Let’s face it, motorcycle gear is expensive. A protective riding jacket can cost upwards of four hundred dollars easily. A top of the line helmet can go for much more than that given the brand. With the cost of living constantly on the rise in Los Angeles, it pays to be a bit frugal. With that in mind, I drove out to the San Fernando Flea Market over the weekend.
Thrifting has been on trend for a number of years now, but I don’t see or hear much about bargain shopping for bikers. So, I did a little research and decided to start hitting up some flea markets, swap meets, and pawn shops to get an idea of what’s out there. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised with what I discovered.
After roaming around the San Fernando Flea Market for an hour and a half, I was unsure if I’d find a vendor who sold motorcycle gear. Lucky for me, I don’t give up easily. I stumbled across a two lot setup with niche items prime for motorcyclists. Upon first glance I saw a row of helmets, racks of clothing, and a row of boots on the ground. I was surprised, but also happy to have come across this find at the flea market after my long search.
I spoke with the owners for a few minutes to get an idea of what their shop was all about. The woman told me unlike some of the other vendors, they’re only open on Sundays. She went on to tell me they sell both new and used items every weekend, and word has gotten out about them among bikers looking for quality discounted items.
After looking through their merchandise I found a lot of their items were name brand and in good condition. A Bell helmet caught my attention and it was new–on sale for eighty dollars. They also had some protective vests for good prices as well if you’re looking to beat the heat and wear something a little more breathable.
My journey showed me discount shopping for motorcyclists is a plausible endeavor, and if a bit of effort is put behind the search you can be rewarded. So, if you’re in the area or looking to do a ride, check out the San Fernando Flea Market and stop by plot 31C.
Just be sure when shopping for those great deals that you check things over closely for any damages or defects that could affect your safety, and on helmets be sure to check the date of manufacture (most manufacturers recommend replacing a helmet, regardless of use, every 5-7 years). That being said, there are some great deals to find if you shop around a bit!
Stay safe in these streets!