A Rhode Island Classic Gets a Makeover

The General's Market, a new twist on the long-running General Stanton Inn Flea Market, debuts this Sunday in Charlestown.
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Visitors to the new General's Market will find everything from art and handmade goods to curated vintage and antique treasures. Photo by Natasha Valentine.

A longtime Rhode Island institution is getting a glow up.

This Sunday, the General’s Market will bring together art, artisans, vintage goods, antique peddlers and curious buyers in Charlestown for a new reimagining of the General Stanton Inn Flea Market.

“We want to create a space for people to come every Sunday and hang out,” says Katrina Momenee, who will curate the weekly markets along with her husband Kevin under their Field of Artisans brand. “We hope many people will incorporate it into their Sunday plans, maybe before or after the beach.”

 

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The flea market, which was said to be the oldest continually operating market of its kind in the state, ran for 56 years on the grounds of the General Stanton Inn. David Moore, a self-proclaimed history buff who purchased the inn in February with his wife Jackie, is eager to continue the tradition.

“In its heyday, it had 100 vendors on the property,” says David, who remembers going to the market as a boy, heading over from Narragansett to spend his allowance on things like baseball cards and pocketknives. “I thought it was important to continue the tradition, so to speak.

“Our intent and hope is to reinfuse the market with new ideas and new energy, and to make it into more of a family-fun kind of destination.”

The markets will run Sundays through the fall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can expect a mix of artists, artisans and sellers with vintage and antique wares. Each market will feature between twenty to thirty vendors, and a collection of food trucks — this week’s offerings include Sunset Farms, the Cupcakory and Scoop T’s — will contribute to the delicious mix.

 

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Each market will feature different artists and antique dealers, with all levels of artists and collectors — from beginner to expert — taking part. It’s important to have that mix, says Katrina, so that offerings stay fresh and that new artists and curators have the chance to mingle and learn from more established sellers.

She compares it to her experience working at Kate Spade, where designers would travel to the Brimfield Antique Flea Market in Massachusetts yearly to glean ideas and inspiration.

“I’m excited for this opportunity for the artists as well,” says Katrina, who also visited the General Stanton Inn Flea Market as a child. “It’s an opportunity they may not have been exposed to in the past.”

Each week, the General Market’s website will list a field guide to the participating artists and vendors, and you can find sneak peeks on the ’Gram as well.

The General’s Market will be held Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the grounds of the General Stanton Inn, 4115 Old Post Rd., Charlestown. The markets will run through the fall.