Holler Design makes wooden furniture like the above stool. The Lascassas business will be one of the vendors at the Porter Flea market on June 6-7. Photo submitted
The time once again is at hand for Nashville’s premier, modern handmade market, Porter Flea.
Taking place June 6-7, the market returns to the Track One building in Nashville for a consecutive time.
“It’s kind of central. We like that area. It’s up and coming for the arts scene and it’s a good large space,” event organizer Katie Vance said about the location.
Vance, along with the other organizers, have been busy preparing for the annual event and now only have a few weeks of downtime between the summer and holiday showcases as planning is a continual process these days.
With the addition of the holiday market, two outings per year appears to be the magic number of times Porter Flea will host the market. Vance says they aim to keep the event special and unique in its own right and two dates seem to fit well among all parties.
This year, the summer market will return a mix of several familiar faces along with new ones as well, along with a total of 15 vendors with the Porter Pantry.
Vendor submissions ended weeks ago, but Vance identifies a few factors that come into play during the selection process.
Applicants are judged first and foremost on the quality, creativity, originality, and branding of their wares. Secondary consideration is given to maintaining an eclectic, complementary mix of vendors and artisans.
“We look at people who do one thing really well,” Vance added.
“Seasonality comes into play as well. We look at price point and ask if it is a good gift item. The jury does not over saturate a particular area either.”
Vendors range in crafts from bat makers like Mitchell Bat Co. to Strawberry Luna who has a concentrated focus on the poster scene.
All in all, around 85 percent of the vendors are local, while the rest are located out of the area.
Vance will be in attendance with Knitlaces, along with Matt Alexander and Holler Design, a Lascassas-based furniture maker.
Other unique vendors include Show Me The Monkeys who make handmade dolls, Murfreesboro’s Bear it No More who seeks the un-hirable and helps them fashion furniture and Little Seed Farms, a soap and cheese-making husband and wife duo.
For those patrons seeking food items, Eli Mason will be in attendance with their cocktail mixers while Pure Sodaworks will have their natural, handcrafted sodas along with several other vendors.
Along with the artisans, Craftcourse will be hosting a craft area for the official Etsy Craft Party for the preview market while MADE SOUTH will provide a limited edition poster for attendees during the preview market.
For the free Saturday event, food trucks and music will be on hand as well.
The preview market begins on Friday, June 6 at 6 p.m. and the cost is $15. The Saturday edition is free and will take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit porterflea.com.