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As if Gray Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday weren't enough to fill this week's retail therapy sched, let's not forget about Small Business Saturday. If you, too, would prefer to escape the shopping season with your life (see our mall madness survival guide here), there are plenty of holiday pop-ups and indie bazaars offering gift-buying options starting this weekend.
From Academy of Handmade's pop-up at West Elm tomorrow to December's many DTLA Arts District happenings, find our guide to LA's best marketplaces to shop this gift-giving season. Check back often as we'll be updating this list as more events are announced.
This article was originally published on November 25th.
What: Gamer-friendly art gallery and boutique iam8bit (2147 W. Sunset Blvd.)'s Holiday Ornaments Show debuted last week and continues through December 20th. Shop handmade decor for $5 to $20 from cool local artists, like adorable knitted Star Wars tree hangings by Crafty Is Cool (above) and more.
What: Crafted's weekly handmade marketplace continues with a special Small Business Saturday edition at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro (112 E 22nd St., Warehouse #10) from 11am to 6pm. Swing by for holiday gift shopping from dozens local makers, DIY workshops, sweet treats, and more; see the full lineup of events here; the free event takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
What: Now through January 1st, swing by healthy hangout The Springs (608 Mateo St.) in DTLA and shop clothing from LA's M Dot Design Studio, furniture by Bend Goods, stationery from Ferme a Papier, greenery by Airplantman, and more giftable goods during the two-month pop-up shop.
Tuesday, December 15th
What: New LA label Shifts is popping up at Nine Zero One (8469 Melrose Pl.) through December 20th for a colorful holiday market. Shop the brand's effortless dresses alongside candy from Sugarfina, and cheeky accessories from Ban.do; plus enjoy gratis sweet treats, bubbly, and braids. Shoppers also score a BaubleBar necklace with every purchase while supplies last.
Friday, December 18th
What: Head up to the Ace Hotel's roof (929 S Broadway) and shop a handful of LA's coolest retailers and labels during the staycation spot's winter bazaar. Swing by from 11am to 7pm to pick up gifts and more from Arts District lifestyle boutique Voyager Shop, edgy athleticwear e-shop Kilter, Tanner Goods, Myrrh Jewelry, Sun Potion, and more.
What: Following its Fig at 7th invasion, Odd Market is setting up shop at Bunker Hill's Wells Fargo Center Plaza (333 S. Grand Ave.) from 10am to 4pm. Shop edgy basics from Love Nail Tree, jewelry from Freedumb Founded, and more handmade goods from an array of local designers, artists, vintage vendors, and indie makers (see the full roster here).
Saturday, December 19th
What: Cabin chic (is that a thing?) e-boutique and vintage vendor Whimsy and Row presents an open air-flea market from 11am to 6pm at its Santa Monica HQ (1026 Ocean Park Blvd). Swing by for holiday gift shopping, mimosas, gift wrapping, sweat treats, and more.
What: New Arts District distillery The Spirit Guild (586 Mateo St.) is hosting booze-fueled holiday pop-up with a stellar mix of local labels. From 11am to 7pm, enjoy gin tastings, grub from the Guerrilla Taco Truck, and shop minimalist-cool footwear from The Palatines (who'll be offering 35% off current styles and up to 75% off past seasons), printastic apparel from Osei-Duro, clothing from Voz, accoutrements from Highlow and Cast + Combed, and small-batch honey from Buzzed Honeys.
What: Artists & Fleas in DTLA Arts District (647 Mateo St.) presents a host of festive hands-on workshops as part of its holiday marketplace this Saturday and Sunday (11am to 5pm). Shop over 80 vendors and learn how to make coffee scrubs, gingerbread "campers", and mocha masks; classes are $10 to $40.
Sunday, December 20th
What: Also happening in the Arts District is Shreebs Coffee x Common's holiday market (527 Coylton Street). From 11am to 4pm, enjoy fresh brews while shopping handmade wood furniture and decor by Boyce Studio, woven wall art by Kellee Creative, pillows and more from Meadow at Dusk, art by P. Witte Illustration, clothing by Latin Posh, and bottles by Spoken Glass. The DTLA java brand is also hosting free yoga on Saturday; see more details on the weekend events and RSVP here.
