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The best part of every month | September 4, 2009

The first Sunday of every month has become one of my most favorite days. It happens to be the only time the Alameda Flea Market takes place, which is an activity I recently discovered.

It’s Northern California’s largest antique and vintage fair, with 800 vendors and nearly 10,000 shoppers each month. Everything sold at the Alameda Flea Market must me at least 20 years old and reproductions are never allowed.

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I first went to the flea market last month and was overwhelmed with delight when i saw people selling vintage Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbags for $30 to $50. There are rows and rows of clothing vendors and some of the outfits people sell are fantastic. Thankfully, there are ATMs located around this place if you run out of money.

The Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire has been features in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Country Home, Budget Travel, Sunset Magazine, Via Magazine and attracts buyers from all over the country.

The next market will take place this sunday, September 6th, from 6am to 3pm. Note that there are different admission fees and parking can be a pain the longer you wait to go.

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For directions & more information, visit http://www.antiquesbythebay.com.

& also, before I come to a close, here’s a little tip: if you are on a budget & don’t want to spend too much money, start with the booths in the back. The market is set so that the most expensive things are located in the front and further back you go, the cheaper it gets.

* all images courtesy of 45walldesign.blogspot.com

Ann R.

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