FRANKLIN JOHN KAKIES loves a good flea market. A Sacramento based interior designer with a deep reverence for history, Kakies is a veteran market-goer with a knack for spotting unusual items, often for a steal. His most beloved flea market find: an 18th-century English Georgian silver teapot crafted by a noted London maker. “I found it late one morning at the local flea and the sellers practically forced it on me, for a fraction of its fair-market value,” recalls Kakies. How could he say no? “The goal I set for myself in my early 20s—that my life should be filled with beautiful and amusing vintage objects—has played out in a wonderful way,” says Kakies, who also writes catalog descriptions for Witherell’s auction house. Here are a few places to find some treasures of your own.
FOLSOM BOULEVARD FLEA MARKET Long-running market with more than 450 sellers and food booths. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 8521 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 383-0880; folsomflea.com
SACRAMENTO ANTIQUE FAIRE 300 vendors from around the state selling antique and vintage furniture and decor, jewelry, garden accessories and more. 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m. second Sunday of the month. 2100 X St.; (916) 600-9770; sacantiquefaire.com
DENIO’S New and used items, antiques and specialty items. 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, 7a.m.–5 p.m. Sundays. 1551 Vineyard Road, Roseville; (916) 782-2704; deniosmarket.com
GALT MARKET On Tuesdays, more than 400 vendors offering clothing, tools, pottery, rugs, blankets and more; on Wednesdays, vintage and collectible items. 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, plus special holiday hours. 610 Chibolla Ave., Galt; (209) 366-7161
ALAMEDA POINT ANTIQUES FAIRE California’s largest antiques show with more than 800 dealers; vintage and antique furnishings and decor, jewelry, art, pottery, books and collectibles. 6 a.m.–3 p.m. first Sunday of the month. 3800 Main St., Alameda; (510) 522-7500; alamedapointantiquesfaire.com