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10 Best Flea Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area

Flea markets in San Francisco offer something for every taste! They are as diverse and colorful as San Francisco itself, and if you pick the right one, a great day out is guaranteed. Visit TreasureFest for a full-fledged festival experience or the Alameda Flea Market to find authentic vintage and antiques. If you are primarily looking for bargains, then markets and swap meets in Oakland and San Jose are just the right places to go. Northern California’s mild temperatures make flea markets in the Bay Area the perfect hunting ground all year round.

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So, bring an empty tote, put on a convincing bargaining face and off you go exploring the top 10 flea markets in the San Francisco Bay Area!

1. Alameda Flea Market, East Bay, Alameda Island

The monthly Alameda Point Antiques Faire is by far the best place to buy antiques in the San Francisco Bay Area. Schedule a day to explore the huge fairgrounds on Alameda Island in the East Bay! We recommend going there early to dodge the traffic jams and the influx of fellow treasure hunters. Alameda Flea Market is one of few markets in the area with a strict focus on authentic vintage and antiques! You will be spoilt for choice at this huge and high-quality antiques and vintage market. The fair takes place every first Sunday of the month. Alameda Antiques Fair >>

2. Treasure Island Flea Market (TreasureFest), San Francisco Bay

TreasureFest, formerly known as Treasure Island Flea Market, is a colorful monthly festival with live music, food trucks, arts & crafts and a sizeable portion of vintage merchandise. Visitors come for the great entertainment and some of the best panoramic vistas of the Bay. Treasure Fest is held on the last weekend of the month, except for December. What better place to go treasure hunting than on Treasure Island? TreasureFest on Treasure Island >>

3. Alemany flea market, San Francisco, Bernal Heights

Much smaller than the Alameda Antiques Fair, the Alemany flea market is open every Sunday. Its vendor rules are not as strict, but it is still a great place to shop for vintage and antiques. The market is centrally located in the Bernal Heights neighbourhood of San Francisco. It is a great option for those looking for a Sunday flea market in the centre of San Francisco. Note that on Saturdays, a farmer’s market is held in the same spot. Alemany Flea Market >>

4. Berkeley flea market, East Bay / Oakland

The Berkeley flea market is also known as Ashby flea market, due to its location at the Ashby BART station. The weekly market is rather small, with only around 40 sellers. It is one of the most popular markets in the East Bay / Oakland area and known to be a fun place to hang out. Berkeley Flea Market is particularly famous for its drum circle and spontaneous dancing. Expect arts & crafts, multicultural vibes, and African artisanry. All in all, the market is not very vintage or antique, but as Berkeley as it gets! Every Saturday and Sunday. Berkeley Flea Market >>

5. De Anza College Flea Market, Cupertino

De Anza Flea Market in Cupertino is the largest college flea market in the Bay Area with over 800 sellers. This classic flea market takes place every first Saturday of the month and is the perfect place to go bargain hunting in search of hidden treasures. There is a wide variety of second-hand goods and junk being sold, but with a little persistence, you can find nice little vintage knick-knacks and collectibles. De Anza College Flea Market >>

6. Inner Sunset Flea Market, San Francisco, The Inner Sunset

The Inner Sunset Flea is held in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, not far from the Golden Gate Park (800 Irving Street). From May to November, the Inner Sunset Flea Market takes place on the Second Sunday of the month from 10 am – 4 pm. The family-friendly market is a colorful community event and offers not only handcrafted art and vintage finds but also food stalls and kids activities. Residents sell second-hand items at Inner Sunset Flea, but there are also artisans and makers as well as professional flea market vendors to be found. There is always live entertainment and tons of activities. Inner Sunset Flea >>

7. Silicon Valley Electronics Flea Market, Sunnyvale, South Bay

The monthly Electronics Flea Market in Sunnyvale caters to all those hobbyists who can’t resist repairing their broken electronic appliances. It is a niche flea market, where Silicon Valley’s electronics enthusiasts and collectors of vintage electronics meet up at dawn. The market takes place every second Saturday of the month, rain or shine, March until September. Electronics Flea Market >>

