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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. Held every Sunday 9–5 in Fairfax High School's parking lot, the Melrose Trading Post is hip, fairly junk-free, and popular with Hollywood denizens and you're likely to find a recycled rock tee or some vinyl to fill your collection. Live music and fresh munchies entertain vintage hunters and collectors. The market benefits Fairfax High's clubs and organizations. Parking is free, but admission is $2. 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 happens 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 (like a $100 Partridge Family lunchbox). Admission is $8 from 9 to 3; more expensive special passes will get you in one to three hours ahead of time. 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA, 91103. 323/560-7469. www.rgcshows.com.

Pasadena City College Flea Market. For better bargain hunting and less stress, try 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. Admission and parking are free 8–3. 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., at Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA, 91106. 626/585–7906.

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