Welcome to trinket nirvana — the 10 best flea markets in California. There honestly might not be a more fun and interesting way to spend your weekend than poking around a local flea market. The items and deals you can uncover at these spots will blow your mind!
There’s always something for everyone at Topanga Vintage Market
Found in Pierce College, Topanga Vintage Market is where over 170 vintage and antique vendors meet to showcase their high quality items. Shoppers can also enjoy the food trucks and live music in this event. This flea market is open every fourth Sunday of the month.
Go shopping with a view at Alameda Point Antiques Faire
Dubbed as “the largest antiques show in Northern California”, Antiques Faire brings together over 800 dealer booths every first Sunday of the month. Architectural Digest has named it as one of the best flea markets in the country. Shoppers continue to flock the Faire not just for the vintage and antique items but also to get great views of the Bay.
Join in the fun at “the Festival of the Bay”
Since opening to the public in 2011, the Treasure Island Flea has become an easy favorite for bargain hunters. The “Festival of the Bay” has attracted over 15,000 people who not only come to shop but also enjoy the live music and food trucks available in the event. This gathering happens every last weekend of the month.
Shop with the stars at Rosebowl Flea Market
For over 45 years, more than 20,000 have gathered to attend the Rosebowl Flea which happens every second Sunday of the month. Truly a shopping place for the stars, it has even attracted the biggest names in Hollywood like Taylor Swift and Jessica Alba. It’s also a favorite among design experts like Michael Ostrow and Ty Pennington.
Dig for treasures at Long Beach Antique Market
Every third Sunday of the month, thousands have flocked Long Beach to browse the vast selection of antique and vintage items showcased by over 800 sellers. This event has been recognized as one of the top ten flea markets in the U.S. by Good Housekeeping and the best swap meet in L.A. by Los Angeles Magazine. Celebrities like Brooke Shields and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis have also been spotted in this event.
Meet locals while shopping at Berkeley Flea Market
Berkeley Flea Market has been the home of small and local merchants for over 35 years. It features a wide array of items like antiques, handmade crafts and jewelry, new and used clothing, and household goods. Open on Saturdays and Sundays, shoppers are in for a treat with drummers playing at the event.
Spend the entire day at Melrose Trading Post
Listed as one of the top L.A. destinations, Melrose Trading Post has been a popular place to hang out every Sunday. The event welcomes about 5,000 people who come to check out the unique goods and electric art and craft as well as antique and vintage items. This popular event also features local artists and musicians.
Hunt for unique items at Santa Monica Airport Antique and Collectible Market
If you’re into a serious hunt for all things vintage and antique, then drop by at Santa Monica Airport. This outdoor antique and collectible market has been named as one of the top flea markets in America and has been featured on TV shows and noted in design books and publications. Every first and fourth Sunday of the month it opens its doors for avid collectors and treasure seekers.
Support local artists at Arts District Flea
Arts District Flea is the newest name in the flea market scene. The indoor flea in downtown L.A. has attracted local artists who have showcased their handmade collections. This budding flea is open to the public every weekend.
Browse thousands of records at the Pasadena City College Flea Market
The Pasadena City College Flea Market was started in the 1970s by students as a means for raising money for student life programs. The “original” community college market now features overs 500 vendors. It is open every first Sunday of the month and admission is always free.