Grab one, grab all!

Clare again!

At this point of the season I bet your gifting think-tank has EXHAUSTED! Don't you wish you could reach into a bag and pull out perfect presents for everyone on your list? Fortunately, I've made that happen! I've created "Holiday Grab-Bags" that allow you to look before you choose! Pretty neat, huh? Each item has been pulled from the inventories of our various vendors who will be at our LAST holiday market. Refuel with brunch as you buy this Sunday so you're fully charged to knock out everything on your list!

Sneak a peak into the bags I've assembled and grab with ease! Just a warning, they'll have you thinking thoughtful! You might find yourself picking out something for your second cousin, twice removed or even your landlord's girlfriend (that might be a stretch). No matter the person, there's a gift here for them! So grab one, grab two...HECK, grab 'em all!

P.S. Please don't forget about yourself! You deserve it!!

bag.png

APPAREL, PORTAGE + ACCESSORIES

1.  K. Nicole Studio   (Lone Pine, Off Center- Hand Screenprinted Shirt)

2.   True Stitches Brand  (Knit Wrap Scarf) 

3. Piper & Stone  (Clevelanfd Tee)

4.    The Style Foundry  (Cream Tie Cardigan)

5.   Little Birdie Design Studio ( Chunky Knit Pom-Pom Hat) 

6.  Tenden ( Standard Tote)

7.  Lil Burritos  (Avocado Family Onesie)

bag.png

ART + HANDMADE

1.   5am Press (Pop-Up Book)

2.  B. Radley (Gold Dipped Earrings)

3.  Letterpress Jess (Holiday Card)

4.  Ann Cate   (Cleveland Skyline Cosmetic Bag)

5.  Eleven X Seventeen Poster Co.  (Movie Poster)

6.  Sarah Harste Weavings  (Woven Wall Hanings)

7. Slainte Home (HandCrafted Kitchen Items)

8. Andrew Heath Designs & Illustrations (Limited Edition Screenprint)

9. Chris Deighan Art (Inverted Clevelamd Rock History Drawing)

10. Foundry Woodprints (PlayhouseSquare Coaster)

11. Whiskerton (Lucy in Space iPhone Case) 

bag.png

JEWLERY

1.  The Sophie Ness (Protector Moon Amulet)

2. The Circle Craft (Kitty Ring)

3. Sarah Krisher Studio  (Statement Circle Earring)

4. Taylor'd Metals (Holiday earrings)

5. Sasha Textiles (Adjustable Simple Braclet)

6. Dinky Dog (Vintage Brooch)

 

Join ME this Sunday, December 17 from 10-5PM! The

market is free all day and I hope you are too! We're

located at:

3333 Lorain Ave. 

 

Look, grab, GO!

xo

Clare

A Few of Clare's Favorite Things

Hi, I'm Clare!

IMG_7579.JPG

I'm new to Team Flea. I'm a huge Flea fan, so what better way to show my appreciation than to lending a helping hand!?  For the past couple of weeks I've been supporting the ever-so-lovely Flea in a variety ways to prepare for the holiday markets. Everything I've done so far has been creative, fun, and covered in pink - the perfect color to let my imagination run wild. I've crafted, built things, and even had a chance to shop. As I've waltzed around the market, many things have caught my eye and some have even caused me to buy! It's the season of giving and I can't seem to stop! The holiday market has made it easier than ever to shop! #rhymes

Christmas is NEAR & don't you worry your pretty little head 'cuz I've got you covered. If you're still in need of gifting ideas like me, don't fret! I've compiled a jaw-dropping list of items from many of our wonderful vendors for you to peruse. Some of these items include things I NEED (want pretty bad), gifts for the ones I love, and even things I've picked for YOU. Don't be shy, take a peak, and be prepared to have your Christmas socks knocked completely off

Remember, all of these beautiful pieces can be found this weekend at our last holiday market! Come sip a Mason's Creamery milkshake and see what we have in store....there's no time like the present!

MY WISHLIST

1. Oceanne- (Money Clips)

Something handsome to hold all the Christmas cas$h I'm yearning for (fingers crossed!!)

F3194362-9AE7-48C8-93B2-26F237D7B057-282-0000002FAE9CEEF4.jpg

2. Too Legit to Quilt - (Vulture Pillow)

To be used as a statement piece on the perfectly, distressed leather couch I WILL own one day. 

IMG_0130 (1).jpg

3. Free Range Skincare- (Fresh Face Moisturizer)

The hero who will protect my skin against lake-effect snow and give me a healthy glow (potential tee shirt saying???)

