The fall season provides an outlet for endless possibilities when it comes to shopping. If you’re yearning to take a break from the standard mall, customary department store or ordinary boutique, then flea markets provide a fresh alternative in the ultimate bargain hunting experience. Orange County boasts some of the best flea markets in Southern California. Whether it is the tourist attraction that is Orange County Marketplace, or the cozy setting of Jamestown Village Vintage Flea Market, you’ll be sure to take home your next buried treasure at one of these flea markets in Orange County.
The Groves Antique Market
6990 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618
From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., all of the action takes place at The Groves Antique Market in Irvine where hundreds of bargain hunters flock to every first Saturday of each month. You can find well over 100 vendors selling goods such as popular antiques, fine art, collectibles and hard-to-come-by relics. Admission is free and a bonus for all shoppers, you can score fresh produce at the farmers’ market which is just steps away.
Mercantile Flea Market
115 S. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
The Mercantile Flea Market is the place to score rare vintage finds and one-of-a-kind knick-knacks that are readily floating around this crowd-pleasing swap meet. Located in Fullerton, the Mercantile Flea Market offers shoppers a full shopping experience that includes live music, tasty treats and Holiday Make & Take Workshops for kids. Admission is free, and the market is open to the public every first Saturday each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Orange Flea Market
146 N. Grand St.
Orange, CA 92866
On the second Saturday of each month between the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can head on down to the Orange Flea Market for a jam-packed day full of fun, shopping and hidden surprises. At the Orange Flea Market, expect to see goods ranging from jewelry, baseball cards, vintage clothing, shoes and special footwear to old records and CDs, wind chimes, collectibles and more. Admission and parking is always free.
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Jamestown Village Vintage Flea Market
474 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
Jamestown Village Vintage Flea Market is Tustin’s very own flea market that offers a vast array of antiques and collectibles from all over Southern California. While perusing this flea market, savvy bargain hunters have been known to uncover rare vintage finds such as antique dolls, retro bikes, old-fashioned typewriters and other fascinating relics. Jamestown Village Vintage Flea Market is open to the public every fourth Sunday of each month from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission is free
Orange County Marketplace
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Quite possibly the crème de la crème of flea markets in all of Orange County, the Orange County Marketplace is home to some of the largest vendors, merchants and inventory that rival California’s best, including the Rose Bowl Flea market. Each year, the Orange County Marketplace sees a steady stream of traffic. In addition to the plethora of booths that line this marketplace, there are also special events and entertainment that attract tourists from miles around – one of them being the Elvis Festival which pays tribute to the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley. Admission to this award-winning flea market is $2, and the marketplace is open to the public every weekend each month from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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