If you've ever had the pleasure of spending a Sunday afternoon shopping at the Fairfax Flea Market, then you know that as fun as it can be, it's equally as stressful. Sorting through the trinkets, knick-knacks, and...well...occasional junk to find those wonderful gems seems like an overwhelmingly difficult task. Sometimes, I just want a map highlighting the can't miss attractions, so I can save time and skip all the rest. Luckily, on my most recent trip, I discovered some fantastic vendors that will keep me coming back. If you're looking for some great, affordable, well-made goods, look no further than Bodega Haitru, Rx Candles, and Belladaar Jewelry.
Selling food goods from "booze jams" to spicy pasta sauces, Bodega Haitru has a selection of fun, creative pantry items that will liven up your everyday meals. We particularly enjoyed sampling the "Peaches and Pimms Jam"; made from that ubiquitous British liquor and sweet peaches, we would slather this stuff on toast for a mid-afternoon snack. We also bought the Spicy Red pasta sauce, which is made with ripe tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, garlic, onion, oregano, grape seed oil, bell peppers, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and hot paprika. Pouring it all over our Linguine with shrimp, the sauce is completely delicious and fantastic for spicing up your average pasta dish.
I came to the flea market with a small hope of finding some beautiful-yet-affordable delicate jewelry that I could layer with my everyday ensembles, and I'm so glad I stumbled on Belladaar. Handcrafted in Los Angeles, Belladaar uses high quality stones and metals to make pieces would look amazing on anyone. Rachel, owner and metalsmith, made me a customized bar necklace while I waited at her booth, which I wear everyday and haven't witnessed any of that icky discoloration that usually happens to my flea market jewelry. Most of her pieces are under $100, which is super affordable when you realize that so many jewelry companies are charging insane mark-ups in the hundreds to thousands of dollars for similar pieces that are gold fill or plated.
As an ardent fan of luxe candle brands like Diptyque, Le Labo, and Jo Malone, I've become quite the connoisseur of scents. Stumbling on RX Candles, I was so pleased to find handcrafted candles made in LA in amazing scents for a fraction of the price of my fave luxury brands. Made from 100% soy wax, RX Candles believe in high quality, sustainable candles with lovely, subtle fragrances. We bought the Fresh Fig, which has been burning in the office all week and fills the room with a pleasant, mild scent. The large candles are only $18, while the small jars are only $10, and would make a great gift or home decor piece.
Who are your favorite vendors at the Melrose Trading Post? Let us know in the comments!