Field trip: Torrance Antique Street Fair(e)featured

lots of jewelry at the torrance antique fair

lots of jewelry at the torrance antique fair

I went down to Torrance this weekend to check out the street faire that happens on the fourth Sunday of each month. It’s a fairly small market – especially compared to heavy-hitters like PCC and Long Beach – but it’s only a half an hour from LA. There is a lot of new stuff here, but there are plenty of bargains on the old stuff mixed in. The crowd is a bit older than what you find at, say, Melrose, where you would probably not hear statements like “I just subscribed to AARP” or “Everything was better back in the day” or “This would be a fun thing to have in a pizzeria!” Prices are extremely reasonable, and if you’re looking for jewelry, you might not be able to handle it.

a lot of five dollar bracelets

a lot of five dollar bracelets

There were some things organized not neatly:

cast iron things

cast iron things

vintage suitcases

vintage suitcases

lovely gold grooming implements

lovely gold grooming implements

and some tasty type treats.

red metal box

red metal box

8mm film boxes

8mm film boxes

magnavox stereo

magnavox stereo

luggage tag

luggage tag

acme safety grater packaging

acme safety grater packaging

book cover

book cover

The market essentially takes up most of Old Town Torrance, where there are a few small antique stores (plus a miniatures store that let me relive my childhood for five minutes). These stores open early on the fourth Sunday for market patrons, and their prices are also generally reasonable and a bit lower than market price up in Los Angeles. There is an enchanting WWII store that is stocked with every possible men’s uniform from the war, plus lots of engrossing ephemera that effectively distracts you from how claustrophobic you might otherwise feel in such a small, dark packed space. A radio display:

radio equipment

radio equipment

Overall, I’d say it’s best for jewelry hunting. There aren’t many good opportunities for clothing (though there are a few) and most of the vendors sell small things and just a few larger pieces. I’d say it’s worth the trip to look around if you don’t have any specific targets in mind; the atmosphere is fun, friendly, and laid-back.

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