Egyptian Astrology tells us that Sunday literally means “Day of the Sun,” and seeing as the sun is out in full force today I figure I shall do my part and worship it by spending my time strolling through the Melrose Trading Post
. Now, for those of you who have not had the pleasure of perusing this grand flea market, it is a must-see. Not solely for the items you can purchase but for the characters you will meet. It is strict policy that all merchandise sold at the post must be used or one of a kind items which basically equals greatness. If I can’t convince you, just take these simple words from the LA TIMES “A flea market for the ’sexy, hip and groovy crowd.
It’s located on the Fairfax High School grounds, on the corner of Melrose and Fairfax
and takes up the entire parking lot! There is a broad range of up to 200 vendors with various, unique items ranging from handmade jewelry and refurbished clothing to eclectic record collections and boots for days.
Something to know about the Trading Post as well, more often than not, the vendors do not have business cards, only accept cash, and may not speak the clearest English. But all of these reasons are part of what make the post so extraordinary. Everyone is open to negotiating so come in with plenty of cash and your bargaining skills sharp.
When you first walk up, you’ll have to pay the $2.00 entry fee (these proceeds go directly to fund programs at the high school that are not in the budget). Immediately when you walk in you’ll find a jewelry stand set-up with personalized rings and necklaces as well as some vintage pieces. Lucky for me, today they had an original Chanel sunglass case and funky robot charmed necklace which is perfect for my friend’s upcoming birthday.
Next stop is across the way with an older woman whose stand consists of a large array of boots, flannels, and vintage tees. Not only will you find classic cowboy boots but this woman even has super current, on trend lace-up boots. Combat boots are back in full force, Ladies, and can be found in multiple stands for an average price of $55 (pre-bargaining).
Once you keep walking you’ll run into one of my favorite stands! It is run by a Latin0 Family who are at the post every Sunday, rain or shine and feature everything from vintage shoes and clothing to traditional Mexican items for your wardrobe. And right next door you can find denim for days! Old school Lee jean jackets, cut-off Levi denim shorts and denim blouses.
My last few stops for this morning were Ricardo’s leather and jewelry stand. Ricardo is at the post every Sunday with his 2 charming kids and he sells his hand-woven recycled leather bracelets, wallets, and bags. Ricardo himself doesn’t speak much English but his 10 year old son is a bi-lingual expert salesmen who can help you find whatever you need. Ricardo will even design any bracelet, wallet or bag of your liking for a truly unique piece for your collection.
Across from Ricardo you will find Lila. Lila reminds me of a slightly younger Estelle Getty during Estelle’s run on the Golden Girls. Lila makes her own jewelry (focusing on earrings) and clothing.
Last but not least is Purrr. Purrr is run by Junko and her clothes are re-makes of her favorite designer items out right now. She has hand-made sweaters, tanks, dresses, and tees. If you want a standout item, this is the place!
The trading post also features refurbished, various household furnishings from reconstructed frames, vanity sets, and wall art which all can help you add the perfect piece to your apartment or home. Stay tuned for the next article because I’ll download you on all my fave fixtures you can find at the trading post as well!