In a city as sprawling as Los Angeles, there are plenty of bargains to be found if you look carefully enough. Having journeyed to each end of our beloved town, we discovered the best flea markets the greater L.A. area has to offer. From Pasadena to Canoga Park, Angelenos are blessed with bargain hunting that’s as eclectic and befits the city like few other places.
Pasadena City College
1570 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106
Dates: First Sunday Of The Month
On the first Sunday of each month, Pasadena City College is the place to be for everything from used t-shirt, antiques, and jewelry to fixtures and much more. But what separates the PCC is the record swap on the third level of the deck that draws collectors from all over Southern California to find rare vinyls, high-end antiques, memorabilia and hard-to-find CDs. No matter what you tastes are, you can always find something you want at this flea market. Over 400 vendors attend the market, located in the PCC parking lots along the East and West sides of campus.
Melrose Trading Post
7850 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Dates: Every Sunday from 9am to 5pm
Open every Sunday of the month, the Melrose Trading Post has gradually expanded in recent years. Originally in the front parking lot at Fairfax High School, the market is one of the longstanding posts in Mid City where you can find great products. Not only can you find vintage good and homemade furniture, the food selection is one of the best. Featuring traditional carts to trendy food trucks, you can spend your day and snackin’. Though it costs $3 to enter, it goes to a good cause: supporting public education.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103
Dates: Second Sunday Of Every Month
Perhaps the most renowned of all the area flea markets, the Rose Bowl Flea Market is by far and away the most sprawling. Long considered the best in L.A., the market is only open for business the second Sunday of every month. For antsy shoppers who can’t wait to snare a bargain can enter as early as 5am to get a headstart on the bargains. Granted, that will cost $20 (and $15 if you want to go in between 7 and 8am, $10 from 8-9) as opposed to the usual $8, but there’s so much to see that there’s no doubt you’ll be prone to plunk down a few bucks on funky fashion, speakers or even soccer jerseys.
Topanga Vintage Market
Victory Blvd At Mason Ave
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Dates: 4th Sunday Every Month From 8am to 3pm
While the size of this market pales in comparison to some of the others, the quality of the products you’ll find at the Topanga Vintage Market is just as sterling as the others that the city has to offer. Located at Pierce College and taking place the last Sunday every month, this is one of the more artsy flea markets, with many of the vendors selling their original crafted goods. On occasion, you’ll be able to get some great finds like a Louis Vuitton bag or collectible action figure that would make the 40-Year-Old Virgin jealous.
Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market
Airport Ave off of Bundy
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Dates: 1st & 4th Sundays of the month.
Happening only the first and last Sunday of the month, this flea market is the only one that takes place in the confines of an airport. Featuring not only your traditional vendors looking to get rid of old stuff, many boutique owners and designers sell their goods at the Santa Monica Airport Market. Of course, there are plenty of collectibles like vintage movie posters and jewelry, but it’s one of the few flea markets that features not only friendly vendors, but a clientele that genuinely enjoys shopping from these small business owners as well, giving the market a strong sense of community.