It's hard to get me to leave the city, partly because I've vowed to ditch driving in favor of public transportation, but also because it feels like everything I could possibly want or need is right here in the city. There is always so much going on and so many San Francisco indie retailers, neighborhood gems, and happenings to discover; why would I possibly want to go anywhere else?!
I still believe this line of thinking to be (mostly) true, but signs for the Treasure Island Flea Market happened to catch my eye last month and I immediately knew it would be a great weekend excursion. My last experience at an independent market in San Francisco was the Indie Mart in Potrero Hill. I had so much fun there that I knew I was in for another day of great local discoveries.
On a sunny Sunday the boy and I caught the 108 Muni and enjoyed a short 15-minute ride across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island. We hopped out on the first stop at Avenue of the Palms and enjoyed the gorgeous view of the San Francisco skyline.
After a quick photo opp we made our way across the street to get to shopping.
Although we weren't sure the type of vendors to expect, we were definitely pleased with the variety. Treasure Island Flea brought together independent retailers and vendors from all over the Bay area, and many had driven several hours to make an appearance. The products vary from home decor and antique findings to vintage clothing/accessories and handmade beauty products.
To say that everything there is a gem would definitely be an exaggeration; though it is safe to say that Treasure Island Flea has something for everyone + at an affordable price.
While there, I snagged some fantastic vintage finds, including a sweater and clutch handbag, which only set me back $30 total. I also scored an adorable indie designed dress from an Oakland-based retailer, all of which I'll share in upcoming Girls Guide Style posts.
Because the Market is indoor, it happens the last weekend of every month year-round, rain or shine. You can get free admission through FunCheapSF (just keep checking the website closer to the date you choose to go!).
I definitely recommend taking advantage of a sunny day and making it a day trip. The Flea Market welcomes some of San Francisco's best food trucks; so after vintage shopping and delicious bites, you can enjoy spectacular views of the city and a leisurely walk along Avenue of the Palms. If you take advantage of the FunCheapSF deal, the whole day will only set you back about $15/pp for muni fare and delish food.
Hope you enjoy!