Have you heard of Los Angeles’ Downtown Flea? Don’t feel too bad if you haven’t: Downtown Flea is a new monthly flea market for Etsy lovers, art collectors, vintage clothing and mid-century furniture connoisseurs, and residents who just want to get out and have a good time. Sprawled over 4 parking lots from 3rd and Main to 2nd and Spring Street, vendors set up shop against a street art background and the hovering downtown buildings, catering to the Instagram culture of today. In other words, the Downtown Flea is a hip new market in downtown Los Angeles, and it’s here just in time for the cultural gentrification of the area.
As any LA resident knows, there are several flea markets around town. The two most popular flea markets, the once a month Rose Bowl and the every Sunday Fairfax High School, are on opposites sides of town, MidCity and Pasadena. One thing that was missing in the flea market arena was a downtown Los Angeles location. With housing at an all time high in the downtown district, it only makes sense that this is the new and exciting place to hold a flea market meet-up.
And I say meet-up because that’s exactly what it felt like. Complete with food trucks, a DJ and, surprisingly, a rock-climbing wall, there is definitely a community hang out vibe that goes beyond that of traditional flea markets. With over 10 food trucks in attendance, most people showed up to shop and dine. The music and food area, complete with couches and chairs that were also for sale, made it easy to sit back and relax while eating some delicious Los Angeles local grub.
Besides the music and food trucks, the vendors are really what set this market apart from the other flea markets in LA. The high quality vintage collections and eclectic local artists really set the stage for this market to be a place shoppers return to when looking to add a more unique and artistic vibe to their home.
Skateboards turned into wine racks, vintage gas tanks turned into working industrial style light fixtures, handmade woven doggie ties, perfectly curated vintage tablecloths and 60’s style dresses, are just a sampling of what to expect by vendors.
This dog friendly event is set for the last Sunday of every month from 10am to 4pm and entry is $5 dollars. If you don’t want to hassle with Downtown LA traffic or parking, this event is also close to the LA Metro system and an easy walk to the Grand Central Market and Angel’s Flight if you’re looking for something to do after the Flea Market.