Porter Flea strikes again with holiday market

TRAVIS SWANN, tswann@murfreesboropost.com

The date is set once again for Porter Flea, a modern handmade market that showcases items from art and paper goods, jewelry, apparel, furniture and much more.

This time around, it takes a seasonal approach with a holiday show that will boast over 60 vendors at Marathon Music Works on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Nashville from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

If you’re looking to finish up the Christmas list, then this is a one-stop shop for your Etsy loving family member.

Porter Flea held their annual show this past June, but this will mark the second appearance of the holiday event.

“We held our first holiday show last December and we had great feedback from vendors so we knew we wanted to do another holiday show, co-creator and founder Katie Vance said.

Vance, along with Jessica Maloan and Brent Elrod, began the showcase a few years ago to highlight much of the local talent in Nashville and surrounding areas.

“Nashville creatives were traveling to other cities to showcase their wares and we wanted to create something special for them. Nashville is becoming a creative hub and we love promoting our local talent. Our show is juried and curated to ensure the highest quality selection for our shoppers,” Vance said.

“Our first show was located on Porter Rd. in East Nashville so hence Porter Flea. The name kind of stuck and so no matter our location we will always be Porter Flea,” Vance added about the show’s name.

Some of the vendors on hand range from Lascassas-based design/build wood makers, Holler Design to Southern Lights Electric.

Other vendors include Friendly Arctic, Modern Arks, 400 Moons and Trubee Honey plus many more as the Flea has added 20 more vendors for this market with over 75% being local talent.

With a wide-ranging group of artists, Porter Flea has been fortunate to build their event year after year, all the while keeping a focus on the vendors and attendees at the same time.

“Jessica and I have been vendors in lots of other shows around the country and we took our favorite parts of those shows and the result is Porter Flea. We all work really hard to make it a great day for our vendors and our shoppers. We believe we are bringing in the highest quality vendors for our shoppers,” Vance said about the uniqueness of Porter Flea.

Beyond the vendors, eight food trucks, a coffee bar and a cash bar will be available to attendees for food choices along with other activities that include afternoon bike sprints, a DJ set by DJ Susan, a photo booth and an Etsy gift card giveaway.

If you plan on attending, then pick and choose your best time slots as the event spans from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. During the June show, shoppers were lined up at the door of Marathon Music Works during the early portion of the day, but that just builds excitement and it’s something Vance genuinely takes to heart.

“We feel truly honored. That was something we never expected and we are just thrilled to have that sort of response to something started with very humble beginnings,” Vance said.

After the holiday show, Porter Flea will continue to promote the handmade movement in Nashville with the possible expansion of more ware specific shows during the upcoming year.

For more information on vendors and the market, visit www.porterflea.com.