The Rose Bowl Flea Market is something I had heard about through friends who said it was a must on the things to do in L.A list. It is open the second Sunday of every month between 9am and 3pm. Tickets are purchased at the ticket booth on site, there are however express tickets and entry times if you are super keen to snatch a bargain before anyone else! The market is located in Pasadena which is about half an hour out of West Hollywood. We got there not knowing much about the market, just that it was meant to be pretty cool for vintage things.
The actual market is on the grounds of the Rose Bowl stadium and around the the outside of the it. I thought it was actually going to be inside which was stupid of me in hindsight! We ubered there around midday which was super easy, you just make your way through the car park and to the front gate A. There were so many stalls it was overwhelming! There was such a variety of stalls, from furniture, to plants, to clothes and a mixture of brand new and vintage goods. I didn’t have anything in particular I was searching for but after a while you feel like there is too much you want to buy. The food options didn’t have as much variety as the stalls but there were many taco trucks and burger stalls.
I came across the most amazing vintage jewellery collection with YSL, Chanel, Lanvin you name it she had it. The necklace in the photo below was selling for $1,750, it had belonged to the Duchess of Windsor. She was an American socialite who married King Edward VIII who had to abdicate his thrown in order to marry her!!! A year after her death her remarkable jewellery collection sold at auction for $45 million dollars- seven times the pre sale estimate! Unfortunately everything was far too expensive to even consider making a dint in my bank account, which is both good and bad!! There were a number of vintage sunglass stalls that had old school gucci’s and even ray bans from the 80’s. In the new merchandise area there were so many furniture stalls with some seriously cutting edge timber pieces for the most ridiculously cheap prices! If I lived here I would invest in a dining table for sure!
In the end we got 4 new little succulents to add to my collection, some vintage denim jacket pins, a vintage poster that says ‘lets boogie’ and a small necklace with a gold giraffe on it (because thats me in animal form, more specifically a baby giraffe when just born -but mainly when I’m drinking). We felt like we’d accomplished something in the 3 hours we were there. Luckily I wore my converses instead of thongs because it certainly felt like I’d walked a marathon by the end of it. We didn’t make it to all of the 2,500 stalls but next time we will break up the areas into two halves of the day with a long sit down for lunch in between.
This map might be useful to first time attendee’s as it gives you an insight of the sorts of areas within the market.