Melrose Trading Post

A treasured community and cultural resource since 1997, the Melrose Trading Post is a top Los Angeles destination for lovers of all things quirky and vintage, that features nearly 200 eclectic vendors of eclectic arts and crafts, vintage fashion, and antique furniture to check out

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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.

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  1. Fun place to roam around for used clothing, footwear and accessories, home decoration, old records, hippy art, nice bites, drinks, you name it. A great way to spend your Sunday!

  2. A must visit for any LA native or tourist. Show up early and parking is usually plentiful on the baseball field.

  3. The hot spot for LA’s urban dwellers every Sunday, Fairfax High School parking lot is filled to the max of hipsters and kiosks ready to upscale your wardrobe or you interior decorating. Entry fee is under $5 and you can literally spend a whole day here checking out the shops, some live music and a delicious snow cone. Every trip to the Flea Market I walk away with new hand crafted jewelry or a groovy pair of sunglasses. Do yourself a favor and brave the parking to come wander around the asphalt, it will not disappoint.

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