Flea Markets are plentiful in this portion of the country! They are big to-dos, and rightfully so, as they offer opportunities to find unique, obscure objects at great prices! What’s not to like about that?
The Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the largest of its kind in NorCal. The Faire happens every first Sunday of the month (although, excessive rain will force it to be cancelled.) It all happens at Alameda Point, a former Naval Air Station in Alameda. Admission varies from $5-$15 per person, depending on how early you arrive and are craving the deals.
Bring sunscreen, a hat, your walking shoes, and be prepared to enter the world of unknowns! You are guaranteed to see some bizarre/amazing/quirky/hip/retro items. I once saw a customer hauling off giant, life sized Bert & Ernie dolls. You will pass at least ten or more vintage globes for sale. From clothing, jewelry, furniture, plants, paintings, toys, tools, tea, knick-knacks and so much more…you are bound to find something you can’t live without!
A slew of food trucks lines the perimeter of the booths (my family’s favorite is Tonli Dumpling House.) This is good; you are going to need food at some point, as the Antiques Faire takes a minimum of 2-3 hours, and that’s if you are huffing it. The rows of booths go on as far as the eye can see. Luckily, you have the gorgeous San Francisco skyline as your backdrop.
By the way, are antiques not your thing? They aren’t mine either (my husband and I love the modern, contemporary side of life.) However, that won’t stop you from loving this Antiques Faire. It’s just a fun adventure, all around!
Bonus tip: This is exactly the kind of market that you can practice your negotiating skills. Especially towards the end of the day, the sellers are willing to make deals so they aren’t hauling all of their items back home!
Alameda Point Antiques Faire, 2900 Navy Way (at Main Street), Alameda, CA – http://alamedapointantiquesfaire.com/