Everyone knows Masiri Tamsakul, the vintage lover who owns Again & Again vintage shop. But how many people know where she gets those items from? Let’s find out together. It’s because of her travel that she fell in love with flea markets. From a hobby, it soon became a part of her work. Every year, she would travel to find chic vintage items for her clients, and she’s been to vintage markets around the world. Here are her four favourites that she thinks are the best and recommends every vintage lover to explore.
BRADERIE DE LILLE, FRANCE
This place is more than a vintage market — it’s a tradition that has been around since 12th century. It used to be a festival that took place on the first Sunday of September for two days in Lille, which is just over an hour from Paris. Every year, more than 10,000 new and old shops would bring with them their best items such as antique furniture, rare records, or out-of-print books. There are also arts and crafts, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET, CALIFORNIA, USA
Organised in Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena on the second Sunday of every month, this vintage market is a place I visit every year. When I went there for the first time, I was amazed by the sheer size of it. If you’ve come here before, you might be able to guess the direction. More importantly, you’ll know to expect the heat, especially at noon in summer. It can really burn your skin.When you come here, wear something comfortable because you’ll be walking all day. Don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen. Rose Bowl is the dream destination for vintage lovers, and a legend of America’s West Coast.
LONG BEACH ANTIQUE MARKET, CALIFORNIA, USA
Personally, I like this market because it’s quite small, with only 800 shops. It’s organised on the third Sunday of every month. There are many interesting and affordable items here. Most of the dealers come here after they go to Rose Bowl, so the price is usually negotiable. It’s also more convenient to get to, so you won’t be too tired. The items at Long Beach are quite similar to what you’d find at Rose Bowl. Most of them are furnishing items and home décor items that people would buy to revamp, such as old picture frames or mannequins.
ALAMEDA POINT ANTIQUES FAIRE, CALIFORNIA, USA
This fair is organised on the first Sunday of every month. The market is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s spacious and the stalls are neatly lined. It’s named one of the best vintage markets by Architectural Digest. Every year, there’s also a Vintage Fashion Faire, which brings together clothes from every era. If you like vintage clothes, you should check it out, because it’s fun to explore. The atmosphere is nice and it’s easy to walk around. If the weather is good, you will love the view of the white tents against the clear blue sky