VIA readers share their favorite places to pick up treasures in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Hawaii.
Alameda Point Antiques Faire Alameda, Calif. “You’ll ﬁnd more than 800 dealers here,” writes Lucy Kim of Fremont, Calif. “I’ve bought a rare Victorian toy horse, an unusual side table, and exceptional jewelry.” (510) 522-7500, alamedapointantiquesfaire.com.
Candlestick Park Antiques and Collectibles Faire San Francisco. “With up to 250 merchants, this new market is becoming a boon to antiques seekers from San Francisco and the Peninsula,” says Mimi Moungovan of Berkeley, Calif. “It’s usually open the third Sunday of the month.” (510) 217-8696, candlestickantiques.com.
De Anza Flea Market Cupertino, Calif. “That little treasure you’ve always been looking for?” says Shirley Trevino of Gilroy, Calif. “It’s here. Incredible collectibles, vintage clothing, homemade gifts, jewelry, and more.” (408) 864-8414, deanza.edu/ﬂeamarket/general_info.html.
Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet Roseville, Calif. “I’ve been to a lot of outdoor markets, and this one wins out,” says Mary Calleja of Manteca, Calif. “There’s fresh produce and aisle after aisle of books, toys, and furniture. It’s clean, too, with a large parking area.” (916) 782-2704, denios.org.
Jolly Giant Flea Market Anderson, Calif. “You never know what you’ll ﬁnd in this indoor-outdoor market with about 125 dealers on hand,” says Livia Avina of Santa Rosa, Calif. “You’ll ﬁnd antiques, collectibles, and new merchandise—and you can have dinner inside.” (530) 365-6458.
Petaluma Antique Faire Petaluma, Calif. “Merchants here love antiques so much that they hold fairs twice a year,” says Lise Anne Davis of Petaluma. “You’ll ﬁnd estate jewelry, books, art, kitchenware, and vintage decor. The next downtown fair is on Sunday, April 17.” (707) 762-9348, petalumadowntown.com/antiquefairepetaluma.aspx.
Santa Cruz Flea Market Santa Cruz, Calif. “The absolute best,” promises Paul Mikols of Santa Cruz. “Totally old-school stuff—vintage clothes, ﬁshing tackle, record albums, stylish furniture, you name it.” (831) 462-4442, scgoodwill.org/ﬂea.html.
Maui Swap Meet Kahului, Maui. “Full of the aloha spirit,” says Naomi Lee of Sacramento. “Every Saturday, locals shop here for Hawaiian goods, from jewelry to homemade jams and fruit and vegetables. A snack bar has the best garlic noodles and huli-huli chicken bento box.” (808) 244-3100, mauiexposition.com.
Broadacres Swap Meet North Las Vegas, Nev. “With 1,000 vendors, there’s something for every family and treasure hunter,” says Christine Ranallo of North Las Vegas. “Cutting deals with the sellers is fun and stress free, and bargains are plentiful.” (702) 642-3777, broadacresswapmeet.com.
French Flea Market Bend, Ore. “Vintage furnishings and accessories, Etsy artisan goods, and objets d’art,” says Lynnette Braillard of Redmond. “My favorite ﬁnd: a mid-century coffee table and a pair of vintage slingback chairs. Voilà! The coolest patio set for my breakfast coffee.” Held once a month, June through September. (541) 383-3713, pomegranate-home.com/4.html.
Oregon City Open Air Antique Fair Oregon City, Ore. “Good stuff, good food, good music,” says Judy Malone of Gresham, Ore. “We always come home with a bargain.” Late August. (503) 656-1619, oregoncity.org/antique_fair.html.
The Original Coburg Antique Fair Coburg, Ore. “One of the West Coast’s most popular events for antique collectors, in a lovely setting,” says Becky Jarvis of Beaverton, Ore. Early September. (541) 683-0916, coburgantiquemall.com.
Picc-a-dilly Flea Market Eugene, Ore. “I’ve been shopping at this market for 15 years, and I’ve decorated much of my house with my vintage and eclectic ﬁndings,” says Brianna Jackson of Eugene. “It has the best bargains and most variety.” Held twice a month. (541) 683-5589, myspace.com/piccadillyﬂeamarket.
Photography by Greg Vaughn
This article was first published in January 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.