Nowhere else in the country is individuality and creativity coveted and explored like it is in Los Angeles. We express ourselves through our wardrobes, our home decorations, the places we go, the food we eat and especially in the things we create. The city has a rich history of art and culture that dates back to the film production of the early 1900s and has evolved over the years to include street art, indie publishing and a vibrant fashion, arts and handmade crafts community. For those in search of locally made, unique or vintage clothing, art, home wares or jewelry, there’s a lot to be discovered at LA’s many vintage and artisanal markets.
Odd Market at the Autry
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles
The Odd Market has been a regular feature in Eagle Rock and Sherman Oaks and opened its newest outpost at the Autry on May 22. On the third Friday of every month, the parking lot and green space of the Autry will be a hot spot for outdoor dining, shopping and live music. This free event features gourmet food trucks, a beer, wine and cocktail lounge, art, fashion and vintage goods. Visitors can even arrive on their horses.
Artists and Fleas
647 Mateo St, Los Angeles
An amalgamation of the culture and artistry of the Downtown Arts District, Artists and Fleas brings together art, fashion and design for its shows that take place on the third weekend of the month. The market was originally founded in New York’s Williamsburg and Chelsea neighborhoods and the one in Downtown LA is the first location outside the East Coast. With such a variety of handcrafted offerings, from scarves for dogs to natural skin care products, Artists and Fleas is a market beaming with the sense of discovery.
Melrose Trading Post
7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
While this trendy strip of Melrose Avenue is already teaming with boutiques, the Melrose Trading Post is operated by the Greenway Arts Alliance and offers an even more personal, local shopping experience. This weekly open-air market provides visitors the opportunity to meet the makers, designers and collectors of their one-of-a-kind treasures which include vintage fashions, antique furniture and handcrafted goods. Admission costs and vendor fees are invested back into the community, awarding grants to Fairfax High School for sports equipment, beautification projects, teacher programs and theater productions.
1275 E 6th St, Los Angeles
The first Unique USA market began in Los Angeles and will soon be expanding to San Francisco and New York. Organized by the founder of The Unique Space, a co-working space in downtown LA, Unique LA is the largest local shopping event in the country and showcases over 300 Made-in-America designers and artists. There are three markets every year from spring to fall.
Venice Art and Collectibles Market
13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles
One does not have to look far in Venice Beach to find art. It’s on the floors, on building walls and at the Venice Art and Collectibles Market. Held every second and fourth Saturday of the month, the market is a perfect respite between sunbathing, bike riding and eating fish tacos.
1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles
Artisanal LA was founded in 2010 as an avenue for local food makers to reach a wide public audience. Occurring three times a year (once in spring, another in fall and a winter holiday market) Artisanal LA showcases over 100 artisanal food companies and homeware designers. What sets Artisanal LA apart from other local craft fairs is that it focuses primarily on the city’s culinary community.
Crafted at the Port of LA
112 E 22nd St #10, San Pedro
While many artisan fairs come and go, Crafted at the Port of LA is a permanent marketplace featuring locally hand-crafted goods. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, over 100 artists, designers and food makers showcase their goods (including jewelry, homewares, pottery and stationary) in the restored 1940s Warehouse No 10 space. Visitors can even take crafting into their own hands with DIY stations for flower pots, colorful piñatas, tie dye and metal clay sculpture.
Silver Lake Flea
1511 Micheltorena St, Los Angeles
Established in 2000, the Silver Lake Flea Market is an institution in the local community. They host multiple markets throughout the year highlighting independent designers and handmade crafts in addition to vintage and collectible items. Upcoming events will take place on the second Saturday of each month through December (excluding August).
Arts District Flea
453 Colyton St, Los Angeles
Due to its high population of creative residents, the Arts District hosts multiple flea markets and art fairs. One such market is the Arts District Co-Op open Friday-Sunday (and Tuesday-Thursday beginning June 2). More “Fred Segal” than flea market, this community shop sells locally made and vintage fashion, accessories and art in a clean, inviting space. Local bands perform at the shop on certain nights.