This flea market has almost 250 vendors of vintage clothes, jewelry, housewares and more, attracts as many as 5,000 people in a single day, and benefits programs at its host site, Fairfax High School. This is a place to see, be seen, and snag a tremendous deal on a quirky thing you’d forgotten you can’t live without.
A testing ground for youthful street fashion in Los Angeles, the Trading Post is a magnet for teenagers and early 20-somethings wearing style mash-ups of the 1940s through the 1990s, accented with dashes of the present. You’ll also find some serious antique collectors here, scouting a steal on the occasional overlooked treasure. The Post also features the performances of local musicians and works by local artists, providing a fun and inexpensive way to see what’s percolating on the city’s cultural scene.
Street parking is hard to come by around here, so it’s advisable to arrive as early or late in the day as possible. The Trading Post has a small food court available, but just a couple of blocks south on Fairfax Avenue you’ll find both The Golden State, a burger joint serving only food and beverages sourced in California, and the famous Canter’s Deli, an old-school staple serving sky-high sandwiches.