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Inside Flea Circus, Newcastle where you’ll find unique vintage treasures to update your home

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Roll up, roll up, we bring you Flea Circus, Newcastle – where the past meets the present in a whirlwind of vintage charm and contemporary flair.

Nestled right at the heart of a golden triangle of brilliant independent businesses and creative spaces in and around Sandyford, Heaton and Ouseburn, as you step through Flea Circus’ doors you’ll be greeted by a kaleidoscope of colours, scents and treasures waiting to be discovered.

But what’s the story behind our city’s original independent department store that’s recently been crowned ‘Favourite Small Retailer’ in Newcastle’s People Choice Awards? Let’s take a closer look under the big top…

BEHIND FLEA CIRCUS

It all started with a passion for the thrill of the hunt. Owner, aka Ringmaster, Jim has always been drawn to the allure of antique shops and markets. Growing up surrounded by quirky pieces, his dream of creating a space where eclectic finds could shine bright was always on the cards. And Flea Circus was born – a haven for unique vintage interior pieces.

But what sets Flea Circus, Newcastle apart? It’s all about the vibe. With over 40 local independent makers under one roof, there’s an undeniable energy in every nook and cranny of the store. From the retro vibes of the furniture and lighting to the vibrant hues of handmade jewellery, there’s something for every taste and style.

And speaking of styles, every piece in Flea Circus, Newcastle tells its own unique story. Whether you’re into bohemian chic or sleek mid-century modern, the ever-changing stock ensures that no two visits are the same.

It’s a place where you can get lost for hours, rummaging through racks of vintage threads or flicking through shelves of vinyl records – all while soaking in the infectious energy of the passionate sellers, aka the Fleas…

MEET THE MAKERS AND SELLERS

But what about the stars of the show – the makers behind the magic? We introduce you to a few of Flea Circus’ top acts.

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Hazel and Blue Crochet (@hazel_and_blue_crochet)

Sanem combines traditional crochet with forms from nature to create gorgeous unique clothing and accessories, with customised denim jackets a customer favourite. She only uses natural fibres, such as cotton and loves experimenting with colour combinations.

Daughters of the Revolution (@daughters.of.the.revolution)

DOTR’s influences include music, pop culture and clever design. Paul creates signage and light boxes for movies, TV, the music industry and you. Always searching for the unusual and the beautiful? DOTR is a must.

The Yard & Co (@theyardandco.store)

A certified ‘Kind Business 23/34’, Cal’s unique fragrances are divine, and hand-poured in small batches. Expect reusable jars, crackling wooden wicks, seed paper dust covers, and soy wax refills. She’s all about quality and sustainability and supports local charities.

Purls Bizarre (@purlsbizarre)

Beautifully detailed, handmade mixed-metal jewellery, often embellished with vibrant coloured enamel to make eye-catching affordable everyday pieces. These stunning necklaces, rings and earrings make the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one.

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Lottie’s Hoard (@lottieshoard)

Handmade lampshades and accessories using stunning vintage fabrics inspired by vintage styles. Designed and made by Gail herself, each shade is unique. Commissions are taken to reflect your own personal style or colourway.

Giggling Goose Gallery (@gigglinggoosegallery)

Gary is an eco-holic, beachcomber and incurable rummager, he gathers the damaged and discarded detritus that litters our modern world to create absolutely incredible one-off pieces. He’s a wizard with his hands and an artist, to boot.

Bianco Perry (@biancoperry)

A hand-stitch artist, creating fabric banners using found vintage fabrics, coloured tassels and an array of favourite sayings. Jennie’s work is full of humour, imagination and colour, turning the mundane into something special.

Stix Studio (@stixstudiouk)

Stix is a family-run business, specialising in unique handmade candles, art, prints and homewares. Sarah is influenced by everyday life and our local dialect, mixing designs and phrases with bold and funky colours.

DISCOVER THE FLEAS

WHAT’S NEXT FOR FLEA CIRCUS?

With the recent partnership with Bud Couriers, offering emission-free delivery to local areas, and their position as a pioneer of the Green Streets programme, Flea Circus is on a mission to double down on its commitment to sustainability and green practices.

And the fun doesn’t stop there, Flea Circus, Newcastle is gearing up to launch their new rental section for prop and furniture hire, and they’ve got plenty of exciting collaborations in the pipeline.

VISIT FLEA CIRCUS’ WEBSITE

Flea Circus, 210 Warwick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1BB – right next door to the brilliant Star and Shadow Cinema.

Open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, including bank holidays.

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Rachael Nichol
Creative Solutions Manager

After gaining a first in her BA Media and Journalism degree at Northumbria University, Rachael worked at Newcastle’s leading regional newspaper with her stories being picked up in national and global newspapers She spent two very successful years giving a voice to those communities across the North East who otherwise…

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