Foraging for Vintage Treasures in Alameda, California
Don't let the fancy name fool you—The Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire is a good old-fashioned flea market, albeit on a gigantic scale. Every first Sunday of the month, thousands of visitors flock to the 800 vendor booths selling everything from yellowed Victorian wedding dresses to sensational 1940s pulp-fiction paperbacks to a Bubba Gump shrimp costume. Whether you're in the market for vintage clothing, furniture, paper goods, textiles, old toys, posters, jewelry, books, or an interesting conversation piece for your living room, the faire will not disappoint. The food vendors echo the variety of the merchandise with a wide assortment of cultural cuisine. Located on the sunny flat concrete stretch of a former naval air station, huge tankers loaded with colorful cargo slowly float by on one side, while in the distance the San Francisco skyline pokes through the fog.