IMG_0128.jpg

4. Inked and Dotted-

Although I currently reside in Akron, I embrace everything Cleveland. 

D74FFFFA-14FD-4721-A679-FDD4C9BEDEDC-973-00000073E8EB1619.jpg

5. Cleveland Street Glass- (Auto Glass- Mixed Cluster Charm)

Finding "the beauty in broken" wasn't hard after coming across this dazzling, upcycled piece! 

IMG_0120.jpg

FOR THE FAM & FRIENDS

6. Free Period Press- (Beer Carriers) 

For: Jack (Brother and Craft Beer Connoisseur) The perfect traveler for mixing & matching or basically to make sure you don't overdo it on the Christmas Ales.

8F0BFAEB-244E-460B-B7E9-A654E0938ED8-282-0000004A5977F55B.jpg

7. Wild Foot Studio (Pet Tag) 

For: Clive (my black Lab) Good boys deserve good (insanely amazing) gifts! Whether he realizes it's Christmas or not….

IMG_0121.jpg

8. PeriPeti Home- (Room Spray) 

For: My darling Mother.  Unfortunately I can't afford therapy sessions for all the years I've driven you crazy, but one (maybe all three) of these therapeutic grade essential oil sprays can put you at ease. 

IMG_0140.jpg

9. Seaworthi (John Carroll University Poster) 

For: Brynne (College roommate of four years, best friend, bearer of Aladdin's hummus) Something special to commemorate our time well spent at #JCBrew ....Go Streaks!

IMG_0141.jpg

10. Backattack Snack (Certified Angus Beef) 

For: Dear old Dad. I realize your "healthy" eating habits differ vastly from mine BUT here's something healthy you'll actually enjoy. It's that's with flavor and won't leave you feeling guilty. 

3_1080x.jpg

         

         FOR THOSE ON THE NICE LIST           

(AND NAUGHTY...I DON'T JUDGE)

11. Fiber and Gloss (Magnet)

An encouraging way to keep up with your New Year’s Resolutions! Who wouldn't listen to something Mr. Feeny said!? (Probably Shawn) 

IMG_0131.jpg

12. Cleveland Pickle - (Spicy Garlic Dill)

A simple way to spice up your Bloody Mary game…. Literally!

581ECE13-4A8D-42AE-87C9-4E272C9BD22C-973-0000007BDD55854A.jpg

13. Little Chicago Clothing Co. (V-neck Jersey Stripe Tee) 

Best in the Midwest!!! Reward yourself for being some of the friendliest and most polite people in the nation....you know who you are! (P.S. they offer free shipping, how considerate!)

D79B49F0-860D-4671-B22E-5169A3DE8024-973-00000082E780BA40.jpg

14. Odyssey & Oddities- (Raven Earrings) 

Take to the sky like a bird in flight & wake up your inner Stevie Nicks. Please tell me you love Rhiannon as much as I do. If not, I'll try to understand. 

A47B4F98-FBB4-467F-93D4-CC037053B809-973-00000085555E4F89.jpg

15. Brighton Wool & Honey Co. (All Natural Lavender Laundry Soap) 

A napkin in your lap doesn't always guarantee you'll walk away from the table stain-free. This "workhorse detergent" will allow you to trust yourself around the cranberry sauce this year. 

NEYyRDc5OEJDNTc5RTE3NkYyRDM6ZThlYWIxZTExZDhhZGYxYjYzMzU5M2ViZjk2OWNlMDI6Ojo6OjA=.jpg

***Not for you? Drop by the this weekend and find something that better suits your taste! We have it all!

DAYS & TIMES: 

December 15: 6-10 PM 

December 16: 10AM-1PM ($10 early admission) 1PM-5PM (FREE)

December 17: 10-5PM (free all day)

Location: 3333 Lorain Ave. 

See you there!

xo

Clare

 

Curated Gift Boxes!

Steph and I (Meg) worked on THE.MOST.INCREDIBLY.FUN project this afternoon at The Cleveland Flea's holiday pop-up market in n an attempt to do your hardest holiday shopping for you. We grabbed four empty boxes, created themes for each, and shopped our little hearts out in an attempt to make the most perfect, locally sourced, hand-made & vintage gift boxes you've ever laid eyes on. You can pick and choose your favorite items or snag everything on the list!

Here's what we came up with:

The Superbabe Box

JuliannaArendashPhotography-9866.jpg
JuliannaArendashPhotography-9907.jpg
JuliannaArendashPhotography-9855.jpg
JuliannaArendashPhotography-9884.jpg

This box is for the girl power loving lady in your life who's ready to kick off 2018 with a bang! She's your girlfriend, wife, best friend, favorite co-worker, sister or SIL. She may even be your boss! Whoever she is, she's one badass babe who you admire and love and you want her to know it. We filled this box full of her "New Year/New You" feminist must haves. 

