I really don’t need an excuse to visit my daughter, Marissa, in San Francisco. I’d be happy to go anytime and as often as she’d have me.
But this visit was scheduled around the once monthly Alameda Point Antiques Faire held across the bay and over the Oakland-Bay Bridge on Navy Way in Alameda. The first Sunday of each month brings more than 800 vendors and over 10,000 shoppers to the huge sale. I first learned of the Faire through my favorite blog, Vignette Design. Interior designer and blogger extraordinaire, Delores, loves the Faire and has written of it often. Her favorite vendor is Big Daddy’s Antiques, so naturally that would be our first stop.
I was beside myself with anticipation when we arrived at about 7:30 AM (the gates open at 6:00). We made a beeline for the Big Daddy booths in aisles J & K. (the aisles run from A – Z). I was delighted by every item in the Big Daddy booth, but also heartsick that there was not even one thing that was small enough to fit in my suitcase. The photo above and the next 7 photos were taken in the Big Daddy booths.
The one thing at Big Daddy’s that I really wanted to buy was at least one of these vintage olive harvest buckets. As we walked through the faire, I’d see people with them and be so jealous and sad that I couldn’t get one home. Those UK flag chairs in the background are pretty great too!
So after oohing, ahhing, and drooling, we went back to aisle A and began our 6 hour shopping-palooza. Yes, Six Straight Hours, non-stop! We did not sit down for even a minute, just booth to booth to 800 booths. And not one complaint from either Marissa or my obviously very patient husband, Dave!
How about a few more photos of things we saw and loved!
I actually already have one of the these rolling canvas bins that I purchased here in Phoenix. Think I’ll turn it into a table (with storage!) by finding a great piece of wood to put on top. There are ideas everywhere you look.
So what did I purchase that could fit in my 20 x 15 x 7-inch carry-on suitcase? I will share that tomorrow!