Whether you’re hunting for a bargain or a vintage rarity, Los Angeles has a variety of shops that’ll do the trick, including open-air markets with hundreds of diverse vendors and well-curated boutiques lined with soft band tees and mid-century dresses. Here are seven of Los Angeles’s best flea markets and thrift stores to find that one-of-a-kind score.
Melrose Trading Post
On Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Melrose Trading Post takes the campus of Fairfax High and turns it into an open-air flea market where shoppers can find unique housewares, apparel, art, jewelry, and more. Some items are antique or vintage, while others are handmade by local artists. Various trucks and vendors provide food and soft drinks, which visitors can enjoy in front of the stage where live music lights up the event. Admission is $3, with proceeds going to the nonprofit Greenway Arts Alliance, which helps local schools. Dogs are not only welcome but also featured on a very cute #dogsofMTP blog.
Melrose Trading Post, 7850 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 655 7679
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Filth Mart first opened in New York in the late ‘90s, but it now brings its grungy charm to Los Angeles. They specialize in truly vintage rock T-shirts (not those Urban Outfitters reprint tees), leather, jeans and other clothes suitable for catching an unsigned band at the local dive. They also sell new, locally made tees and vinyl.
Filth Mart, 1038 N Fairfax Avenue, West Hollywood, CA, USA, +1 323 848 8613
Wasteland is where shoppers go when they want to find a cool dress to wear to their friend’s summer wedding, or they’re looking for that perfect, worn-in leather jacket. While not the cheapest thrift store in L.A., it does have a well-curated selection of unique and upscale designer pieces at prices that are pretty good for their labels. They also have lots of shoes to peruse. Though their Melrose location is the favorite of their L.A. outposts, their Studio City and Santa Monica shops are worth a look around too.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
This very large flea market sets up at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena on the second Sunday of each month and has been going on for over 45 years. There are some 2,500 vendors, and the selection can vary wildly, from budget furniture, housewares, clothes and vinyl to pricier handmade, antique or luxury items. It’s $9 to enter at 9 a.m., although higher admission fees allow early access starting at 5 a.m. (Not all vendors set up that early, but if you’re really trying to find a one-of-a-kind antique, the early previews are your best bet.) Food vendors are also on-site, so come early and make a day of it. Vendors start packing up at about 3 p.m., but you can stay for last-minute deals until 4:30 p.m. No pets allowed.
Rose Bowl Flea Market, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA, USA, +1 323 560 7469
SquaresVille, open since 1996, offers “vintage, unusual, classic and inspired” men’s and women’s fashions. Casual and elegant clothes share the two-story space, generally ranging in date from the ‘30s through the mid-‘90s. Customers may also sell their clothes to SquaresVille, assuming the items are clean and in good condition. Check their website to see what kind of clothes they’re interested in buying, as their needs change from season to season.
SquaresVille, 1800 N Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 669 8464
MADE by DWC
MADE by DWC benefits the Downtown Women’s Center with a café and gift shop as well as a resale boutique in a separate location. The latter is a charming shop where affordable women’s clothing and accessories, as well as handmade candles and bath items, can be found. The secondhand finds here are in good condition and at great prices, plus you can feel good about your purchases funding the DWC’s many programs.
MADE by DWC Resale Boutique, 325 S Los Angeles Street, CA, USA, +1 213 225 8020
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The Left Bank
The Left Bank is a well-organized and pleasant shop that sells vintage and contemporary women’s clothing and accessories, as well as gifts and housewares. One room sells designer pieces for about $11 and up; another room sells vintage pieces for $9 and up, while a contemporary room sells more modern, middle-of-the-road clothes for around $2–15. The rack in front of the store features their discount sales items. Cute ensembles are easy to piece together here, from shoes to accessories, and the shop donates a portion of the proceeds to various local charities. No men’s fashions.
The Left Bank, 2479 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 818 839 1992