By Meaghan Sands
Everyone loves a good deal and the opportunity to barter for goods”a cultural norm prominent in countries around the world, but mostly frowned or laughed upon in the U.S. One of the few places Americans can barter freely and without judgment are swap meets.
The Pasadena City College Flea Market is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arrive early before the crowds set in and you can make it out in time for lunch.
Admission is free and vendors occupy areas on two sides of the campus and multiple levels of the parking structure. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and activities.
Records, comic books and yard sale items can be found aplenty here, along with piles of books and children’s toys”from Hot Wheels to action figures.
Food options are limited, but head west on Colorado and eat at Andy’s Coffee Shop”the mixed breakfast burrito is well worth it.
The Melrose Trading Post is held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fairfax High School and at Taft Charter High School. Once again, arrive early and plan on spending at least half the day here.
Parking is provided at no charge and admission is $3 at Fairfax High and $2 at Taft Charter High. Proceeds support area public schools.
Antique, vintage and handcrafted goods are plentiful at this swap meet. If you’re not prepared for heftier barters that can leave your pockets feeling lighter, don’t fret. This is the perfect place to harness ideas for your next Pinterest post.
The Starlite Swap Meet is held every weekend from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the, now vacant, South El Monte drive-in theater. Parking is free, but arrive early to beat the crowds and snag a space in the parking lot.
Admission is a hefty 75 cents and gets you access to endless rows of vendors selling all manner of items from new to old to slightly used. This swap meet has it all.
Food choices range from breakfast burritos to warm, arroz con leche and coffee.
If you don’t speak Spanish, be prepared to have your patience and communication skills tested.
PCC Flea Market
1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
Melrose Trading Post
7850 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046
(Taft Charter High)
5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Starlite Swap Meet
2540 Rosemead Blvd, South El Monte, CA 91733
Pro: A wide variety of goods.
Con: Hit or miss you’ll find something you like.
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