Perfect weather for a walk-the-Rose Bowl-Flea-Market workout! Pedometer in pocket, bottle of water, snacks, cash and camera ready to go. This is the grand dame of all Flea Markets, open the second Sunday of every month in the Pasadena Rose Bowl. You never know what - or who (think celebrities!) you will run into so you need to go prepared. I've been going for over twenty-five year since the days when you could find Arts & Crafts pieces and hope Barbra Steisand didn't beat you to it. Ok, I never say Babs there, but I did see Gwen Stefani once!
Today I arrived late - 9 am - so had to park FAR away but that's ok, this is an aerobic activity. My starting pedometer is 560. Wonder what it will be after 2 or 3 hours of shopping?!
Walking with the crowds, you feel a part of something "epic" (word overheard), surrounded by old cars and new cars, white haired shoppers and tattooed shoppers alike. We all bond over finding that elusive vintage BARGAIN!
Almost inside, the circus music is blasting and my heart is pounding!
The Flea Market is not just vintage, great deals abound on new purses, clothing and SUNGLASSES. I make a quick stop and purchase a pair of knock-off Ray-Bans (left mine at home) for $3!
Then the serious shopping begins. She looks more than intrigued.....sofa or lamps? Get both!
Paid, packed them all in three large boxes that I managed somehow to stack on my rolling cart and left with my new TREASURES! I can't believe the number of serving pieces. Ode to these lovelies is to come.
The end of the day is just as fun as the hunt! Great people watching as everyone leaves with their treasures.
Someone just chillin, waiting for her pick-up while sitting in her row of new found oak theater seats. Wonder where they will go, in a home screening room or poolside patio?
Rose Bowl Times & PricesRose Bowl Flea Market and Market Place regular admission starts at 9am for the general public at $8.00 per person, children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. We also have an express admission from 8:00am - 9:00am at $10.00 per person, an early admission from 7:00am - 8:00am at $15.00 per person, and a special preview VIP admission from 5:00am - 7:00am at $20.00 per person. All vendors are not all moved in and set up until 9am. The box office is open until 3pm after which time sellers begin packing and leaving.
The public may shop for those last minute bargains until 4:30pm.