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San Francisco Bay Area Flea Markets (top 10)

Intro

San Francisco Bay Area flea markets offer plenty of random kitsch and vintage stuff to please thrifters and cheap-a-holics. From Treasure Island to Alameda, Berkeley, Alemany, West End, Solano, and the Bay Area Community College Flea Markets, local Bay Area flea markets offer some great prices as well as unexpected finds. In fact, the Bay Area boasts some of the best flea markets in the country!

Just imagine discovering a real 1930s Meissen or Sèvre figurine, a collection of original vintage travel labels, an entire rack of super-cute $5 dresses, a fantastic design chair from the 1950s for a fraction of what you would pay at shops like Vitra, or just a simple couch someone doesn’t need anymore but that would perfectly furnish your home. Deals like this are just a short drive away.

To streamline your bargain-hunting adventure, we’re giving you the lowdown on the top 10 flea markets around San Francisco. So, slather on the sunscreen, bring a big, empty tote, put on a convincing bargaining face (check out our 10 Tips for Flea Market Shopping), don’t forget your cash and be an early bird!

Ready? Here is the list of the Top 10 San Francisco Bay Area Flea Markets !

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13 comments

  1. Glenn David Whisler

    Just a small correction on your article about Treasure Island. It did not host the 1930 World’s fair, it was actually specifically built to host the 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition, which is often referred to as a World’s Fair, but it isn’t exactly the same thing.

    https://youtu.be/0PE39FbsX88

    • Hi Glenn, thanks for highlighting this! We strive to provide information as accurate as possible in our articles. And this correction is very much welcome. I’ll update the content of the article with your input. Thanks again for your watchfulness.

  2. RhinestoneGrrl

    The Alemany Flea Market is The Worst flea market for first-Sunday garage sale day non-regular vendors. They charged me $45 and I didn’t sell a single thing because it was DEAD.

    And not only was it dead, the few people who DID come to buy at this flea market are
    at best cheap, and mostly just rude: There are the old men who look at
    everything you have on display without responding to your “hello”, and
    then don’t buy anything. There are the obnoxious Mission hipsters who
    ask you for your best price, then offer you half that, then decide to
    pass on it anyway. There are the Mission moms toting around 17 children
    who balk at the idea of paying over a dollar for anything, mess up your
    entire display, and then try to haggle with you even after you’ve told
    them your final price 6 different times. And finally there are the
    other vendors: a toothless band of chain-smoking obsessive junk
    collectors who are convinced that their 30-yr-old amplifiers are still
    worth $250, and that anything old is therefore valuable, despite the
    obvious depreciation of anything cracked, seriously worn, smelly,
    discolored, or otherwise marred from the environment of the dumpster out
    of which they pried their “priceless” merchandise!

    Worst of all?? The women’s restroom was out of order, and the porto-potties were GROSS.

    I LOVE flea marketing, both as a vendor and customer…but this one is a pass for me. I wouldn’t waste my time here as a vendor OR a customer!

    • Hi RhinestoneGrrl, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Well, a flea market like Alemany can hardly compete against other big names like Alameda or Treasure Islands (or the Rose Bowl flea market if you’re brave enough to drive all the way down to Pasadena). That is the reason why we put it at the end of the list. But Alemany is nonetheless worth mentioning, as it is a prominent figure on the Bay Area flea market scene. But we totally understand your frustration. And remember, you’re not alone: flea market merchants and buyers are pretty much the same anywhere in the world ;)

  3. orbi

    Hello Everyone – I live in the city and happy and willing to drive to a flea market that might have blacksmithing tools and equipment. Any suggestions?

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