This post is in partnership with BZees shoes. I was provided with a pair of BZees in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.
My friends are always asking me where I got something – from a framed vintage print, to a lamp, or a unique knickknack, and the answer is usually “from the flea market!” So today I’m sharing my top 5 flea market shopping tips to help you find your perfect treasure and survive the day. PLUS, I’m hosting a giveaway, so see how to enter to win your own pair of comfy, “perfect-for-the-flea-market” shoes below!1. First, you have to know where to go!The biggest flea market in Los Angeles is at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, held the second Sunday of every month at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, it is THE place to go to to find that perfect thing you are looking for, or the perfect thing you DIDN’T know you were looking for. Parking is free, but admission can be pricey the earlier you go. Regular admission is $8/pp starting at 9am. Express admission from 8am – 9am at $10/pp, and an early admission from 7am – 8am at $15/pp, with a special preview VIP admission from 5am-7am at $20/pp. I usually do the 8am admission, but the 7am admission can be great to avoid the summer heat and those general admission crowds. Also in Pasadena is the Pasadena City College Flea Market (aka the PCC Flea), held the first Sunday of every month at Pasadena City College. Admission is free, parking costs $2, vendor prices are better, although you have to do a bit more of a hunt. The best part is that half of the flea market takes place inside a parking garage, so this is the BEST flea market during the hot summer months. And it has some amazing architecture! Check out that “Astronomy Bvilding” and observatory!
But my favorite flea market is the Long Beach Antique Market which is held on the 3rd (and sometimes the random 5th) Sunday of every month at the Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in … Long Beach. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s a flea market! The general admission price is just $6, so considerably less expensive than the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and I think there are way less people (or just bigger aisles) and the prices are generally better than the Rose Bowl Flea Market.
Other Los Angeles flea markets include:
- Santa Monica Airport Antique Market
- Melrose Trading Post
- Glendale Community College Swap Meet
- Venice High Flea Market
- Topanga Vintage Market at Pierce College
2. Next, you need to know how to dress!By all means, if you want to dress like a hipster in your favorite clothes, be my guest. However, if you don’t want to get a sunburn, ruin your favorite clothes with dirt and dust, and don’t want your feet to hurt later, I suggest sunscreen, comfortable clothes, and closed-toe comfortable shoes. I typically wear jeans and dress in layers with sunscreen (yes, sunscreen even in November or December!), a light teeshirt, and a sweatshirt or sweater if its cold that morning. A hat and sunglasses may also be worn to hide any bedhead (that 6 a.m. start time is EARLY!) and guard against the rising sun. Plus, I wear my Bzees Dash Sneakers because they are super lightweight and I can walk miles in them without my feet hurting at the end of the day.Bzees shoes feel light as a cloud because of what Bzees calls “cloud technology.” With an air infused outsole, dynamic stretch upper material, and free-foam footbeds , the shoes feel light and carefree all day! Perfect for a day of treasure hunting! And the best kind of treasure hunting is when you find something for free or win A GIVEAWAY! Keep reading below to learn how you can enter to win your own pair of Bzees!
3. Bring cash!Cash money! Try not to have all twenties because sometimes it’s hard to get change for a $2 item first thing in the morning. If you’re going with the intent to purchase furniture, make sure you bring enough cash with you. The ATM lines are a bitch, as is the $5 service charge. Some vendors take credit cards for large purchases, but this makes for difficult bargaining, which is my next tip …
4. Haggle! If you hold up an item and the vendor says $10, offer $7-8 dollars and see what they say. They expect you to haggle. It is part of the process! However, I often don’t haggle if what the price tag says or what the vendor tells me is already a really good deal. However, if the price tag states $60 and you want to pay $40, just do what my husband did: He walked up to the vendor with $40 cash in this hand (visible as 2 twenty dollar bills) and said something about how he sees the vendor is asking $60, that the portrait is awesome, but he was wondering if the vendor will take $40. The vendor says no, and instead offers to sell it for $50. My husband again offered $40, showing the cash. The vendor then offered $45. And again, my husband offered $40. The vendor then accepted the $40. It was the greatest haggle that I’ve ever witnessed! It was kind of like that boy who keeps asking you out on a date, and you finally just say yes so he shuts up and stops asking.
5. Bring a bag, bring a cart, bring a big enough car, and bring a tape measure.Make sure you bring a bag with you. It sucks when the plastic starts to slice through your fingers because the treasure you just purchased weighs too much for the tiny plastic bag it was put in and now that plastic is grinding on your wrist. Or bring a cart! Sometimes my mom and I bring a cart if we’re going early and know that we won’t have to later maneuver said cart through the obnoxious 11 a.m. hipsters, strollers, and oblivious shoppers. And if we’re searching for furniture, we make sure to bring a big enough car. And if you’re buying furniture, bring a tape measure with you so you know if it’s going to fit your house!
And if you’re planning a trip to your favorite flea market soon, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a pair of Bzees shoes of your choice! (I totally recommend the Dash sneakers in Taupe!) To enter for a chance to win, head on over to my Instagram!
And share with me what you find! What is your favorite flea market find? Let me know in the comments.