We are constantly in awe of our vendors’ stories. They are the reasons we do what we do. We feel so fortunate to be a part of these hard working people’s lives and to be a small platform for them to dream, grow and flourish. Our fall shows are going to be special. The Dallas and Houston shows will be entirely centered around storytelling — vendor’s quotes, a children’s library, a book drive, book signing — and how important shopping small is. Through November, we will be showcasing vendor’s stories through video, blog content and social media. We hope you take time to learn about these incredible makers and shakers and join us this fall!
Kellie Rode is a testament of reinvention and an entrepreneur that follows her heart. In the late 70’s, she studied interior design at The University of Texas and soon thereafter worked in the field selecting finishes for the City of Dallas’ buildings and airport terminal waiting areas. In 1980 she got married and started her own interior design business. For 14 years she had residential design clients off and on while raising her two children. She loved making jewelry and did so as a hobby until 2004 when she started selling her simple, earthy, handmade designs at small shows and holiday bazaars.
Today she takes on an occasional interior design project but mostly crafts jewelry from her empty nest. She makes everything by hand from firing bronze clay to tumbling pieces to simmer down the metal’s shine. We invited Kellie to the office to show off her process, pieces and inspire creative thinkers — and recent empty nesters and baby boomers! — looking for a fulfilling part-time job.
We first met Anna Swanson last year at our Houston show. The 42-year old Austin native captured our eyes with her signature big brushstroke and collage artwork.
This summer, we reached out to the working mom to see if she would collaborate with us on some exclusive art prints for our online shop. Together, we discussed some ideas of what we liked and what we thought our shoppers would be drawn to (no easy feat with all of her pretty pieces).
We landed on four prints: Two abstract vibrant leaf designs and a pair of blush cactus collage pieces. We hope you love these works as much as we do and help us support this talented artist and teacher.
Meet Anna in person at our Houston fall show November 18th and visit shopfleastyle.com in the meantime to score your favorite exclusive print — or prints! — now.
“The word girlboss is used a lot these days. But Caroline Burchett is definitely one of them. The McKinney, Texas mom of two handcrafts simply beautiful wood signs with uplifting words. She started the company in August of 2013 when the twins were ten months old. Nearly four years later her company has exploded to include 58,200 Instagram followers, a busy Etsy shop, sold-out social media sales and a a collection for Hobby Lobby.”
“Sabon Home has been an evolution, it wasn’t about the money, it was about the fulfillment ~ so I really didn’t put any expectations on what I was doing and just let the wind blow me wherever it would take me. Started with a blog on Tumblr and gathered tons of inspiration from Pinterest… thought I would only sell online, now I love doing shows, we are going to be going into a retail booth, can’t wait to see what’s next!!”
“Flea Style started as a total passion project. I grew up in Southern California combing swap meets and antique malls with my interior decorator mom. I moved to Dallas to attend SMU and worked at The Dallas Morning News as a lifestyle reporter post graduation. A few years later I moved to New York City and was a freelance reporter for Forbes, Lucky and more. While in New York I lived in Hell’s Kitchen and the longstanding Hell’s Kitchen flea market was a couple blocks from my doorstep. I visited it every weekend I could to buy things on my tiny writer’s budget to decorate my apartment. At this time the Brooklyn Flea was really revving up and I saw that more people were shopping the way I had always loved to shop. When life brought me back to Dallas a year later, I really craved those weekends perusing the Hell’s Kitchen flea market and saw the need for something similar in Dallas. I had several artist contacts to start it from my writing days, I just needed a venue. I called a publicist friend that represented South Side on Lamar about my idea and she talked to the owner and he gave me the space — and my start! A few months later I hosted my first Dallas Flea and have slowly grown the company to where it is today.”