Rose Bowl Flea Market

Shopping Rose Bowl Stadium , Pasadena Sunday April 9 2017 - Sunday November 10 2019
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Rose Bowl Flea Market.

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.

Venue name: Rose Bowl Stadium
Contact:
Address: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Los Angeles

Price: $9; children under 12 free; $10-$20 for early entry
Event website: http://rgcshows.com/rosebowl.aspx
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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.