One of the things I miss most about LA is the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Sure, Portland has some serious estate sales and vintage furniture shops, but there is nothing here like the glory that is the Rose Bowl Flea.
The Rose Bowl Flea Market is a vintage junkie’s holy grail. It uses the majority of the Rose Bowl (football stadium) parking lot with some of the best vintage and antique vendors from all over Southern California. It occurs the 2nd Sunday of every month and it is a don’t miss event for interior designers and set decorators alike. It is also not unusual to find some of your favorite celebrities here. Taylor Swift, Jessica Alba, Lauren Conrad and Heidi Klum are all fans of the Rose Bowl Flea.
So when our trip to LA happened to fall on the 2nd Sunday in December, I HAD to make the trip out to Pasadena to my favorite flea market. When I lived in LA, I was one of those crazies that would be at the flea market for the early open (5am) but on this trip I kept it casual and got there around 10am.
Here are some of the favorite things I found:
One of the best things about the Rose Bowl being a monthly event, is that the merchandise definitely changes to fit the season. These vintage jingle bells are sure to add a rustic touch to anyone’s holiday decor.
It doesn’t get more rustic Christmas than these vintage burlap stockings. This might be something I need to DIY.I am a big fan of vintage holiday lawn ornaments and these light up choir children take me right back to my childhood.If I had any way to get this vintage fire truck back to Portland, it would have had a happy home under my Christmas tree waiting to surprise my lil man on Christmas morning.A BIG trend I noticed at the Rose Bowl Flea were industrial letters. Whether old or new, these light up box letters were EVERYWHERE.
Here is another vendor with some great light up letters and signs.
I loved these metal numbers and letters and I am currently kicking myself for not buying some for our house numbers.When a DIY trend hits, you can always count on the Rose Bowl Flea Market vendors to act fast. I couldn’t turn around without seeing a vintage frame with a painted chalkboard center.Mid-century modern pieces are a Rose Bowl Flea staple. If this is your style, this is a great place to find some.I definitely saw more “farm rustic” and less “shabby chic” than I have in years past. I loved these burlap upholstered pieces I saw at the market this year.This vintage European linen vendor has been coming to the flea for years, but I have never seen them with such a wide of selection. Business must be doing well!
I fell in love with this vintage mail box unit and the vendor even had ALL the keys! My lil man would stay busy for hours playing with this!The trend I was most excited to see present was all of the industrial items. I don’t remember seeing nearly this many in years past and it was definitely all over the place.
I love these vintage diner barstools!
These industrial drawers would make great bathroom/craft room storage. I love the yellow color of this vintage hardware store storage that once held screws and nails. The small size would be great for an office.This salvaged industrial table would be so cool in a foyer or behind a couch.I love everything metal mesh, including this metal mesh shelving unit. It’s short and would be perfect for holding towels in a bathroom.I love our dining room table, but if I had seen this industrial table first, I probably would have passed on ours.
Where do you go for great vintage finds? Share your best secrets! I gave you mine