Visiting Treasure Island Flea Market in San Francisco

Treasure Island Flea

I had been hearing about a neat flea market on Treasure Island since arriving in the bay area 2 ½ years ago. We went today. Treasure Island is right across the bay from downtown San Francisco. The view is stunning! A flea market sets up on Treasure Island the last weekend of each month and there are usually 300+ vendors and lots of food trucks with a park area for kids and dog to play s and of course the San Francisco bay and the city views….lots of fresh sea air too!

We found parking pretty fast and started following the crowds. We paid the $3 admission fee. Lots of booths. Lots of jewelry booths (everything from origami styles to the made in China beads). Lots of  hand-made soap and lotion booths, some food booths (mustards and honey). There were a few booths that had items for dogs that were clothing, leaches and collars, food and water bowls. Booths that had a mix of junk and vintage collectibles too. Booths selling one of a kind camera straps, belts and picture frames, some shabby chic too. I really liked a couple booths that were selling clothing as they had vintage trailers/vintage caravans and even vintage busses converted into showrooms! These vintage trailers really had a lot of charm!!



Dealers at most the booths were pretty grumpy. No one said ‘hello’ no one was happy to see you. A couple booths had some vintage Christmas items I was drawn to but the dealers were not interested in bargaining. One booth had a box of vintage pinecone miniature hand made ornaments with mica from the 1940s (so cute) and the price was $25 for the box so I offered $20 and the lady took it out of my hands and said ‘No”. I was hoping she would come back with $22 or something but no, she just pulled the item right out of my hands! I had a couple similar experiences at other booths. So, if you come to the Treasure Island flea market, be prepared for grumpy dealers that will not bargain with you. I am sure it depends on the day or the dealer, but, after multiple grumpy dealers and no bargaining, we were a little disappointed.  I didn’t buy anything. My husband found a vintage Polaroid camera for his collection.


All in all, the day was sunny, breezy, and gorgeous at 64 degrees. Had a nice drive to Treasure Island and after 2 hours wondering the flea market we drove back to beautiful wine country. Hope your weekend is going great!!


Alameda Point Antiques Faire

The flea market or ‘Antiques Faire’ was awesome! It was our first time and the faire was located approx. 20 min south of San Francisco in the town of Alameda. The faire is next to the water and you can sea shipping docks and containers with a great view of the San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Weather was outstanding, warm nut not too hot and a light breeze blowing in off the bay. Shoppers and vendors everywhere. Lots and lots of people were buying furniture and vintage fruit crates. My husband is into collecting antique and vintage cameras and he found a couple really cool ones at great prices. Me, not so lucky as everything I was interested in was priced way too high though I did manage to score the cutes vintage spaghetti poodle lipstick holder dog. Its is good we packed packaging paper and bubble wrap in our backup as when you purchase from a vendor they do not usually provide a bag nor wrap you item.  We did notice that in order to draw buyers into booths, vendors had their “eye catching” pieces placed ‘just so’ and they are priced so high that no way would anyone buy it but, it sure draws people into the booths.  Also, vendors don’t always know everything about what it is they are selling and will embellish the item(s) details in the hopes of making a sale so do your own home work.  Check for damage on items prior to buying as many times a price sticker will be placed over an area of damage so buyer-be-where. We walked so much and had a blast, can’t wait for the next faire!!