top must do california flea markets

Top Must do Flea markets in California.

Every flea market, no matter how Big or Small, has the potential to yield some awesome treasures, but there’s never a guarantee. Trekking to one of California’s flea markets will get you closer though. Often times, deciding on which treasure to haul home is much harder than finding one!

1. Alameda Flea Market / Alameda Point Antiques Faire

Top Must do Flea markets in California.   The Alameda Point Antiques Faire — or Alameda Flea Market, as it’s frequently called — is northern California’s largest flea market. Regular shoppers from the San Francisco Bay Area and central valley count down the days until the first Sunday of each month.  All merchandise sold at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire is at least 20 years old, and the antique and vintage goods fill more than 800+ booths.

This place is AMAZING. I have furnished nearly my entire house with furniture and decorations that I bought at this flea market.  So many fantastic finds here to choose from:  vintage, mid century modern styles, vintage furniture, retro glasses, frames, one of a kind artwork, persian rugs, and so much more.

I brought along a couple of my co-junk collectors/finders, we decided to take different directions and meet up in a few hours. I was amazed at the amount of Yummy stuff to look at, every aisle was filled with everything from tables of pure garage sale junk to stunning furniture pieces and original artwork.  Dealer to dealer, you never know what you’re going to get, some are very serious about their goods and price accordingly, but others, selling highly similar junk, seemed to be more personable, having fun and also priced accordingly, take your chances and put on your best negotiating HAT.

P.s.  Make sure you get a hand stamp when taking your finds back to your BiG truck to avoid having to pay admission again. Luckily I brought my handy dandy push cart to avoid so many trips back to my vehicle, if you forget your cart they do have some available there for your use.

This market may be just about the best I have ever been to. Located in beautiful Alameda, with of course a gorgeous San Fran skyline, this awesome market takes place once a month, on the first Sunday of the month. There is a huge parking lot that’s free to park in.  There are free shuttles that will take you to the front.  Make sure you have the entire day available to see everything, it could take that long, if that is even possible!  And when you get hungry after searching through the masses of items, you can grab a bite at one of the many  food trucks and stands on the sides! There’s variety for everyone and something for every diet.

 

 

Remember:

  1. First Sunday of every month 6am to 3pm.
  2. $15 from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. $10 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. $5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  3. Free parking and shuttle, Free tram from back of parking lot to admission area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  4. What you will find and love, Jewelry vintage clothing, Furniture, funky vintage, Paintings, pottery, and other artwork, Lighting, Ceramics, glassware and dishes, Vintage, vintage & more vintage, Architectural salvage
  5. BRING CASH to avoid the ATM line.
  6. Oh a Big Big truck.

 

2. Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market

The Long Beach Flea Market is held every Third Sunday Monthly, and Wow, with over 800+ dealers/sellers offering Awesome antiques, collectibles, vintage items, home décor and better than good prices! You won’t be disappointed and will not be wasting your time digging through plastic low quality items here!

 

 

What I liked about it:
Lots of my kind of stuff, quality handcrafted items, aisles and aisles of unique and collectible wares, reasonable pricing, easy parking

What you should bring:
Your spouse if she/he enjoys treasure hunting, or your Girlfriends, lots more fun as a team on the hunt!  Bring cash, water, sun hat, very comfortable shoes, use sunscreen, a wagon/cart to carry around your goodies, oh and inspect everything before you hand over your hard-earned money

OVERALL :

First of all, I love vintage shopping and bargain hunting for quality pieces that have a lot of potential in my mind for me to paint it, change it, or make something completely different out of it, its my thing.  There were SO many things to look at! We found dealers with all sorts of goodies, home décor, furniture, lighting, stoneware, collectibles, Treasures, the list goes on and on…Yeah!

If you’re looking for something specific, it’s a hit & miss but that’s part of the fun right?  it won’t take you long to go down all the aisles.
My finds included a gorgeous vintage lamp, awesome collectible vanity set (pic), and of course so much more. This market is definitely on our agenda for another trip.  All in all, a fun and exciting experience!

 

Top Must do Flea markets in California.

