Cloverdale Flea Market

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The following guest post was contributed by Naomi and Ryan of to be, inspired.

I’ve been going to the Cloverdale Flea Market for the past 10 years. It’s located right next to the Cloverdale Horse Track and costs a dollar to get in – totally worth it. If you like to people watch, this is the place for you.

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There’s a fantastic mix of all sorts of sellers trying to unload their wares – I’ve seen everything from old motorcycles to antique sewing machines, although the selection has shrunk a bit since I started going. In the Spring and early Summer months you’ll find a ton of bedding plants, hanging basket plants and any type of bushes and tree roses for almost half off regular retail prices. You’ll also find that the flea market is split into two sections. The outdoor section consists of anybody and everybody that buys a table and brings whatever they can haul in their cars. I’ve been lucky in the past – you just need to have a sharp eye. Some of the things I’ve managed to snag are:

  • 1/4 cello for 25 bucks
  • holga camera for 10 bucks
  • vintage filing cabinet from the 1940’s for 25 bucks
  • vintage fire extinguisher from the 1950’s for 20 bucks
  • vintage black rattan bag with gold hardware and braided chain strap for 5 bucks
  • vintage pyrex teacups with matching dishes for 5 bucks
  • The second half of the flea market is inside two buildings. Here you’ll find more of the “regular” sellers who sell a carefully edited selection of trinkets like glassware, watches, cellphone things (yawn) and other more fragile products.

    Don’t forget to bring cash! If you do, there is a bank machine next to the concession stand. Don’t forget to haggle – that’s the best part, and as the flea market season progresses, I’m trying to hone my skills. The only piece of advice I have is to respect the seller’s item and don’t low ball an offensive price. If the seller really wants to sell you the item, you can make an offer and if he doesn’t accept it, just walk away slowly. I’ve had sellers run after me and say FINE FINE I’ll accept your offer.

    Flea markets can be hit or miss. You can spend hours scouring the tables, rummaging through bins of trinkets and still come up empty handed. The Cloverdale Flea Market is no exception, however this summer I seem to be having a lot of luck finding fun and unique items. There’s nothing more satisfying than coming across that gem.

    Cloverdale Flea Market
    Cloverdale Fairgrounds
    60 Avenue & 176 Street
    Every Sunday (except special events and holidays)

    Naomi and Ryan share a passion for all things old and the inspirations you can draw from them. Through their blog, to be, inspired, they explore (with a vintage twist): design, style, decorating, refinishing and other cool stuff both locally and globally.

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    1. nazneenWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 1:23pm PDT

      i really liked ur blog……i had a quick question for u, im planning to move to canada and i would like to know that are there a lot of flea markets that happen in vancouver and do people like the indian handicrafts?

    2. BarryFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 5:51pm PDT

      Please send info about a table, registration, dates, time where to sign up

      thanks Barry

    3. ken doTuesday, May 10th, 2011 — 4:43pm PDT

      i woudl like the table inside this sunday on may 15 2011 can u call me back at 778 318 3004 my ken thank you

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