Rose Bowl Flea Market – 50th Anniversary
November 17, 2018
Last weekend I attended one of the biggest and best flea markets on the west coast. Those aren’t just my words – go to Google and you’ll see that everyone who has been agrees! The Rose Bowl Flea Market happens the second Sunday of each month and November’s event was its 50th anniversary. I had only ever been once before so figured this weekend was the perfect excuse to join hundreds of other sleepy Angelenos in celebration of secondhand shopping!
My friend, Cheyenne, joined Eva and me early Sunday morning to rummage through other people’s trash and treasures!
You’re transported into another world as you enter the Rose Bowl, famous for hosting some of the best concerts in town, with vendors’ tents neatly pitched up. When I say that this flea market is endless… I mean it. We spent three hours here this day and I don’t think we saw nearly half of it – and certainly not in detail! You could truly spend the whole day wandering around and potentially see every stall. There are so many wonderfully unique vendors who are excited to show you their prized possessions and boy oh boy are there some gems to be found!
Even after just one prior visit to the flea market, it was great to see familiar faces. Of course I’d remember this vendor:
The treasures we discovered were a plenty. From this vintage boxing gear and chest…
… to perfectly loved old books…
… mint green typewriters and Moroccan lamps.
After spending a solid two hours in the “furniture & trinkets” section you can cross a little bridge to head over to the “food and clothing” side. Next time I think I’ll start here and work my way backwards because by the time we got to the clothing (which happens to be my favourite part of the flea market… of course) we were already wiped and could only spend an hour looking around. We still found plenty of beauties!
Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Hermes, Christian Dior… all real and all beautiful! Just slightly above my budget for the day 😉
To top off an already wonderful day, one of the best sunglass vendors at the flea market had sneakily listed two pair of sunglasses as ‘free’ and I just so happened to pick one of them up thinking they looked like the perfect shape for my face. What a total gem and such a win for me! I feel very Audrey Hepburn wearing them!
As Eddie and I prepare for a very very very cold winter in Spain & Portugal, I was continually drawn to all of the cable knit jumpers. I stumbled across this vendor, Silk Vintage, that had the most beautifully curated pieces from across the world. I purchased a rare find that I’ll be doing a blog post about at a later date so stay tuned!
Three hours later, with purchases in hand and full bellies from trying pupusas for the first time, we decided to call it a day and head home.
If you’re ever in LA on the second Sunday of the month, make sure the Rose Bowl Flea Market is on your to-do list. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Secondhand shopping is one of the most rewarding fashion experiences. Knowing that you’re about to get great joy out of an item someone else no longer appreciates is the best feeling. You’re saving the planet, buying something at a fraction of the cost of a new item, and not contributing to the perpetual fast fashion cycle that is incredibly hard to break. I understand the name ‘flea market’ connotes dirty, worn items, but I promise you it doesn’t have to be that way! The Rose Bowl Flea Market is one of those places where you can find even high-end luxury items in great condition and at incredible prices!