Weekend of Friday, November 27th
What: Academy of Handmade is popping up at West Elm (8366 Beverly Blvd.) from 12 to 5pm for Small Business Saturday. Shop pottery from Michelle Luu, letterpress stationery from Loudhouse Creative, art and greeting cards by Ink + Smog Editions, handmade lingerie by Married and Bright, geode-bedecked jewelry by Lemesto, and prints from photographer Yasmin Diaz.
What: Boutiques at stylish Santa Monica shopping stretch Montana Avenue are offering deals for Small Business Saturday. Stroll through from 6th and 17th Streets to score discounts, drinks, live music, and more.
Thursday, December 3rd
What: West Third Street's annual booze-fueled block party returns from 5 to 9pm. Over 75 boutiques, eateries, fitness studios, and salons spanning from La Cienega Boulevard to Fairfax Avenue are joining the deal-filled bash. See the full list of deals and participants here.
What: Five cult-fave labels are gathering for a holiday sample sale Thursday and Friday from 10am to 7pm at Lightbox Studios (7122 Beverly Dr.) Shop Cali-boho clothing by The Great, hats by Janessa Leoné, loungewear and lingerie from Eberjey, jewelry from EF Collection, and footwear from Freda Salvador. Purses are not allowed and only debit/credit cards are accepted.
Friday, December 4th
What: Arts District Shop the Block transforms DTLA's cool nabe into a bargain-happy party from Friday, Dec. 4th to Sunday, Dec. 6th. Over 15 local boutiques and eateries are offering deals, including Apolis, Alchemy Works, Poketo, Lot Stock and Barrel, and more.
What: Cool menswear market Northern Grade (405 Mateo St.) is also invading the Arts District Friday (3 to 8pm), Saturday (11am to 7pm) and Sunday 11am to 5pm). Expect USA-made clothing, accessories, shoes, decor, and more from brands like Civilianaire, Freenote, Ernest Supplies, Iron and Resin, and more; plus booze, grub, and music.
What: Get a shopping and sweat sesh in at Beyond Yoga's three-day Holiday House in Venice (1335 6th Ave.) Friday and Saturday (10am to 5pm) and Sunday (10am to 3pm). On top of scoring the USA-made label's stylish activewear for $15 to $30, attendees will enjoy free workouts from CorePower Yoga, free manis from Olive and June, a mimosa bar, chocolate tastings, and much more. Get more details and RSVP here.
Saturday, December 5th
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What: Artisanal LA Holiday Market takes over Holly Street between Fair Oaks and Arroyo Parkway in Old Town Pasadena with over 150 local makers and independent businesses. The free, pet- and kid-friendly marketplace promises USA-made clothing, jewelry, accessories, home goods, and more, plus grub from foodie-faved restos and trucks, hot drinks from Copa Vida, live music, a mani booth from Olive & June, and more.
What: Yet another DTLA Arts District happening is Parachute Market, which is holding court at CTRL Studios (326 Mateo St.) Saturday (11am to 7pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm). The conceptual design fair's "Gifted" show will feature artisanal soaps and oils by Golda, woven wall hangings by Native Line, jewelry and bags by Mara Carrizo Scalese, and more local talents.
What: Unique LA's massive indie marketplace invades the California Market Center's penthouse (110 E. 9th St.) Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Shop clothing, jewelry, accessories, home goods, artisanal foods, art, and more from over 350 local designers, artists, and makers; plus, enjoy an array of freebies, like manis by LAQR, bites and drinks, holiday portraits by Oh Snap!, and gift wrapping. Admission is $10 (unlimited entry for both days); see the full lineup of participants here and buy tickets in advance (plus $1.54 fee) here.
What: LA Thread's holiday pop-up sale promises up to 75% off a handful of local faves to the Arts District's Daily Dose Cafe 1820 Industrial St.) from 10am to 5pm. Shop luxe basics from Kain Label, minimalist essentials from Echo and Air, scarves and wraps from L.O.V. Project, Bali-inspired clothing from Bel Kazan, global-chic apparel from Daughters of Culture, and more; catch the latest lineup here.
