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Pop-Up Shop Madness This Weekend

By David Markland
Published: Friday, December 10, 2010, at 02:14PM
Artisanal LA at the Cooper Building Matt [Flickr]

Offerings from the original Artisanal LA.

Word is that Santa Claus himself will be doing all of his personal Christmas shopping in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. And who can blame him?

Besides the usual wide selection of unique products you can find here, from inexpensive toys through the Toy District, and clothing throughout the Fashion District, numerous pop-up shops and other unique sales will be taking place this weekend only.

A Current Affair is a "pop-up vintage marketplace" with over 25 dealers selling apparel, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, and ephemera. Liz Goldwyn hosts this holiday edition of the sale, and will be signing her new book, Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens on Friday night. Friday 6pm-10pm Saturday 10am-5pm / $10 / 860 S. Los Angeles

Artisanal LA returns to the Cooper Building with numerous vendors offering locally made foods and other goods and a holiday theme. The $6 admission will also treat you to a hosted bar and roasted chestnuts, along with samplings from the numerous vendors. Partial proceeds benefit LAUSD school garden programs, and donations for the complimentary gift wrapping will go to LA's Homeless Youth. Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm / Cooper Design Space's Santee Shop / 851 Santee

Hungry? In the parking lot next to Artisanal LA will be three new food trucks: The Hungry Nomad, Lobsta (serving up your favorite crustacean), and the Lardon bacon truck.

The 3rd Annual UNIQUE LA Holiday Show will be stuffed with offerings of clothes, furnishings, decor, toys, and more from over 300 independent designers. $10 admission includes a collectible tote bag, and access to handmade activities for kids and adults with 826LA and Common Thread Studio, among others. _Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm / California Market Center's Penthouse / 110 E. 9th

Tip: For those starting at Artisinal LA, afterwards walk across the street to Unique LA for 2 for 1 admission. Or, go in reverse and receive $1 off admission at Artisinal with proof you've attended Unique.

1000 Bikes Pop-Up Shop kicked off at during last night's Art Walk, and is being continued by popular demand through the weekend. Proceeds from $15 custom, bike themed t-shirts will be used to purchase bicycles for foster children. One t-shirt, showing a broken lock above a Facebook "unlike" button, comes with an actual, free, unbroken lock. Their E.T. shirt, which sold out during Art Walk, is being reprinted for this weekend. Saturday and Sunday 12pm-8pm / Local Tourist / 450 S. Main

The Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale plants themselves and 150 indi-crafty types at the Los Angeles State Historic Park this weekend. Along with plenty of goods to peruse and buy, hands-on workshops include one to make-your-own mistletoe by Silver Lake's ReForm School, and another for holiday kitch inspired by Amy Sedaris. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm / Los Angeles State Historic Park aka The Cornfields

Cut Cut Couture's Pop-Up Shop 101 promises selections of their own denim-friendly sportwear from $10-$25, plus unique products and apparel from other businesses including Ceramics by Nicole LeMoine, handmade etched copper and fused glass art-to-wear, novelty t-shirts, and more at discounted prices. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm / 765 Stanford, 2nd Floor

DTLA's Holiday Fashion Boutique will have holiday clothing and accessories from Eye Candy Fashion, cupcakes from Kiss Me Sweet, handmade jewelry from Adore Designs and Tranquitelas. Saturday 2pm-8pm / Pacific Electric Lofts-Media Room / 610 S. Main Street

Six Loft Garage Sale. According to a flyer posted at a nearby coffee shop, stuff from the lofts of "a clothing designer, pianist, jazz music promoter, artist, art collector, writer, foodie, and filmmakers" will be for sale. Among the teased offerings: a custom women's beach cruiser, a 1920s Wedgewood gas oven, and vintage clothing. Cafe Metropol, which is located at the address of the sale, will be open just for this event. Sunday 9am-2pm / 923 E. 3rd

Chi WOW WOW Sample Sale has street wear for dogs, as well as pet friendly couture for their owners. Sunday 10am-4pm / Barker Block Loft #256 / 530 S. Hewitt

What? Am I missing an awesome sale taking place Downtown this weekend? If so, let me know in the comments.

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