Perhaps the Los Angeles area’s most iconic flea market, this event around the exterior of the Rose Bowl is staggeringly colossal—but what else would you expect from a 90,000-seat stadium? The sheer size and scale of this flea market means that it encompasses multitudes: new and old, hand-crafted and salvaged, the cheap and the costly. On the second Sunday of each month, an odd mix of vendors populates the loop around the stadium: for every eye-catching artwork, there's a ratty $5 T-shirt, and for each elegant craft there's a competing "as seen on TV" demo. But you may have more luck in the rows and rows of old furniture, albums and vintage clothes and accessories that fill the adjacent parking lot. There are plenty of duds, to be sure, but come out early enough and you may go home with that perfect purchase. This destination flea market attracts bargain hunters, collectors, and antique aficionados from all over the county, so the organizers have instituted an extensive tiered entry/admission system, allowing professional and dedicated shoppers early access at a premium.
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- Rose Bowl Stadium $9; children under 12 free; $10-$20 for early entry
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This is definitely one of those things I'd recommend if you love bargaining, deals, and finding one-of-a-kind or vintage pieces. Also, if you're a local like me who loves to explore all that our city has to offer at least once, this place is for you. It's definitely an experience, and there's a lot of excitement and energy in the air from when the gates open. They say to go early for parking, but I feel like it's always crazy. You also get the best selection first thing in the morning, but you can often get some good discounts towards the end of the day when the sellers are ready to agree upon sweeter deals. It can get hot, so bring sun protection. All in all, it's a fun way to spend your day, and the fact that it's held at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium makes it extra special. Good luck scoring some great pieces!
You can mostly skip the stadium loop here: it's an odd mix of succulents and just flat-out junk. But the rows and rows of vendors that line the parking lots are just full of secondhand treasure. I'm not an antique hunter or collector or anything like that, so I can't really speak to that early-morning crowd. But whether you actually need to shop for vintage clothes/furniture/curios or just want to see what this is all about, it's worth the price of admission at least once.