Another interesting thing about this flea market, is the entrance fee. If you're a truly an antique collector or buyer, you can show up early (6:00 - before 7:30) and pay $15. You will have first pick of everything there. If you don't like getting up that early, you can show up at 7:30 until 9 and pay $10. The rest of us come sometime after 9 and pay only $5. It really depends upon how serious you are.
Once inside the gate, I walked all the way to the back, checking vintage clothes, purses and shoes along the way. I saw a vendor from the Treasure Island Flea Market. She liked the blog, but reminded me that I had put in the wrong name. I told her I would rectify it. She is actually Lisa Stiles-Holms of Have Pitty? (firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-835-6584). Proceeds from the sale of her beautiful vintage clothes go to help to animals. Lisa has some gorgeous vintage couture items.
Once in the back, which borders on the San Francisco Bay, I started walking up and down the long rows of vintage everything. I couldn't resist photographing other things besides clothes. It is a vintage shopper's heaven and it is easy to get very distracted. Many things are pricey, but the vendors do negotiate. And there are actually ATM machines inside the flea market.
Some other vendors that I met yesterday that I'd like to mention include Arturo Torres (408-417-4379) who displayed his fantastic black leather jacket. He also had a 1960's full length leather and faux fur coat that was stunning. The Vintagerie owned by Courtney Jordan (www.TheVintagerie.com, The Vintagerie@gmail.com, 843-425-3845) that had the best collection of 1950's hats and purses. Courtney recently relocated up to the Bay Area from Los Angeles.
Towards the end of my journey through the flea market (a few hours later), I ambled by another familiar stall. I actually featured some of The Window Lady's interesting, original clothes in my last blog from Treasure Island. Janay Rose, The Window Lady (www.etsy.com/shop/thewindowlady, 510-326-6324) has a wide variety of vintage clothes, shoes, purses, etc., but she also has original clothes that she's designed that are a combination of 19th century and 21st century whimsy. She's camera shy, but definitely wanted me to give her some mention. Her original clothes were my favorite.
Finally, on my towards the exit, I found one more gem - Christina Evans' The Empty Wardrobe (www.theemptywardrobe.wordpress.com, email@example.com). Christina has designed very original, shorts from vintage pants. Well, you'll see what I mean.
1960's faux fur coat for those cool, foggy nights
The long walk to the back of the flea market
1950's ball gowns
Vintage shopper trying on shoes
Brown bomber jacket
Greek food at the Ultimate Souvlaki
More food carts
Lisa Stiles-Holms of Have Pitty?
Couture bathing suits from Have Pitty?
Boots at Have Pitty?
The ultimate off-white evening jacket at Have Pitty?
Sleeping vintage shopper on a brass bed
2-piece knit and beaded sweater set
Black overcoat and goggles
Black velvet Mexican dress from Puebla
Brown 1950's Marilyn dress
It's hard to see but the City is on the other side of that strip of blue
Scenes of the Alameda Flea Market
More & more purses
Faux fur & leather coat
Arturo and his wild, black leather jacket
Vintage Coach purse $160
Purple & black party fantasy dress
Vendor displaying a messenger bag from WWI
Purses and doll
1950's hats from The Vintagerie
Red & clear plastic pumps from The Vintagerie
Purse, pumps & cat glasses
Fitted dress & green hat
Sgt. Pepper bright red jacket
18th century yellow jacket costume
Hiding behind her hair at The Window Lady
Vintage & modern at The Window Lady
Modern whimsy at The Window Lady
Hat & scarf at The Window Lady
Plenty of vintage to choose from at The Window Lady
Jewels, purses & hats
These hot boots definitely go with the top & belt above
The ultimate wedding dress
Dolls wearing hats
Dolls and admirer with headphones
Striped dress and vintage bathing suits
Black, beaded tee-strap pumps
Shirley doll head with brown, wool hat
The Empty Wardrobe
Leopard print shorts and sheer-flower top & belt at The Empty Wardrobe
Paisley shorts at The Empty Wardrobe
Petticoat and necklaces
Green evening gown & necklace
Art Deco head & perfume bottles
Louis Vuitton purse $275