Yesterday, Saturday May 14th marked the second Cleveland Flea of the year. I first heard about the Cleveland Flea last year. I was looking for a fun gift idea made locally in Cleveland. My brother, who lives in Ohio City, told me to check out the Cleveland Flea. I went to the April Flea last year. The day was a perfect spring day. As I was walking up to the venue there was so much to look at from food trucks, to local jewelry designers, to vintage finds. I fell in love! I remember going to a market like this when I studied fashion in New York City. To see an event like this come to life in my hometown of Cleveland was amazing.
This year the first Cleveland Flea was on April 9th. Unfortunately I had to miss it as I had to work. The good news is the flea runs all summer long and into the fall. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it’s the second Saturday of every month from 9a-4p and it runs through October. With this knowledge, I made sure I was available for the May Flea. Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating but, it didn’t slow me down. I grabbed my Hunter boots and my rain coat and headed downtown to E. 36th St. and Superior.
When I arrived at the Flea, to my dismay, due to weather, there were very few vendors. In true Clevelander fashion I didn’t give up. I wasn’t going to let a little rain spoil my day and neither did many other Clevelanders who came out to support the Flea.
Our first stop was the Wandering Wardrobe. As you all know I branched out to Instagram this year and I began following “Cleveland’s first Boutique Truck.” I find their innovative idea of mixing the popularity of the food truck and switching out food for clothes, brilliant. I enjoyed perusing and shopping their colorful, chic summer fashion collection. While visiting I picked up a navy blue, lace, open front poncho. I also grabbed the white and blue striped, open front, hoodie I have been obsessing over since I saw it posted on Instagram. Make sure to follow them on Instagram @wanderingwardrobe_cle to find out where they will stop off next!
After visiting the Wandering Wardrobe I continued our journey through the Flea. A little wind and drizzle made it hard to fully appreciate the Flea in all it's glory. My style squad and I were still able to find some cool finds. I stopped at the Articels tent and found a fun cocktail ring for $12. I have two vises in life shoes and big bold rings. I snagged a cool vintage one at last year’s April Flea and I wasn’t left disappointed this year by snagging another awesome statement piece.
Speaking of jewelry, one of the greatest finds I came across at the Flea this year was Cleveland Street Glass. CSG is owned by designer Deanna Dionne who makes cool and interesting jewelry pieces out of glass from car break-ins she finds on the street. I find her art is intriguing, she takes something that is tragic and ugly about our city and transforms it into something beautiful. Her pieces are amazing and she is defiantly worth a visit if you travel to the flea this year. I, naturally, bought one of her cocktail rings for just $25!
To end the day, my style squad and I grabbed a quick drink, nothing warms you up better in Cleveland then some local brews. The Flea Bar featuring local brews from Earlybird Brewing Company. My Styled by Stacy editor and I tried the citrusy blend of their Ascension brew. By this time the rain was coming down a little harder and the wind began to pick up. We noticed a lot of venders calling it a day. So we
began our decent from the Cleveland Flea to return another day when the sun is shining. I’ll be sure to visit again throughout the summer season and share all my finds. I hope all you Styled by Stacy Fans come join the flea and find some of your own unique fashion finds!