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An Item for Every Whimsy

You don't need to cross the bridge to find what you're looking for, whether it's an antique lamp, designer shoe, or thrift-store bargain.


Antiques & Flea Markets

Alameda Point Antiques Faire (2900 Navy Way, Alameda, 510-522-7500, AlamedaPointAntiquesFaire.com, first Sunday of the month) is the place to find Tiffany lamps, old paintings, and ancient furniture, and the best place to find unique and weird antiques in the Bay Area.

Ashby Flea Market (1937 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, 510-644-0744, weekends, 7-7) offers incense, beads, foods, and other hippie-influenced items.

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (4695 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-547-6470) offers a combination of salvaged goods and crafting supplies.

Laney College Swap Meet (7th St. at Fallon St., Oakland, Sunday mornings) is hands-down the best flea market in the Bay Area, at which you must dig for buried treasures.

Oakland Coliseum Flea Market (5401 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 510-534-0325, daily) offers daily flea-market fare, with a mild emphasis on small, shop-like groups that can sell you tires, illegal birds, and porn.

Urban Ore (900 Murray St., Berkeley, 510-841-7283) is a massive lot and warehouse that holds all manner of salvaged goods, but specializes in housing fixtures like stoves, doors, windows, and toilets.

White Elephant Sale (333 Lancaster St., Oakland, first quarter of the year), sponsored by the Oakland Museum of California, is a huge sale where you can find clothes, furniture, instruments, books, toys, and bric-a-brac, all at prices that often dip below $1.


A Great Good Place for Books (6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland, 510-339-8210, GreatGoodPlace.indiebound.com) is the hills' hub for author events, and dozens of local book clubs call it home.

ASUC Bookstore (Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Building, UC Berkeley, 510-642-1968) is the most convenient spot to stock up on a whole semester's worth of studying, plus a few extra books just for pleasure.

Berkeley Art Museum Bookstore (2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-642-1475) includes sections on art history, art theory, technique, film, architecture, and design, plus everything you'll ever want to know about Botero, Boltanski, and the Fauves.

Book Zoo (14 Glen Ave., Oakland, 510-654-2655, BookZoo.net) is an eclectic, eccentric, and egalitarian treasure box of secondhandiana.

Bookmark Bookstore (721 Washington St., Oakland, 510-444-0473), run by Friends of the Oakland Public Library, sells a variety of books for low cost.

Books Inc. (1344 Park St, Alameda, 510-522-2226; 1760 Fourth St., Berkeley, 510-525-7777, BooksInc.net) has all the books you need, plus readings by high-profile authors, including many beloved children's authors.

Borders (5903 Shellmound St., Emeryville, 510-654-1633, Borders.com) is a bookstore with its own cafe and virtually every type of new book you can think of.

Builders Booksource (1817 Fourth St., Berkeley, 510-845-6874, BuildersBooksource.com) features volumes on architecture, design, and construction.

Dark Carnival (3086 Claremont Ave., Berkeley, 510-654-7323, DarkCarnival.com) specializes in fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery fiction.

Diesel, A Bookstore (5433 College Ave., Oakland, 510-653-9965, DieselBookstore.com) is an independent bookstore where you can find a classic or something unconventional.

Eastwind Books (2066 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-548-2350, AsiaBookCenter.com) offers a literary trip to Asia and Asian America.

Half Price Books (2036 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-526-6080, HPB.com) is a vast football-fieldish emporium of secondhand and remaindered books at markdown prices, plus CDs and DVDs also in stock.

Issues (20 Glen Ave., Oakland, 510-652-5700, IssuesShop.com) stocks enough magazines and newspapers to make you almost forget the Internet exists.

Marcus Books (3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, 510-652-2344) is an independently owned bookstore specializing in African-American topics.

Moe's Books (2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2087, MoesBooks.com) has secondhand books in every imaginable category, plus a lively calendar of readings by visiting authors, especially poets.

Mrs. Dalloway's Literary and Garden Arts (2904 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-704-8222, MrsDalloways.com) features a full schedule of readings, demonstrations, workshops, and other events that attract enthusiastic crowds.

Ned's (2480 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-204-0900, NedsBooks.com/ucb) sells both new and used versions of textbooks for current UC Berkeley courses.

The Other Change of Hobbit (3264 Adeline St., Berkeley, 510-848-0413, OtherChangeofHobbit.com) is a long-lived and well-loved sci-fi/fantasy specialty shop.

Pegasus Books (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-649-1320; 5560 College Ave., Oakland, 510-652-6259; 1855 Solano Ave., Berkeley, 510-525-6888; PegasusBookstore.com) offers new and used books with lots of page-flipping elbow room.

Revolution Books (2425 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-1196, RevolutionBooks.org) is where fiery chat about the Revolutionary Communist Party and its fellow travelers is always on tap.

University Press Books (2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-548-0585, UniversityPressBooks.com) carries the output of university presses from around the world.

Walden Pond (3316 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-832-4438, WaldenPondBooks.com) has a politics section that could take a whole afternoon to browse; the labor-studies and art sections would stretch well into the evening.

Your Local Library (OaklandLibrary.org. CCCLibrary.org, BerkeleyPublicLibrary.org, and ACLibrary.org) has books, author events, children's events, workshops, secondhand book sales, and much more.

Cameras, Computers, & Electronics

Al Lasher's Electronics (1734 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-843-5915) is a Berkeley institution that holds all the pieces you need to fix a radio, stereo, or death ray.

Alameda County Computer Resource Center (620 Page St., Berkeley, 510-528-4052) is a nonprofit computer recycler that fixes old machines, installs Linux on them, and then gives them away to the needy.

Apple Store (5656 Bay St., Emeryville, 510-350-2400) is the best place to find iPhone needs, and a great spot to get advice on how to fix a broken Mac.

Best Buy (3700 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, 510-420-0323) is always a great place to find anything that plugs in and makes noise.

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