There is no shortage of upscale shopping destinations in Silicon Valley, but if you’re looking for vintage treasures, great bargains on second-hand goods, and truly unique works of art, there are a handful of local flea markets that you should explore. Check the market website for schedules, admissions fees, and other pertinent information, like alternate locations.
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.
The San Jose Flea Market is special because this market is truly 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.
The Capitol Public Market is a lively place. The site is a flea market by day, and one of California’s last remaining drive-in movie theaters by night. 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.
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, raising thousands of dollars each year for student programs. This market is the best market in Silicon Valley for finding vintage items and antiques.
This is a small market in the parking lot of Palo Alto High School with proceeds benefiting the high school music program.
This is a small market in the parking lot of Branham High School with proceeds benefiting the high school athletic program.