The thrill of the find, the art of the haggle, the sweet sense of victory that comes with taking home a one-of-a-kind piece. Is there anything better than a great flea market? For those living on or traveling through the Western United States — that is, the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington — there are dozens of great flea markets at which to stop and treasure hunt. Scroll down to see our highlights of the 30 must-shop flea markets on the West Coast for 2020.
Alameda Point Antiques Faire
With more than 800 unique vendor booths, the massive Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the largest flea market in Northern California. On the first Sunday of each month, people flock in from all over the Bay Area (and beyond!) to find their next treasure. After all, everything sold here is at least 20 years old.
Alemany Flea Market
San Francisco, California
Held every Sunday in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, the Alemany Flea Market is a true treasure trove of antique and vintage goodies. Like all good treasure, these special finds must be hunted — not always easy at a market like this. Still, a trip to Alemany is always a good time. Lots of good deals can be found here, and the vendors tend to be extremely interesting people. Just be aware that parking can be a bit of challenge, so it’s best to come as close to opening as possible.
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Take a break from Oahu’s beaches and resorts to do a little treasure hunting! The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace takes place a whopping three times each week in the parking lot of Aloha Stadium, located about 20 minutes from Waikiki. More than 400 vendors show up to sell their vintage goods, arts and crafts, and Hawaiian fare — all of which is eagerly snatched up by the many tourists and locals who attend each meet.
The Anchorage Market & Festival
The Anchorage Market & Festival is held each weekend during the summer. This vibrant and popular market is a blast, but be aware: while some antiques and vintage goods can be hunted down, this market specializes in original arts and crafts made and sold by local Alaskan artisans.
Berkeley Flea Market
The Berkeley Flea Market may trend on the smaller side, but it’s definitely one of the must-shop flea markets on the West Coast. Held on Saturdays and Sundays in the parking lot of the Ashby BART station, the Berkeley Flea Market is known for its unique variety of items from around the world. Antiques, artisan crafts, vintage clothing, it’s all here.
Colorado Springs Flea Market
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Colorado Springs Flea Market is the ideal market for families who love to flea together — or not. This massive market, which covers 30 acres both indoors and out, includes a theme park complete with water rides! Send the kids to have fun, then shop the more than 500 vendors at your leisure. Admission costs $2. The flea market includes lots of collectibles, antiques, furniture, and even food.
Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas may be chock-full of fun things to do, but if you love treasure hunting at flea markets, be sure to include a trip to the Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet on the itinerary. As its name suggests, this place is, well, fantastic. Hundreds of vendors, many of whom have been selling here for upwards of 20 years, line the floor of the massive indoor hall. And since it’s Vegas, you know the place is full of delightfully quirky objects just waiting to be found.
Fremont Sunday Market
The roads all shut down for the Fremont Sunday Market, a top-ranked flea market in Seattle that opens to the public year-round and in all sorts of weather. Food trucks line the streets to offer just about any type of walking food one can imagine. The myriad vendors sell everything from antiques, to vintage clothing, to original artwork. The market, which has been a Seattle staple since 1990, is free to enter and welcoming to well-behaved dogs on a leash.
Jamestown Village Vintage Flea Market
Orange County, California
Don’t let the relatively small size of this Southern California flea market fool you. The Jamestown Village Vintage Flea Market is well curated, and for that, it’s very popular. Avid collectors and antique shop dealers frequent Jamestown, which just goes to show you that the myriad collectibles and antiques sold here are the real deal. Head to the market on the fourth Sunday of each month (excluding December) to find vintage kitchenware and other household items, old-timey toys, old books and first editions, typewriters, and a lot more.
Lafayette Collectibles & Flea Market
Lafayette, Colorado’s Lafayette Collectibles & Flea Market is a favorite amongst those living in and visiting the Boulder region. The indoor market features myriad vendors selling a wide variety of furniture, knick knacks, artwork, and antiques. Plus, this flea market is open seven days a week!
Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market
Long Beach, California
On the third Sunday of each month, more than 800 vendors set up their stalls at Veterans Stadium for the Long Beach Antique Market. Shoppers can browse more than 20 acres of collectibles, antiques, and vintage wares. The Long Beach Antique Market is consistently ranked as one of the top flea markets in the country. It’s a favorite among celebrity thrifters, and has even appeared on the hit HGTV show Flea Market Flip.
Melrose Trading Post
Los Angeles, California
Its name may sound like something out of the Wild West, but we assure you, the Melrose Trading Post is definitely one of the West Coast’s must-shop flea markets. Held each Sunday on the campus of L.A.’s Fairfax High School, the Trading Post features tons of vendors offering antiques, collectibles, artisan crafts, and vintage clothing, among countless other things. To entertain market goers as they shop, the Trading Post also features performances by local musicians, poets, and dance troupes.
The Mile High Flea Market
The Mile High Flea Market is located in Henderson, not too far from Denver. Open weekly Friday thru Sunday, the market invites large numbers of both vendors and shoppers alike. Antiques, crafts, artwork, and vintage goods can all be found here — even if finding just the right piece at just the right price requires a bit of digging.
Open Air Flea Market
The Open Air Flea Market in Fruitland, Idaho is located just along the state border with Oregon. This massive market is open Saturdays and Sundays, and boasts new and used items ranging from antiques, vintage clothing, and even some Native American crafts. The market even allows overnight camping, complete with electricity and restrooms, to those passing through.
Packwood Flea Market Vendor Sites
Held right along Highway 12 in Packwood, Washington, this market has remained one of the West Coast’s most popular flea markets since its founding in the 1970s. The dozens of vendors are stretched over a mile long and across four acres, and there is a ton to see and buy. The market is also remarkably family friendly with lots of nature views, food stalls, and entertainment.
