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August 26, 2014 > Niles Antique Faire celebrates 50th Anniversary

Niles Antique Faire celebrates 50th Anniversary

Submitted By Keith Elrod

Wander the streets where Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy began their movie careers choosing among antiques, collectibles, crafts, plants, garden art, handcrafted jewelry and much more! The Niles Antique Faire and Flea Market offers selections from over 200 booths as well as the opportunity to explore the offerings in our unique Niles shops.

Over the past 50 years, roughly 15,000 booths have been filled with millions of items, tempting over two million shoppers. The Antique Faire and Flea Market typically hosts 30,000 attendees for the one-day event. Shoppers have enjoyed years of bargain hunting, searching for unique, one-of-a-kind items or that elusive missing piece of their collection. People come from all over the Bay Area and as far away as Washington and Nevada. Some children, who have visited with mom and dad, have become vendors and shoppers as adults. Once people come to this event they understand the charm of Niles.

The pancake breakfast is back and begins at 5 a.m. To keep up your strength during the day we have the best street food available as well as a variety of restaurants and a deli. For a break from shopping, take a ride on the Niles Canyon Railway, visit the Niles Depot or stop into the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.

Niles was established in the 1850s and was a junction point of the Southern Pacific Railroad lines from Oakland to San Jose and southern coastal points. VallejoÕs Mill was the first flourishing flour mill constructed and completed in this county. It was run by water conducted in a long flume from Alameda Creek. Niles at one time was noted for the location of the California Nursery, the largest nursery in California, with the largest rose plantation in the state. In 1912, Essanay Studios was at the height of its movie making fame. The studio, headed by Bronco Billy Anderson, made famous movies of the time starring Charlie Chaplin, Wallace Beery, and Ben Turpin. Many cowboy adventures were filmed through Niles Canyon and along the main streets of Niles.

Put on by the Niles Main Street Association, the ÒAntique Faire and Flea MarketÓ has created positive benefits for local businesses, vendors, residents, and sponsors. Throughout the neighborhood hundreds of residents capitalize on the day with their own yard sales. Many businesses/residents not on Niles Boulevard rent out spaces to the overflowing vendors. Niles Elementary School rents out spaces to raise money. Local restaurants and eateries are filled beyond capacity; several rent spaces on Niles Boulevard, setting up tables and selling food outside their business. Boy Scouts maintain parking at both ends of Niles Boulevard; this is their largest one-day money making event of the year.

The Niles Main Street Association is a not-for-profit community organization devoted to the historic preservation and economic revitalization of the historic Niles commercial district. Sponsorship for the Faire is welcome. Money raised is put back into the community through local charities, funding future Niles events, advertising, purchasing new banners, and beautifying the Niles downtown. Become part of the history of the ÒNiles Antique Faire & Flea MarketÓ today!

For answers to any questions, please contact the Niles Main Street office at (510) 742-9868 or e-mail

Niles Antique Faire and Flea Market
Sunday, Aug 31
6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Historic Niles District
Niles Blvd (between G & J St), Fremont
(510) 742-9868
Free admission (fee for parking)

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