A few weeks ago, we asked our friends, fans and followers on Insta and Facebook to swap their best Flea Style stories for a chance to come to lunch with us to celebrate the power of community. We didn’t say where — we like to keep some things a surprise! — but that didn’t stop some of you from hitting the keyboard.
We got great stories from fans and vendors alike, and each one means the world to us. When you share with us how we inspire you, that inspires us to keep doing it!
Here we share the stories of the ladies who lunched, along with some snaps from the gathering.
Since our theme was all about telling stories, we pulled vintage tomes for our tablescapes (mixed with aged brass vases spilling over with florals) and used old book pages for our name cards that Grace hand lettered.
We held the lunch at new Italian hotspot Dolce Riviera — a gorg restaurant in Dallas’s Hardwood District. Kendall Jackson joined us with several rounds of yummy wine and even a cameo from famous winemaker Tim O’Halloran. Between stories, Tim told us all about the wine making process and even his wife’s budding vintage clothing biz in California.
Guests left with a belly full of pasta and pinot noir and a tote bag and signed bottle of vino to boot. Here are a handful of the stories shared from our beloved Flea Style family and friends.
Katy Brown, The Vintage Arah, Flea Style Vendor
“I think you found your people.” That’s what my husband said to me as I rolled my vintage clothing racks into our very first Flea Style show. I felt like my “stuff” had found a place where it fit in Dallas. It was so exciting! Being a part of Flea Style has given me the opportunity to cross paths with some of the most lovely and creative individuals. I love being a part of this unique vendor community that fosters collaboration and unity instead of competition. It is inspiring to be around such talented people, and I am so thankful to be a part of Flea Style!
Hayley Vaughan, Suddenly Shelton, Flea Style Fan
I got my first DSLR camera about a year and a half ago, and our family photos kept coming out so great that my husband encouraged me to keep at it. I had to figure out a way to publish what I was doing and start some kind of structure if I wanted to get serious as a photographer. Carrying my camera all over for practice, I carried it to my first Flea Style show, the 2016 spring show at Fair Park. I was so inspired by the show and took dozens of photos. I decided to create a blog to feature some of my favorites; suddenlyshelton.com was born. I’ve been blogging my photography since and expanding my business to photograph my first wedding next month, and I continue to take photos for most of my friends and family. My love for all things antique and unique and the expertly curated artisans chosen for the show brought me to Flea Style, and not only did it give me photography inspiration, it showed me how real women (and men!) with day jobs and children (and both!) can balance it all to come together, support each other and be successful doing what they love to do — create.
Ndi Jeru, Tribe & Sol, Flea Style Vendor (who drove all the way from Houston!)
I was praying with a friend one day, and she said God revealed to her that I would meet a petite blond woman who started a business from the ground up and that woman would teach me everything she knew. Later that day, I saw online that one of my friends would be vending at Flea Style, so I emailed to see if I could get into the show. I got an email back that the show was full, but I was grateful for the response. Moments later, I got another email asking for my number because a spot opened up! That Flea Style show was my first indoor market ever (after making for almost a decade). I was finally ready to dive in and do things I never thought I could. It was amazing! People loved my brand and my vision! Flea Style pushes me to step up my game and be my best. It’s the greatest market I’ve been blessed to part of, and it’s given me the confidence to never look back.
Christine Andler, Flea Style Fan
When I heard about the Flea Style show, I sent out an email to my Dallas-area and got a few to bite! Many asked, “What is this Flea Style event? Fair Park on a Friday night? Are we hip enough?” Four of us were brave enough to check it out, and we had a blast! Roughly five minutes in, we lost one, Maggie, as we navigated the booths and sipped our bourbon. Some tassel earrings and cheeky workout shirts later — plus a pit stop for a pretzel and wine — and we were spinning in a wonderland of whimsical delight! Maggie resurfaced with arms full of fun finds and was greeted with a little jealousy from us as she pulled out what seemed like endless treasures. At this point, security said, “Ladies, it’s time to go!” and there was no time for us to go back and match Maggie’s treasures! We finished this impromptu girls’ night with more wine and pizza, and we laughed over losing each other in a sea of crafted goodies! Flea Style was amazing, and Fair Park wasn’t so scary after all!
Lindsey Overton, Krisen Home, Flea Style Mentorship Program Mentee
My daughter, Olivia, was 8 weeks old when we went to a Flea Style show for one of our first family outings! It was in a West Dallas warehouse and was so popular that we waited in line before getting in. The market was carefully curated and inspired me to become a vendor! I wanted all the things! We purchased woven art that still adorns our daughter’s room. My husband came across a couple of green pistol-shaped decanters. As a new mom, I wasn’t terribly excited about an image of our baby with guns. Now, it’s one of my most cherished memories! I look back and think about how, at the time, I had no idea that Flea Style would become such a big part of our lives!
Tricia Sereno, Flea Style Fan/Buffalo Trace Bourbon National Brand Specialist
Flea Style gives us the opportunity to support small business and teach consumers how to drink bourbon in different ways. Our engagements at the events are fun and relaxed. On a personal note – I travel all over the country for work and I love Flea Style finds because they are unique. A vintage kimono over a little black dress in Chicago, a custom flannel tank with Willie Nelson’s image at a BBQ in Austin, Fair Trade beaded cuff for a beer tasting in Portland. Flea Stlye finds make your wardrobe a conversation piece!
Got a Flea Style story to share? We want to hear it! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us.