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Shoestring & Red Bird Vintage at The Davis Flea!

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It’s fitting that our last official pop-up shop of the year is back where it all began, here in Somerville at The Davis Flea! Come visit this Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm for some vintage, handmade, reclaimed & repurposed shopping, live music & yummy food. I’ll be selling items from recent DIY Boston projects & my Thrift Shop Thursdays stash, and my friend Amanda from Redbird Vintage will be joining me with a number of her new upcycled fashion & millinery designs!

Find us just behind the Holland Street entrance/exit to the Davis Square T station, in Seven Hills Park. Here’s a sneak peek of what you will find — not to mention our $5 bin full of vintage & secondhand designer goodies, and other surprises!


We still have four Priscilla of Boston floor sample wedding gowns ($250 each) just waiting for the perfect bride on a budget! Whether you simply get them cleaned & altered, or completely dye remake them (two of them would be perfect for a Gwen Stefani ombre/dip-dyed look), you can’t even purchase the fabric for these gowns for $250 — let alone the world-class quality of the tailoring.


Homemade Sriracha salt. You know you love the hot stuff. On everything. I made these as gifts for the entire Shoestring team and contributors last year, and they were such a hit I’m now making them for the store. $5/jar!

Shoulder Pad Coin Purses

Coin purses made from vintage shoulder pads, inspired by my friend Marisa at New Dress a Day. The vintage shoulder pads we were finding attached to Goodwill and flea market scores of our own were just too pretty to toss, and Marisa’s upcycling idea to turn them into cute little change purses was just perfect. I have a handful we made for a TV segment back in May, but which didn’t get used, for $10 each.

Thrift Shop Thursdays

And, it wouldn’t be a Shoestring pop-up shop without Tara’s colorful resin rose earrings, $5 per pair!


Jute-wrapped vases & containers, perfect for Back to School! I have a few of our “Kickstart Kits” from DIY Boston Night — all the materials to make these at home, save the glue gun or custom decorations — still available for $5 each. (And a few of them already made for $15!)

Sets of upcycled envelopes and succulents planted in repurposed thrift store finds featured in my Money Saving Mondays segment with Leslie Gaydos on NECN.


T-shirt necklaces made from repurposed Goodwill T-shirts, including some of the One Fund designs.

Amanda’s refashioned red bird vintage hats and head pieces are all the inspiration you’ll need to throw the most fabulously vintage hipster garden party. You need one, trust me.

Thrift Shop Thursdays

Need a new fall wardrobe for a song? We’ll have a rack chock full of refashioned custom pieces by Red Bird and a selection of vintage, secondhand designer, and ready-to-upcycle items from my Etsy store, all under $100. (Not to mention those $5 bins!)

Plus, we’re moving at the end of August, so I may just decide to part with some of my own personal antiques & vintage items from my curated collection, which I’ve accumulated over the last 30+ years living in Boston, in an effort to downsize…

But you’ll have to stop by The Davis Flea THIS Sunday to find out!