UNIQUE LA Presents Largest Indie Design Show July 30 & 31

In certain circles, the word “unique” might be the subject of a hearty late-night debate over a pint in a dark pub somewhere. Some people do perhaps use the word too loosely while still others are so stingy as to only use it when describing the sun. But whichever side of the camp you’re on, you still may want to check out Unique LA, the biggest 2-day independent design show in the country, whether it fulfills the strictest definition of its namesake or not.

With more than 250 vendors setting out to sell everything from upcycled glassware to Bolivian Rose salt, there’s no question you’ll find something you’ll love at Unique LA. There’s also no question you’ll be benefiting the local economy, boosting the profits of talented local artists and supporting the Heal the Bay Foundation. Sure, you can argue about the use of the word “unique,” but you can’t argue with all of that.

What’s in a name, after all? In this case? Not much, we say. Not much.

Unique LA

Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: $10 at the door or $8 in advance (kids 12 and under are free)

The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90405, Santa Monica

Highlights of the event include:

-Eating at the “Truck Stop” featuring the Grilled Cheese Truck, Naan Stop, Great Balls on Wheels and The Flying Pig among others

-Complimentary beer and wine garden by Black Star Beer and The Naked Grape Wine.

-Every half-hour, the Urban Craft Center will feature free workshops needlefelting adorable mini toadstools and cupcakes, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum will guide people through creating a brooch or headpiece out of recycled fabrics (there will be fabric available or you can bring your own!).

-A free ticket to the OC Fair with every admission (while supplies last)

-Getting your portrait taken (with outlandish props, of course!) in the free photo booth

-Enjoying ocean breezes and people-watching in the historic venue, the Barker Hangar, (usually reserved for film shoots and private invite-only parties) former home to DC3’s in the 1960’s and Howard Hughes’ private plane in the 1970’s. 

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About the Author

Jessyca is an L.A.-based editor for Demand Media who moonlights as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and fashion writing. She has written for Back Stage magazine and Beverly Hills [213] magazine, among other regional publications. Dewey spends her free time reading InStyle, volunteering with the foster kids organization Peace4Kids, making and enjoying great food, and hanging out with her wee dog Webster.
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