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1590 Berryessa Road San Jose, CA 95133
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The San Jose Flea Market
The San Jose Flea Market in San Jose
The San Jose Flea Market, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, was founded by George Bumb Sr. in March 1960. His idea to open a flea market sparked while working in the solid waste and landfill business. He witnessed an abundance of treasures thrown away every day and realized he could make a profit from these discarded items. After visiting swap meets in Los Angeles and Paris’ Thieves Market for inspiration, George Bumb Sr. established the San Jose Flea Market on 1590 Berryessa Road in San Jose, California. He bought 120 acres (0.49 km2) of an old meat-processing plant and remodeled it to create a market with an initial 20 vendors and only 100 customers per day. Now, the San Jose Flea Market is the largest open-air market in the U.S. and has become a California landmark with over four million visitors each year.

Fun Facts about the San Jose Flea Market

•20 sellers and 100 curious customers were present the day the flea market opened in March, 1960.
•More than 4 million people visit us each year.
•Today’s San Jose Flea Market now spans more than 120 acres.
•Our farmer’s market is over a ¼ mile long.
•On any given weekend, more than 500 employees are working to make our visitors’ experiences pleasant and memorable.
•Every week we host more than 6000 vendors.
•There are more than 30 snack bars featuring everything from our famous corn dogs to mouth-watering BBQ, to authentic tacos.
•More than 60 smaller food carts offer a huge variety of delicious goodies including ice cream, fruit, popcorn, churros, lemonade and beer.
•In the Best Seller, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini wrote about working and meeting his future wife here.
•Our brand new FunZone features cool kiddie rides including a Ferris wheel, bounce houses, and an antique merry-go-round.

Hours of operation:

Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from dawn to dusk (see our holiday schedule.) If you’re new to the San Jose Flea Market or you’re visiting from out of town, we highly recommend you come on the weekend to experience everything SJFM has to offer.


Free with paid parking. If you don’t park a vehicle, you may be charged a small admission fee of $2.00.


Parking is easy in our large parking lots.
$5.00 Saturdays and Sundays
$2.00 Wednesday and Fridays
1590 Berryessa Road San Jose, CA 95133
Phone: 408-453-1110
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