One thing about L.A. that we have always loved is the juxtapozition of the highbrow and the downhome, the tasteful and the tasteless, the remarkably refined and the irredeemably kitschy. While we can hardly tire of the high style and good life to be had at Eighth & Grand, we also can’t resist a good bargain when we find one. Check out this Top 5 of choice fleas and other bizarre bazaars happening downtown…
1. Saigon Plaza
> The Saigon Plaza Shopping Center at 800 N. Broadway is like a swap meet Chinatown-style. They’ve got knickknacks, tchotchkes and gewgaws galore – and deals you’ll adore. The bottom line: bring cash and be ready to haggle.
2. Artists & Fleas
> Held the third weekend of every month at 647 Mateo, this curated selection of exclusive bicoastal artists brings Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to DTLA. Once you’ve perused the latest offerings, why not pop around the corner to the uber-hip Urban Radish for some fresh veggies. Just look for the giant ice cream cone. (The next flea is this weekend - April 18,19)
> Old Los Angeles still survives in this authentic Mexican marketplace, which is packed full of souvenir sombreros, pottery, leather and art. While you’re there don’t miss El Pueblo Historical Monument for a peak into LA’s rancho past, right across the street from Union Station another grand example of the Spanish Mediterranean architecture.
4. Rock ‘n Roll Flea Market
>How’s your vinyl collection these days? It is getting harder than ever to find a good deal on the used market (even in an industry town), but this monthly pop-up at the Regent is a ray of hope for LP lovers. L.A.’s music collectors come out the first weekend of every month for this addition to the recently revamped Regent Theatre at 448 S. Main.
5. Arts District Flea
> The only thing we love more than original artwork is affordable original artwork. Held every weekend, 60 vendors convene at 453 Colyton St to hawk their creations. It’s right near Urth Caffe, too!
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