Right in the heart of Southern California’s patio-living culture (nearly smack-dab between Los Angeles and Orange County), the Long Beach Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market hosts a huge assortment of outdoor furniture, garden ceramics and statuary.
Lynn and Donald Moger have managed the show, which takes place on the third Sunday of the month at Veterans’ Stadium, since 1982, and they also enforce a 20-year rule, so you know the bounty of Fiestaware and 50s-era Pyrex bowls aren’t recent reproductions.
Over 800 sellers spread out over 20 acres, feature a huge selection of antiques, collectibles and everything Chic, Cheap Unique & Vintage…. all for sale at bargain prices.
Lynn Moger is most proud of the creativity her show inspires, and she says that she’s seen “an old railroad cart purchased for use as a coffee table and vintage file cabinets converted into a bedroom dresser.” One of its best perks? “Real restrooms!” The Long Beach Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market takes place once a month, rain or shine.
Because of its sunny beach side location and popular beer vendors, the show has a decidedly street fair feel, and locals come by each week just to walk around and soak up the sea breeze.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Trust your gut. The only regrets I have are about not buying when I couldn’t stop thinking about something. Chances are, at a shop or fair that’s competitive, people will buy if you don’t. So, if your heart is set on it, buy quickly.
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