Los Angeles’ flea markets and stars

Classes started after we returned from San Francisco. This meant we had to limit our traveling to the weekends. We discovered the flea markets around Los Angeles, which are great places to find unique and cheap vintage items. To find these treasures you have to take your time because there are so many vendors, each offering a variety of wares.

You can find everything at these flea markets from paintings and handmade jewelry boxes to old chairs and small tables to clothes and accessories. There are things you may not even need, like really old and outworn shoes. The Pasadena City College Flea Market is one of the largest in Southern California and is held the first Sunday of every month. With over 500 vendors, the Market features fascinating antiques and collectibles, thousands of vinyl records, tools, clothes, toys and much more- not to mention food and Good Company.

Another famous flea market is The Melrose Trading Post, conveniently located in the middle of the city. It is a must for any vintage lover. It’s $2 to get in but it’s definitely worth it. Another plus of this flea market is that you can spot celebrities having fun with their friends and wandering the stalls. For example, we spotted singer Taylor Swift. Most of people in the Market did not recognize her but we said “hi” and she was very nice and said “hi” back. You could see that she just wanted to have a good time with her friend and remain unnoticed which is definitely understandable.

For a contrast to the flea markets you should also visit The Grove in Los Angeles where you can also spot celebrities. This is also the place where the show “Extra” with Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos shoots live. The show gives viewers breaking entertainment news from across the country. Furthermore, you should take a free ride on The Grove Trolley that travels along First Street between The Grove and Farmers Market. While riding the trolley you can explore The Grove first and see what kind of shops and restaurants they have and plan your day accordingly. The old Farmers Market, with its open stalls and fresh produce, has a distinct charm of its own because it’s humble origins date back to 1934.

Pasadena City College Flea Market

1570 East Colorado Boulevard

between South Hill Avenue and South Bonnie Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91106


The Melrose Trading Post

7850 Melrose Avenue

@ Fairfax Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90046

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