On the 1st Sunday of every month, the Alameda naval base transforms itself into the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. This monthly event is not only one of the largest flea markets in Northern California, but has also been named one of the best American flea markets by Architectural Digest magazine. With over 800 dealer booths that stretch down the length of the base, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire is a treasure trove of unique items that are at least 20 years old - and many quite a bit older.
It’s the ultimate place to shop for vintage and antique home decorations, and you’ll find everything from clothing and jewelry to art and pottery to furniture and collectibles. Anything you can think of is there to be found in the different stalls and, trust us, plenty of things you never thought you’d come across. Delicious food vendors offer plenty to keep you fueled up - the Kettle Corn is an absolute must and Cafe Jolie, a local spot in Alameda, will help you make it all the way through. We hit the faire on Sunday, August 6th to track down our best flea market finds under $300:
African Trade Beads
Made in Ghana and Nigeria, these glass beads are melted and then shaped in clay molds. The table was packed high with these beads and they come in so many different shapes, colors and sizes. We’d style these on top of a coffee table book or spilling out of a pretty bowl in a foyer. With some of the smaller beads you could also add some detail to a decorative pillow or as trim on window treatments.
Cost: $25-$40 per strand
Colorful table linens & Pom Pom blankets from Charles Galatis of Mimbres Art in Textile
These soft and generously sized blankets definitely hit on some trends right now with their pom pom fringe and indigo shades, but are beautifully made and will outlast any trend. Hand-dyed and great for layering on your bed or sofa. Charles also designs and sells throw pillows, tablecloths, napkins and more. He is a regular at the Flea and we love to catch up with him and check out his new finds.
Pantry storage tins
Both functional and decorative, these enamel-coated tins are storage that makes a statement. This vendor lives in both France and the U.S., sourcing antique and vintage home decor and found these 1910 French tins on one of her latest trips to her home in Burgundy. We love the rustic character these have and that they tell a story. These would look perfect atop some open shelving in a rustic kitchen....picture it: white cabinets, subway tile, brass sconces, marble counters, and walnut open shelving topped with this sweet collection.
Vintage glass bottles and jugs
Tom (also known as “Tom Bottles” - you can see the man himself above) unearths these glass bottles and is known for his huge selection of uniquely different bottles with all shapes, sizes and uses (you might have seen a sneak peek of these on our Instagram!). The bottles come in a range of colors: purple, aqua, emerald, and seemingly every shade of brown and blue. Each one has its own history from different time periods, bearing inscriptions of what it used to hold, from celery compound to medicinal elixirs. Fun fact: Kristin and her husband Josh visited Tom for months to deck out their wedding with his unique finds and candles for a beautiful glowing venue.
Cost: varies, under $100
This was possibly the most exciting find of the day, these chairs are diamonds in the rough! While this purchase would require a little more DIY love - they need to be sanded, painted or stained and reupholstered - they’re really well-made mid-century chairs at a truly unbeatable price. Also, the design is incredibly comfortable; all three of us sat in the chairs to confirm!
Cost: 2 for $20
Seasonal foods framed wall art
This vendor from Santa Cruz makes beautiful rustic wood pieces - everything from planter boxes to picture frames to cute coffee tables/benches with a herringbone pattern. These framed gold-scripted posters most caught our eyes though; they list out West Coast seafood or produce by season with simple, pretty illustrations. They’d make a unique (and useful!) addition to any kitchen.
The next Alameda Point Antiques Faire will be Sunday, September 3rd - check it out and share your flea market finds with us on Instagram. Also, let us know what you'd like us to share next time we hit it!