September 9, 2010

My trip to a California Flea ...

When planning my trip a few weeks ago to California I started the search for local Flea markets ... you know ... Rose Bowl,Huntington Beach,Ventura,Long Beach, etc ... all these fabulous fleas I hear so much about, I thought I could find at least a handful to check out ... well, I didn't ... NOTHING was happening during my time there ... NOTHING!! ... I was a little a lot DISAPPOINTED! Then I had the bright idea to ask a local Cali girl if she had any "insider tips" for me and she sure did! She pointed me in the direction of The Irvine Antique Market, "The Groves", held on the first Sunday of the month ... Thanks, Amy ... you were a LIFESAVER!!

Can I tell you how hard it was to stop for one brief second to snap off this photo?? At this point I wanted to take off at full sprint and run head first into all the goodness before me. Notice the "Red brick" road stretched out in the for front? ... my eyes definitely view that as the "Yellow Brick" road and the land of Oz awaits just beyond ... the early morning fog really help set the magical stage ...

Row after row .. crammed full of treasure ...

I was impressed how the vendors took the time to set up wonderful displays and vignettes ... paying close attention to a color theme and particular style.

Below was my last stop ... this is where I got "stuck" and spent about a half hour searching thru fabric, pillows, and purses.
I didn't get to see the entire market ... this was the same morning we were going home and only had about an hour and a half to walk around before we had to take off for the airport ... I will make it back someday....

Next up ... I can't wait to share with you my experience at The Urban Barn ... my heart is all a flutter just thinking about that gorgeous store and the fun gals I had the pleasure of spending time with!


  1. We don't have fleas like that in our area... Look like a ton of fun and oh the treaures to be had...

  2. we just NEVER get tired of it do we?

    this makes me get a "rash" just looking at those tents

  3. OOooweee! That looks like super shopping fun! Thanks for all the pics! :)

  4. How fun. We have flea markets here (very few and far between) but they are junk. And when I say junk I mean junk with a capital J! So I'm a little jealous when I see treasures like this.

  5. Hi Jill,
    guess what? I am in Cali and never been to that Flea Market. I should get our more often. Love everything you showed us. I am glad you had a good time. Till next time. Ciao Rita mammabellarte

  6. You did go! YAY! I'm trying to think if I've been to this one. I don't think so . . . Hmmmm - something new for me I can see.
    Loved, loved your class my Friend!!!
    And I got home in RECORD time . . . very little traffic! I was amazed!
    HUGS! Karen

  7. What fun! I just want to go to a great flea market now.


  8. Sigh, sometimes I really miss California..thanks for sharing the pictures and I'm glad you had a good time.

  9. I hope you found some great treasures. I luv the flea markets out here the prices are so much cheaper than the east coast I thought. 85% of our treasures come from local flea markets in So Cal. I hape you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for sharing.....Julian

  10. Looks like a place I would like to visit, but a little far away. :D I use to go to the big one here, but there were so many vendors with the imported MIC stuff, so stopped going. Hope to check it out again this Fall. Enjoy your weekend.

  11. Oh the thrill of a flea market...luv it. Looks like you came upon a good one. Hoping you found some goodies to take home. I look forward to seeing your post about the Urban Barn. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Oh what goodies. You never know what you will find. Thanks for sharing such great pictures.

  13. That was pretty cool! Thanks for sharing it with us. I may not make it to a Cali flea so it was fun to see it in your POV!

    Bella Rosa Antiques

  14. Oh how I WISH I had you pick me up one of those ruffled bags shown in that last photo!!!! Looks like you had a wonderful time!!! Thanks for sharing. I sent you my name & address in an email since I won your give away. Did you get the email? I didn't hear back from you. HUGS!

  15. I think Rachael Ashwell shops there,,,what a great place to find wonderful things.

  16. Looks like you had a GYPSY time of your life, or one of the great times of your life!

    You are making us ooooh! and awwww! girl with your great flea market photo's.

    Keep rocking our gypsy souls.
    sse you soon

  17. OH I think I would be sick with excitement.. I've already mentally bought half of what I see here.... Fabulous.. thanks for teasing!! haha.. xxx Julie

  18. Oh It's so wonderful your blog as well as your shop! You know I live in France (but I am Dutch from birth) and I like all things like gypsy, Marie-Antoinette, brocante and roses!!Please have a look on my tiny shop with roses, all made by myself.
    You were lucky now with that fleamarket! Did you find nice things? Yu know we have an old gypsy caravan as well, you can see it all on my blogs.
    I will folow your beautiful blog and store,

    regards Janny from France.

  19. I know exactly what you mean- I am so thankful for this information. We travel to california so often but i have never been able to find one of these wonderful flea markets!

  20. Oh I'm a follower now for sure... what the heck took me so long to get here is what I'm wondering!?!? LOVE your taste, love your blog!


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