Some fashion lovers flock to LA’s Rodeo Drive or even Montana’s more solemn but upscale boutiques, while others forge a modern look out of pieces from the past.
Vintage lovers know that while secondhand stores and consignment shops are good staples, flea markets can be a true gold mine when it comes to finding the most uniques pieces. Luckily for Angelenos, LA is home to some of the biggest and most eclectic flea markets in the country. Here are seven everyone in Los Angeles needs to explore.
Artists & Fleas got its start in New York, with iconic locations in Chelsea, Soho, and Williamsburg. Now, Artists & Fleas expanded its storefronts to Los Angeles. The LA location is perfectly at home in the vibrant, artistic community of Venice (specifically at the corner of Abbot Kinney and Westminster Avenue). The flea market is open every second and fourth Saturday and attracts a wide array of art, design, and vintage merchants.
Located at Fairfax High School, Melrose Trading Post is a unique and adventurous outdoor marketplace. The money raised each week is donated to the school—meaning the more patrons spend, the more they help the community. Melrose Trading Post sells antiques, collectibles, art, handmade items, non-wearable vintage items, items from recycled materials, and eco-friendly items. Through admission and vendor fees, the market provides jobs for students and helps fund field trips, sports equipment, beautification projects, teacher programs, theater productions, and more. The Melrose Trading Post has made more than seven million dollars to date.
Rose Bowl Stadium hosts the Rose Bowl Flea Market on the second Sunday of every month. The market boasts a variety of vendors selling both new and used items, but the real find for fashion fans is the section dedicated to all things vintage and antique. Pro tip: This huge and iconic flea market attracts huge crowds and serious shoppers, so getting there early (as in before 9 a.m.) is key.
The Long Beach Antique Market, located at Long Beach Veterans Stadium, has been operating since 1982. The flea market boasts over 20 acres of collectibles, home décor, vintage clothing, jewelry, and other antiques at prices low enough to justify the trek down to Long Beach. The market runs the third Sunday of every month and is on rain or shine. It might not be as flashy or Instagrammable as other sun-soaked flea markets in LA, but the Long Beach Antique Market is a treasure trove waiting to be explored.
The Santa Monica Airport Flea Market runs on the first and fourth Sunday of every month, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The market’s website touts it as “one of the top ten flea markets in America.” This flea market is especially noteworthy for its large selection of antique furniture, but there’s a lot for fashion-lovers to spend their money on too. The Santa Monica Airport Flea Market regularly carries jewelry and everything from vintage to couture fashion. It’s also dog-friendly.
The Silverlake Flea is free to the general public, making it one of the most accessible markets in Los Angeles. Silverlake Flea bills itself as the “cutest indie flea market” and operates on the playground of the Micheltorena St. Elementary School. Local indie vendors flock to the adorable outdoor event every week to sell collections of hand-selected vintage, art, rare vinyl, collectible turntables, and more. The event also offers free performances to keep guests entertained as they shop.
The Pasadena City College Flea Market is held on the first Sunday of every month from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and promises that admission is always free. While the outdoor market is known primarily for selling antiques and collectibles, it also offers fashion finds and a huge college of vinyl records. The PCC Flea Market attracts more than 400 vendors with something for everyone.