Shopping doesn't have to be a chore and it doesn't necessitate forced pleasantries with anxious salesmen. The best places to shop are the places that are densely stocked with goods that sell themselves. Some of these spots are stores or neighborhoods full of stores and some of them are acres covered in haphazardly constructed stalls. The only thing that all of the world's best shopping destinations have in common is stuff that you'd want to buy.
Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena
Why to Go: The Rose Bowl Flea Market is what you wanted every disappointing Saturday market you've ever visited to be. The point here isn't quality – though many of the sellers bring great stuff – but size. The celebration of everything cast off or antique fills one of America's greatest football stadiums and spills out into the California streets. It's warm, the food is great, and the atmosphere is welcoming. That makes the Flea more of an attraction than an opportunity to shop in earnest (unless you live in Pasadena).
What to Buy: Keep an eye out for fun mid-century accent pieces like lamps and ashtrays. Remember that everything looks better in the sunlight.
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