Phoenix Park ’n Swap
The Phoenix Park ’n Swap has existed since the 1960s, when it consisted of only a few vendors. Today, this popular flea market covers more than 50 open-air acres. The swap, which is open weekends and Wednesdays, sells just about anything one can think of, including cars, bicycles, fresh produce, clothing, crafts, artwork, and even services such as window tinting and hair braiding. Live music entertains shoppers as they browse.
Plucky Maidens Junk Fest
The Plucky Maidens Junk Fest is a flea market with a twist. Held three times per year, the Junk Fest features vendors selling “flipped” antiques and vintage ware. For example, that pale pink vanity that is just perfect for your daughter’s room dates back to the 1940s, though the paint and glittery lucite drawer pulls may be new.
Portland Expo Antique and Collectible Show
You only have three opportunities per year (usually March, July, and October) to shop the Portland Expo Antique and Collectible Show — “America’s largest!”, as its website proclaims. It’s held in Portland’s massive exposition hall and very carefully organized. The show requires that anything sold by the more than 1,100 vendors be at least three decades old. Favorite finds include lots of vintage hats and clothing, kitchenware from the 40s and 50s, old-timey toys, and lots of Americana.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
The title of “The World’s Greatest Flea Market” may be self-proclaimed, but it isn’t too far from the truth. Held at Rose Bowl Stadium on the second Sunday of each month, this massive flea market features more than 2,500 booths, most which are reserved for vendors offering antiques and cool vintage finds. While you’re shopping the goods, keep your eyes open — the Rose Bowl Flea Market is a big favorite among celebrities.
San Diego Vintage Flea Market
San Diego, California
Do you love all things vintage? Then you’ll definitely want to plan a trip to the San Diego Vintage Flea Market. The market, which often makes the list of must-do San Diego activities, is said to have the largest collection of vintage items available anywhere in the world. At the very least, the San Diego Vintage Flea Market boasts hundreds of vendors offering lots of vintage clothing, jewelry, and more. Though the market is usually held at least once a month, the dates do tend to vary, so be sure to check the website before making the trip.
San Jose Flea Market
San Jose, California
Spending the day bargain hunting at the San Jose Flea Market has been a family tradition since 1960. Today, this massive swap meet is one of the world’s largest, boasting more than 2,000 vendor booths covering 40 acres and stretching eight miles. In addition to the usual antiques and vintage goods, shoppers will find rare comic books, jewelry from various eras, shoes and clothing, furniture, and lots of arts and crafts. Food trucks ensure no one goes hungry, while live music and kiddie rides keep everyone entertained.
Santa Fe Flea Market at Buffalo Thunder
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is known for its colorful history and its even more colorful artistic scene. Visitors can capture some of that local color with a trip to the Santa Fe Flea Market at Buffalo Thunder. The market specializes in all things artistic, and is a great resource for handmade jewelry, artisan crafts, and unique antiques. Come hungry, as the market is also well known for its excellent food options.
Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market
Santa Monica, California
The Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market is a favorite amongst creative Los Angeles residents. Held on the first and fourth Sundays of each month, the market is a great resource for higher-end antiques, entertainment industry collectibles and memorabilia, and vintage clothing and jewelry. No wonder it’s been described as “Etsy come to life!” Just be aware that prices at this particular market tend to be on the higher side, but haggling for a good deal is expected.
Thieves Market Vintage Flea
According to its website, the Thieves Market Vintage Flea is like “Your great-aunt’s attic threw up all over the Big Surf parking lot.” Kitschy and quirky, this huge monthly flea market located in the parking lot of a water park is the ideal place to find unique vintage goods and well-curated handmade treasures.
Topanga Vintage Market
Woodland Hills, California
Los Angeles-area flea markets are always popular, as there are lots of good treasures just waiting to be found. On the fourth Sunday of each month, avid flea marketers head to Woodland Hills to see what things can be found at the Topanga Vintage Market. The market boasts more than 180 regular vendors selling everything from antiques, to vintage, to locally made artisan crafts. If you need a break from shopping, the market also features live entertainment and food trucks.
Post Falls, Idaho
Want to know what you can find at Treasure Towne in Post Falls, Idaho? “You name it!” At least, that’s the claim made by Treasure Towne’s many devoted customers on the market’s official Facebook page. Held all indoors, Treasure Towne is a great source for antiques, jewelry new and old, and various other fun finds.
Treasure Valley Flea Market
The aptly named Treasure Valley Flea Market is Boise’s best place to find antiques, crafts, and unique vintage items. Check the official website for upcoming dates and times, as the Treasure Valley Flea Market is only held five times per year (usually monthly from October to March). Admission costs $2, but children 12 and under may enter for free.
San Francisco, California
No, Treasure Island didn’t get its name from the many treasures that can be found its TreasureFest flea market. Held monthly, TreasureFest offers treasure hunters more than 400 curated vendors offering everything from vintage clothing, to antiques, to jewelry, to original arts and crafts. A rotating lineup of 40-plus food trucks means there’s no way you’ll go hungry, while live music ensures everyone is entertained. There are even DIY workshops! Entry to TreasureFest is $5, but kids under 12 enter free.
Urban Flea Market
Salt Lake City, Utah
Held in downtown Salt Lake City, the Urban Flea Market is always a delight for those who love to thrift and treasure hunt. The market takes place on the second Saturday of every month, year round, and admission costs $2. The wide variety of vendors offer everything from antiques, to vintage, to collectible toys and memorabilia, and everything in between.
Waldport Flea Market
No matter what you’re hoping to find, chances are you’ll find it at Waldport Flea Market. Located on the coast of Oregon, this indoor flea market prides itself on its large collection of antique jewelry, old books, rare coins, vintage clothing, and tools. It even offers quite an impressive collection of World War II collectibles.