This past Sunday Nic and I hopped in our car and drove 20 minutes across the Bay Bridge to one our favorite local events, the Alameda flea market. Alameda is an island connected to Oakland by tunnel and on the first Sunday of every month it holds a massive antique flea market that attracts thousands of bay area folks looking to cheaply and stylishly furnish their homes or closets --- or just walk around in the sun eating kettle corn :)
We first went to the Alameda flea this past fall to furnish our new SF apartment. We rented a truck for the day, found exactly what we needed furniture-wise and some fun new art for our walls. The market has furniture, clothes, linens, art and vintage toys.. basically anything that is 20+ years old.
Prices are negotiable and we managed to score some high quality vintage furniture that looks like it came from Anthropologie for Ikea style prices. Some of my favorite pieces include our wrought iron bed frame, my light blue bureau, a cool stool for our kitchen and an awesome old framed sugar sack from boston that looks great hanging on our kitchen wall...
This white metal find was originally used to hold potted plants in a garden but for $60 it works perfectly as our kitchen pantry.
Some friendly marathon organizers in the park gave us all their leftover bananas yesterday - gotta love California
I do love a bargain and this $40 table has served us perfectly as a magazine holder and printer dock...
Now that our apartment is fully furnished we return to the flea market on nice days to browse, get some lunch from some of the gourmet street trucks and walk around with the world's best kettle corn.
It's not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning and would be a great activity if you have a mom, aunt or arty friend visiting the bay. If you are moving, need to upgrade your furniture or get a cool housewarming gift this is a great place to do it in style without spending much money.
Here are the details...
When: The first Sunday of every month. Goes from 6am to 3pm. A lot of crazy people claim you have to get there super early to get good stuff but we've always had an easy time rolling in around 11 or 12.
Where: Alameda Navy Yard--- click here for directions.
Quick Tips: Cash only (there is an ATM but fees are high so bring $$). Entrance fee ranges from $5 - $15 (it's more the earlier you come.)