The De Anza flea market happens the first Saturday of every month. Liza organized a bunch of ladies in our Meetup group to go to last weekend, and I’m so glad she did! I’d never have the discipline to battle the crowd by myself, but knowing I’d be meeting other gals made it easy. I was oh-so-good and didn’t buy anything but lemonade the whole time I was there…until the last ten minutes, that is. Then I suddenly had to have two different things! But between the two things, I only spent $12, so I’m still okay.
The farmer’s market in San Pedro Square runs 10 am to 2 pm every Friday, May through December. It is primarily targeted towards all us poor folk stuck in our offices downtown wanting something nice to do during our lunch breaks. I adore that it’s an urban market and a lunch oriented one – I wouldn’t like to have to drive out to the suburbs on the weekend just to experience this.
Here is a secret to living in the South Bay on a budget: Grocery Outlet. You would never stop at one of the San Jose stores on your own – they look too much like badly kept Dollar Stores – but they are a goldmine of good products at half price…and without expired dates, too.
The stock changes regularly and when an item is gone, it’s usually gone gone. But the outlet I frequent has a pretty regular stock of Method laundry detergent for $3, French brie for $1.35, and Amy’s feta and spinach pizzas for $4. They also keep a regular selection of Nature’s Gate and Avalon organic shampoos, conditioners, and lotions for $2-4 a bottle.
Today’s haul included Seeds of Change organic tomato sauce for $2, Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap for $0.99 (!!!), and organic lemon and peppermint teas for a little under two bucks a box. I also got a case of organic soups for a dollar a can. Good stuff. If you live in the Bay area, I recommend you look up one local to you.