Santa Monica | September 05, 2023
A Flea Market for the Weekend
Iconic, community-based, or confidential, Los Angeles is home to an incredible number of flea markets where you can unearth fashion treasures and a curated selection of home goods. Here are the spots not to be missed.
Melrose Trading Post
Held Sundays at Fairfax High School since 1997, Melrose Trading Post is the fanciest flea market in Los Angeles. Vintage attire is a must, and the youngsters and celebrities who stroll the aisles every week all prepare their looks for the occasion. In all, over 250 vendors are on site, a mix of vintage streetwear, emerging designer brands, jewelry, cosmetics, postcards, posters, and more. As you mill about, listen to live music, sample fare from local food trucks, or pick up iced coffees. When you’re done, head across the street to Heat Machine Market, where a dozen or so vendors sell vintage streetwear while a soundtrack of rap and hip hop plays on the loudspeakers.
Melrose Trading Post is located at 7850 Melrose Avenue. Admission: $5
Heat Machine LA is located at 7765 Melrose Avenue. Free admission
Sundays from 9am to 5pm
Los Feliz Flea – The Odd Market
Anyone in LA has heard of Marshall High School. It’s a cult building in Los Feliz, dating back to the early 1930s, where a host of teen movies and comedies have been filmed, including Zapped, Pretty in Pink, and even scenes from the historic Grease. Today, 150 vendors gather in the high school parking lot every Saturday—vintage fashion specialists, independent designers & artisans, jewelers, poster artists, record dealers, milliners, florists, meditation cushion experts, candle makers, small furniture makers, and more. The market’s founders, Philip and Shelly Dane, are also the organizers of Odd Nights at The Autry, a night market held in the gardens of the Autry Museum that brings together the crème de la crème of sustainably-focused and local artisans.
Los Feliz Flea is located at 3939 Tracy Street.
Saturdays from 9am to 5pm
Odd Nights at The Autry is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way (across from the LA Zoo).
Admission : $5
Every 3rd Friday of the month from April to September
Pickwick Vintage Market
Richard Wainwright—founder of A Current Affair market in New York and Los Angeles—has relocated 90s-era Pickwick Vintage Market to the aisles of Row DTLA. This monthly high-end market is a veritable rendezvous for fashion collectors, bringing together around 70 vendors from across California with a focus on vintage textiles, clothing, accessories, and jewelry. For a sneak peek, check out their well-curated Instagram account @pickwickvintage for a glimpse at the best finds and looks from customers and vendors.
Pickwick Vintage Market is located at Row DTLA, 777 South Alameda Street.
Admission: $20 from 10am-12pm or $10 from 12-4pm
Topanga Vintage Market
Held every fourth Sunday at Pierce College in the Valley, Topanga Vintage Market is the brainchild of Patrice and Lori, two vintage fans who bring together nearly 200 vendors specializing in antiques, vintage magazines, fashion, and vintage jewelry with a bohemian spirit and generally affordable prices. The market also features a large number of local artists and craftspeople, and boasts a series of food trucks, with regulars specializing in lobster, Thai-Mex, burgers, and artisanal coffee.
Topanga Vintage Market is located at Pierce College, Victory Boulevard at Mason Avenue, Woodlands.
Every fourth Sunday from 7am to 2pm.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
One of the most-known vintage markets in the world, Rose Bowl is a must-do — located around Pasadena’s Rose Bowl stadium, the flea takes place every second Sunday of the month, bringing together nearly 2,500 vendors and more than 20,000 customers. On the program: a good half of vendors dedicated to antiques, including small retro and recycled furniture, 60s and 70s specialists, art, paintings, postcards, rugs and lamps; the other half dedicated to vintage fashion, with a strong representation of streetwear, fabric experts, and also a few florists and cactus sellers. The size of the market means you’ll need a hat, sunglasses and a bottle of water, while a dozen or so food trucks are on hand for when you need a snack break.
Rose Bowl Flea Market is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.
Admission: $12 (buy online) from 9am to 4pm, $20 from 5am.
Free parking and VIP parking at $15.
Black Market Flea
This Black-owned-business community event was founded by Mayah Hatcher and Dj Kene O in 2021. Located at The Beehive campus in South Downtown LA, Black Market Flea goes beyond the classic flea market offerings by mixing craft, vintage, and party selections. In addition to the 200 vendors who gather here once a month–including vintage fashion & antiques specialists, emerging designers, cosmetic, gemstone and jewelry experts—BMF invites DJs, rap, soul and R&B artists to dance and perform. A selection of food trucks offers a taste of Caribbean, Southern, and Latino classics.
The Beehive is located at 1000 East 60th St, Downtown.
From 11am to 7pm.
Santa Monica Antique Market
For over 30 years, the Santa Monica Airport Antique & Vintage Market has attracted over 500 vendors showcasing treasures, with a focus on furniture and interior design, including experts in Victorian decor, shabby chic style, industrial furniture, lighting, clocks & watches, rugs, tribal & African art, European artwork, and couture vintage fashion. Enthusiasts, architects, home designers, and collectors usually meet here on the first Sunday of the month, which is rumored to be the best time to unearth treasures.
Santa Monica Antique Market is located at Santa Monica Airport, 3233 Donald Douglas, Santa Monica.
Held on the first and fourth Sundays of the month from 7am to 3pm.
Long Beach Antique Market
Spread across 20 acres around Long Beach Stadium, this laid-back market brings together around 800 vendors offering “chic, cheap and unique vintage” on the third Sunday of every month—with young creatives and seasoned collectors stopping by in search of Victorian, country, western, rustic, Art Deco, and Mid-century modern finds. The market also offers a nice selection of vintage clothing from the 1920s-90s, estate and costume jewelry, arts, kitchenware, metalware, toys, musical instruments, and miscellaneous collectibles such as vinyl records, clocks, cameras, perfume bottles, and Hollywood memorabilia.
Long Beach Antique Market is located at 4901 East Conant St, Long Beach.
Admission: $10 from 6:30am to 2pm, $15 from 5.30 am to 6.30 am.
Silverlake Flea is the only flea market in Los Angeles open every weekend, featuring around 100 vendors including experts in vintage fashion, 90s streetwear, Y2K style, and Sunny Buttons Vintage from all decades. The market also features stands dedicated to vinyl, apothecary goods, plants, candles, and crafted homewares. A number of food trucks are present at the market entrance, including vegan food, Indonesian fusion, Canadian poutine and Filipino coffee.
Silverlake Flea is located at 1911 Sunset Avenue, Silver Lake.
Saturday from 8.30am to 3.30pm. Sunday. From 9.30am to 3.30pm.