 

Remember:

  1. Admission           $6.00 6:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  2. Early Admission  $12.00 5:30 AM – 6:30 AM, Children Under 12 Free
  3. The Box Office closes at 2:00PM – Shop till 3:30 PM.
  4. Free Parking –  Rain or Shine – No Pets Allowed

 

3. Rose Bowl Flea Market

Celebrating over 40 years of continued success at the world famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena California. If you come to shop or just browse you will truly enjoy the experience.  (http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/flea-market)

Wow, this market is said to be the shopping place of the Stars! Huh? Do they need the deals? I didn’t think so, but I guess so!  The Rose Bowl Flea market is one of the most famous markets in the World, will there be papparazi there? I’ll have to wear my best pair of sunglasses! 

This market is on my calendar for this summer, I have heard so much that I think of it now as the 9th or 10th (?) wonder of the world, it’s a must see on my bucket list, a last thing before I die kind of thing. 

This is also what I hear, it features over 2,500 vendors and 15,000 to 20,000 buyers every Month, goodness I’ll need a golf cart to see it all!

 

 

Top Must do Flea markets in California.

 

I have also heard:

  1. This place is epic. Possibly the largest flea market in California, hmm, is it possible?
  2. To go early, and get a good night sleep as this place is exhausting.
  3. I’ll find vintage clothing, furniture, books, bits and bobs to adorn the home with…in MASS quantities.
  4. There are a few decent food stands if you require a snack.
  5. I’ve shopped many vintage and flea markets, I’m told the dealers here are on the expensive side. That said, part of the fun is bargaining, I think all in all, It is worth the trip out to Pasadena to find out!

 

 

  1. This well known Flea Market opens on the second Sunday of every month.
  2. Water, their concessions can be pricey,
  3. Comfortable shoes always, you need to cover a lot of ground.
  4. Of course sunscreen, too much sun not good.
  5. Bring a wad of cash because there is a $5 surcharge on the ATMs (!!!).
  6. Last but not least, ready to haggle, that’s why you’re here, right?

 

 

Top Must do Flea markets in California.

 

 

4. Treasure Island Flea – San Francisco

Since its 2011 debut, Treasure Island Flea has been a hot spot for Bay Area flea market fans. Started to give indie designers a place to showcase their goods, the flea offers handmade, upcycled, and one-of-a-kind merchandise alongside traditional vintage flea market finds. And, when you get hungry, the food options are as diverse as the merchandise.

Last summer was my first time at this market, shopping alongside the waterfront among so much awesome merchandise, can it get any better? I don’t think so.  I have TI on my calendar for this year as well and probably from now on, when you love and enjoy something you are highly motivated to keep doing it, right? Will you check it out this summer? Good, you won’t regret it.

 

Top Must do Flea markets in California.

Where is it:

  1. San Francisco, Ca.
  2. Ave of the Palms.
  3. Treasure Island.

When can you go:

  1. Last Saturday and Sunday of each month.
  2. 10am to 4pm. $3 General Admission. Kids 12 under are free. Pet Friendly. Parking is free too!
  3. Wind, nor Rain can stop it! it will be open!

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This is what I found plenty of:

  1. My favorite, Great quality furniture pieces of many styles, Vintage, Mid century, and last but not least Shabby!
  2. Do you like Rustic farm? You’ll find it.
  3. What room are you decorating? good, you’ll find that to.
  4. Did you say you love Gorgeous lamps, dishes, silverware, stoneware, artwork, garden stuff? Yes! you will find that to.

Among its 400-plus vendors, expect to see:

  1. Handmade jewelry and collectibles
  2. All kinds of clothing
  3. Furnishings of many styles
  4. Home décor of many styles
  5. Stoneware, glassware, collectible sets as well
  6. Purses and bags
  7. Collectibles all kinds
  8. etc, etc,

 

 

Top Must do Flea markets in California.

 

Treasure Island Flea Tips:

  1. Shopping near the water so weather unpredictable, have cold & hot attire ready.
  2. The food truck area was fun to, they have music, entertainment and LOTS of people watching, you can even have a cocktail while enjoying your lunch, Yes!
  3. Like most markets you should have more CASH with you than you think you’ll need, you’ll need it.

 

Bottom Line, if you are a treasure hunter,  love unique items,  love bargains, enjoy day trips out with friends/family, ocean weather, than you can’t go wrong visiting California’s flea markets.  There is something for everyone from young to old.  Bring your posse, appetite, good spirits and enjoy California. 

Happy hunting!

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Top Must do Flea markets in California.”

  1. Yassssss! Love me some bargain shopping! Thanks for the tips. Can’t wait to read what’s coming up next.

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