Unique LA's holiday show scheduled for this weekend
Necklaces on display at a Unique L.A. event from a previous year. The next craft fair takes place this weekend, Dec. 1 and 2.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Unique L.A. -- the indie designer fair that features clothing, artwork, food stuffs and knick-knacks -- is holding their annual holiday edition this coming weekend at the California Market Center's Penthouse in Downtown.
This year the $10 admission gains you entry to both days of the fair, free cocktails from Art in the Age, as well as access to the photo booth and array of DIY workshops. The first 5,000 visitors will get complimentary tote bags designed by artist Brian Rea (who illustrates the New York Times “Modern Love” column) -- and every attendee will get free beverages from Kombucha, Honest Tea and others.
An added bonus? Ten percent of ticket sales go towards the DTLA non-profit organization Inner-City Arts.
Unique describes the event as a two-day shopping event that, "makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast."
Many of the designers live or work locally and all the products sold at the event are made in the U.S., according to organizers. They're expecting more than 20,000 attendees at the holiday show this weekend, with an estimated total of $1.5 million in purchases.
The fair goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the handmade jewelry, delicate dresses, lamps, candles, woodwork and stuffed animals, there will be jams, sweets and treats of all kind -- including "Chocoboost," a syringe full of chocolate mixed with caffeine.
Other unique items you may not find at other holiday craft fairs include bow ties for dogs, offbeat stuffed animals, coffee-based bath products and jewelry shaped as states.