Alemany Flea Market
When: Every Sunday.
Located in San Francisco, this is the quintessential flea market with the long-held distinction of being the ultimate garage sale. Just don't let the haphazard piles of clothes and boxes spilling over with random junk fool you into thinking there aren't treasures to be found! You may have to dig a little bit deeper at Alemany than the better-known Alameda market, but there are plenty of amazing things lying around waiting to be rescued. The prices here are also the best around, with many of the sellers willing to offer a bargain if you come prepared with dollar bills and a smile.
Recent Alemany Scores: ‘60s wicker-basket purse ($5), ‘60s lace maxi-dress ($25), a pair of ‘40s perfume bottles ($3).
Photos: Ashley Ording