They Raised the Price AND Reduced the Space at the 2016 Unique LA Fall Market

Posted: September 16, 2016 in Art, Events, Food, Los Angeles
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The 2016 Unique LA Fall Market returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, dozens 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. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

This past weekend’s Unique LA Market saw greater change from many of the previous markets. While the event still took place at the California Market Center, it did not take place on the top floor. This time, it took place on the tenth floor, and only one side of it. Usually, Unique LA covers the entire area of the top floor, extending from both sides of the elevators. Taking place on only one side this time meant significantly less space, which equates less vendors than normal. In addition, I had always paid $10 to enter, but this time it cost $15 to enter and did not include the souvenir tote bag. I always buy something whenever I attend a Unique Market, usually a t-shirt, other clothing item, or snacks to take home. None of the vendors stood out to me this time, so I walked away from this event empty-handed.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. It does appear that Unique has lost its sheen in Los Angeles, as many of the past vendors have slowly stopped attending Unique LA. Can Unique LA make a comeback? 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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