Los Angeles is a great place to shop, but if the stores on Rodeo Drive are a little too expensive for you, don’t worry. LA is a bargain hunter’s paradise, too. From the ridiculous to the sublime, LA’s best flea markets are sure to have something for everyone.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91103
This market is mind-boggling, and most consider it LA’s best flea market. There’s just too much to see in a day or even a few days. Wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen. Rose Bowl Flea Market is open for the second Sunday of every month. Regular admission starts at 9am for the general public at $8.00 per person, children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. In addition, they also offer an express admission from 8:00am – 9:00am at $10.00 per person, an early admission from 7:00am – 8:00am at $15.00 per person, and a special preview VIP admission from 5:00am – 7:00am at $20.00 per person.
Pasadena City College Flea Market
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
This market just keeps on giving. Another large LA flea market, the Pasadena City College Flea Market has vendors on lawns and up and down the aisles of a few parking structures. If you’re into old vinyl, you can always find a few gems here. Hours and admission: First Sunday of every month from 8am to 3pm. Admission is free.
Long Beach Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market
Long Beach Veterans Stadium
4901 E. Conant St.
Long Beach, CA 90808
Don’t let the name fool you. It’s a flea market and one of the best in the country. Covering 20 acres and with more than 800 vendors, that special something you didn’t know you wanted is there waiting for you.
Hours and admission: Third Sunday of the month from 6:30am to 2pm for $6. Early admission is just $12 and let’s you in an hour earlier at 5:30am. Children under 12 get in free.
Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market
3090 Airport Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
This bimonthly flea market is a little smaller than the others, but worth checking out, especially if you like furniture. The fourth Sunday event is the bigger of the two shows. Hours and admission: The market is open on the first and fourth Sundays of every month from 8am to 3pm.