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August 21, 2007 > Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market

Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market

By Vidya Pradhan

All you need is a hat, a bag and plenty of cash! The 43rd Annual Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market kicks off 6 a.m. on Sunday, August 26 at historic Niles in Fremont.

In the bustling, technology-driven environment of Silicon Valley, the Niles District is a throwback to the good ol' days when trains were noisy and movies were silent. A tranquil road lined with antiques, art and a wide variety of retail shops, for the past four decades, Niles Boulevard comes alive in August with the sights and sounds of over 200 vendors selling everything from art and antiques to barbecue and snow cones.

Known for its antique stores, Niles, a former bustling railroad town and home to silent movie superstars such as Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy, continues its proud and highly successful street fair, attracting thousands. Boasting stores and merchandise from those days and the Essanay Silent Film Museum, this unique town is one of five that incorporated in 1956 to form the city of Fremont. Niles is a must see attraction for visitors who want to experience the aura of the "wild west." The Niles Antique Faire and Flea Market is a fundraiser for the Main Street Association whose goal is to 'implement a revitalization strategy for the area that pairs thoughtful preservation of historic assets with sensible business assets'. This year, the Antique Faire is sponsored by Dale Hardware and Regis Homes.

Vendors gather from near and far to create a extensive and eclectic gathering of memorabilia for antique hunters. It is rare to find the range of items of this open market sales event in one place so it is not unusual for casual and professional bargain hunters to work their way through the offerings side by side. Niles residents also take advantage of the fair by holding huge garage sales, so there's many a bargain to be had on Saturday as well. For antique lovers, the prices and the selections at the fair are sure to be tempting.

This year a popular pancake breakfast returns. Breakfast starts at 4 a.m. as the vendors arrive to set up shop. The fair is open to visitors starting 6 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. Parking is provided at both ends of Niles Boulevard. Proceeds from the parking go to the Boy Scouts, who will be assisting drivers. Please note that the Sullivan Underpass will be closed after 10 a.m. to allow the train depot to function. Visitors have the option of coming to Niles using Alvarado-Niles Blvd. in Union City, Mission Blvd. and Nursery Avenue or the Niles Canyon entrance (Mission Blvd. and Niles Canyon)

Show up at the fair for a day of family fun. The beautiful items on display are definitely worth a look. For those who succumb to temptation, two ATMs are available on Niles Blvd. Visitors can also take advantage of historic train rides through Niles Canyon departing from the Niles Depot and enjoy silent film offerings at the Essanay Museum in the heart of Niles.

Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market
Sunday, August 26
6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(510) 742-9868
www.niles.org
Train info: http://www.ncry.org

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