The Melrose Trading Post is a weekly antique, art, and collectibles market held once a week in the parking lot at Fairfax High School. It was co-founded by Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz back in 1997 through their nonprofit Greenway Arts Alliance, and continues today to be celebrated as a treasured community and cultural resource.
Every Sunday of the week, the Melrose Trading Post offers an ever-changing experience featuring vintage fashion, antique furniture, vintage clothing, records, furniture, plants, jewelry, random knick-knacks, a selective selection of handcrafted goods, eclectic arts and crafts, and countless quirky unique treasures – some of which can get expensive. But if you dig deep enough you can find some great stuff and good prices.
The market gathers between 3,000 to 4,000 attendees on a weekly basis, and features nearly 200 eclectic vendors to check out. Antique and collectible vendors exhibiting every Sunday include California Cotton, Adventuretown Toy Emporium, and Go Tresor. The “vintage clothing” section is not to be outdone, as it includes no less than 11 vendors specializing in this field, such as I Am Muse, Pink Flamingo Vintage, Triple Vintage, and Makara’s Vintage and Collectibles
Admission is $3 which is not bad at all compared to the $8 visitors have to pay at Rose Bowl. It should be noted that the admission fee paid by visitors benefits a worthy cause. The Melrose Trading Post is an initiative of the Greenway Arts Alliance, a community-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring communities together through art, education and enterprise. Since its inception, the Melrose Trading Post Flea Market has raised more than $8 million in grants for Fairfax High School organizations, athletic equipment, beautification projects, teacher programs, theatrical productions.
The Melrose Trading Post is consistently listed as a top Los Angeles destination by numerous tourist websites and featured in publications and media all over the world. It can be a great, laid-back alternative to the bigger and more expensive Rose Bowl flea market.