Sunday, December 6th
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What: Los Angeles Makers are setting up shop at UCLA's Fowler Museum (308 Charles E. Young Drive N.) from 12 to 5pm for an afternoon of stylish retail therapy. Shop hand-dyed apparel by Jill Aiko Yee, luxe basics from Echo and Air, leather bags by O & M Leather, jewelry from Nina Savill and Artasan, edgy accoutrements by Jakimac, boho-cool ceramics from Urthen, textiles by Rummage & Hollow, hand-carved wooden goods from Glyph Designs, and more LA-based designers and makers.
What: Conscious Market joins the slew of Arts District events from 11am to 5pm at One Santa Fe (300 S. Santa Fe Ave). Pick up ethically-crafted clothing, jewelry, accessories, apothecary products, home goods, and more; plus, enjoy freebies from Honest Co., Mamma Chia, Go Macro Bars, Cabo Chips, and more. There'll also be an eco-friendly gift wrapping station and kid-friendly activities.
What: Shop for Her's holiday-ready retail therapy party takes over the Lombardi House (1717 N Bronson Ave.) in Hollywood from 11am to 4pm with over 30 female-founded, do-gooder brands. On top of shopping hand-dyed clothing by Junim, non-toxic cosmetics and skincare from Beautycounter, responsibly-source jewelry from Vrai and Oro, and much more, partygoers can expect free drinks, bites, and coffee. RSVP for the event here.
Friday, December 11th
What: Globally-conscious e-shop The Little Market is heading to one of our fave indie retail stretches (7960 W. Third Street) for a three-day holiday pop-up with a host of LA faves. From Friday and Saturday (11am to 8pm) and Sunday (10am to 6pm), shop handmade goods from artisans around the world, plus clothing from Paper Crown, luxe accoutrements from our juice pal Ariel Gordon, stylish stationery from Sugar Paper, fashionable art from Gray Malin, and organic cosmetics from Ilia Beauty.
What: Odd Market invades DTLA's Fig at 7th (735 S. Figueroa St.) from 11am to 9pm and Saturday from 11am to 7pm with basics brand Love Nail Tree, jewelry label Freedumb Founded, and many more local designers, artists, vintage vendors, and indie makers (see the full roster here.) The market relocated to Bunker Hill's Wells Fargo Center Plaza (333 S. Grand Ave.) on December 18th from 10am to 4pm.
Saturday, December 12th
Renegade Craft Fair
What: Massive artisanal bazaar Renegade Craft Fair returns to DTLA's Grand Park (200 N. Grand Ave.) for its holiday shopping sesh Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Over 300 makers, artists, and designers will offer locally-produced and handmade apparel for women, men, and kids; jewelry; bags; home decor; stationery; art; and more. Music, food, and photo booth ops will also be on offer at the kid- and pet-friendly (not to mention free!) marketplace.
What: Shop for the artsy-cool girls on your list at Creatures of Comfort's (7971 Melrose Ave.) holiday bazaar and resort '16 collection launch party from 4 to 7pm.Brands like Tuza x Maia Ruth Lee Jewelry, Confetti Systems, Minh Singer, and more will be in the house.
Sunday, December 13th
What: Highland Park's Hunt and Gather artisanal market is holding its first-ever holiday event at Align Gallery (5045 York Blvd.) from 11am to 5pm; there'll also be a preview Saturday from 6 to 10pm. Over 20 indie designers, artists, and craftspeople will be in the mix; the merch includes bags by Hipsters for Sisters, succulent arrangements by Eco Yardscapes, mystical bath and body products by Moon Nectar Apothecary, charming illustrations and prints by Made in Chynna, jewelry by Sunday Girl, and more; see the full roster here.
Sunday, December 13th
What: Nowita Maker's Market is rounding up a host of local talents from 12 to 6pm in Venice (840 Nowita Place) for a one-day holiday pop-up. Shop stationery and prints from Paper and Type, jewelry from Ritual Gold, surf gear Kassia Meador, textiles and woven wall hangings by Rummage and Hollow, home goods and art by Allison Kunath, ceramics by Andy Williams, and more.