Saving At The Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market

11 Feb





Where do droves of bargain hunters flock to when we want to find a deal for some of the most unique items in town? Every second Sunday of each month, like bees to nectar, we go swarm to the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market in the tens of thousands. Admission is $8 starting at 9am, but if we’re feeling hard core and want to get express admission from 8am-9am the price to get in is $10. If we’re feeling super hard core, early admission from 7am-8am will cost us $15. If we are just in a serious savings craze and do not require sleep or sunlight to shop, VIP admission is $20 for special preview 5am admission. Even if we don’t end up buying anything, the experience is one of a kind, just like many of the items for sale or for bid, and the experience is worth the price of admission. The greatest thing about a flea market is the ability to talk down prices and score some really great deals, especially when vendors are packing up and heading out in the late afternoon. Our likes and interests always very, but there is something (sometimes least expected) out there for all of us. There is a lot we can learn from a trip to this flea market, such as realizing never to buy t-shirts from Disneyland ever again. The same exact shirts sold at the Disney Store for $50.00 is priced at $15 (or less if you buy more than one). We can also get ideas for do it yourself projects if we’re crafty enough. Also, people who know how to make jewelry, can often make things we see at a retail store for a fraction of the price. What’s also fantastic about the market is the sense of community. While meeting shop owners, vendors, and local artists, we are able to support the people who are trying to make it in this world full of big businesses and commercial stores. Vendors are also not usually shy about where to find them again, such as other markets they go to (more places to score great finds) and can educate us personally about where their products come from, the materials those products are made of, or how something is made. A lot of jewelry, artwork, and novelty items are handmade and even when something is not in our minds to buy a particular day, we have an option to grab a business card in case we ever want that lighted sign, oil painting of our dog, or image printed on wood that we browsed at the market and decided later we just can’t live without. The best shoppers know; however, that even though we have set aside some cash to blow, the best savings is to walk away with cash in our pockets when we haven’t quite found exactly what we were looking for. Not spending unnecessarily on items that will never be use is smart shopping. At this month’s flea market, I spent less than twenty dollars (including admission) and have two new cross knuckle rings to show for it.

6 Responses to “Saving At The Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market”

  1. Cat in my Bag February 11, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Thanks for sharing!! I think I told you before that I wanted to go to Rose Bowl when I visit Pasadena! So nice to see what they have there! xo

    • cravensavor February 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      It’s my pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, there is so much to things to see, and there’s always something new even though I’ve gone so many times. You will have a great time when you visit Pasadena.

  2. Niki February 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    I’ve alwasy wanted to go but never have! I think it’s because my swapmeet is only $1.25 to get in Lol and I always talk myself out of the rose bowl Lol

    • cravensavor February 12, 2013 at 12:42 am #

      Thanks for commenting! $1.25? Where is this swap meet? Shouldn’t they just all be free?!

  3. Sofie February 14, 2013 at 4:07 am #

    Love the cross rings! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like you had a good time. And what a great way to meet new and interesting people.

    • cravensavor February 14, 2013 at 8:14 am #

      Thank you, lovely! It’s a great place to spend a Sunday. Blogging is also a great way to meet new and interesting people ๐Ÿ˜‰

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