Will Brake for Flea Markets: The Best Spots to Stop & Shop This Summer, Pacific Time Zone Edition

Will Brake for Flea Markets: The Best Spots to Stop & Shop This Summer, Pacific Time Zone Edition

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Cara Gibbs
Jul 1, 2016
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

Attention treasure hunters! We’ve plotted out the perfect route for your summer road trip and it entails a scenic drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to hit up our favorite flea markets, from San Diego to Victoria, BC.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market

  • Where: San Diego, California
  • When to visit: September 4, 9 am to 3 pm
  • Why it’s worth a stop: Midcentury furniture anyone? If you’re looking for super cool classics—think Herman Miller, Tommi Parzinger and other icons synonymous with the era—this is your market. There’s also a very 50s-pinup vibe that makes for a really interesting mix of vintage and vintage-inspired collections. Must-see vendors include Melissa Duke’s Salvage-abil-i-ty, Nomad Donuts (they are delicious artwork), and handmade creations by Elise Beatty Designs.

Melrose Trading Post

  • Where: Los Angeles, California
  • When to visit: Every Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Why it’s worth a stop: This is more than a flea market; this is a #SundayFunday experience and an opportunity to see Los Angeles in a totally new way. Brimming with makers and artisans spanning a variety of genres, the truly impressive show draws large crowds consistently. There is literally everything from vintage clothing and furniture to music series and culinary surprises. The goal of the market is to drive home the message that we all need to be reminded of the following statement: Support local businesses! Make sure you stop by Port & Penny to check out their offerings of oh-so-chic accessories (like brass candlesticks and horn objects) and Antigua Shabby Chic always offers a plethora of dressers, sideboards and desks that are beautiful diamonds in the rough.

Alameda Point Antiques Faire

  • Where: Alameda, California
  • When to visit: The first Sunday of every month, June-September, 6 am to 3 pm
  • Why it’s worth a stop:

    Who doesn’t want to antique by the bay? If views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline aren’t enough, then perhaps the over 800 dealers that set up shop every first Sunday of the month make for a more exciting draw. This is a true vintage and antique show, as the majority of pieces for sale by vendors must be 20 years or older. That makes for some pretty interesting finds! Be sure to get there early (we’re talking before sunrise early) as doors open promptly at 6 am, and there is no admittance after 3 pm. Admission between 6 am and 7:30 am is $15 (you’ll be sure to score the best picks during this window of time); 7:30 am to 9 am is $10; and 9 am to 3 pm is $5. Mark your calendars!

Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market

  • Where: Eugene, Oregon
  • When to visit: Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm
  • Why it’s worth a stop: Nestled in the scenic city of Eugene, this flea market has it all—one-of-a-kind creations, timeless classics from multiple eras, vintage clothing and handmade jewelry just to name a few. Situated on the Lane County Fairgrounds since 1970, this show continues its four-decade legacy of providing diverse and compelling vendors to its ever-growing patrons. Be sure to get there early because it takes time to walk Oregon’s largest flea market. Time flies when there’s so much eye-candy to take in!

Fremont Sunday Market

  • Where: Seattle, Washington
  • When to visit: Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Why it’s worth a stop: Celebrating its 25th year in operation, this market is loaded with hipster-chic, eclectic goods. There’s so much to see and experience here, from an array of select cultural bites to handmade, artisan crafts and inspiring artworks. Obviously, indulge in Seattle’s Theo Chocolate followed by a True North nitro-infused cold brew. Once you’re hopped up on caffeine and coffee, be ready to brave all those awesome vendors and keep an eye out for up-and-coming artists.

Friends + Neighbors Collective

  • Where: Victoria, British Columbia
  • When to visit: Follow them on Instagram and stay in the loop on show times and dates as they pop up.
  • Why it’s worth a stop: This is definitely not your traditional flea market; it’s more of an impromptu gathering of artists. Must brings: your passport and joie de vivre! The list of artists and exhibitors is an ever-rotating one, but Drift + Nest is often there (dying for a pillow of hers) as well as lexyouup (also in need of a gorgeous leather bag).

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