1. "Eat More Donuts" Tee for obvious reasons by The Social Dept. - $25

2. Large and small quartz from Rock Candy to bring her greater clarity - $88 and $33 respectively

3. Smudge stick from Rock Candy to clear out negative vibes - $4

4. "Gems" notebook & pencil from Triple Threat Press for goals & dreams - $9 and $3

5. Vintage bowling pin hand lettered by H.L.O.S for her desk - $25

6. Camp mug candle by Sweet Dish & Darling - $25

7. Purse Tassle by Fount Leather Goods to hang on her favorite bag - $27

8. "Slay" brass money clip by Oceanne for all that dough she'll be rolling in - $28

9. "Nasty Woman" magnet by Fiber & Gloss - $4

10. "The Only Thing More Expensive Than Education Is Ignorance" print by Fiber & Gloss - $8

11. "My Body/My Bush" print by SORRY.  because apologies are not needed - $30

12. Super rare "pancake plant" with planter from Lakewood Plant Company because sometimes a good 'ole jade just doesn't cut it. Time to step up her game! $40

The Basically A Stranger Box

JuliannaArendashPhotography-9918.jpg
JuliannaArendashPhotography-9948.jpg
JuliannaArendashPhotography-0056.jpg
JuliannaArendashPhotography-9990.jpg

This box is my personal favorite as it covers every base. It's for the people in your life who you want to buy a gift for but whose tastes you're not that familiar with yet. It could be your mother in law, your neighbor, a newer friend, or an aquaintance who invited you over for a holiday party. Maybe it's your kids' teacher or the perfect thing to take to a secret Santa swap. Regardless of who it is, they are going to love the stuff we picked!

1. Vintage brass candlesticks from Articles Vintage to add something extra to any dining room table or mantle - $12 each

2. Hi. My name is Meg and I have a candle sniffing problem. Grab a few of these delicious smelling mini candles in a variety of unique scents like "Sunday Brunch" and "Rainy Day" by Sweet Dish & Darling - $5 each or 3 for $12 

3. Triple Threat Press wood ring coaster for beer & board game parties. - $9

4. Mini cactus from Lakewood Plant Company to light up any chilly windowsill. - $20

5. Pope's Pickles for those Saturday morning bloody Mary's or as a side dish with a burger and fries! $6

6. A set of vintage glassware from All Things For You for a truly unique gift that ANYONE would treasure. - (prices vary)

The Cleveland Lover Box

JuliannaArendashPhotography-0168.jpg
JuliannaArendashPhotography-0132.jpg
JuliannaArendashPhotography-0135.jpg

For Cleveland lovers both near and far, this box is for YOU! 

1. Jar of "Sideburns" by Randy's Pickles - $6

2. Cleveland wooden ornament from Inked & Dotted - perfect for the tree - $12

3. "The Land" magnet from Fiber & Gloss - $4

4. "Dortmunder Gold Lager" soap from Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve in honor of our favorite... Great Lakes Brewery - $8.65

5. Hand knit drink cozie by Maroozi for coffee, tea, & beer lovers alike - $10

6. "Home" tea towel by Linda's Other Life - $14

7. Super cozy tee by Cuyahoga Collective to pair with sweats - $25

8. "Cleveland Rocks" small print/postcard by H.L.O.S - $3

9. West Side Market print by Papercutz to remind your friend of those giant apple fritters and insanely delicious falafel rolls - $20

10. "The Land" sweatshirt by Gifted which will become a new fave in like 1.1 seconds - $44

11. "Rustbelt" print by Rustbelt Relics to frame and hang somewhere prominent & proud - (ask for pricing)

The Impossible Boyfriend Box

JuliannaArendashPhotography-0039.jpg
JuliannaArendashPhotography-0075.jpg
JuliannaArendashPhotography-0009.jpg

 

If you're anything like me, then you may find yourself in love with someone who is IMPOSSIBLE to buy for. Either they already have "everything" or their tastes are ultra specific. Either way - you break out into a cold sweat when birthdays, anniversaries and holidays roll around because you want to get the perfect gift without spending your entire rent check, but you don't know where to begin! Don't worry. We've done the legwork for you.

