Kenneth Brown Shops the Rose Bowl Flea Market

Let’s spend a Design Junkie’s dream day together in Pasadena, California as we scour a world-class marketplace for decorator finds with one of the planet’s top designers. Watch and learn from Kenneth Brown, acclaimed interior designer and host of HGTV’s reDesign as he shops the legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market.

We get up with the sun and comb the Rose Bowl with Kenneth, a member of his design team and a client. Follow along by video as the team tackles the “West’s Best Treasure Hunt,” scoring vintage furniture and accessories for clients and for themselves. All the while Kenneth shares his savvy flea-market tips and strategies for finding the “goodies,” negotiating your best deal and having fun!

Click the arrow below to watch the 13-minute video. Click the square icon near the bottom right to view Full-Screen. If you have difficulty viewing the video, try the low-res version.

Kenneth often hunts flea markets and finds them perfect spots to discover "the finishing touches for a project to make it unique. That's what we love about design," says Kenneth. "Mixing the good, expensive stuff with the beautiful found, inexpensive stuff."

I had a blast hanging out with Kenneth, Adam and Peter. With every find we absorbed Kenneth's contagious enthusiasm and soaked up his ever-ready design tidbits.

The Flea Market HuntersWe're starting a band: Kenneth and the Flea Market Hunters. What do you think?

There's lots more to come. Read for our follow-up story where you can:

  • View a complete slide show of the rest of our hunting fun that day.
  • Learn more details about our purchases.
  • Look at the rest of the beautiful and interesting pieces we saw at the Market.
  • Print a list of Kenneth's flea-market shopping tips to take along on your next treasure hunt.

Kenneth Brown is one of Los Angeles' most sought after interior designers whose recent clients include tween-set superstars Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron, soccer star Mia Hamm and MLB first baseman Nomar Garciaparra. He has been named one of the top 100 designers in America by both House Beautiful and Western Interiors. Besides hosting his HGTV show, Kenneth designs signature product lines for QVC and Babies”R”Us.

The Wall Street Journal ranks The Rose Bowl Flea Market and its five miles of booths as one of the top five Antique Markets in North America. You'll find Hollywood stars, serious collectors and bargain hunters at the Market every second Sunday of the month, rain or shine.

"They have everything under the sun here," says Kenneth. I think he's right.

Photographs by Ann Revoredo, Video by Special Defect Media. Copyright 2009,

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26 Comments for “Kenneth Brown Shops the Rose Bowl Flea Market”

Thanks this was great, inspiring, educational, and fun – not cheesy!

Great informative piece from the pro’s, it was fun & insightful. Loved the tips, very helpful…since I am not a seasoned flea market shopper. Felt like I was there shopping with you,Kenneth and the design posse. Keep it up!

Bravo to Kenneth and friends for a fresh and fun way to look at and for design treasures! Thank you…loved it!

Absolutely fabulous post! We watched the whole thing and had a vicarious thrill. What a fun day you must have had!

I really love this video – lots of great information and tips! It’s so well done.

I’m going to include the post in my Sunday roundup recommendations at my blog –

Thanks for posting it!

Loved shopping with Kenneth and his gang! Fabulous. Will remember all the hints! Loved it, loved it. When will we shop with Kenneth again?

This was a fun video that included some great tips that I had not known before that I will use in my flea market shopping in the future. Kenneth comes across so down to earth in his show, It was great to see him in this setting. Great work Kathy on bringing us this story!

What a great video AND day, Kathy! Love this post, the tips given and the camaraderie. (Plus, that “band” pic is great!) Looking forward to the follow-up. 🙂

What fun! Never even knew it existed. Thanks for taking us on the shopping trip Kenneth!

Kristi – your number one fan from San Diego!

Can’t wait to see what you got, Kathy! That must have been a lot of fun shopping with Kenneth.

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The flea market shopping video with Kenneth and friends was great and very informative. It also introduced me to this wonderful website which I intend to visit often. It has all the things I’m interested in.

Loved the video. It makes me want to check out the Rose Bowl flea market for myself. Now if only we can all borrow Kenneth to go shopping with us so we can make the right choices. But your tips were very helpful. Thanks for featuring one of the nicest and most talented designers around — Kenneth Brown.

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Marie, Lisa, Cathy and Nancy,

Thanks so much for your feedback. We had a blast making the video (and I learned a lot too)! Kenneth is the best.

Stop by anytime.
— Kathy

We so appreciate the compliment and the fabulous post you did, Lesley. Adore your blog too; you have wonderful taste.

See you around the blogosphere,
— Kathy

Regina, Laura and Patty,

Thanks for coming along on the trip with us! Wish we could all have shopped together. Here’s the link to the follow-up post with Kenneth’s tips.

Appreciate your feedback,
— Kathy

Kristi and Kathy,

You bet it was fun. The Rose Bowl is a fabulous marketplace; kept seeing cool booth upon cool booth. Oh, and an amazing place to people-watch.

Kathy, I got that wonderful antique desk clock and the wild screen print for my 9 yo daughter’s room. I wish I had picked up that French daybed though.

Thanks for popping over,
— Kathy

Hi Linda,

Thanks so much. The Rose Bowl is awesome and I suggest springing for the “Early-Bird” admission…lots of great finds and also nice temperatures during hot summer months.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if Kenneth could be a personal design tour guide? It was a pleasure to feature and work with him.

Come by anytime,
— Kathy

I actually did not like a single piece that was picked up. I saw a great set of chairs behind the day bed that NO ONE asked about.

I guess it goes to show that everyone has a different taste.

Hi Keeton,

You are so right about the different taste thing. It happens with me and my husband. And there was so much more I saw and liked (bet I know what chairs you are talking about–very cool) but curse the budget of a blogger.

Good luck on all your treasure hunts and thanks for stopping by!
— Kathy

Wow, I am so excited to be visiting my sissy A.J in L.A. and visiting this enormous flea market. See you soon.

Hey Lorie,

Excellent! Please report back to us about your day at the flea market with a comment here, or an email to We’d love to know what treasures you found.

And have a fun-filled time visiting your sister.

Thanks for popping in,
— Kathy

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