We've been Alameda fanatics since its beginning, 10 years ago. We remember when you could wander through the whole market -- which its organizers write, started out as 250 booths and an attendance of about 3,300 antique shoppers, but which we could swear was considerably smaller -- in less than an hour. And that was at a leisurely pace.
Now, the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire, more commonly known as the Alameda Flea Market (and among other addicts, as plain old "Alameda"), has grown to 800 booths and an estimated 10,000 visitors.
What have we found? What haven't we found? It really is unpredictable from month to month, but we usually find at least a little something, whether it be a great vintage flash card or a funky industrial stool. Or a rare Breuer chair that we'll always kick ourselves for not snapping up. (Oh, and flour sacks? Yup, we see them there all the time.)
If you haven't been -- and why haven't you? -- then you can find directions (and more information, including admission prices) on the market's website. It takes place the first Sunday of every month, rain or shine, and we advise leaving the dog at home (since you won't be allowed to take it in, and it will get too hot in your car), dressing in layers because it can get bone-chillingly cold or scorchingly hot (depending on the time of year), packing plenty of small bills, and not planning on a rushed trip.
Top Image: Toro E. - Yelp
(Edited from this post originally published 03.30.06)