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.