I don’t always make it, but I have a standing appointment in my date book for the first Sunday of every month at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. If you’re in (or near) the Bay Area, it’s worth checking out. The food trucks and view of the San Francisco skyline would be enough to tempt me, but I usually have a few other goals in mind. One month, it was chairs. This month, it was art and textiles.
Just be sure to dress in layers: I was excited to break out a new Old Navy Color-Blocked sweater for the cool morning. But once the fog lifts and the sun comes out, one remembers that fall is the Bay Area’s summer!
Hudson discovered the joy of a tape measure and wanted to stop at every rug which, fortunately, was pretty convenient. Otherwise, I must admit, it’s gotten harder to truly scower the market, with a curious toddler in tow. He usually makes out best of all. (Remember the fire truck? There’s a new-old bulldozer in our midst now.)
In the mood to go on a treasure hunt yourself?
Here are the 15 flea and antique markets that are routinely named best in the country:
Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market
Rose Bowl Flea (Pasadena)
Alameda Point Antiques Faire (pictured)
Scott Antique Markets (Atlanta)
All Night Flea Market (Wheaton)
Chicago Antique Market
Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market
Brimfield Antique Show
Brooklyn Flea (location varies by season)
Raleigh Flea Market
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market
Portland Expo Antique and Collectible Show
Nashville Flea Market
Austin County Flea Market
Canton First Monday Trade Days
127 Corridor Sale (654 miles along the highway, from Jamestown, TN, to Gadsden, AL)
How many of these have you been to? Any other favorites?
On me: Old Navy Color-blocked Crew-neck Sweater, Gap infinity scarf, Ray Ban Wayfarers, Vintage men’s jeans, and Brogues by Skin & Threads.
On Hudson: Old Navy Uniform Zip-Front Sweater, American Apparel sailor shirt, Zara jeans, and Converse classic Chucks.
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