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Rose Bowl Flea Market

Rose Bowl Flea Market2UO men’s flannel. Angel dress. Dolce Vita sandals

Yesterday Mel and I hit up the enormous Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA, on the hunt for some vintage scores.  It was our second time venturing out to the market after semi-swearing off we’d ever return.  During that initial time, we got way overwhelmed, dizzy and probably stayed for less than two hours.  But I was determined to find vintage floral minis, combat boots, oxfords and rhinestone bib necklaces.  As soon as we arrived, we skipped the antiques, and inherently the jewelry (bummer), and headed straight to the clothing and shoe vendors.  We scoured through the clothes, but I failed at finding any floral mini dresses and instead, got sidetracked by the shoes.  Cheap shoes.  Yes, it sucked lugging those bags around for a good three hours, and that was before I added the last two pairs.

Rose Bowl Flea Market shoes

Rose Bowl Flea Market boots

Admittedly, I’ve never been a shoe person until really maybe a few months ago.  These are also my first vintage shoe purchases ever, and so I kind of went overboard by buying seven pairs.  Besides scoring cheap, maybe twice worn Cole Haan shoes (last pair on the right in the second row), which Mel said reminded her of the 90′s (yes!), the other standouts were these Buskens ankle boots with the gold ball studs and side buckles and the Justin Roper boots.  I’ve been online stalking Etsy for Justin Roper boots, and never found anything in my size.  These babies are in amazing vintage condition without any scuff marks, and I will be tempted to wear them everyday.


Pink's hot dogs

Pink's nachos and fries

After melting in the heat and failing to find a vendor that sold nachos, we headed to Pink’s Hot Dogs, a Los Angeles staple that never fails to have a line at all hours.  I mean we’ve even gone to this place at 10am just to avoid a line, and there was still a short line!  Mel and I both got the Martha Stewart dog — 10″ stretch dog with relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut and sour cream (we passed on the sour cream).  It was yummy, but something that you can’t have everyday because well, these pictures scream unhealthy eating.  Nonetheless, it was a great way to end a fab weekend!


  1. Flea Marketing
    May 11, 2009 @ 04:33:11

    [...] Original post by becs [...]

  2. erika
    May 11, 2009 @ 09:11:29

    ahhhh so jealous!!!! justin ropers look so amazing.. not to mention all your other finds. and pinks looks so yummyyyy

  3. Tamara
    May 11, 2009 @ 09:26:19

    Wow! Did you really buy all those shoes!? I love the black ankle boots with that gold buckle… amazing!

  4. Couture Carrie
    May 11, 2009 @ 11:31:27

    Those shoes are all amazing!


  5. Shin
    May 11, 2009 @ 12:15:30

    Oh Dear Lord! Gorgeous Shoes and delicious hot dogs! I couldn’t ask for more if I were there! Now I’m hungry and want new shoes. lol xxoxoxoxo

  6. Mel
    May 11, 2009 @ 12:39:21

    “Your title is so um original.” -me at 4am

  7. Ivan8!3
    May 11, 2009 @ 13:04:38

    That food looks delish! And I’m diggin’ the plain black boots in the upper right-hand corner of the photo. Good hunting…

    +Ivan McK

  8. joelyne
    May 11, 2009 @ 16:00:27

    ohhhhhhhhhh wow!!!! you found AMAZING vintage shoes. you are so lucky! how great will you look in your photos sporting those shoes! can’t wait to see =D


  9. Hanh
    May 11, 2009 @ 20:32:20

    Love…your sandals and all those shoes. You are lucky!

  10. mtdaysandnights
    May 11, 2009 @ 21:24:23

    I love the Rose Bowl flea market but you have to get there sooo early. Your Marc bag is so cute.

  11. Anne
    May 11, 2009 @ 23:17:37

    I am submitting your food pictures to http://www.thisiswhyyou‘refat.com. Although, in the case of you and Mel the web site’s name does not apply.

    I will keep you posted :) HAHA

    Oh and PS – I love the shoes!

  12. dreamsequins
    May 12, 2009 @ 11:34:27

    OMG I’m all about shoes right now! You have some great finds there! And PS how cute are your cutout sandals while you were thrifting!

  13. aline
    May 13, 2009 @ 14:37:56

    That shirt is so amazing, I love the colours!

  14. Kiah K.
    May 15, 2009 @ 09:20:31

    Wow! What amazing finds!! I’m so jealous!!!


  15. hanako66
    May 18, 2009 @ 13:29:55

    the rose bowl flea market is just awesome…I try to go when I can!!!

  16. katherinelou
    May 22, 2009 @ 13:35:59

    i loooove the rose bowl flea market!
    but i haven’t been there in awhile …
    but you did score some amazing shoes !

  17. ttuttle
    May 27, 2009 @ 00:12:33

    unfair! how cheap are the shoes? they do look as good as new. and i have to pay quite a bit to ship used vintage shoes from etsy to my country.

    btw, i found you from Miss Glitzy’s blog. hello :)

  18. Maggie
    May 30, 2009 @ 20:40:09

    Incredible boots collections u have there! LOve all!


  19. Maggie
    May 30, 2009 @ 21:10:17

    I seriously love all ur boots collections! Amazing!


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