Architectural Digest Recommends Topanga Vintage Market

Architectural Digest!

As we grow we are being noticed by more national media, and we couldn’t be happier to be included in Architectural Digest’s list of 12 best flea markets for design lovers! Topanga Vintage Market has long been recommended as a source for vintage, antiques and local artisan goods for the Los Angeles Design Community, but being in AD Feels Like Being All Grown Up!

Architectural Digest Recommends Topanga Vintage Market
AG Lauds Topanga Vintage In Top 12 Fleas for Design Lovers

We think this shout out from one of America’s most respected architecture and design publications is truly a recognition of the dedicated vendors we are so happy to host at our show.  Many of the vintage and antiques dealers at Topanga Vintage have been in the business for decades, some for generations, and their knowledge is encyclopedic. Shopping with them provides valuable advice and history as well as quality goods that will last and hold their value much better than the latest trends offered at most modern retailers.  We are so amazed by the number of great sellers in the thriving antique markets of Los Angeles, and we are very proud to be recognized as one of the best by one of the best.


What’s in a name?

"swap meet"
“swap meet”

Swap Meet” is a song off Nirvana’s album 1989 Bleach, but it didn’t make the cut in the 2009 re-release.  Ironically, that means it’s classified as “vintage vinyl”, which means you’re more likely to find it at Topanga Vintage Market, or PCC flea, or the Rose Bowl, than at your average “swap meet” .

Vintage albums and cd's at our flea market
Some of the vintage albums and cds at Topanga Vintage Market.

Of course, a “swap meet” is actually a place where pretty much anyone can sell pretty much anything. When I was a kid, we went to swap meets and swapped stuff.  But times change. Now it’s all about creating your own tiny cash business, so lots of swap meet vendors play it safe and sell just low cost essentials – like socks.  So many, actually, that LA’s Roadium swap meet has a sign saying “No more sock vendors accepted.”  

Swap Meets have Socks
Swap Meets have Socks

Would you buy used socks at a “flea market”?  Wikipedia says a flea market and a swap meet are pretty much the same, but I think not.  A flea market should have old stuff, hence the fleas.  Flea bitten. Worn.  Old.  Some say that the name comes from the famous Parisian outdoor markets, “les marches aux puces”, which means flea markets but sounds way better.  I bet they don’t sell many “socquettes”, but I may need to go to Paris and find out.

Eiffel tower in Paris, in same city as Marche des Puces
Eiffel tower in Paris, in same city as Marche des Puces

So why are we “Topanga Vintage Market” not “Topanga Flea Market”?

Swap meet, flea market, vintage market, antique market – it’s all good, right?  Except at Topanga Vintage Market we didn’t want new stuff, even socks.  We are junkanistas.  We wanted everything from fine to coarse, as long as it’s old.   And while hundred year old antiques are great, Lori loves mid-century glass and I happen to have a thing for all things aluminum, so we had to go with “vintage” – anything 20 years or older.  Including Nirvana.  We wanted to be really clear, cause we’re “all vintage, all the time.”

Topanga Vintage Market - is it a flea market?  Yes.
Topanga Vintage Market is it a flea market? Mais oui.

“Topanga Vintage Market” says it better than “Topanga Swap Meet” or even “Topanga Flea Market”, and we’re sticking to it.  Just don’t ask about the Topanga part.  That’s a whole ‘nother story.