Just because there's over one hundred yards of outlandish vintage paraphernalia, does not mean you can arrive fashionably late. No, this is the one time where showing up early will make you look cooler. Beyond the free giveaways for the first 10,000 buyers, you'll need to come prepared to peruse the gorgeous merchandise. Why the rush you may ask? Californians are usually as "laid back" as they come, but not when they're in pursuit of the best vintage clothes in SoCal. Beware of merchandisers who have trained vintage eyes. These slaves to the fashion game are the reason you arrive early otherwise you'll be missing out. If it's the 'cream of the crop' you want, suggested arrival time is 9 am, and don't forget to bring an old lady grocery cart to carry your goods. The crazier you look the better!
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the flea market's crowds. If it's vintage clothing that you want make a bee line straight to the outer left side of the market. But keep your hunting eyes on. Things can get vicious, especially when it comes to the bargain bins. Stand your ground because the treasures to be found are well worth the pandemonium.
The next Rose Bowl Flea Market takes place this Sunday April 8, 2012! General admission for the event is $8 and begins at 9 AM. For more information visit their website. Happy Shopping!