Last Sunday I woke up with the birds and hopped on a 6:58 a.m. train from San Diego to Orange County. I had been in San Diego with my husband for a wedding so that morning he flew home to our kiddos and I zoomed up the coast for one of my favorite outdoor fleas in the US!
My mom picked me up at the station and we had another 45 minute drive to Long Beach and then we were off to the races! I had never arrived that late to the flea (around 11 a.m.) and definitely recommend you arriving earlier then that as it closes at 2 p.m.
Even with a late start I found lots of cool loot for our online shop! At the first booth I visited I found some chic costume jewelry from engraved silver and turquoise stone bracelets to a chunky painted gold chain necklace with a very Palm Springs vibe.
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Per usual, the booths were beautiful and eclectic. I find that the Long Beach flea always has really good, curated booths with pretty reasonable prices. I have found everything here from vintage skateboards and funky chairs to global textiles and handbags. I have never left empty handed!
A little insider info for out-of-state peeps: The Long Beach flea is operated by the same folks that own the Rose Bowl flea (it takes place each month the Sunday after Pasadena's show) so many of the vendors are the same but they price their products less for Long Beach because the crowd is a little different and the show is less famous.
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I scored big time in the textile department! I found several Thai pieces and some Guatemalan embroidered beauties, too. I can't wait to turn them into pillows and embellish denim jackets or jeans with the gorgeous slivers left over!
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I grew up going to this one antique mall in Orange (the city I am originally from) with my mom. We ran into one of the vendors we shopped for years -- decades! -- at this show. I bought a beautiful vintage Chinese kimono and a long red Guatemalan vest with a sash. It was such a full circle moment to see her and find some goodies from her for the site!
I also found the gorgeous orange duster and sequin butterfly top above from a vendor nearby. The girl lives in a vintage camper and travels the US to find pieces wherever the wind takes her. She was so interesting and I loved finding some cool pieces from her travels and supporting her daydream.
We have a couple of trunk shows out here in California where we will sell these pieces and then bring what's left back to Texas for shopfleastyle.com. Look for them there soon!