Best SF Bay Area flea market: Treasure Island flea market

I think Treasure Island flea market is one of the prettiest places in the Bay Area. From SF, you hop on the Bay Bridge at take the left exit in the middle of the bridge down to Treasure Island, and the flea market is right there! You see this enormous statue when you arrive.


I get the impression that some San Franciscans would switch my ranking of Alameda antiques fair and Treasure Island flea market. They are both amazing, but at Treasure Island I know one of the vendors, and knowing someone there really made the experience more meaningful for me.

I find the items at Treasure Island to be really artisan and really artsy. Everything at Treasure Island is like artwork to me.

I wanted to buy every piece I saw, but I didn’t.

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But I did cave in when I saw this Bloodstone and gold-plated hand-made ring. It was made by a girl about my age. Check out Haej’s work on her own website Haej.Co or on Facebook.

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Then the nerd in me wanted to check out the antique maps from around the world:


Then I picked through the colorful wooden picture frames and sparkly vintage hand bags, but didn’t get any of those.



By this time I was hankering for a snack. There are lots of trendy delicious food trucks at Treasure Island flea. I wasn’t hungry enough for a meal, so I opted for this organic, still-warm fresh baked chocolate chip cookie from the Cookie Time truck.

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The Chairman food truck would have been my choice if I had been more hungry. It is incredibly popular in SF.


Then I wandered around the yard enjoying the view of San Francisco and the beautiful Bay Bridge and checked out the live music.



Then I ran into my friend Erin who owns a lavender stand and often rents a spot for herself at Treasure Island flea market. Her purse-size hand lotions and candles made great gifts for my mom and the ladies in my family.

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You can check out more info on Erin’s lavender business here at Back at Christmas time I used her lavender lotions and votive candles as stocking stuffers.

Between the food trucks, the 360-degree views of the San Francisco bay, the dancing lady statue, the organic chocolate chip cookies and the hip handmade jewelry, Treasure Island flea is my favorite market in SF Bay Area. From my house it is only half as far as Alameda, so I’m loving it. Treasure Island flea is the last Saturday and Sunday of every month, so I’ll be there this weekend- bringing Shane’s aunt and uncle! Can’t wait!

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5 Comments on “Best SF Bay Area flea market: Treasure Island flea market”

  1. Sydney Girling April 24, 2013 at 13:31 #

    It’s hard to find educated people in this particular topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

    • Marisa LaValette April 24, 2013 at 14:56 #

      Hi Sydney!

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I am so glad that you found the post worthwhile. I really appreciate the feedback and hope that the content was helpful or that the pictures make you want to check it out.

      I would appreciate a follow on Twitter @SavvyCitiZen if you are a Twitter user.

      Thank you for reading!

  2. Ronald Bommel January 24, 2014 at 18:22 #

    Hi this is Ron and am hearing impaired. I lives in San Mateo for many years. I would like to know when is there going to be site. By the way, I’m Dutch/American and I collects Dutch silverwares and some items that were made in holland. Since my parents passed, I kept all items in the plastic bags from dust. So do you think there are some items that are made from holland? I likes to look at some items sale at the Treasure Island. Thank you,

    • Marisa LaValette January 29, 2014 at 09:15 #

      Hi Ron! My family is from the Hague. : )

      You should visit Treasure Island flea market on Feb. 22 & 23!


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