Most of the time, the former Alameda Naval Air Station is a creepy ghost town, the type of setting where tumbleweed rolling across the endless freeways of tarmac seems not only plausible but likely. But the mothballed former military complex, proud home to the creaky but historic USS Hornet, sheds its deserted demeanor twelve times a year on the first Sunday of every month, playing host to the amazing Alameda Point Antiques & Collectibles Faire. From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., the point bustles with the activity of its former World War II-era self, attracting thousands of shopaholics, bargain hunters, and antique aficionados instead of naval airmen, admirals, and civilians of the bygone decades. It's the East Bay's most lively flea market — but better and on steroids. Serious quality-control bans reproductions and requires that the goods sold by the hundreds of vendors on the acres upon acres of runway be at least twenty years old. Depression glass, totem poles, curio cabinets, model airplanes, flapper dresses, typewriter keys, and Victrolas are among the treasures to be had, not designer knockoffs, cell phones, T-shirts, and toothbrushes found at less authentic area mega-swaps. This is the real McCoy. Admission ranges from $5 to $15 depending on when spendthrifts arrive.