Happy Wednesday! Sharing a post today of one of my favourite flea markets in LA – The Rose Bowl Flea. The next one is coming up really soon. Hope everyone is having a great week! xo – Lisa
If you ever find yourself in LA for an extended period of time, I highly suggest a day trip out to Pasadena for a visit to the EPIC Rose Bowl Flea Market. It runs on the second Sunday of every month and it is by far the largest flea market I have ever been to. It runs around the entire outside of the Rose Bowl (where the UCLA Bruins play) and into the adjoining parking lot.
We’ve been on the hunt for some furniture because we’re sick of living in a big white box and taking turns sitting on our one exercise ball. Here are a few tips for the Rose Bowl Flea and some photos of what we got up to a couple Sundays ago.
Parking – The road to the Rose Bowl Flea parking lot was PACKED at 11 AM. You can do one of two things: wait for free parking and try to find a spot once you get into the lot OR you can pony up $15 for extra close parking, where someone directs you to a spot OR $10 for a lot just a little further away. If you’re showing up to the Rose Bowl Flea during a peak time, you may want to just pay to avoid the hassle. Which is what we ended up doing because the line of cars was barely moving. Yes, there’s even traffic at the Rose Bowl Flea.
Hours – When I was leaving the flea at around 2 pm, there was no line-ups to buy a ticket and the parking lot had calmed the hell down. The vendors start packing up at around 3 pm, so if you’re just going for a casual browse – I would say 1 pm would be a good time to avoid crowds. Admission is $8 and starts at 9 AM. If you’re a hardcore flea market hunter, you can get VIP first access to the Rose Bowl Flea starting at 5 AM for $20!!
Tin + wood light-up signs for sale!
Essential oils by a local artisan at The Rose Bowl Flea
Cute drink coasters
Food + Drink – Paul and I showed up at around lunch time and we’re always hungry. Luckily there’s a pretty good Rose Bowl Flea Food Court in the very middle, by the front entrance. Make sure to scope out a picnic table with an umbrella for a bit of shade. Bring your own water (we didn’t and made a rookie mistake) it’s about $3.50 for a small bottle and $5 for a large. We also spotted frozen lemonade and agua fresca going for around $5 as well.
I was really happy with my Cheese & Veggie Flatbread ($6) which is heated up and grilled on a BBQ. They are homemade and served up with a side of coleslaw and a salsa bar with onions and jalapenos (yum). Paul went for a Breakfast Burrito ($8) and we also saw tacos, gyros, mimosas and the flea market special – $2 for a hot dog or pop.
At the end of our day, I picked up a handprinted tea towel and lots of inspiration and ideas for our new home. I was more on the hunt for furniture and didn’t stumble upon any pieces that suited our space. There are however, WAY more trinkets, clothing and small treasures to be had vs furniture. Just make sure to bring lots of cash, wear a hat, comfortable shoes, bring a parasol (I’m not kidding – it’s hot and there’s not much shade) and sunscreen. To learn more visit: The Rose Bowl Flea Market online.
Rose Bowl Flea
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
What’s the best thing you ever found at a flea market? Any gems?