1. Six pack carrier by Puzzle Pax so he can organize his craft brews in style. - $30

2. Wooden bottle opener by Puzzle Pax. - $20

2. Turkish robe with hood by Together Textiles in ocean blue for lazy Sunday mornings or Netflix & chill night at home. - $45

3. The Beautiful Game soccer print by SORRY. because he's into sports & soccer is a sport. Or maybe he's not into sports but he loves meat. They have a steak print too. Bam. He's vegetarian? They have mushrooms. And herbs. The bottom line is... they have something for everyone. - $20-$30

4. Hand-made, leather wallet by Wright & Rede so he can throw out the one he's been carrying since the 90's. - $72

5. "Merry Winter" candle by Everarbor to make his apartment or home smell like the forest floor after a snowstorm. - $15

6. Tiny succulent from The Lakewood Plant Company for his desk at work or his nightstand. - $5

7. MsCotti's Biscotti holiday box - softer than your typical biscotti but still perfect with black coffee. Pistachio is a favorite. - prices vary

*Photos taken by the amazing Julianna Arendash

 

Dogs In Holiday Attire

Let me tell you a story about a pit bull puppy named Billie Jean. I call her “Bill”. She was 8 weeks old, brown and white, and had a patch covering one eye along with a perfect white tipped tail and four white paws. I found her at a local Cleveland shelter last summer and she’s become my bestie over the past 17 months. Her favorite things are 1) bacon 2) sleeping underneath my duvet (can you breathe under there?!) and 3) rolling on her back in the grass. I mean, yes, occasionally she eats my shoes and digs in my trash but NO ONE IS PERFECT.

unnamed-1.jpg
unnamed.jpg

Anyhow - this brings me to one of the many reasons why I’m so excited about this weekend’s holiday market: City Dogs! If you’re not familiar with City Dogs, they take dogs off the streets in this beautiful city we love and take care of them until new families are found. They give them their shots, spay/neuter them, walk them daily, and create playgroups for them so they can meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors instead of being stuck in their crates all day. And let me tell you this: the volunteers at City Dogs are some of the best humans around. They get up every day - even on days like Christmas and New Year’s Day - to walk and play with these little heart-stoppers. Most of the dogs at City Dogs are pit mixes. You may have heard some of the false information out there about pit bulls that’s given the breed a bad rap over the years. In reality, most pit bulls (like all other breeds) are loving companions. Us pit bull lovers like to say, “Don’t judge a dog by it’s looks!” Same rule goes for people, right? These dogs have had a rough go of it lately but they are ready for your attention and training so they can fit into a new and loving home. I can't express enough how grateful I am that Billie Jean came into my life. She's one of my very favorite things and a "fur"ever family member. She also happens to be the most loving and gentle dog I've ever had & on a daily basis she dispels every pit bull myth in the book!

City Dogs will be with us this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday selling doggie scarves they’ve hand-knitted along with matching human ones (I mean… c’mon!!!), so you really need to put their booth at the top of your “must not miss” list. Buy one for your four legged bestie and one for you! Don’t have a four legged bestie? Adopt one this weekend! There will be sweeties there to pet & kiss & take home & your life will suddenly be filled to the brim with cuddles & joy & an occasional chewed up high heel to remind you that you can't have it all but you CAN have a dog in a scarf.

Now let's take a look at these critters in their knitwear...

JuliannaArendashPhotography-33.jpg

This is Sampson. He's an older gent who is ready for anything on the go as well as sitting down by the fire to snuggle. He loves participating in the CITY DOGS Run Club, playing with his toys or cuddling his person. Also a fan of impersonating reindeer. 

JuliannaArendashPhotography-5.jpg

This fella is Heath! He's a happy go lucky 3 year old who would love to join you on a run and explore or hang out by your side and enjoy one your company & some Netflix. He prefers treats to toys and seems to know a few basic commands... hooray! Heath has gorgeous golden eyes to match his coat and ears that stick straight up! He's the perfect little bunny bear for you.

JuliannaArendashPhotography-7.jpg

This young lad is eager to please with his puppy exuberance and zest for life. He loved his outings with the CITY DOGS Hike Club but if you're not into hiking or running, he would be happy with a walk around the block or a trip to the dog park! Taz is ready for winter with his scarf and earmuffs. Are you?

JuliannaArendashPhotography-17.jpg

This is Binks! He is approximately 2 years old and he loves the outdoors and playing in the water! He's the perfect furry friend to take to Edgewater Park with you every summer. Binks was recently transferred from the city kennel to the county shelter where he is currently up for adoption. You can read more about them or visit him at www.cuyahogadogs.com ~ Binks is less than enthused to be dressed up like a Christmas present but he is 100% willing to ACTUALLY BE a Christmas present for YOU!

