If the words vintage, antique, and affordable appeal to you, you should go to the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire in Alameda, California.
Imagine that someone researched, purchased, and picked up the best of the best from Craigslist, estate sales, garage sales, and pawnshops, and offered it conveniently for sale in one massive parking lot. From clothing to costume jewelry, kitchenware, furniture, and much more, you’re sure to find something that raises your brow. And how about this, anything you find is at least 20 years old. That’s the rule.
I’ll be heading out there in the morning to check it out. The fair is held the first Sunday of every month in Alameda, with “early buy” starting at 6am. Vendors must stay until at least 3pm, but some will stay even longer. For obvious reasons, high-valued, collectible items go first, with the best bargains found towards the end of the day.
One thing I love about the fair is that it’s adjacent to the Port of Oakland. The movement of shipping crates in the background somehow adds to the overall ambiance and smell of commerce in the air! Walking amidst all that cool old stuff also sparks memories, right down to the butter dish I swear we had when I was a kid.
$15 per person 6am to 7:30, $10 per person 7:30am to 9am, $5 per person, 9am to 3pm. Alameda, California. Directions: www.antiquesbybay.com/html/directions.asp
Above: A wood side table I bought last time I went, for only $25!