The Rose Bowl Flea Market

The Rose Bowl Flea Market

Today was a gloriously hot day at the Rose Bowl.  We got up at virtually the crack of dawn so we could get there early enough to find some Fab Choices.  We took the route from my place in Hollywood through Silverlake and I found it was much nicer than I’d expected.  Actually, I didn’t really know what to expect having spent the last 20 years in NYC, but it was quite nice and potentially a place where I could live.

Anyway, we got there around 9am and it was already packed, but after grabbing our tickets, we were able to walk right in.  Let’s just say this…. IT’S HUGE!!!! There’s so much to see, so many fab booths with so many fab finds, it would take at least two full days to see it all.  There’s everything from candles to art to antiques to vintage clothing to furniture, etc, etc.

We spent about two hours there walking the inner circle, and ended up leaving a bit early as it was 90 out and we were thirsty, famished and exhausted and set out for a nice place to have lunch: Il Forniao.


  • Wear VERY comfortable shoes.  There’s a LOT to see and if you seeing everything, you’ll be on your feet all day.
  • Pay for the parking.  $15 and remember what gate you’re by.  You can see the gate numbers on the side of the Rose Bowl.
  • Also, bring exact change for admission ($9).  There’s a couple of guys just outside the ticket booth who sell tickets if you have exact cash, and there’s no line there.
  • Go with cash.  Most of the vendors take credit cards but you’ll get better deals and sometimes not have to pay a fee or for tax, if you pay with cash.
  • Eat before you go.  While we didn’t walk the whole lot, we only found hot dogs ($2), pretzels and churros to eat.  They do provide lunch benches to sit on if you decide to eat there.
  • Bring water.  Even if you’re not thirsty, you’ll find yourself sipping thru it in no time… especially on a hot day.

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