The economic downturn of the last several years has created a whole new genre of retail outlets: the now ubiquitous dollar and 99-cent stores. But for those seeking higher value items at discount prices or who just love to haggle, flea markets and swap meets continue to reign supreme. Whether seeking antique furniture, new toys and clothes or county fair food, these two Sacramento shopping havens have a special place in the hearts of local value seekers. It is important to note that most vendors only accept cash but both locations have ATMs available.
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Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet
1551 Vineyard Road
Roseville, CA 95678
www.deniosmarket.comSeveral generations of people from the Sacramento region have explored the nearly 80 acres of wonders at Denio’s. Antiques abound here, available on indoor and outdoor large dealer lots or found at random stalls full of garage sale items. Items run the gamut from furniture, farm equipment and coins to tools, jewelry and décor galore. Fresh produce is available and food vendors sell corn dogs, chili, burgers, Mexican munchies, kettle corn and virtually anything that can be deep-fried. Denio’s is a fabulous place to people watch and to enjoy occasional events such as animal shelter pet adoptions, blood drives, car shows and blood drives. A partial list of items for sale includes farm animals and other livestock, clothing and accessories, coconuts carved into scary faces, a life-size bronze horse, wine cork boards, metal signs, cat trees, plants, crystal vases, old doorknobs, yarn and fabric, a wooden Indian, military surplus, toys, hot tubs, sparkly tutus, crafts, electronics, books, china, beauty supplies and bath potions. There is even a stall where you can get clothing altered, repaired, hemmed and resized.
Folsom Blvd Flea Market
8521 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95826
www.folsomflea.comThis classic flea market has been around for almost 50 years, with 200,000 yearly visitors roaming the offerings of more than 450 vendors. While some people sell yard sale selections on a periodic basis, many of the vendors are established businesses that have been coming for years. A wide range of clothes, shoes and other accessories are available for men, women and children in styles including hot trends, special occasion outfits, shabby chic and vintage. There is a party supply place offering piñatas, signs, balloons and other paper products, and new and vintage jewelry is available from several vendors. Antiques include home furnishing, carpets, lamps and curios fit for virtually anyone’s taste and décor. Shoppers flock to the cooking stalls featuring fresh produce, herbs and spices, dishes, pans and silverware. Come hungry, as food options range from the traditional corn dogs and ice cream to Chinese and Mexican delicacies, deli food and even breakfast. Visitors can also slake their thirst on beer, smoothies and cool treats like fresh cucumber lemonade.
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