(Last UPDATED 6/14/2021) Description and review of the Sacramento Antique Faire, held every second Sunday at 21st and X Streets. Note: New temporary location – see Update below.
The Sacramento Antique Faire is held on the second Sunday of each month. The huge outdoor marketplace, with 300 vendors, is located under the freeway on 21st Street (between W and X Streets). If you are looking for antiques and collectibles in Sacramento you may want to periodically stop by the Faire.
The Faire opens at 6:30 a.m. and runs to 3:00 p.m. There is free parking – but even if you get there early you may want to park on one of the nearby streets. The parking lot gets very crowded and difficult to navigate – especially with people making their way to the Faire after parking and then returning to their car with their “treasures”.
Admission is $3.00 – a real bargain as you can spend hours wandering around and checking out the varied offerings. Food trucks and other vendors offer breakfast and lunch menu items. Additionally, areas to sit and enjoy your repast are often located nearby. There is an ATM on site as many vendors only accept cash.
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It is easy to identify the “regulars”, who come prepared to cart their purchases back to their car. They all have hand-carts, and some of the carts are quite roomy and well-equipped (umbrella, water bottle, etc.).
The collectors are also easy to spot as they move resolutely from one vendor to another looking specifically for certain items (silver jewelry, antique glassware, old tools, memorabilia, etc.).
Tip: If you are looking for something specific it is a good idea to know the dimensions of the space where you want to put it. Take a tape measure with you.
You never know what you will find at the Faire – which is why I like to allow sufficient time to just wander up and down the aisles when I go. If you see something that you “really” want you should go ahead and buy it if the price is right. It is highly unlikely to be there the following month.
I have been in the market for garden art for some time – but I can’t tell you exactly what I am looking for. When I see “it” I will know. I have walked out of the Faire several times empty-handed, but I always have a good time.
This weekend I did not leave empty-handed. I have found myself gravitating towards rusted metal – and I found a pair of old rusted metal decorative sconces (20” x 17”) that I think will look great mounted on either side of my backyard fountain. Success!
My backyard is small, but I am still in the market for some additional garden art – so you may see me wandering around the Faire again in the near future.
(6/14/2021) The Sacramento Antique Faire, like the Sunday Central Farmers Market, has had to move to a new location due to the construction work underway on Highway 50. The new temporary location is the parking lot of Sleep Train Arena, the former home of the Sacramento King’s. At least there will be plenty of parking available!
(11/24/2020) The Sacramento Antique Faire was named the #1 Vendor Fair in the Sacramento Magazine 2020 Best of Sacramento competition.
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Sacramento Antique Faire Snapshot:
- Every 2nd Sunday
- 21st & X Streets in Midtown Sacramento (See 6/14/21 update)
- 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- (916) 600-9770
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