|Entrance - Antiques are to the left!|
|Assorted and sundry... junk.|
In the "back lot" section of the market they do have some good deals on vintage clothing and textiles - and lots of smaller household stuff. Some of it was overpriced - but it varied quite a bit from booth to booth. If you're in the market for trendy wool blankets, Mexican embroidered dresses, Hawaiian shirts, vintage concert tees and denim, etc. it's definitely worth strolling back there. No matter where you are, you're a lot more likely to get a good deal from someone with a bunch of random assorted stuff than a vendor who is specializing in a particular category. The blankets and leather bags in the specialized booths in the front section of the market were waaaay more expensive than random ones.
The best part, is that you just never know what you're going to find, and chances are if you don't buy it, you'll never see it again. For example, you won't find this poster at Z Gallerie - though I guess whether or not you think that's a good thing depends on how you feel about clowns...
A few tips and things I learned:
1) Take a large bag or a cart - We took big tote bags from our Lucky Shops adventure the day before. People were also hauling those market carts around all over the place. You can rent one there for $15.
2) Wear sunscreen, a hat and comfy shoes, and bring water - You will be walking around for at LEAST three hours - we were there until 1.
3) Eat before you go and be prepared to hold it - There were very few bathrooms and one or two hot dog vendors in the section where we were. Even trash cans were few and far between.
4) Don't worry about getting there for the early admission - Just get there close to 9 and you'll be fine. Most of the vendors were just finishing setting up at 9 and there is so much territory to cover, it can't possibly all be gone before you get there. I also can't help but think the vendors' willingness to negotiate increases as the day wears on.
5) If you really want something, buy it - You'll probably never see it again.
6) Don't expect miracles - You're better off at garage sales if you're looking for steals - though I hear the chances of furniture bargains increase at the end of the day, since you'll be helping them out by hauling it away.
7) Keep the five year rule in mind - Anything you can't imagine keeping for at least 5 years, walk on by. Makes those wobbly decisions much easier!
Rose Bowl Flea Market
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103
Held the second Sunday of every month. Next on July 10!