Rose Bowl Flea Market

A Rose Bowl Flea Market shopper's guide

A Rose Bowl Flea Market shopper's guide

Since the grand opening of the Rose Bowl Flea Market more than 45 years ago, innumerable treasure hunters have crossed the threshold at the historic gates to roam the vast expanse, feeling thrill-of-the-chase excitement. But how do you find the best items, the most favorable prices from among the 2,500 vendors?

The pros shop the monthly market strategically and with enviable panache. They often arrive at ungodly hours in the morning in search of the perfect piece, the hard-to-find item, the invaluable collectible or just the serendipitous find that strikes the fancy in the moment.

We met up with some interior designers, shop owners, collectors and dealers before a recent...

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