swap meets/flea markets

Some of the coolest stuff comes from shopping at thrift and antique stores, flea markets, rummage sales and retro boutiques. Not only is the stuff unique, perhaps even one-of-a-kind, but can also be just as good as buying brand new. Also, there may be that gem hidden on a shelf worth more money than one could ever imagine! If you have a lot of stuff to sell, don’t forget they’re a great place unload it all too.

Haggling is a way of life here so get ready to quibble and negotiate if you have the gift.

  • Kobey’s Swap Meet
    Fridays through Sundays
    Admission: $.50 Fri. ; $1.00 Sat. & Sun, (children under 11 free). Free Parking
    3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110, (619) 226-0650
    Since 1976, an outdoor market with one thousand vendors featuring antiques and collectibles, new and used merchandise/furniture , crafts, clothing, jewelry, computer equipment, fresh produce. . . recorded information.
  • National City Swap Meet
    Saturdays and Sundays Admission: $.50 every day. Free Parking
    3200 D Ave., National City, CA , (619) 477-2203
    Located where the former Harbor Drive-In was, this swap reportedly is the oldest in the County. There are eight hundred vendors located on twenty-five acres selling all kinds of stuff! Surprising treasures — lots of quality rugs, linens, pillows, curtains (very reasonable prices) , clothing, miscellaneous. A popular spot for regulars and those seeking unusual items at fair prices.
  • South Bay Drive-In Swap Meet
    Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
    Admission: Wednesdays $1.00, Saturday & Sunday $.50. Free Parking
    2170 Coronado Ave., San Diego CA 92154, (619) 423-2727
  • Spring Valley Swap Meet
    Saturdays and Sundays
    6377 Quarry Rd., Spring Valley, CA 91977, (619) 463-1194.
    In operation for over 30 years, this swap meet averages close to its capacity of 1,049 vendors. 7 AM – 3 PM. Admission: $.50 per person. Free Parking.
  • Santee Drive-In Swap Meet
    Saturdays and Sundays
    Admission: $1.00, Free Parking
    10990 Woodside Ave., N., Santee, CA. 92072, (760) 745-3100.
    Open since 1984, this outdoor market draws large crowds of buyers as well as sellers. Many people come and clean out their garages here and there are vendors selling new merchandise, antiques, collectibles, crafts and produce. This is a fast growing market, which now holds special events on Saturdays. The second Saturday special event is strictly antiques and collectables. It is held next to the main swap meet. A snack bar serves a wide variety of sandwiches, snacks and breakfast.ques, collectibles, crafts and produce. This is a fast growing market, which now holds special events on Saturdays. The second Saturday special event is strictly antiques and collectables. It is held next to the main swap meet. A snack bar serves a wide variety of sandwiches, snacks and breakfast.
  • Escondido Swap Meet
    Wednesdays through Sundays
    Admission: Weds. $1.00, Thurs. Free, Fri. $1.75, Sat. $1.50, Sun. $1.75. Free Parking
    635 W. Mission Ave., Escondido, CA 92025}
    This indoor/outdoor market is generally fixed stands with electricity and set prices. This well established swap meet draws large shopping and selling crowds each and every week. There is mostly new merchandise with a great Mexican accent and lots of used goods. Some of the merchandise seen for sale is: Tools, Electronics, loads of clothes, books, music instruments, antiques and tapes etc. Fourteen food concessions featuring a large variety of good quality food items for the public. The Farmer’s Market section sells inexpensive fresh produce, cheeses and dairy products, and meats. Live entertainment; comedians, magicians, large children’s playground area.
  • Oceanside Drive-In Swap Meet
    Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays
    Admission: Sat. $.75, Sun. $1.75 Free Parking
    3480 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92054 (760)745-3100, (760) 757-5286
    One of the oldest swap meets around. Since 1971—outdoor market, rain or shine. 1,000 vendors. Antiques & collectibles, new and used merchandise/furniture, crafts, jewelry, clothing, books. All on approximately 40 acres of land which includes produce sellers.