Pop-Up Shopping ‘Til You Drop: Artisanal LA and Unique LA 2010 Holiday Events

by Jessica on December 11, 2010

What was supposed to be a quick in-and-out run to Artisanal LA today extended into a longer shopping excursion that included Unique LA. Weighed down by my purchases, I was a little bummed to come back to my car and find a ticket for an expired meter. Yeah, I knew I had it coming since I got lost in the shopping maze and haze, and stopped for a few quick impromptu visits with friends. But still — I should have followed by dad’s advice to ALWAYS park in a lot. Anyway, goods from The Olive Press, Cast Iron Gourmet, Crème Caramel LA, Winnetka Farms, Gotta Have S’More, and MGC brittle were all about I could reasonably carry.

Adorable and practical reusable lunch and snack bags by Graze.

I would totally have waited it out for the Lobsta Truck if I were baby-free, but just managed to scarf down a veg glass noddle bun from Flying Pig at Unique LA, where prepped food and snack options are plentiful.

Turn the page for a few visual highlights of the food-oriented kids’ goods and gifts at UniqueLA, such as Graze bags, Chivas goat milk skin care, Roscata jewelry, Susuten art and crafts, Collision Ware oven mittens etc., Scrappy Naps, and Epicurean Style vintage kitchen wear. As you might imagine, there’s a heavy dose of creativity and humor on display. It’s not just about ironic onesies anymore.

Both nearby Downtown pop-ups are open tomorrow (Sunday), too. A highly recommended shopping experience! Just be sure to put in more time in the meter than you think you’ll need. Or take an older parent’s wise advice.

Artisanal LA: 851 Santee St. (Btwn 8th & 9th Sts.); 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; $6 entrance fee.
Unique LA: California Mart 110 E. 9th St., 13th Fl; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; $10 entrance fee.
Note: admission is discounted for those who attend both sales.

Susuten art.

Adorable handmade jewelery by Roscata. Taro boba is probably my favorite.

Scrappy Naps' cloth goods.

More print-intensive fun stuff by Collision Ware.

Chivas goat milk-based skin care products. I picked up a fragrance-free soap which is safe for babies & kids.

Graze Organics' food and snack bags.

Another insanely cute Susuten piece.

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