Since its opening back in 2011, the Treasure island Flea market (renamed TreasureFest in 2016) has always been considered the lighthearted little sister to the much more serious Alameda Point Antiques Faire across the San Francisco Bay. The 400+ local vendors on Treasure island are a mix of antiques dealers and reasonably priced artisans who make their own arts & crafts, indie design, clothing, candles, accessories, candy, etc.
Vintage and antiques-wise, the Treasure island Flea market had until recently a pretty decent selection of offerings ranging from vintage comics to antique vases, collectibles, furniture, re-purposed items and other rare finds, generally reasonably priced if you are looking to buy. However, some long time customers noticed that the Treasure island Flea market with its dog sweater stalls and margaritas, has begun to resemble Renegade Craft Fair.
The Treasure island Flea market is not a huge market, but worth the short trip and definitely less overwhelming than the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA.
However what makes the Treasure island Flea market truly unique, is its breathtaking view over the city skylines of Berkeley and San Francisco. You can ask anyone who has been there already, and they will tell you that this place has one of the most spectacular views of San Francisco. So if you’re looking to take some nice pictures of San Francisco, Treasure Island is worth the trip by itself. As an added bonus you can see some of the last surviving buildings and sculptures from the 1930 World’s Fair.
Last but not least, The Treasure island Flea market hosts the largest monthly food event in Northern California, with 25+ food trucks and stands in different variety for your dining pleasure, as well as outdoor bars. Food trucks have a broad range of offerings from Asian to burgers and the venue has a large grassy area where you can spread out a blanket. Depending on the season there is sometimes live music as well. After that, before heading back to the city, go explore and visit the multiple Wineries on site, then take in a close view of the New Bay Bridge.
To sum it up, the Treasure Island Flea Market is a place where you might enjoy spending a day, thrifting, eating, soaking up some sun and enjoying the food and people there. In other words, it’s a perfect fair — antique or not.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
For big markets, arrive the night before and stay the day after. That way, you can get a good night’s sleep, rise early to start shopping, and have a home base to drop off the goods throughout the day.
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