5 Bay Area Flea Markets to Find Your Next Vintage Steal
San Francisco is home to big brands, haute couture and major department stores. Many including Westfield San Francisco Centre are centered around Union Square, and neighborhoods such as Fillmore and Hayes Valley are filled with boutiques. For those who want random kitsch, vintage wares, local and only in San Francisco products, there are plenty of outdoor flea markets that happen every month. The next time you're looking for an opportunity to do a little retail reconnaissance, shop at these great markets.
Treasure Island Flea (Avenue of the Palms)
Along with a great view of San Francisco, Treasure Island Flea is a market that offers great shopping for antiques and collectibles, vintage, Indie designers, artists, San Francisco food trucks and wine vendors. Happens the last weekend of every month. www.treasureislandflea.com
Friday Night Market (UN Plaza)
Amid the backdrop of a glowing City Hall and twinkling string lights, the Night Market attracts nearby visitors and shoppers alike to spend Friday evenings eating, drinking, shopping, dancing and listening to music in the historic plaza. Happens the last Friday of every month.
Alameda Point Antiques Faire (Alameda Naval Air Station)
Stationed at the former Naval Air Station, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the place to shop for steals and unique furniture to accent any home. Each month, this market brings more than 800 dealers. Our advice: Get there early. Happens the first Sunday of every month.
Alemany Flea Market (Alemany Blvd.)
Small compared to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, Alemany is community oriented with an assortment of handmade collections, collector’s vinyl, furniture, old tools and instruments. You truly don't know the definition of random until you come to this market. Happens every Sunday.
Really Really Free Market (Dolores Park)
A "potluck" of whatever you want, everyone brings something to the table, whether it be a skill, idea, object or discussion, and comes out of it with not just new stuff, but ideas and talents as well handmade collections, collector’s vinyl, furniture, old tools. This is a very DIY event, with the schedule subject to change. Happens the last Saturday every month.
Photo via Treaure Island Flea.