Best in Show: A Quick Look Back at Flea Style’s Fall Events
We pour our hearts, souls and more sweat than we’d like to admit into our shows to make them beautiful, successful and inspiring for our beloved vendors and shoppers. This fall was no exception.
In Dallas, 300 vendors, including many first-timers along with friends who’ve been with us from our very first show, filled Fair Park’s Automobile building, which was decked out in our handmade decor, ranging from dip-dyed flags to hundreds of dreamy yarn tassles. Thousands shopped on Friday night and Saturday, leaving with arms full of surprises and big smiles on their faces.
The Friday night preview party was new for us. Shoppers got valet parking and first dibs on all the merch without having to fight the usual crowds — though there was still a line at the tequila bar! (Some things just can’t be helped.) With live acoustic tunes and the chance to really connect with our makers and shakers, preview night will be back this spring. And we’re thrilled to announce we can open up more than 300 tickets (darn fall rule during Texas State Fair breakdown due to afterhour safety/valet requirements), so more of you can join us next time!
Our Houston event was just a week later and a big homerun. We boogied down to HTX post Dallas show and made Silver Street Studios a pretty backdrop for our 118 vendors.
We’re thrilled to say that we grew our attendance by 50 percent from the last show and scored in the weather department with a perfectly crisp and sunny fall day. The vendors brought their A games with gorgeous vintage and handmade goods, and shoppers were escatic to shop small.
In case you couldn’t make it out to either show — or even if you did and want to see all the magic again — watch the videos below.
We’re always looking for feedback and ways to improve. We asked five first-time fall vendors about their inaugural Flea Style show experience. Here’s what they had to say:
“Flea Style embodies the creativity, passion and community that we want our own customers to feel when visiting our store.
We had high hopes for this show, and we were very pleased with the outcome. Not only did we make more money than expected but we made many connections with vendors and new customers. The people who shop at Flea Style are ones we want in our store.
The community that Flea Style cultivates is what will bring us back every year. The creative community works only when we come together. We felt all the feels at Flea Style!”
— Bethany Mieth, store manager, Ruibal’s Plants of Texas
“The Flea Style fall show had the best traffic we’ve seen at a show thus far. We were one of the few male-centric experiences at the show, which was great for us!
We also met a number of potential wholesale contacts as well as great PR potentials.”
— James O’Brien, co-founder, ShaveFace
“From the first communication to set-up to tear-down, everything ran smoothly, and the customers were awesome.
This was on a way bigger scale than our normal pop-up events, and it was fun to have Friday night and all day Saturday to connect with customers, many of whom are repeat customers whom we’d never met face to face.
We knew the show would be a great fit for our brand.”
— Jen Coleman, co-founder, Ascot + Hart
“The Flea Style show has a great all-around vibe, the merchandise is unique and high quality, and the price is great for attendees.
We got a good number of regular orders, but the majority of our sales were for custom orders! Plus, we got to network with other vendors that we hope to work with in the future.”
— Ashley Futris, co-owner, Kaktos Rose
“I jumped at the chance to particapte in the Flea Style fall show in order to introduce myself as a new artist to the amazing crowds and connection the Flea Style name brings.
I came in with no expectations but hoped to meet Dallas art lovers, interior designers and future collectors — which I did in just two days. And I was overwhelmed with all the love I received and purchases people made. Thank you, Flea Style!”
— Ashley Varel, Ashley Varel Art
Want to get in on the action in Dallas and Houston this spring? Vendor applications are open now, We’ll announce the vendor roster in January, so don’t delay!