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Photographer Maiko’s guide to Los Angeles #20 (“Experience California’s largest flea market!”)

Vintage Clothing event Vintage Products

With her small frame and heavy camera, Los Angeles-based photographer Maiko captures photos of her daily lifestyle. Throughout this series, we will be introducing some of Maiko’s favorite stores and areas through her eyes.
Today, Maiko introduced us to one of Los Angeles’ most popular shopping destinations.
Located in northeast of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is the home of the famous “Rose Bowl Flea Market”, which is held every second Sunday. This flea market should be well-familiar to fans and people working in the vintage heritage fashion industry. With over 200 exhibitors, you can find anything from large-scale furniture, interior accessories, and clothing.
The “early bird” admission fee, which costs $9 when you enter before 9 AM, is a bit pricier than the standard fee, but in return you get a first look at some of the higher quality items for sale. The venue itself is extremely spacious, so if you really want to take everything in we recommend that you set aside the entire day. (For us, even when we decide a time to meet up after shopping, we always tend to continue browsing around until the venue is closed for the day.)

When you enter through the admission gate, you are greeted by a large furniture and interior area. You can find everything from authentic industrial furniture (meaning they were actually used in factories, and not as furniture), popular mid-century style furniture, and many other items for extremely affordable prices!

This here was an especially popular item at the venue.

A 1940’s beach chair with a backrest. We especially loved the warmth of the cotton and wood materials, as well as the retro-style texture.
When you cross the bridge from the furniture area, you arrive at the much-anticipated clothing area.

In addition to regular items that you can casually pick up, world-renowned vintage dealers also exhibit their items, so fans of vintage clothing can spend hours and hours digging up treasures. Because there are so many items for sale, you’re bound to find something that you want, and browsing through everything can be quite a task. If you find something that you like, we recommend purchasing immediately, or else you’ll risk not being able to find it later on. Depending on your negotiation skills, you may even be able to get a discount.
The rows of boots on display is a familiar scene at the Rose Bowl.
We predict that these baseball shirts will become a popular trendy item in the spring and summer of 2017. The shirt on the left and center are from the 1960s, and the one on the right is from the 1950s.


The pricing is set at standard vintage prices so they may not be as affordable as you think, but you can find high quality products that can become part of your everyday outfit, like these denim jackets.


Recently, African indigo has been attracting a lot of attention. This small rug can be yours for the low price of $30.

This Sam Roberts LA hat was featured in the Clutch Books “Hat Craftsman” series, which is currently on sale now. The sellers are vintage dealers, and often exhibit their items at the Rose Bowl.

We also discovered guys from WELLEMA HAT CO., and were reunited with Cody for the first time since we featured him in our magazine! Even in the hot California weather, Cody’s fashion is always on point.
(Photo by CLUTCH Magazine )
You can even encounter beautiful California girls dressed in their favorite vintage styles!

Be prepared to walk around a lot when you visit the Rose Bowl. We also recommend not bringing too much stuff with you when you head to the venue. Be sure to keep yourself cool and hydrated throughout the day, as it is a completely open venue. Next time you plan your trip to Los Angeles, make sure to plan ahead so that you can experience the Rose Bowl, which is held every second Sunday.
Click the link below to visit the official website.
●Photographer Profile
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture. After graduating from university, she began her career in journalism. After leaving her job, she decided to move to Hawaii to become a professional photographer. Gaining knowledge, experience, and English abilities through her work, she then moved to Los Angeles in 2015. She currently belongs to Seven Bros. Picture (http://seven-bros.com), a collaborative group of creative individuals


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