat to fuel the next few hours you’ll be spending on your feet. I highly recommend Funk Seoul food truck’s Korean and Japanese fusion (sushi burrito!) with a side of Bubble Love bubble tea. Have a Caity Pie or two on Friday and bring some home – you’ll wake up Saturday wishing you had saved one for breakfast (I might be speaking from personal experience here).

hand pie, food, apple pie, pie
Caity Pies : apple pie
hand pie, pie, chocolate
Caity Pies : chocolate stout pie

·         And if you can’t make it to Preview Night? Go anyways – on Saturday. The crowds + possible lines are worth it. I promise. It’s free on Saturday to enter the market (but $5 cash to park). You can also spring for a Porter Pass which is a reservation to skip the line on Saturday and gives you in-and-out access all day long!

in front of the photo wall at Porter Flea: Holiday 2018

DETAILS:

Nashville Fairgrounds

625 Smith Avenue

Nashville, TN 37203

Preview Market

Friday 6/28 6 – 9 pm

Free parking!

Main Market

Saturday 6/29 10 am – 5 pm

Parking $5 (CASH!)

LYFT and use code PFS19PREVIEW (Fri 6/28) or PFS19MARKET (Sat 6/29) for 10% off 2 rides to or from Porter Flea.

paper flower, flower, handmade, maker
Amaranthus Paper & Flora
paper flower, flower, handmade, maker
Amaranthus Paper & Flora
paper flower, flower, handmade, maker
Amaranthus Paper & Flora
graphic tee, screen print, toddler clothes, fashion, dinosaur, handmade, maker
Little Saint Southwest “kindness” tee + Chipper Handmade dinosaur
cocktail mix, drink, maker, handmade
Camp Craft Cocktail mixes
graphic tee, maker, handmade
Philomena + Ruth, Project 615

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