LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Billed as chic, cheap, unique and the flea market with style, the Long Beach Antique Flea Market takes place on the third Sunday each month at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium. With a solid 800 dealers, this event is well established and has been running since 1982.
Celebrating its 31st anniversary on December 15 was a boon for attendees. Anyone who was 31 years old got the $6 admission waived. Booths are rented for $85 to $125 and dealers usually line up at 1 am to get one of the 25 standby booths available each month. Many of the dealers come each month to this award-winning flea market, which has won accolades by many of the local newspapers as well as Good Housekeeping Magazine.
The December 15 edition, the market was spread out over 20 acres and one could find loads of antiques, collectibles and “decorative home furnishings.”
Not seen much on the East Coast but a Southern California secondhand market staple is surfboard furniture, with several chairs and benches available and even a wine rack.
Bugs, bats and all sorts of creepy crawly things were offered by the Bug People, whose booth was busy, as the sellers are not online but prefer to sell at flea markets in the winter.
Among furniture pieces seen at the market were a blonde mahogany two-piece sideboard with round port windows that seemed like a deal at an asking price of $60, while a set of six chairs, in formed plywood and chrome midcentury were offered by G&D Custom Upholstery of Santa Ana, Calif.
Vintage clothes and shoes are presented completely differently on the West Coast than in the East. There are huge tents more then 100 feet long, with different categories such as shoes, dresses, sweaters and jeans. The tents here offered every style and age clothing, boots and sweaters. These were some of the busiest booths at the flea market. Santiago’s Shop of North Hollywood, Calif., offered a massive amount of shoes and Flash Back Fashions offered just as many dresses.
Rounding out standouts seen here was an Interlux sign with boat and marine images in mint condition that was offered by Randy Jones Tikiranch Vintage Goods for $1,500 and a cool red Schwinn bike that would make a great gift for a special someone at $1,250.
Boasting a full complement of booths and bountiful shoppers, this well-organized event is run by Americana Enterprises, Inc. For additional information, 323-655-5703 or www.longbeachantiquemarket.com.