A brainwave from trash
George Bumb was appalled at the amount of good stuff that he encountered in his solid waste and landfill business. In 1960, he created a modest market where people could sell pre-used and pre-loved goods. He started with 20 vendors and today this 120-acre family-run place is one of the largest flea markets in the United States.
2000 vendors every week
The market is a lively place frequented by locals for the fantastic range of fresh produce while visitors have a gala time soaking in the inimitable San Jose atmosphere. The market engulfs one’s senses with its live mariachi band, the aroma of sizzling barbeques, flavorsome street food and loads of bric-a-brac that you can indulge in to take back as souvenirs.
And, don’t forget your sunscreen – you do have to walk past 8 miles of aisles under Californian skies.
- The San Jose Flea Market is best visited during the weekends so you can enjoy a colorful spectrum of foods and stalls.