Posts Tagged ‘Shopping’

The Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire returned for its 22nd annual run this past Saturday. Taking place on Philadelphia Street between Greenleaf Avenue and Painter Avenue, this free and all-ages street fair attracted thousands of people to come check out the dozens of vendors all selling lots of interesting goods. Items sold here ranged from apparel to accessories to decorations to furniture to toys to antiques and many other old-fashioned goods. In essence, this represented a local swap meet for the locals to vend their otherwise outdated items in hopes that visitors may find new use for them. Nevertheless, local markets such as this always make for a good opportunity to find items that you may have use for, and you may find something for a good price too. Check out Uptown Whittier on Facebook and Twitter, as they always have events going on here throughout the year.

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The Piecemakers Peddler’s Market made its semiannual return this past Saturday. Taking place at the Piecemakers Country Store in Costa Mesa, this free and all-ages market resembles a local swap meet of sorts, with the vendors selling lots of traditional and useful items. What kind of items would one find at this market? I witnessed items such as clothing, jewelry, kitchenware, home decorations, appliances, toys, games, art supplies, tools, trinkets, and so much more. Although nowhere near as large as other established swap meets in Southern California, this smaller, more intimate market allowed me to browse items in a more open space, and at least all the items here appeared useful in some way, compared to the other swap meets that tend to have random junk for sale. But hey, to each his own.

Make sure you check out the Piecemakers Country Store on Facebook for updates on upcoming events. The Peddler’s Market will return again later this year around September, so keep an eye out for that.

The Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market returned to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles for its seventh year in a row this past weekend. This FREE two-day event features over a hundred different vendors and exhibitors selling various arts & crafts goods, ranging from apparel to accessories to miscellaneous home goods and more. The exhibitors, which consisted of artists, designers, bakers, crafters, and more, brought plenty of merchandise for the thousands of guests to browse and buy, just in time for the holidays. The Renegade Craft Fair typically sees a consistent crowd throughout the day at all of their events. Navigating the numerous aisles proved somewhat of a challenge with so many people around. This year’s holiday fair featured a mix of returning vendors and new vendors. Some of the returning vendors included Bad Pickle Tees, Pop Candy, Yarnover Truck, Hepp’s Salt, The Poster List, and more.

No one can truly go wrong at an event like this because it supports the local community. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support locals, meaning your money helps to stimulate the local economy instead of sending money to a corporation outside of the state, or even outside of the country. Of course, one does not need a fair like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports the people, workers and customers, linked to that business. An occasion like Small Business Saturday does not exist simply for the purpose of spending even more money on holiday shopping – it promotes the awareness of small businesses and their effect on the local community. Take some time to appreciate the local wonders in your community, and you may find the outcome rewarding at best. Keep up with updates about local craft fairs by liking Renegade Craft Fair on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Huntington Beach’s Old World Village gets into the holiday spirit with their German Christmas Market that takes place the first three Sundays of December. Free to attend for all ages, this event features dozens of local vendors setting up booths around Old World Village to sell various goods. The goods range from holiday-themed items to accessories to apparel to other gift ideas including books, toys, and trinkets. While browsing all of the vendors that set up, local musicians play under a music tent along one of the aisles, and many of the shops throughout Old World Village offer specials or sales. If visiting, check out the food businesses here, as some of them have food and/or drink specials as well.

The German Christmas Market will take place one more time this Sunday from 11am to 4pm before calling it quits until next year. For more information, visit the website linked above, and check out Old World Village’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Have a preview of what to expect if you plan to attend this Sunday:

The Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market returned Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles for its sixth year in a row this past weekend. This FREE two-day event features over a hundred different vendors and exhibitors selling various arts & crafts goods, ranging from apparel to accessories to miscellaneous home goods and more. The exhibitors, which consisted of artists, designers, bakers, crafters, and more, brought plenty of merchandise for the thousands of guests to browse and buy, just in time for the holidays. The Renegade Craft Fair typically sees a consistent crowd throughout the day at all of their events. Navigating the numerous aisles proved somewhat of a challenge with so many people around. This year’s holiday fair featured a mix of returning vendors and new vendors. Some of the returning vendors included Bad Pickle Tees, Pop Candy, The Library Store, Yarnover Truck, Hepp’s Salt, and more.

No one can truly go wrong at an event like this because it supports the local community. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support locals, meaning your money helps to stimulate the local economy instead of sending money to a corporation outside of the state, or even outside of the country. Of course, one does not need a fair like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports the people, workers and customers, linked to that business. An occasion like Small Business Saturday does not exist simply for the purpose of spending even more money on holiday shopping – it promotes the awareness of small businesses and their effect on the local community. Take some time to appreciate the local wonders in your community, and you may find the outcome rewarding at best. Keep up with updates about local craft fairs by liking Renegade Craft Fair on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The annual Uptown Village Market returned to the Expo Arts Center in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach this past weekend. At this FREE and all-ages event, dozens of local artists and vendors set up to display their work to either sell their goods or advertise their services. Visitors strolled through aisles of interesting works of art, neat gifts, tasty edibles, and plenty of trendy apparel. Throughout the weekend, the organizers served up refreshing beverages, while local bands kept the air filled with joy.

