America's Best Flea Markets
Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena, CA
All you need to know about visiting this iconic celebrity magnet east of L.A. can be summed up in seven words: Arrive at eight. (It’s only $2 more than the general admission that begins at 9 a.m.) Wear sunblock. (This is southern California, after all.) Turn left. That’s where you’ll find the market’s antiques booths and, beyond them, just over the two small footbridges, lower-priced odds and ends and 600 vendors of vintage clothing; denim and dresses are a particular strength. If we may suggest six more words for your consideration: Make-your-own-Bloody-Mary bar (in the food court).
Tip: Skip the areas within the stadium and to the north and east—unless you’re in the market for as-seen-on-TV gizmos and other new merchandise.
Second Sunday of every month; 5 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Admission $20 before 7 a.m., $15 from 7 to 8 a.m., $10 from 8 to 9 a.m., and $8 after 9 a.m.; free parking.