Skeleton keys, cutoff jeans, vintage fur, brass candlesticks, shabby chic vanities, hipsters with cigarettes, derelict army boots, watches, churros, old photographs, tie-dye, chihuahas, velvet couches, old video games, circa 1922 hairbrushes, antlers…
What does all that hoopla have in common? Melrose Trading Post.
MTB is a huge flea market (among the most popular in Los Angeles). Sprawled out in the heart of Fairfax Village, local vendors here offer an eclectic mix of vintage and modern wares. With entry costing a pittance ($2), it’s become the ideal place for tourists and residents alike to spend their Sunday afternoons. Looking for quirky t-shirts or hipster-esque cutoffs? MTB is your place. On the hunt for the perfect ottoman or writing desk? Yep, MTB. Walk slowly and take it all in – you won’t want to miss a single treasure.
This weekend, MTB was packed with LA locals soaking up the sudden blast of warm weather, and every square inch of the Fairfax High School parking lot was filled with glorious clutter.
I perused some kitschy jewelry, marveled at an amazing blue velvet couch, and thought seriously about buying about five broken wristwatches.
After an hour or so, we had browsed just about every stall. Walking away empty-handed (I can’t believe it), we began to put some serious thought into finding a barstool to perch on and a cold glass of somethin’ to sip on. Luckily Mike was the perfect tour guide (he used to live just around the corner) and knew of the perfect place: Rosewood Tavern. Just a few steps down the road and we were there!
If ever you have exhausted yourself traipsing around the Trading Post, and need a bit of refreshment, I absolutely recommend this local hangout. Skylights, rustic communal tables, exposed bricks, cathedral ceilings, and a very impressive array (twenty-eight to be exact) of beer taps. Yep, checks off all my favorite things in a watering hole.
We dug right in to a bowl of fried brussels with HUGE chunks of bacon and a platter of salty and herby fries.
To round it out with something slightly healthy, a gorgeous salad of little gem lettuce, creamy burrata, Persian cucumber, and quinoa. So. Good.
So, if you’re a local or passing through on vacation, trot on over to Melrose Trading Post. And….if you really want to make it a Sunday Funday…..head down to Rosewood Tavern for some adult libations and finger lickin’ snacks!
What did you all get yourselves into this weekend?