Want to know a little secret?
One of the best places where you can get the true flavor of a city (and find a lot of cool stuff) is at the local flea market. While that doesn’t come to the mind of a lot of people at first blush, flea markets are often a hub of activity.
It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that California is home to some of the best and most unique flea markets in the country. That’s what we’re going to explore in this post.
Be warned, you might need to leave extra room in your suitcase for all of your finds!
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Pasadena has a lot of stuff going on. While most people associate this town with the famous Rose Bowl and New Year’s Day Parade, it’s actually home to one of the most popular flea markets in California too. The Rose Bowl Flea Market is held monthly and it attracts an estimated 20,000 visitors and 2,500 vendors each year.
Alameda Point Antique Fair
The Alameda Point Antique Fair is one of the favorites for Northern Californians. This fair attracts about 800 vendors and happens every month. One cool feature of this flea market is that everything sold is required to be at least 20 years old. So if you’re in search of vintage finds, you’re in luck!
Treasure Island Flea Market
The Treasure Island Flea Market, also known as TreasureFest is a monthly event in San Francisco. It runs monthly, February through November each year and is billed as a day of fun with live music, food, drinks, and games set up too. So if you’re looking for a little more to your flea market experience, this is a great pick.
San Jose Flea Market
San Jose bills their flea market as something that’s fun for the entire family. It’s been around for nearly 60 years, so they must be doing something right. Here, you’ll be able to check out your typical flea market finds. But in addition, they also have a big farmers market, games, and a food court too.
Arts District Co-op
The co-op is actually home to a massive indoor flea market. If you happen to be in Los Angeles on a rare rainy day, this could be the place to spend a few hours. At over 15,000 square feet, the Arts District Co-op features a variety of clothing, jewelry, and other vintage wares. It’s closed on Monday’s but open the rest of the week.
Jamestown Village Flea Market
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In Orange County, you’ll find Jamestown Village Flea Market. While this one is much smaller than some of the other’s on this list, it’s also a hotbed of some great vintage and antique finds. This market also has some local antique shops as vendors too. The market is open monthly except for December.
Are you ready to start digging into some of California’s best flea markets? Explore some of the options on this list and you’ll be sure to spot some great finds.