Saturday, February 23, 2013

California Antique Faires & Flea Markets

Do you find antiques and vintage fascinating? If so, you must be an avid antiques and vintage treasure hunter! I often get asked which Flea Market or Antique Faires are the best ones to go to. Having to live in the wonderful Bay Area all my life, I myself sometimes find it difficult to make a decision. While there are no good or bad Flea Markets or Antique Faires, there’s definitely a matter of preference. With so many choices to choose from—Northern and Southern California, it’s a great idea to learn from others about their experiences, favorites, and preferences. Below are some of the most popular Antique Faires and Flea Markets in California where you can hunt for unbelievable bargains and possibly take home that piece you didn't know you were searching for. You can view our calendar of events for dates, times, location, and additional information on any upcoming event.

I hope you find this guide helpful and share any comments or experiences you've had with any Antique Faires and Flea Markets you've been to.

Northern California
Alameda Point Antique Faire Alameda Point Antiques Faire
Located at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the largest antique shows in Northern California. Eat breakfast and lunch from one of the many Food Truck selections while you hunt for bargains ranging from antiques and vintage home decorations, clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, and collectibles from over 800 dealers and steal some treasures from over 10,000 shoppers while you enjoy the San Francisco Skyline.

Schedule: First Sunday of every month

Treasure Island Flea Treasure Island Flea
Located on the historic Treasure Island of San Francisco, this open-air urban market features local Bay Area talents as well as antiques and vintage. Shop an assortment of repurposed and handmade items for your home.

Schedule: Last weekend of every month


Petaluma Spring and Fall Antique Faire
Known as “The Bay Area’s Premier Antique Center”, the historic downtown of Petaluma transforms into an antique marketplace twice a year. Enjoy your day amid the beautiful historic buildings, one of a kind stores, an incredible array of restaurants and cafes, and find an incomparable selection of antiques and vintage things that suit your budget. Hunt from a variety of estate jewelry, furniture’s, art, vintage décor, and many more from over 180 dealers.

Schedule: Occurs twice a year—Spring and Fall
Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire
If Vintage Fashion is your kryptonite, then come and experience this fashion extravaganza with top dealers featuring timeless fashion from every decade including the Victorian and Deco eras, the fabulous 40’s and 50’s, and the glitzy 60’s, 70’s and 80’s inspiring today’s fashion designers showcasing a wide array of women’s and men’s clothing, couture, jewelry, accessories and more.

Schedule: Occurs twice a year—Spring and Fall

Southern California
Rose Bowl Flea Market Rose Bowl Flea Market
Shop with the stars at Rose Bowl Flea Market located at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. With over 2,500 vendors and 15,000-20,000 shoppers every month, the Rose Bowl Flea Market is one of the most famous and largest markets in the world. Be prepared to spend your entire Sunday and enjoy!

Schedule: Second Sunday of every month


Melrose Trading Post Melrose Trading Post
Described as a cool, eclectic gem of a place to find treasures and rare goodies, the Melrose Trading Post is a great Sunday destination. You can expect to find something to make you say “wow” every single time you visit. Enjoy the food court in the beautifully landscaped upper quad. Relax to the live jazz band’s melodic vibes. Treat yourself to a different kind of day.

Held every Sunday in the parking lot of Fairfax High School, the weekly antiques and collectibles market is home to nearly 250 vendors. With 3000 to 5000 customers a week, it’s the perfect place to people watch and shop!

Schedule: Every Sunday of every month

Long Beach Antique Market
Located at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium, this year-round outdoor market is held on the third Sunday of each month with more than 800 sellers. Every item must be an antique or collectible and there are no new merchandise permitted.

Schedule: Every third Sunday of every month