Dig for treasure at more than 800 booths each month at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, often just called the Alameda Flea Market. This San Francisco Bay Area event is billed as northern California’s largest flea market, and regular shoppers wait for the first Sunday of the month with a nearly religious fervor.
- Alameda, California
- Runway 7/25 Alameda Point
- Enter at end of Main Street, go through gate extending 2 miles west
Dates and Times:
- First Sunday of every month
- 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Free tram from back of parking lot to admission area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- $15 from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
- $10 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- $5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Free parking
- Service animals only
- Antiques and collectibles
- Vintage clothing
- Furniture, from fine antiques to funky vintage
- Paintings, pottery, and other artwork
- Ceramics, glassware, and dishes
- Vintage kitsch
- Architectural salvage
The Inside Scoop:
- Get your hand stamped so you can leave and come back without paying admission again.
- Large pushcarts are available for loan. Leave big purchases with the sellers until you get ready to leave, then load them up and wheel them to the loading zone. You can pull your vehicle right up to the loading zone.
- A huge variety of food and drink is available from the food court, but you might want to bring some bottled water or a thermos of coffee anyway. The lines are often rather long.
- Dress in layers. The view is fantastic, but it can get cool and windy.
- Dealers are willing to bargain, but you'll get better prices at the end of the day. Dealers aren't allowed to leave before 3 p.m.
- There are 2 ATM machines on site, one is at the entrance, but you'll probably have to wait in line.