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An EPIC day at the Antique Faire | Finding Furniture, Upcycles and Vintage Clothing

The Alameda Antique Faire is a treasure trove of fantastic finds, vintage treasures and upcycled garbage art.  There are regular booths that are there without fail each month and then there are some others who’ve jumped at the opportunity to sell their wares. After one thwarted (rained-out) attempt, I made my way, this past weekend, out to Alameda Point for the Antique Faire.  I wish I could say that I did it monthly without fail, but really, I only get out there a couple of times a year. 

This time, I shared my experience with my dear friend and neighbor, Goose Cooper.  She is a kindred spirit and willing to get up early (7am on Spring Forward Daylight Savings Day no less) which is when the best stuff is still around, apparently.  Neither of us had particular items in mind, but I’m always on the lookout for vintage textiles and Goose, interestingly, is really into “stands” – things that you put things on.  

After fortifying myself with a cup of tea and a breakfast burrito, we charged forward, deciding on our “method”.  Lots of people have a specific way they like to approach the vastness of the airfield runway where the Antique Faire takes place.  Start from the front, going down each aisle, go directly to the back and make your way forward, or meander aimlessly by going to where you are drawn.  We chose the “go-to-the-back” method with a little meandering thrown in.

This week, there were fewer vendors and shoppers than normal, because the Faire got rained out the week prior. This was an “off-week” or unscheduled week for the Faire to happen and some vendors had other commitments while some faire-goers, I imagine, had no idea it was happening.  We both decided it was better because of it.  Fewer things to distract us, I guess.  

I was really impressed by the “Junk” art this time around.  Some favorites were these creatures made from car parts that look like robots and planters made from doll heads. We saw a stand-up organ that rolled around on a brass base.  I did see a vintage 20’s dress or two, but the condition and size did not work for me.

There are many booths at the Alameda Antique Faire that span several spots with upholstered and refinished chairs and furniture.  These might not appeal to all Antique enthusiasts, but their booths are very pretty and well appointed and in my opinion, a feast for the eyes.  In most cases, they’ve rescued something from the trash and gave it new life.  It always makes me feel I wish I had a second house to put it all in!

During our meandering, we also talked with some of the dealers and met two women who run market tours in the south of France (www.letrip.org) in addition to selling antique posters.  What a dream – going to Antique/Vintage markets in France!  There was also a booth called Filthy Gorgeous that had an amazing array of well-priced vintage items and these really cute paper feathers.  Goose ended up making her purchase HERE. And we decided to take a trip to Benicia where their store is located, for further hunting in the future.   

Alameda Antique Faire

In the end I came away with some treasures that I didn’t anticipate finding – A wool hat, an embroidered jacket and a pair of (not quite as old as me) vintage Joan & David spectator oxfords – nearly a whole outfit!  And Goose bought a round garden stand with a lovely “old” patina and casters. So fun and I can’t wait to come back!  

This guest post was written by the talented, Jennifer Serr of the Sewing Room. The Sewing Room is a unique sewing workshop and boutique situated just off Park Street in the quaint town of Alameda, CA. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram.  She also has an amazing newsletter that talks about vintage fashion, antiques and more. Sign up to get all these great stories in your inbox today.

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