When scouring the largest Flea Market monstrosity known to man this past Sunday, I was reminded of the wise old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. If you don’t believe me, you need to join the 20,000 other vultures for a day at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena. I feel like my flea market intellect is rising with all the experience I’m getting lately. And, YES, there really is a flea market culture. If you’ve never been to a flea market, you might feel like you are lost in a sea of hoarders and over-zealous bargain hunters. But alas, I’ve learned that there is a way to overlook all of the oddities and find beautiful one-of-a kind treasures you’ll enjoy.
I particularly love the Rose Bowl Flea Market because it offers something for everyone. From cowboy boots to chandeliers, from hand-crafted industrial furniture pieces to imported hand woven rugs, this place is stocked with vendors (2500 to be precise) to keep you interested, or at least entertained. I even found a book from the 1950′s entitled, “How to become a Girl Journalist”. My take on the flea market is that for all of the kooky vendors selling old spatulas and doorknobs, there is something just as cool to check out.
And, they sell the best breakfast burritos there.
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL DAY OF TREASURE TROVING
Here’s a list of my favorite flea markets/antique bargain shops in Southern California:
1. Rose Bowl Flea Market (2nd Sunday ea. month)
2. Long Beach Outdoor Antique Market (Veterans Stadium, 3rd Sunday ea. Month)
3. Melrose Trading Post (Fairfax High parking lot every Sunday)
4. Santa Monica Antique and Collectible Market (Santa Monica Airport 1&4th Sunday)
5. Pasadena City College Flea Market (1st Sunday ea. Month)
6. Kobey’s Swap Meet in San Diego (every Friday-Sunday)
7. Old Barn Antique Mall (San Juan Capistrano open every day)
Here is a link that lists nearly every flea market and swap meet in California.