Sunday, August 21, 2011

Alameda Flea Market!

I finally made it to the Alameda Flea Market!! This market is held just outside San Francisco on the first Sunday of each month. I arrived fairly early to a foggy morning at northern California's largest flea market.

The Alameda Point Antiques Faire, as it is formally known, boasts over 800 dealer booths! Gates open at 6:00 am for the serious shoppers.

Influences from Chinatown and the ocean are some of the local items seen at the booths.

Starfish and beautiful corals can be bought. The specimens are large and numerous, not found in my land locked environment!

There are bins of small trinkets, locks, keys, typewriter keys, etc...

...and lace!  Filet and crocheted!

....oddity wine bottles......

....and FRENCH LINENS!! This is what I came to see!

European grain sacks...french ticking pillows and hemp sheets! There are several serious vendors with French linens on the grounds.

Lots of iron and garden pieces as well.
 I came away with a few trinkets(suitcases filled to the brim already)I found some great paint brushes and small iconography pieces to squeeze into my luggage. If you are into flea markets,put it on your list- this one will not disappoint! 


Karena said...

Theresa, I love to see large chunks of coral and the French linens!! Gorgeous!!


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Ann said...

Some day maybe I'll make it...

Glad you had extra room. I guess there is always shipping home, too.

kathi said...

Old linen and rusty bits always catch my eye.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

I really enjoy going to flea markets like this, and I'll bet it's well worth getting there by 6:00 a.m.! Unfortunately, the flea markets near me have turned into plant and tube socks outlets!

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