The Best Flea Markets in San Jose and Silicon Valley

For bargains and the best vintage finds

The Best Flea Markets in San Jose and Silicon Valley
••• De Anza College Flea Market, Cupertino, California. Cassie Kifer

There is no shortage of upscale shopping destinations in Silicon Valley, but if you’re looking for vintage/second-hand goods, great bargains, and truly interesting finds, there are a handful of local flea markets that you should explore. I may or may not have scored my vintage diamond engagement ring at one of these markets…

San Jose Flea Market

Address: 1590 Berryessa Road, San Jose

When: Wed, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 8am to Dark.

 

Admission: Free.

Parking fees:

  • $7.00 on Saturdays (Free parking before 9 am)
  • $10.00 on Sundays (Free parking before 9 am)
  • $3.00 on Fridays
  • Free parking on Wednesday

This flea market is the old granddaddy of Bay Area flea markets. The San Jose “Flea,” has been open since 1960 and it draws visitors from across the Bay looking for deals on new and used items.

The market is like a small city filled with vendors selling clothing, electronics, furniture, automotive parts, personal care products, garden stands, a quarter-mile long produce row stocked with diverse produce, world foods, and more. Many of the vendors are importers and sell a large percentage of new, brand-name, and world market imports.

This market is a fun outing for the whole family. Kids will enjoy a vintage carousel, mini Ferris wheel, and playground with inflatable slides. Adults will enjoy the live music each weekend and diverse food stalls.

Capitol Public Market

Address: 3630 Hillcap Ave., San Jose

When: Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 6:30am - 5pm; Wednesday and Friday: 7:30am – 3:30pm

Admission: Wednesday: $0.25; Thursday: $1.00; Friday: $0.50; Saturday: $1.50; Sunday: $2.00. Children under 11 are free. Parking: Free.

The Capitol Public Market is a flea market by day, and one of California’s last remaining drive-in movie theaters by night, it’s a lively place.

This market is a smaller version than the San Jose Flea market, but it has a larger percentage of second-hand items than the San Jose Flea.

De Anza College Flea Market

(21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino)

First Saturday of every month, 8AM - 4PM

Admission: Free. Parking: $5.00 per vehicle.

This popular monthly flea market started thirty years ago as a project of the De Anza College student body and it still is run by the college council and raises thousands of dollars each year for student programs. This market is the best market in Silicon Valley for finding vintage items and antiques.

Palo Alto High School Flea Market

Address: 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto

Second Saturday of the month. Exceptions: In the autumn, if the sale falls on a Stanford University Football home game day, the sale is pushed back to the third Saturday of the month. See the school's event calendar to confirm dates. Time: 9am-3pm

Admission: Free. Parking: Free

A small market in the parking lot of Palo Alto High School. Proceeds benefit the high school music program.

Branham High School Flea Market

Address: 1570 Branham Lane, San Jose

When: Third Saturday of each month, 6am – 2pm

Admission: Free. Parking: Free

A small market in the parking lot of Branham High School.

Proceeds benefit the high school athletic program.