8. Solano Way Swap Meet / Concord Flea Market, Oakland

Another market in Oakland, the Solano Swap Meet, is also known as Concord Flea Market due to its location. As the name states, this market is a swap meet but also hosts a first-class farmer’s market at the same venue. The flea market itself is a fairly large, garage-sale-style event with around 500 vendors. Many second-hand and lots of new items are sold at the Solano Way Swap Meet every weekend. Solano Way Swap Meet >>

9. San Jose Flea Market, SF Bay Area

The San Jose flea market is a California classic and one of the largest weekly flea markets in the United States. Around 2,000 vendors on over eight miles of stalls attract more than 75,000 visitors every week. Almost everything may be sold at this market! The focus is clearly on newly imported goods and relatively new second-hand items and fresh produce, rather than vintage and antiques. San Jose Flea Market >>

10. Laney Flea Market, East Bay / Oakland

Laney College Flea Market in Oakland is a weekly Sunday market where bargain hunters find low-priced merchandise. So, expect a large portion of new items sold at Laney Flea Market, often imported from China, as well as second-hand goods. Unfortunately, bicycles and tools of questionable origin make up a large portion of the merchandise sold at this market. Laney Flea Market is not necessarily the right place to buy antiques, but a good place to hunt for bargains. Laney College Flea Market >>


Tips for flea market shopping in the San Francisco Bay Area

Our guide would not be complete without a few insider tips to make your shopping experience really worthwhile:

  • If you are looking for vintage and antiques, Alameda Point Antiques Faire is by far your best option. There is no better place in the entire San Francisco Bay to find authentic vintage and antique treasures. It comes therefore as no surprise that Alameda Flea Market is considered to be among the best flea markets in the United States. However, if you are not in the Bay Area on the first Sunday of the month, then you might want to consider other options, such as the weekly Alemany Flea Market.
  • If you are primarily looking for an entertaining day out, then give the huge Treasure Island Flea Market (TreasureFest) a shot. With its food trucks, tasty cocktails and music performances, TreasureFest is a great way to spend your weekend in the Bay Area.
  • To buy new items or second-hand items at bargain prices, consider visiting Community College Flea Markets in Oakland and the Bay Area, such as the De Anza Flea Market or the Laney College Flea Market. Of course, the famous San Jose Flea Market in the South Bay is also always a good place to spend a day out with the entire family.
  • Do you have any advice to give fellow flea market shoppers in the Bay Area? Leave your comment below!

At a glance: Flea markets San Francisco & Bay Area

  1. Alameda Point Antiques Faire
  2. Treasure Island Flea Market (TreasureFest)
  3. Alemany Flea Market
  4. Berkeley Flea Market
  5. De Anza College Flea Market
  6. Inner Sunset Flea
  7. Silicon Valley Electronics Flea Market
  8. Solano Swap Meet
  9. San Jose Flea Market
  10. Laney College Flea Market

Bonus: Bay Area flea markets on a map

The very best markets in San Francisco and California to buy vintage and antiques can also be explored on Fleamapket. Our map of the world’s best flea markets and antique fairs!

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San Francisco Bay Area on Fleamapket.com

16 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?

  4. Curt

    I sold my stuff at the first Sunday garage sale at Alamany last month. They charge $45.00 per space and I got two because I had so much stuff. I started selling at 6:30am and sold out of just about everything by 1pm. Your not going to get rich here but you can unload your stuff for a nice profit instead of donating it to a thrift store. I clean out my garage and sell here every 4 or 5 years and usually clear over $500.00 and I don’t ask for more than $20.00 for any item. There are lots of $2.00 and $5.00 sales. Highly recommended.

  5. Stephan

    Great to read this all. Going to SF in late April´18.
    Looking for whiskey articles such as old bottles, advertisment etc. Any idea where to find it easyly.
    Stephan from heidelberg, Germany

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