Guide to LA Flea Markets
Guide to LA Flea Markets
There are SO many great outdoor fleas in Los Angeles: more than one for each weekend.
No matter which flea market you visit, remember to bring the essentials with you: water, cash, sunscreen/hat/sunglasses, comfortable shoes, snacks. You do not want to get too hangry in the middle of a huge market.
And yes, you can haggle at a flea market. Just be considerate and respect the vendors.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
The biggest and most famous of them all. Second Sunday of every month.
There are over 2,500 vendors at the Rose Bowl. You are guaranteed to find something here! People say the prices tend to be higher than at other fleas.
Tickets are one dollar cheaper to buy at the gate than online. There is often a line but it moves fast. Prepare the exact change to keep things going smoothly.
Bring your own water bottle, snacks, even a meal if you can. Plenty of food vendors but they are sadly not worth the price. (I found pieces of meat in my veggie burrito.)
Rose Bowl is huge so arrive as early as you can. I recommend arriving soon after 9 am when the ticket price drops but the crowds are not there yet. We spent six hours at the market and didn’t get to see all the vendors!
Have a look at the map before you arrive so you know how to orientate yourself. The white and orange areas (to the left from the main entrance) are the ones with most vintage clothing vendors. The other areas are dedicated to new merchandise. The area is not the easiest to navigate – I tried to find my friend vendors but the rows and lot numbers can barely be seen as they are often covered or faded. Clothing vendors are mixed in with antiques and furniture, older clothes with 90s stuff and t-shirts so prepare to walk a lot to find your favorites.
Rose Bowl is also great for people watching. You can enjoy the flea 100% even if you do not buy anything. You won’t be alone here – on average 20.000 people visit the flea so it can get crowded.
Rose Bowl Flea Market Second Sunday of every month, 5am-4pm Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr Pasadena, CA 91103 5am-7am $25 (VIP) 7am-8am $18-19 (early admission) 8am-9am $14-15 (express admission) After 9am $9-10 (general admission) Children are 12 years old are free with an adult. @rgcshows
Every Saturday in Silverlake. A compact market with 30 vendors.
Vintage clothing mostly! Young sellers, great prices, friendly vibes. Some cool regular vendors are Wallflower specializing in groovy 70s vintage, Shop Future selling practical basics like blue denim, and Vanjane LA with her extensive collection of all things fun and vintage. Still envying a guy who snapped a pink Helmut Lang suit from her!
Silverlake Flea is like a smaller and cuter version of the Rose Bowl! If you are in Echo Park or Silverlake on a Saturday, do stop by. The market is conveniently located between the two neighborhoods. Even an hour is plenty of time here. Every three months the flea pop-ups in Joshua Tree.
The Melrose Trading Post
An LA classic, every Sunday in West Hollywood. Young crowd, young vintage!
Only a handful of the 250 vendors are selling true vintage. Most vintage is pretty young (90s or so), or t-shirts. Actually, there is an insane amount of t-shirts here. Some of my favorites were Forgotten Feather with her colorful booth right by the entrance (she is always at the same spot), and the I Am Muse, the cutest minivan turned into a vintage store!
There are two entrances, one on the Melrose Avenue and one the Fairfax. A couple of hours is enough to stroll through the whole L-shaped area. There was no line at the gate and not too crowded. Young crowd, 5.000-8.000 every Sunday.
A really nice food court with tasty street food, picnic blankets, and live music. Lots of tables and chairs. The only LA flea market with great food! You can come hungry and not get mad.
The flea market has been organized to collect funds for the Fairfax High School since 1997.
Long Beach Antique Market
The most old-school of the LA flea markets – charming and more slow-paced than Rose Bowl or Silverlake.
Long Beach Flea is where vintage store owners come to shop. There are approximately 800 vendors, most of them selling antiques and collectibles, not clothes – like the name indicates.
The entrance is not very clearly marked – look for the ATM’s in the middle of the parking spot and there it is. Most people seem to arrive by car. I recommend having at least 4 hours to browse everything. And do not come hungry. The area square-shaped is pretty easy to navigate. There is another exit on the E Lew Davis Street.
I did not see any food vendors. Remember to take some snacks and water with you. No dogs allowed but free parking.
PCC Flea Market
Once a month in Pasadena. Similar to Rose Bowl but smaller and no entrance fee.
Much smaller than Rose Bowl, more vintage clothing than at Melrose Trading Post, free entrance! Those are some of the reasons PCC aka Pasadena City College flea was one of our favorite fleas to visit. There is no crowd, no rush, no confusing ticketing options. The only downside is that the flea market is spread at different locations which are easy to miss if you don’t pay attention: there are vendors inside the parking garage on multiple levels and on two separate parking lots. Luckily there are maps and staff everywhere. And the garage is nicely cool during the hot summer months.
A fun fact: The Pasadena City College Flea Market boasts one of the best collections of record vendors in Southern California. Over 50 record and used music vendors are located in the Bonnie Street parking structure (Lot 5) on the 4th floor ramp. Products range from memorabilia to new and used CDs and DVDs, from big band to present day performers.
Every Saturday at the beer garden of the Zebulon music venue. A dozen vendors.
A nice place to chill out and hang, browse vintage goods, and have a drink or too! A small market so you can walk through in just a few minutes or stay longer. Some regular vendors are Market Vintage, Personal Choice, Western Gifts, and Wuhuhluh. No entrance fee.
Zebulon Bazaar Every Saturday, 11-5 2478 Fletcher Drive Los Angeles Free entrance @zebulon.bazaar
Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market First and fourth Sunday of every month, 8-3pm Santa Monica Airport Tickets $7-5
PS. Some of the Los Angeles farmers markets have vintage vendors, too.