Places We Go : Alameda Point Antiques Faire
The Alameda Point Antiques Faire is a first-Sunday-of-the-month mainstay in the Bay Area. Located on the island of Alameda, I try to go at least a couple of times a year. Until Covid. The flea market shut down for a year, reopening in July, 2021. I finally made it back this month. Right away, these pups stole my heart. I would have loved to brought them home - but it turns out they were over $150 each and very, very heavy.
Admission pricing varies by time you enter. 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. is $20 but by the time noon rolls around, tickets are $5. Clearly, early birds gets the worms.
I usually show up about 10 a.m., paying $10. By then, the early birds are already leaving with carts of treasures. There is a lot of stuff still left.
There are always a few "Mediterranean" booths filled with wonderful found objects including old French linen nightshirts (back left).
Linen grain sacks start at $20 but the bowls and jugs are $100 - $300.
I'd like one of each, please.
Love that sheriff.
I'm not sure all of these bracelets are Bakelite but aren't the colors amazing?
This Bakelite booth had hundreds of pieces. I love the hat pins in midCentury ceramic display heads.
The amount of stuff to buy is almost overwhelming.
Clean, starched linens - nothing over $20.
More vintage clothing booths than I remember. Here's Junk Yard Jeans.
Once the fog breaks, it gets hot pretty quickly. A hat or an umbrella is a good idea.
Cast iron frying pans.
The flea market sets on one of the old USS Naval Air Station's runways and is adjacent to the Port of Oakland.
Turkey feeders for sale.
The market is at the edge of the bay with the San Francisco skyline in the background.
Everything sold has to be at least 20 years old.
There was a ton of cut glass, sparkling in the bright sun.
This visit, I just didn't see anything that I had to have. I made it through aisles A - J. There's usually a minimum of 26 aisles but often there's more when the weather is good. Afterward, I passed by the flea market food trucks and headed across the island to Sushi House (2375 Shore Line Dr., Alameda, CA) for a to-go lunch on the beach. A perfect Sunday. Hope you enjoy yours!
Here's the skinny from the flea market's website :
The Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the largest antiques show in Northern California. Held on the 1st Sunday of every month, the Faire boasts over 800 Dealer booths. All items are 20 years old or older. Our faire is the ultimate place to shop for vintage and antique home decorations, clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, pottery, books & collectibles.
Parking is FREE. Our shuttle will be operating between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm to shuttle customers from the parking lot to the Faire Entrance, with occasional stops at the Ferry Building on Main Street.
We are in a Wildlife Sanctuary and pets are NOT allowed per our Use Permit. Service Dogs are exempt from this rule, but comfort dogs are not.
NOTICE TO ALAMEDA POINT ANTIQUES FAIRE CUSTOMERS: There is often active filming occurring at this event. By entering, you agree that your image may appear in print, TV, Internet or motion pictures.
No admittance after 3:00 PM