If you are a picker, treasure hunter, hipster or stylish… you need to visit this place!
Melrose Trading Post offers a great way to spend a Sunday morning. They have pretty much anything you could imagine from clothes, handmade jewelry, furniture, art, books, old records, and cool hats (Dan bought me one!) at affordable prices. I could spend just hours looking through all the vintage art and home decoration. They also have a pretty good food court where you can get great crepes and snow cones to eat while a band is playing music. There is a small grass area where people have informal picnics with their family and friends as well.
I loved the atmosphere of the market – beautiful people shopping with their dogs, friendly vendors offering good deals, people enjoying good food and dads dancing with their babies close to where the live music sounds. It is definitely worth to go, at least once. Specially if you are a photographer, you’ll see that this market is the perfect place to take vintage and urban pictures.
The admission fee is only $2 (here you can get a $1 discount coupon) and the benefit goes to Fairfax High School student programs. I arrived there around 12.30 pm and I got lucky to find free parking at the school lot. The trading post opens every Sunday – rain or shine, and its open from 9 am to 5 pm.
My tips are 1) to check the weather before you head out to the flea market – if it gets too hot or if it rains you’ll have a miserable time, 2) to bring cash – I assume some vendors accept credit card but make sure you can buy whatever you like, and 3) to come early to get the best stuff or late to get the best deals.
Enjoy the pics that I took last Sunday!