Angie and Chris Ansanelli launched The Treasure Island Flea just last month and saw almost 10,000 visitors traffic their curated flea market on the man-made Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. The market is an experiential jaunt, offering an eclectic mix of merchandise, specialty food purveyors, amazing city views and varied entertainment. They also rotate their food trucks so that every time you visit, you can get something fresh and exciting to munch while doing your shopping.
As long-time San Franciscans and creators themselves, they didn’t feel there was a venue that could accommodate the many talented artists, makers & collectors of the area that really had something special and unique to offer. Although there are at least three major flea markets and several seasonal specialty fairs in the Bay Area, the Ansanelli’s still believed local talent was not being provided the audience and shoppers their products deserved.
Most of the products featured at our market are made or collected by the individual selling it to the shopper. So there is a story behind each product which gives the customer a treasure and an experience they will leave with and remember.
“There is so much talent and creativity in the Bay Area but in this economy a lot of people can’t afford physical storefronts so we wanted to create a unique outdoor market,” founders Angie and Charles Ansanelli said. With more than 100 entrepreneurs and artists setting up shop, there is variety for all. Plus, each month there will be a different line up, so come on back.
A Selection Of The Goods
The custom woodwork made from reclaimed materials of Planks 10 will be in rotation – it’s gorgeous and green. Women are getting the couture treatment from Letty Tennant of Queen of Heartz with her vintage inspired garments that are all handmade and come in all sizes – they are shockingly affordable for what you get in return. Looking for large vintage and antiques for the home? Los Angeles-based seller, Big Daddy’s Antiques have been selling their vintage and antique garden decor, including fountains, urns, planters, stone water vessels, troughs and wrought iron for the last 18 years.
A Selection Of The Food
In regular rotation will be An The Go, serving up the garlic noodles made famous at their restaurant Crustacean and Thanh Long. Fried chicken and other deliciousness from Iz-It will be rolling through with their Hawaiian / Chinese / Pan-Asian inspired menu. Try Le Truc has got the lane cornered in gourmet American fair, served in or out of the bus – reserve a bus seat early, cool kids in the back. Pica Pica Maize Kitchen will be on hand for all your corn-based delights in Venezuelan form.
What The Locals Are Saying
There has been chatter on and offline about the opening of The Treasure Island Flea. Britt and Whit, a cute tastemaker blog about style in San Fransisco off their pics for from the opening weekend, stylishly dressed of course. California Home Design Blog offers us their eagle eye and shares their favorites for the home.
About Treasure Island
The island was man-made in 1937, making it one of three of San Francisco’s amazing city projects along with the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. We’ll leave Alcatraz off the list. The island hosted the World’s Fair in 1939, the annual Treasure Island Music Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival, the 20,000 square foot Winery SF. Not to mention the coast, which is dotted with sea lions.
Visit The Market
9AM – 4PM, the last weekend each month.
The next will be June 25-26.
$3 entrance fee; free for children 12 and younger.
Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island, San Francisco