Are you sick of shopping at the same stores? Well, lucky for you the Los Angeles area has flea markets that run almost every weekend! And who can really say “no” to a good bargain? If you’re in the mood to make some unique purchases, spice up your closet or add some flare to your home, here is a list of some flea markets that are worth the gas and mileage:
When: Second Sunday of every month
The Rose Bowl Flea Market features more than 2,500 vintage and antique vendors. It is claimed to be one of most famous markets in the world, so it’s no surprise that thousands of shoppers flood the Rose Bowl Stadium every month to get the best deals. Doors open at 9 a.m., but some shoppers opt for the $20 special preview admission and arrive as early as 5 a.m. to get the best bargains on art, furniture, housewares, clothes, memorabilia and more! So you might want to consider getting there early! But don’t worry, at least there’s free parking.
When: Every Sunday
The Melrose Trading Post, which is located on the grounds of Fairfax High School, is known to draw celebrities, stylists and fashion lovers from all around the world. Not only is the flea market known for its unique range of vendors, but it is also a perfect spot to go people watching. With nearly 200 vendors, the market is a melting pot of one-of-a-kind finds and vintage collectibles, so there’s a little something for everyone. I guarantee you won’t leave without making at least one purchase.
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When: Second Saturday of every month
Located on the playground at Micheltorena Elementary School, the Silverlake Flea is the epitome of an indie flea market since it hosts some of the best independent vendors in the area. While you may find your usual vintage apparel here, you will also stumble across some rare vinyl, retro furniture, home decor, antiques and unique handmade gems from local artists. Oh, and did I mention you can also listen to some live music and DJ’s while shopping? It’s basically a smaller, less intimidating version of the Melrose Trading Post.
Long Beach Antique Market
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When: Third Sunday of every month
Slightly cheaper in entrance price and second in size to the Rose Bowl Flea Market, the Long Beach Antique Market hosts more than 800 vendors that specialize in antiques, collectibles, vintage items, home decor and more. Due to its massive size, it is also known to attract celebrities, fashionistas and veteran treasure hunters. Some celebrity sightings include Courteney Cox, Heidi Klum, Dita von Teese and Cindy Crawford.
Pasadena City College Flea Market
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When: First Sunday of every month
In comparison to its neighbor, the Rose Bowl Flea Market, this smaller scale flea market actually holds its own by hosting more than 400 vintage and antique vendors. However, what makes this market stand out is surprisingly its record vendors. With more than 50 record vendors, this market is claimed to host one of the best music collections in Southern California. What’s also great about this flea market is that proceeds help fund scholarships and activities for the students of Pasadena City College.
When: Six days a week (Tuesday through Sunday)
The Arts District Co-Op calls itself an “avant-garde market environment” and is located in the heart of Downtown LA’s Arts District. This communal retail space allows for local designers and vendors to sell their apparel, furniture, jewelry and more. It’s basically a twist on your classic flea market since it’s located indoors and is open six days a week. Think of it as a permanent, in-person Etsy store.