I went to the Alameda Antiques Fair for the first time yesterday. I’ve never seen so much vintage and antiques. It was really quite impressive. The best thing about it was all the cool stuff you can find for pretty reasonable prices. Of course if you’re looking for more high-end items (mid century Danish designer furniture) you can find it there too. For example, we saw a mid century teak wood desk for $2,500 and a black leather, teak and rosewood Danish couch for $1,600. Bottom line, if you’re looking for it- more than likely you’re going to find it here.
A few pointers for newbies:
- Alameda Point Antiques Fair occurs the 1st Sunday of every month- the woman at the entrance told me even if it’s on New Years eve, they are there.
- Early birds pay more at the door. Before 2pm it is $5. After 2pm it’s free. At 3pm, the vendors begin packing up.
- Bring plenty of cash. They have a portable ATM at the entrance, but who wants to pay fees they don’t have to!?
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Dress in layers- this fair is near water and the weather can change very rapidly.
- Bring a compact umbrella
- Bring a grandma cart- having wheels are an essential part of making your trip to the fair easy and enjoyable. They have carts near the loading area, but for smaller items bring your own cart (it will also save you money since they rent grocery carts for $5).
- Bring a snack. It’s going to be a long day of walking, hauling and lifting. Keep yourself energized! There are food vendors there if you forget, but if you’re on a budget, this may be the way to go for you.
Here are a few photos of some things I picked up! We actually got a whole van full of stuff, but photos will come later of that stuff.
Now all I need are some antlers or something rustic to put above the clock.
We also found the matching pair to our mid century telephone/magazine rack stand. The one on the left was the first one we got at The Pink Squirrel down in Santa Cruz. And the one on the right we got at the Alameda Antiques Fair!
In our typically-small San Francisco bathroom, these were a perfect storage solution for necessities. It’s better than getting run-of-the-mill plastic drawer set from Walmart or Target. I plan on spraying them both with gold-colored rustoleum (since they will be exposed to moisture) and so they will both match in color (the one on the right is slightly darker).
Overall, The Fair was pretty good to me. I found some cool project pieces that I will be showing you later on this week.