Visit the Alameda Point Antiques Faire

shoppers at the Alameda Flea Market
"Marketplace" by allaboutgeorge / CC BY 2.0

If you're a Bay Area antique and vintage lover, you need to mark your calendar for the Alameda Point Antiques Faire every month. Sometimes called Antiques by the Bay or the Alameda Flea Market, the event is northern California's largest flea market.

Location

Directions to the faire at Runway 7/25 Alameda Point are fairly straightforward, but visitors should be aware that the Main street entrance can get pretty crowded at times. If you're using a GPS use the address "2900 Navy Way, Alameda, California 94501" for accurate directions.

Dates and Times

The faire is open from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month, weather permitting. In 2019, the dates are: Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug 3, Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7.

If the market is closed due to rain it will reopen on the second Sunday of the month. A free tram from the back of parking lot to the admission area from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission

  • V.I.P. Admission $15, with entry from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • Early Bird Admission $10, with entry from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • General Admission $5, with entry from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Free admission for children 14 and under accompanied by a parent
  • No re-entry after 3:00 p.m.
  • Free parking
  • Service animals only

Merchandise

Everyone has visited "antique fairs" where nothing on the shelves was older than they were but you won't get bogged down by booth after booth of tube socks and counterfeit purses here. All merchandise for sale must be at least 20 years old. It would be impossible to list all the merchandise, but you'll certainly find a great selection of:

  • Antiques and collectibles
  • Re-purposed and up-cycled goods made from vintage items
  • Jewelry
  • Vintage clothing
  • Furniture, from fine antiques to funky vintage
  • Paintings, pottery, and other artwork
  • Lighting
  • Ceramics, glassware, and dishes
  • Vintage kitsch
  • Architectural salvage

Alameda Point Antiques Faire Shopping Tips

  • Get your hand stamped so you can leave and come back without paying admission again.
  • Large pushcarts are available for loan. Leave big purchases with the sellers until you get ready to leave, and then load them up and wheel them to the loading zone. You can pull your vehicle right up to the loading zone.
  • A huge variety of food and drink is available from the food court, but you might want to bring some bottled water or a thermos of coffee anyway. The lines are often rather long.
  • Dress in layers. The view is fantastic, but it can get cool and windy.
  • Dealers are willing to haggle, but you'll get better prices at the end of the day. Dealers aren't allowed to leave before 3 p.m., and they'd rather unload their goods than pack them up again.
  • There are two ATMs on the flea market grounds. One is at the entrance, but you'll probably have to wait in line.
  • For other California flea finds, check out the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena.

Selling at the Alameda Flea Market

  • First booth $155, additional spaces $130 each
  • Vendor setup begins at 4:00 a.m. (must be complete by 8:00 a.m.)
  • Vendors may not start packing to leave until 3:00 p.m. (must be off the property by 7:00 p.m.)
  • Tables available to rent for $10 each

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