Melrose Trading Post offers food and vintage shopping

Ariana Berkemeier | Banner | The Melrose Trading Post flea market, open every Sunday from 9am-5pm at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, offers local businesses to display their unique handmade art, including these handmade necklaces made from old negatives.

Many students can struggle with the same question every weekend: “What are we going to do today?”

While Riverside has shopping, food and entertainment options, students may want to see and experience something outside the Inland Empire.

Every Sunday in Los Angeles, Fairfax High School hosts the Melrose Trading Post, run by a non-profit, Greenway Arts Alliance.

Located on the popular Melrose Avenue, the trading post attracts a diverse crowd.

Affordable vintage clothes, hand-crafted artisanal goods and a variety of food are only some of the things that attract visitors.

The different art and fashion throughout the market make it inviting to people who are looking to expand their minds and creativity.

From its entrance to exit, the trading post is filled with different things to see.

Davida Brenda, California Baptist University alumna, said she frequently visited the trading post as a student and continues to go as a Studio City resident.

“There’s a lot of things to see, food to try and interesting people,” Brenda said. “It’s all very unique. There’s always something for everyone there.”

Although some students might be hesitant to drive to Los Angeles for a day, Brenda said she would highly recommend it and that it is worth the drive for a fun Sunday outing.

Melrose vendor Ryan James sells antiques or, as he likes to call them, “treasures.” James said he enjoys working there because he does not get bored during his slow hours.

“Even if you’re not busy, it’s so entertaining to look at all the interesting fashion here,” James said.

The Melrose Trading Post, founded in 1997, continues to be a hot spot in Los Angeles.

Shawn Vandenberg, senior business administration major, said he started going to the trading post as a child with his parents.

The cultural and culinary aspects still keep Vandenberg interested.

“There’s something for everyone, whether you like the rap culture or the culinary aspects. If you have the eye for fashion, there’s a lot there for you, as well,” Vandenberg said.

A $5 admission and vendor fees are what keep the trading post open every Sunday. The trading post is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round.

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