Flea Market.

The Flea Market is my happy place. It was before I moved to California and it remains so while I am here. Alameda Antiques Fair is probably the best of the best. I’m not a die-hard shopper (because I have neither the space, need, nor bank balance) who gets up at 5 am and pays the full entry in but I do like a good few hours of semi-structured wandering through the endless line of stalls. Seriously, Alameda is so big that the first time we went we didn’t even make it to the end. These photos are from the March market (Alameda is on the first weekend of every month) where the weather was glorious. I didn’t buy much but there was so much to see and so many people to watch that it was definitely worth the $5 entry fee (though it makes me grumble every time…paying for the privilege to spend money is kind of crazy in my opinion).

The April Flea was this past Sunday (Easter Sunday!) and the weather was abysmal. In spite of the weather (and the resulting lack of stalls to peruse) we were motivated to find some extra special treasure to make it all worthwhile. And I did! A bike! More photos of the new addition to the family to come. In the meantime enjoy these sunny photographs from last time. I’ll be back Alameda, I love you so! 

Alameda is such a cool location and the view of the city from the flat is pretty incredible, as are the giant cargo ships and dinosaur-like cranes hanging around. 

Giant old shop letters…my boss back in Dublin would LOVE these (Hi Jen!). 

Richard was not convinced that we needed this old rickety tandem.

We guessed that this was a student doctor’s learning dummy because she was, ahem, anatomically accurate. 

These cashmere cardigans were stunning. 

Rich found his own name and a couple of his co-workers names within minutes which prompted him to stay and search for the rest of them. I have zero patience for that kind of task and left to continue exploring but lo and behold he found them all! Well, all except Seamus, but that was never going to happen. Haha. 

A baby goat! You really never do know what you’ll find at the flea market. 

Find more info on the flea market here and you can follow them on facebook here.