Long Beach Flea Market

From old-school gumball machines and vintage records to delicate air plants and hand-woven Native American Indian baskets, the Long Beach Flea Market has it all!

Also known as the Long Beach Antique Market, this treasure-trove of vintage and handmade items happens once a month and my sister and I finally made the trek to the LBC to get our bargain-hunting on!

We spent a total of 3 hours inside the Veterans Stadium parking lot browsing most of the vendors and found a few steals! I’ve been to my share of flea markets in LA and consider the prices here to be more pocket-friendly and the vendors to be more of the bargaining type.

That being said, here are some tips for when you go!

BRING SUNSCREEN AND A HAT

Don’t discount these sunny spring days. I opted out for sunscreen and a hat and payed the price in the form of a beautiful farmers tan.

BRING CASH

Admission is $6 and you get to cut the line if you pay in cash. Most vendors prefer cash and it is way easier to bargain with! FYI: Yelp check-in gets you 50 cents off.

GET THERE EARLY

Sacrifice a few AM hours and aim to get there between 8-9AM. This way you have first dibs on all the vendors AND you can beat the heat and crazy parking lot crowds.

BRING REUSABLE BAGS

Many vendors provide plastic or paper bags but go green and bring your own!

BRING WATER AND A SNACK

Stay hydrated and bring your Klean Kanteen filled all the way up! We didn’t think about food prior to getting there but after a couple hours of bargain shopping and browsing, we were hungry. They sell pretzels, chips, hot dogs and beer. All looked great but we didn’t want to splurge on junk food. Beer was $8 btw! Next time we will pack a sandwich and some trail mix!

DON’T BE AFRAID TO BARTER

At one of the vendors we visited, my sister and I were both interested in buying a couple of vintage cameras. The guy wanted $45 for each but we walked away paying $40 for BOTH. Like I said, don’t be afraid to barter!

SUCCULENTS

Given their current popularity status, the earlier you arrive, the better the selection! By 11AM when we got there, much had been picked over, including the lithops which I had intended on buying! They offer cheaper succulents here than other places I have been to including nurseries and downtown LA. Mini succulents were $1 and larger ones were $3.

Aside from our succulent bounty, here are some of our other flea finds:

           

4901 E Conant St. Long Beach, CA 90808 

What’s your favorite flea market? Leave a comment below!

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