Flea Market 101
Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire features more than 800 dealer booths with everything from Midcentury credenzas and original lithographs from Paris, to old records, out-of-print tomes, and velvet clutches from the 1940s. In case hunger strikes during flea market hunting, there’s also a variety of food purveyors. The flea market can definitely be overwhelming, so before you go, consider these insider tips.
The Faire opens at 6am ($15), and it’s the best time to get first dibs on goods. But, if the alarm doesn’t go off, don’t worry. Tickets are issued until 3pm ($5).
Although most vendors accept credit cards, it’s always a good idea to have cash. And, don’t be afraid to ask: “is this your best price?”
If you’re on the hunt for a coffee table or bookcase, it’s handy to have a tape measure on-hand for exact measurements. There’s nothing worse than buying something that might not fit in the space. And, be sure to bring a large tote bag for any carry-home purchases.
Comfort is Key
Be sure to wear good walking shoes (think running shoes or tennis shoes), and bring layers.
Map It Out
Given the mere size of the Faire, there’s no way to see everything in one afternoon, so make a plan and be intentional. Have a rough idea of can’t-miss places to vendors, and go from there.