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Rose Bowl Flea Market

Can I just stop to thank you all for a minute? Your comments on this weekend’s post made my week – and I swear that’s not just the pregnancy hormones talking!  You guys are the best.  Thank you for cheering us on as we enter this new chapter, both with the little one and the new home.  We couldn’t be more excited.

Between drumming up design schemes for our new place and client projects, I’ve been antiquing more than ever.  And I’ll go far and wide for the best scores.  I was thrilled to go to the Rose Bowl Flea market with Grace (of Grace Happens) and Amber (of The Girl is Craftee).

{Amber, Grace, and Me)

These girls are super fun.  When you’re fleaing bright and early, you need good company.  We totally fed off of each other’s energy and stuck together like the three amigos.  We’d zip down a row and regroup at the end. At a large market where there’s lots of ground to cover, you’ve got to keep the pace snappy – no dilly-dallying!

Okay, here’s the low down on the Rosebowl:

It’s in Pasadena, CA.  The flea market opens at 7:00 am and draws large crowds.  Get there before 10:00 am to get first dibs on the best stuff.  The huge grounds are packed with over 2,500 vendors, and there are plenty of jems to be had.  You’ll find furniture, accessories, homemade crafts, and vintage clothing.

The whole thing reminds me of an old-time fair.  Top-hatted ticket takers meet you at the entry gates. The sound of carnival music fills the air, not to mention the aromas of chili cheese fries and funnel cakes.  It’s classic Americana.

I’m very pleased with my haul: a vintage brass tray and a pair of large framed equestrian prints.

{Amber with her fabulous new lamps}

If you make it to the Rosebowl, leave some time for a drive around Pasadena.  It’s such a charming town.  It reminds me of where I grew up in Chicago: tons of perfectly manicured center-entrance colonial houses on winding, tree-lined streets.

Remember this beauty from Father of the Bride?  It’s always been one of my favorites, and it’s in Pasadena!

Needless to say, this town is right up my alley. I highly recommend making the trip!

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