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Two Weekends' Worth of Indie Merchants and Marketplaces

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Remember the So. Cal. supermarket strikes of a few years ago? Shoppers reluctant to cross the picketlines descended upon Trader Joe's?and after seeing how awesome it was, they never left. We think you can make the same analogy about the burgeoning indie marketplace scene. In the darker days of the recession—are we all comfortable with calling it that now?—by necessity, shoppers started passing up malls and big-name retailers in favor of handmade goods, local merchants, and unique resale. And the trend doesn't seem to be losing steam, as was evidenced by April's edition of Unique LA, and a host of other pop-ups, boutiques and parties. Last weekend's Jelly Roll Clubhouse | DIY Gallery was an all-day gathering of merchants offering new, vintage and remade goods—nicely augmented by a BBQ, drinks, bands and spectacular weather. And this weekend promises a similarly magical combo of handmade goods, crafty vibes and celebration: better than a dozen locals artists, crafters and designers are participating in the Mini Craft Sale at Sargent Court. A few participants are local faves who already have some press-love under their belts: indie-but-girly threads from Smoke & Mirrors, handwoven shoes by Beatrice Valenzuela. Admission is free, of course there's food and entertainment?and a 100% chance that you'll score interesting pieces that won't be found in any mall. The Sargent Court Craft Sale is Saturday, 1pm to 5pm, at 1673 Sargent Ct. in Echo Park.
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