This event coincides with the monthly Long Beach First Friday, an event where thousands of people fill the streets of Bixby Knolls to check out local art, music, food, drinks, and more. If you want to support the local vendors, make sure you check out First Fridays in Bixby Knolls for a fun night filled with activities.

The Renegade LA Craft Fair returned to LA State Historic Park for its fourth year in a row this past weekend. This FREE two-day event features over a hundred different vendors and exhibitors selling various arts & crafts goods, ranging from apparel to accessories to miscellaneous home goods and more. The exhibitors, which consisted of artists, designers, bakers, crafters, and more, brought plenty of merchandise for the thousands of guests to browse and buy, just in time for the holidays.

The Renegade Craft Fair typically sees a consistent crowd throughout the day at all of their events. However, during this weekend, way more people attended the fair than I had expected. I encountered this upon arrival when I inspected the parking situation, where the park staff had to open up additional parking locations within the park. I usually find parking either on the street or across the street, but this time, so many people commuted that I had to park in the newly-opened area behind the fair. Once inside the fair, I again noticed an increased amount of attendees compared with my last visit this past summer. Navigating the numerous aisles proved somewhat of a challenge with so many people around. The amount of attendees meant that not only would the vendors receive high foot traffic, but the food trucks would see lots of business too. I have not seen this many food trucks at a Renegade Craft Fair than at this one.

This year’s holiday fair featured a mix of returning vendors and new vendors. Some of the returning vendors included Bad Pickle Tees, Pop Candy, Pernicious Pickling, Love Nail Tree, The Library Store, Yarnover Truck, and more. Some vendors that caught my eye that I have not seen before or recognized included Cotton & Flax, Pommes Frites Candle Co., Against The Grain (last seen at Artisanal LA), and more.

With so many great merchandise available to take home, I simply could not leave empty-handed. As I strolled through the aisles, I instinctively turned my head towards Maya Brigadeiro as I walked up to it. These handcrafted dessert bites come packed with so much dense flavor that I have not sampled in a long time, so I opted to purchase a 6-pack of their Brazilian Staples.

Recently, I found myself using lip balm quite often. I can consume an entire stick of lip balm within a week depending on how many hours I work. So when I passed by Bunny Butt Apothecary, I told myself to take some time to check out their selection of lip balms. They make a variety of lip balm flavors that most people would not expect. I settled for their Lychee and Mango Lassi lip balm flavors.

Lastly, I knew I had to eventually encounter MNKR. Since I first started attending the biannual Renegade Craft Fair, I have always purchased one shirt from MNKR each time. This time, I purchased a white shirt that boldly proclaimed f*** censorship. I love their designs, and I love their dedication to supporting the local community, especially in empowering people to stand up for themselves instead of listening to what others tell them to do. MNKR will always have my thumbs-up and support.

No one can truly go wrong at an event like this because it supports the local community. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support locals, meaning your money helps to stimulate the local economy instead of sending money to a corporation outside of the state, or even outside of the country. Of course, one does not need a fair like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports the people, workers and customers, linked to that business. An occasion like Small Business Saturday does not exist simply for the purpose of spending even more money on holiday shopping – it promotes the awareness of small businesses and their effect on the local community. Take some time to appreciate the local wonders in your community, and you may find the outcome rewarding at best.

The holiday version of Renegade LA returns to LA State Historic Park this upcoming weekend. This FREE alternative arts & crafts fair exhibits hundreds of independent artists, designers, bakers, and crafters for guests to come and snag some cool apparel, accessories, music records, food, and more. Occurring biannually, the holiday version makes a few changes from the summer version. Vendors have to adjust to a slightly smaller venue space, apparent by narrower aisles and lack of a middle aisle/dividing lane.

A handful of vendors will return to this fair from the last one, such as Sebastien Millon. Plenty more may appear here that did not attend the last fair, like I Wish I Had A Penguin Friend.

The center of Renegade holds a big top, which houses vendors carrying what I consider the more delicate items.

You may also notice that some vendors may post signs denoting that they will donate a portion of their sales to a charity. For a holiday show, I enjoy that either the organizers or the vendors would consider this.

Because I love to support independent entrepreneurs, I search around to find out if anything suited my liking. Last time, I ended up purchasing a shirt from MNKR, which you may see me wearing one day.

I love these types of fairs because of the guilt-free feeling you get when you finally leave. Not only can you acquire some really neat clothes or accessories that many other people may not own, but you support independents, meaning your money means much more to them than spending your money on some corporation’s product. Of course, one does not need an event like this to support independents. Anyone can find mom & pop shops everywhere, and purchasing from them helps more than just the business staff and owners. Supporting local businesses also supports businesses linked to that business. For example, if you dine at a local establishment like Tavern On 2, you also support the local farms that supply their locally-grown produce and meats.

Anxious to attend the next independent arts & crafts fair? Check my blog every Monday for my post on the week’s upcoming events. Also follow fairs like Renegade Craft, State of Unique, and Patchwork Fest on Twitter to find out more. Until then, always strive to contribute to the locals in your community.