Second Best

Exploring the city’s top sources for vintage and antique finds.

Flea Markets

Pasadena City College Flea Market

You probably already know one of America’s most famous flea markets, the 50-year-old Rose Bowl Flea Market. It’s held rain or shine on the second Sunday of the month and home to over 2,500 vendors hawking a medley of vintage art, furniture, housewares, clothes, accessories, and all sorts of odds and ends.

For those seeking a one-of-a-kind find without having to battle the Rose Bowl’s crowds, on the first Sunday of the month, 400-plus vendors at Pasadena City College Flea Market sell an array of items including textiles, art, and midcentury furniture.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a bargain or treasure, or simply want to furnish your house in a day, the Santa Monica Airport Antique & Vintage Market fits the bill. Held on the first and fourth Sunday of every month, the market is a destination for decorators and designers, as well as collectors of all ages.

Every third Sunday at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium, 800 vendors gather at the open-air Long Beach Antique Market. Less about clothing than some other local fleas, this market is known for its range of furniture (Art Deco, midcentury, and beyond) and less intense scavengers—so there’s no need to show up at 5:30 a.m. to be the first one in.


Donation Based

The Assistance League of Pasadena is an all-volunteer nonprofit that puts caring and commitment into action through philanthropic programs in the Pasadena community. Its Treasure Fair Thrift Shop on Foothill Boulevard serves as the main source of funding and offers an affordable selection of antiques and collectibles, apparel and shoes, books, housewares, linens, and home decor.

Goodwill Southern California has several Pasadena-based locations where you can browse a wide selection of deeply discounted clothing, accessories, home goods, furnishings, books, electronics, and collectibles.

The first National Council of Jewish Women L.A. Thrift Shop opened in 1924 to serve immigrants coming to Los Angeles and was stocked with useful household items. Today, locations include Burbank, Canoga Park, Mar Vista, and West Los Angeles, and the Council Thrift Shop is among the most popular thrift shops in Los Angeles, known for a wide selection of clothing, jewelry, furniture, art, accessories, and other items at affordable prices.

Pasadena’s Salvation Army resells donated items, including housewares, appliances, furniture, and collectibles, to provide funding for its no-fee, residential adult rehab centers. You may have to wade through some “junk,” but there’s treasure to be found.


Local Listings

Hollis Pasadena

Remodeling your Craftsman? Pasadena Architectural Salvage specializes in vintage and reproduction building materials for historic structures, including lighting, plumbing fixtures, stained glass, hardware, doors, and windows.

Helmed by Mik Hollis, Hollis Pasadena (formerly Susanne Hollis Inc.) has served the most celebrated design firms around the country for almost 40 years. The Lincoln Avenue showroom offers classic European, Asian, and South American furniture, artifacts, and accessories, with a focus on quality, impeccable provenance, and immaculate construction.

A shopping staple since 1991, T. L. Gurley Antiques on Fair Oaks offers a diverse inventory of antiques and oddities that’s updated daily. Whether you’re looking for a 17th-century Spanish table, Venetian ewer, or fine art, it’s worth a stop here.

Hollywood set decorator Amy Wells (Mad Men, Scandal, Big Little Lies) relies on Pasadena’s Revival Antiques, an 8,000-square-foot showroom with a large selection of restored lighting, antiques, garden pieces, and vintage tile ideal for Craftsman, Spanish Revival, and Mediterranean abodes. The store also offers its own line of custom sconces and furniture, as well as in-home design consultations for period homes.

Housed in the Pasadena Antique Center, Jeremie Adkins Antiques specializes in classic 18th- to 20th-century furnishings, paintings, and decorator-friendly objects. His curated wares have been featured in Architectural Digest, film and television, and numerous photo shoots.

You’re nearly guaranteed to find a prize while navigating the 22,000-square-foot Pasadena Antiques & Design space. Objects and decor span the 17th century to midcentury modern era. Past finds include folk art, Venetian glass, textiles, and Chinese porcelain.

Bougie Bazaar

Rebecca Burton and Harmony Wolfson, the mother/daughter team behind Bougie Bazaar, have been buying and selling antiques and vintage since 1986. Expect to find rare and unusual vintage treasures for the home and garden in their Walnut Street shop.

Open since 1976, the 40,000-square-foot Pasadena Antique Center and Annex is one of the oldest antique malls around and has over 130 professional dealers on-site, selling furniture and collectibles from various periods.

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