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Forum topic by jobewan posted 10-09-2015 12:01 AM 662 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2015 12:01 AM

Hey Folks,

I am somewhat of a new transplant out in the SF Bay Area – located in the East Bay. I am a Boston native and I used to haunt all the old flea markets and antique stores in northern MA and So New Hampshire for old tools. Now that I am out here, there doesn’t seems to be the same availability for old tools, or I just don’t know the right places to look. Does anyone in he east bay have a recommendation or two for good places to hunt? I think there is a flea market in Alameda on certain weekends, but other than that I am not aware of anything. I would appreciate any help!

Thanks folks.


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Don W

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#1 posted 10-09-2015 11:54 AM

One less competitor in the NE. I can’t help with the west coast, but II hope to see some west coast treasures soon.

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#2 posted 10-09-2015 04:11 PM

I can’t speak for the East Bay, but a 1.5 hour drive will get you to Roseville (Sacramento area) which has a HUGE flea market. Google “denio’s” market in Roseville.

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#3 posted 10-09-2015 08:42 PM

Years ago I went to “BERRESSA FLEA MARKET” in San Jose. Very large!

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#4 posted 10-09-2015 09:17 PM

Sebastopol flea market.
Every weekend.

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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#5 posted 10-09-2015 10:44 PM

Thank you everyone – I will make it to all of these and hopefully scoop you on goodies. If you see a giant guy at these shows (6’ 10” tall and about 400 lbs on a good day) sah hi! Name is Joe and I would love to meet you.

Has anyone been to the flea market in Alameda? Is it good for tools? Worth the effort?

I hope to be able to post some recovered treasures on here soon. I love planes and chisels. I will post a gloat pic of my set of Japanese sword steel chisels. They are absolutely gorgeous. And they cut like buttah.

Thanks again folks – I really appreciate your help!


-- Measure Twice, Cut Once - throw it in the woodpile, start over...

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