Gold Line Event: Pasadena City College Flea Market Has Something for Everyone

Collectibles, antiques, handcrafted items from clothing to art pieces, and more are offered monthly by more than 500 vendors at the PCC Flea Market.

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PCC Flea Market Offers Unique Items First Sunday of Month

Looking for the unusual gift for Dad or a Grad? Or just want a unique shopping experience that includes a stroll down memory lane?

Instead of heading for a mall, try the monthly Pasadena City College Flea Market. You’ll find everything from cards to ties to fancy frames for that new diploma or collector paperweights for Dad’s or Grad’s office.

Collectible glass paperweights are among the thousand of items at the PCC Flea Market.

Held on the first Sunday of every month from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the PCC Flea Market features more than 500 vendors. Admission is free. The market fills the parking lots and several floors of the parking structure on the east side of campus on Bonnie Avenue from Colorado Boulevard to Del Mar Boulevard.

Every manner of decor can be found at the PCC Flea Market.

Whatever vintage you’re into, you’ll likely find it here. There’s all manner of collectibles, antiques, handcrafted items from clothing to art pieces, and more tsatskies than you can find at a month’s worth of garage sales.

We saw plenty of ’60s – ’70s clothes, furniture from mid-century to Victorian, and more vinyl than one could listen to in a lifetime, with more than 70 record vendors offering music from the big bands to present day.

The PCC Flea Market's record section, in the parking structure, has offerings from more than 70 vendors.

Vintage magazines make nostalgic gifts.

Old photos make nostalgic decor.

Shopping the PCC Flea Market can be a nostalgic trip or an adventure of discovering a new-to-you style. A few years ago we bought patio chairs that perfectly matched the set we appropriated from Mom. Then there were the iron gates for the garden and an art deco coffee pot that was irresistible. Not to mention hats, earrings, books, and just the fun of looking at vintage photos and old toys and old cameras (another type of toy?). We’re sure you’ll find more than one thing to catch your eye – and open your wallet.

Glitter and glam shine at the PCC Flea Market.

Flea market shopping is not like retail shopping – bargaining is often expected, while dressing rooms are not to be expected. Unlike shopping malls, vendors at flea markets usually do not have exact multiples of items. What you see is all there is.

MetroDuo’s Practical Tips for Flea Market Shopping:

Be prepared for the situation. Women might find it handy to wear tights and a tank top under their street clothes to facilitate trying on garments.

Bring cash. Although some vendors accept credit cards, you can bargain better with cash.

Shopping bags, a shopping cart, or a wagon will come in handy to haul your purchases home – for large items, delivery may be available, but check before you buy.

Greeting card are bargain priced at the PCC Flea Market.

Know your needs. If you’re looking for furniture items, measure your space(s) and keep a list of the measurements with you. If you’re trying to match a color, take fabric/paint swatches with you.

All styles of clothing are found at the PCC Flea Market.

Expect the unexpected. Be open to serendipity. The fun of flea market shopping is that you never know what you’ll find.

Although the market has a core of regular vendors, their inventory changes each month. And there are some seasonal or short-term vendors who add more variety.

Don’t be disappointed. You can clothe yourself from head to toe or furnish your home in any style you fancy from the selection at the PCC Flea Market. It just takes patience and perseverance. The key to success at flea markets is to return – and that’s the fun of it, too.

The PCC Flea Market has baseball caps for every fan.

After you’ve found that perfect item, you can get additional satisfaction knowing that your purchase helps fund student scholarships and activities at PCC.

The PCC Flea Market was established by students in the 1970s as a way to raise money for student life programs. A non-profit corporation, the PCC Flea Market funds more than $30,000 a year in leadership and volunteerism scholarships.

The PCC Flea Market also funds capital projects and major equipment needs, including more than $100,000 to the building of the physical education complex on campus and contributions to the Center for the Arts and the Carillon system that plays at the top of the hour.

More than 500 vendors fill the parking lots and parking structure monthly at the PCC Flea Market.

If fun shopping that supports students isn’t enough of an enticement, the market also has an e-waste recycling drop point at the corner of the parking lot on Del Mar. Check the list of items they accept, then download and complete the state-required form in advance to save time.

If you’re like us, once you’ve tried the flea market, you’ll be a fan.

Pasadena City College Flea Market
The first Sunday of every month, rain or shine
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1570 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA  91106
Located in the parking lots and parking structure along the east side of campus (Bonnie Avenue from Colorado to Del Mar Boulevards).

The Metro Gold Line Allen Avenue station is approximately 4 blocks from the PCC campus. After departing the station and reaching Allen Avenue, turn right and walk south, crossing Walnut Boulevard until you reach Colorado Boulevard. Turn right on Colorado Boulevard and continue until you reach the PCC campus.

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10 Responses to Gold Line Event: Pasadena City College Flea Market Has Something for Everyone

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  5. Lucy Miller says:

    Keep up the good work! Nice writing and great photos, too. I worked at PCC through the 70’s and 80’s and remember the flea market getting started – way before there was a Gold Line. How about an article on the Metro experience itself, comparing the different lines and geographical regions, perhaps even comparing the LA metro with subways in other cities?

  6. David Lamb says:

    Great stuff as usual. I have taken the Gold Line to Pasadena a couple of times to visit the Norton Simon Museum. I never knew about the flea market. Maybe next time. –David

    • metroduo says:

      Thanks for your kind words, David! We hope you and other folks will discover lots of new places to go and things to do around LA via Metro!

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