JuliannaArendashPhotography-21.jpg

Semi is the city kennel's resident "heart worm positive" dog. He is looking for a foster home or rescue where he can receive treatment and heal before he will be ready for his forever home. One of Tank's favorite pastimes is to shower the ones he loves with kisses. Heartworm disease is literally as it sounds - worms within the heart - and is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. While the disease is treatable when caught within the early stages, it causes permanent damage to the heart and even lungs the longer it goes untreated and can even be fatal. Lucky for Semi, snuggles and rest are the key during treatment. Email citydogs@city.cleveland.oh.us to learn more about fostering.

JuliannaArendashPhotography-26.jpg

Lolly! Those black ears! That cute, inquisitive look on her face! This lady is mature beyond her years and has become an event rockstar and CITY DOGS ambassador. She is a gentle, calm, "go with the flow" kind of girl whether you are taking a tour around town, going for a run or chilling on the couch.

Well peeps, that's a wrap! Come give these doggies some love all weekend long at The Cleveland Flea holiday market!!! To check out all of the dogs currently up for adoption through City Dogs, visit Petango.

See you at the flea!

Meg

Director of Events, The Cleveland Flea

***Friday, December 8th from 6-10pm FREE, Saturday, December 9th from 10-1pm $10 tickets required and then FREE from 1-5pm & FREE Sunday, December 10th from 10-5pm

 

Dear Santa,

Dear Santa/Charlie,

I know historically that you’re kind of a scrooge when it comes to Christmas, but I’m doing my very best to change that and I’m not a quitter. Sure, last year you made me listen to punk rock Christmas tunes while decorating the tree after I requested Amy Grant’s Tennesse Christmas, but I didn’t complain because relationships involve lots of compromise. The following day I caught you decorating cookies with Moses when you thought I wasn’t looking and I knew I was starting to win. This year you helped me hang lights outside our house & set up the christmas tree. I mean, yes, you begged me to wait until December 15th to unleash my christmas fervor, but I totally ignored you and you weren’t too annoyed about that. Again… #winning.

I know you don’t like Christmas shopping (obvi) so I have taken all of the work out of it for you by making you a very specific list of things I adore. No malls required. Just show up at The Cleveland Flea this weekend, grab yourself a donut, and knock it out in under an hour. See how understanding I am???

1. H.L.O.S - I need this jacket because… well. The reason is clear.

24775206_1044383729066278_5519553119908737003_n.jpg

2. Sweet Dish & Darling - I need their “Earl Grey” candle as well as “Rainy Day” and “Penumbra Moon”. That’s all. Oh yes… and “Sunday Brunch”. That’s all.

24232908_1834818273204191_2645108733273326733_n.jpg

3. Articles Vintage - A vintage wool blanket to get cozy by the fire.

20729484_716225378567999_5207016148098803106_n.jpg

4. Natterdoodle - Holiday greeting cards that say cute things and are bright colors. I need to let people know I’m thinking of them and also that I have really good taste.

24301344_1790854821214294_5154517749813178219_n.jpg

5. Triple Threat Press - A pack of their gold foil “Write that shit down” pencils because I’m always having brilliant ideas when I’m in the shower or when I’m dreaming at night and I need to put these all over the house so I can record said brilliance.

24301337_1849660421729365_5299203765362764707_n.jpg

6. Fount - A christmas list would not be complete without Fount. This roundabout bag has been haunting me since I first laid eyes on it & I’m afraid to say - I cannot rest until it’s mine. Yea, yea… I know it’s on the pricier side, but Philip and Jackie MADE IT BY HAND! It’s beautiful leather and hand stitched and Cleveland made and Jackie needs to be able to feed her children for godssake! We can’t let them starve! (insert fingers crossed emoji)

COMPASS+6854.jpg

Ok. That is not all. But I’ll stop here. Thanks for reading this, honey. Can’t wait to hang vintage stockings with you and mull some cider. You’re a champ.

Love,

Meg 

***Visit us at The Cleveland Flea holiday pop-up market THIS weekend, December 8th-10th ~ Friday night is from 6pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday are 10am-5pm. Tickets required for Saturday morning access until 1pm. >>>3333 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, Ohio

New & Noteworthy: October Flea

It's officially Fall, and we are so ready. It looks like our vendors are, too. They're bringing some of the coziest, must autumnal gear with them to October Flea. Browse our picks below, then scan our full vendor roster here for the unabridged version.

Read More

October Fresh Faces

Every month our favorite Flea vendors set sail and plan their return to port Tyler to celebrate their new collections, creations, and new found treasures. In addition to our staple vendors we all love and come out to support each month, are our new vendors! Check back here every month to find out who will be joining our CLE Flea Fleet!

Read More