Held on the first sunday of every month, the Alameda Flea market is the largest vintage faire in northern California. With no item younger than twenty years old, we have come to gain a great amount of inspiration from this event here at Tailored Heritage. Over eight hundred dealers display their antique gems, each item with its own unique story. A worn-down varsity jacket from the 50’s, a couple depression-era quilts, or a stack of indigo dyed canvas sheets and you can find yourself at a loss for words from all the quality items which surround you. After having visited the fair for the first time last month, I could not get enough. I decided it was only right to catch the next months event and was joined by the great Beatrice (www.Beatricevisuals.com). One of the reasons we love Beatrice is her creative energy and determination. After having spent five minutes admiring the vintage pieces at the faire, we knew we would both leave inspired by the history and detail of each item.
With unique treasures from around the world, the antique fair is the perfect place to observe culture. At one booth we stopped and appreciated African artifacts then walked ten feet to a booth which sold some great vintage American pennants. One of the pieces which stood out immediately amongst the rows of vendors was a medium sized indigo sofa with an Asian influenced design. With such intricate detail in the cushion and arms of the sofa, the piece was unlike any we had seen all day. Also, after wandering down a random row of vendors we quickly picked out a couple of patchwork quilts. Instantly curious, we were told that the quilts were made during the depression era. Using pieces of leftover fabric to create a quilt was popular before the depression but also became a thrifty tactic used by many families who were hard-hit during this time. Items like these are one-of-a-kind and speak to the awe-inspiring selection present at the Alameda Faire.
After buying a vintage American flag and grabbing a bite to eat Beatrice and I decided to call it a day. But before heading home we got to explore the area just outside the antique fair which is known as Alameda Point. Previously a naval air station, this area is surrounded by various old abandoned buildings which made for some interesting photos. Hope you all enjoy!
- Milton || Tailored Heritage