Shopping For Mother’s Day Gifts At The 8th Annual Unique LA Spring Market

Posted: May 5, 2016 in Art, Dessert, Events, Food, Los Angeles
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The 8th Annual Unique LA Spring Show returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gathered to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor expanded to two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

As per my experience of attending Unique LA in the past, I attended the event on a Sunday instead of a Saturday. Going on a Sunday usually means I encounter a lighter crowd, and some of the vendors may have their items’ prices marked down for clearance. Unfortunately May Day also took place on Sunday, making driving there a hassle. The bad traffic and street closures did not prevent me from finally reaching Unique LA to make my rounds. I appreciated seeing some familiar businesses such as Velvet Rope Bake Shop and MNKR, and I also enjoyed seeing all the brand new faces that I hope to do business with one day in the future. In the end, I purchased a candle from Nature’s Kindle for a Mother’s Day gift. By the end, I interacted with numerous diverse vendors at Unique LA, and I believe that anyone can find exactly what they want at Unique LA.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. Stay on the trail of Unique LA via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to find out when the next show returns.


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