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Fabulous Flea Markets

Flea markets are a fantastic resource for those who love all things vintage. Flea market culture has a few rules: arrive early (the "great finds" tend to go fast), polite haggling is allowed, and remember that what you see is what you get (no, those Pumas from the '70s don't come in other colors).

Melrose Trading Post. Hollywood denizens love this hip market, where you're likely to find recycled rock T-shirts or some vinyl to complete your collection. Live music and fresh munchies entertain vintage hunters and collectors. The market is held 9 to 5 on Sunday in Fairfax High School's parking lot. Parking is free, but admission is $3. Fairfax Blvd. and Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90046. 323/655–7679. www.melrosetradingpost.org.

Rose Bowl Flea Market. Huge and hyped, the Rose Bowl Flea Market takes place on the second Sunday of every month, rain or shine. This extremely popular market attracts more than 2,500 vendors looking for top dollar for their antiques, crafts, and new furniture. It's an especially good source for pop culture odds and ends—a Partridge Family lunchbox was recently spotted going for $100. 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA, 91103. 323/560–7469. www.rgcshows.com.

Pasadena City College Flea Market. For bargain hunting, head to the Pasadena City College Flea Market on the first Sunday of each month. With 500 vendors (70 of them selling records), this is a great source for collectibles, furniture, and clothing at prices that won't break the bank. 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., at Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA, 91106. 626/585–7906.

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