Fallbrook have some great barn sales and special places for discovering antiques and vintages finds. 

On occasion, The Vintage Marketplace is set up in tents under the oaks in Rainbow, a few miles east of the house.  

And Pat opens her fabulous Pat’s Barn in Fallbrook to buyers about once a quarter.  When Pat’s is open, there are usually four or five other barns open at the same time.  You can pick up a map to each at Pat’s and make a day of it. So much fun!

Do visit Second Chance Barn at 3137 So. Mission and Vintage Village at 1038 So. Mission. Fallbrook Trading Company at 840 So Main Ave is worth a stop, as is the St. Vincent de Paul Shop a few doors north at 520 S Main. We also love Bucket of Nails at 720 East Mission.

For hunting for antiques and vintage goods, Old Town Temecula has a selection of large stores.  But if you go west across the arroyo/river (dry or wet, depending on the season), the rent drops and so do the prices.  Visit Grandpa’s Antique Depot and Granny’s Attic – they’re huge and lots of fun for those who like to hunt for bargains and keepsakes.  Grab a snack in Old Town afterwards.

South of Fallbrook, in San Marcos, is the 10,000-square foot Antique Village, just north off the 78 Freeway. 

Or drive down the coast to Solana Beach’s Cedros Avenue, an eclectic mix of stores featuring the old, new and novel, all nestled on a good walking street.

Further south yet is Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, a suburb of the City of San Diego. 

For a huge swap meet, try Kobey’s.  It’s gigantic and has been held for 30 years in the San Diego Sports Arena located off Freeway 8, about 50 minutes south of Fallbrook.  From tube socks to serious antiques, you can find everything at Kobey’s.  But bring good walking shoes, water and a hat — you’ll burn off calories in the search!

I hope this list gets you started on your hunt for the perfect something new!