Sometimes, Brooklyn can be inspiring.

Sometimes, Brooklyn can be inspiring.

The idea for an open-air, anything-goes market in Columbus was Nikki Portman's, hatched during one of many trips to New York City. She happened upon Brooklyn Flea, a highly organized weekly flea market with hipster appeal.

"What I was walking around was exactly what I wanted to see in Columbus. Carpentry, apple butter, records, vintage clothes. Whatever. It was the most random collection of awesomeness I've ever seen in my life," Portman said. "I had a really great day walking around there, and I thought Columbus could really use something like that."

The result, this Sunday's Summer Flea event, is what Portman calls a "hodgepodge garden" of vendors that will set up for the afternoon.

Among them are quite a few established vendors. Stores like Ladybird and B1 Bicycles will set up booths, as well as now-entirely-online Wonder Knit and poster artist Clinton Reno.

Mixed in will be a tarot card reader, several local food vendors, and "odds and ends contributed by the folks from the second and third floors of the Skylab building" (we're interested to see what that includes).

Several vendors who haven't hit it big yet will show off their handmade clothing, accessories and decor, too - find out which ones to watch for below.

Portman had no difficulty attracting 40 vendors for the event, which she hopes will be a recurring one.

"I think the community is ready and has been waiting for something like this to happen," said Portman, who has experience with corporate retail and fundraiser planning. "It's really been so outrageous and so exciting."

To make the event even more feel-good, all vendor fees and a portion of some vendors' proceeds benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Honey Rose & K Modage Baubles

What: Upcycled women's vintage jewelry

Made by: Meredith Piccin

Watch for: Braided silk scarf necklaces. All of Piccin's vintage-made-modern jewelry designs are a balance between luxe and wearable. And not only are these necklaces highly wearable, but the woven-in scarf adds a focal point to any outfit.

If you've inherited a scarf but don't wear it, Piccin will happily turn it (or any other jewelry pieces) into a custom creation.


What: A locally created, nationally distributed stick, cup and ball game

Created by: John Mally

Watch for: This game to blow up. Mally will be demonstrating his invention for the crowd, but here's the gist: Teams of two take turns tossing discs at each other's goals, which consist of a pair of sticks. In a twist on conventional yard games, teams can defend their goals. Sets are sold in drawstring bags.

Skbg Photography

What: Digital and film photo prints

Made by: Stephanie Bair-Garant

Watch for: Pretty, pretty pictures. Bair-Garant photographs faraway places such as San Francisco Bay and the Louvre and close-up subjects like food, household items and plants. Most are shot using a film camera, and the resulting, unedited images are sold in plastic sleeves, ready for framing (most are square).

Bair-Garant is sharing her space with friend Jen Marlatt, who'll have hand-painted T-shirts to offer.

Objet Adapte

What: Handbags, totes and aprons made from vintage fabrics

Made by: Becky and Elaine Brisker

Watch for: Funky-fun messenger bags. The Brisker mother-daughter team began designing and constructing useful items from recycled materials last year, and these feed-sack bags are their biggest bragging point so far.

Colorful, quirky labels are positioned just-so on the flap of messenger bags, which are decked out with pockets, closures and canvas straps. It's the perfect union of utility and DIY sensibility.