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Your Guide to Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets

Rings from the Renegade Craft Fair (Photo by Lucyrk in LA via the LAist Featured Photos pool)
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There are dozens of indie stores around town for your holiday shopping needs, but there are also plenty of craft fairs and community sales in December, too. Here's a roundup of local bazaars going down this coming month.

Unique LA Holiday Show: Perfect for the rainy weekend forecast, this mega craft sale takes over an entire floor of the California Market Center building downtown this weekend and showcases the creations of over 350 talented vendors. Doors are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2. Entrance fee is $10 but guests can come and go as they please all weekend.

Roosevelt Elementary Holiday Boutique: This elementary school is situated at the end of Santa Monica's Montana Avenue shopping district, and every year the school's Holiday Boutique is full of goods from lots of fabulous local vendors. Twenty percent of all proceeds go directly to the school, too. Shop there tomorrow, December 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Melrose Trading Post: At $2 a head, Melrose Trading Post is a true bargain and the place to find a diamond in the rough. Sellers from near and far gather on the grounds of Fairfax High School for the giant sale every Sunday (not just those in December). Vintage clothes, antique housewares, jewelry, and furniture are among the goodies. There's also live music and a food court at the back. Visit 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.

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Crybaby Presents, Cult Gaia and Tappan Collective's COUP!: Three brands have joined together to form one interesting pop-up space in West Hollywood. The store opened in mid-November and will close after New Years Day. Art, clothes, furniture, and accessories are on sale, and art installations are also on display. Visit from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Renegade Holiday Craft Fair: Twice a year indie artists descend upon Los Angeles State Historic Park for this outdoor craft fair, complete with hundreds of vendors hawking their wares, food trucks galore, free photo booth fun and a DIY gift wrap station. Entrance will cost you nothing, and it's a dog-friendly park provided the furry one is on a leash. The fair is open December 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rose Bowl Flea Market: You can't go wrong with a trip to one of the world's most well-known flea markets, and it happens just once each month. This December the market is open on Sunday, December 9. General admission is $8 and begins at 9 a.m., but those who are very serious about scoring the best the market has to offer can pay more for early-bird entrance or special preview entrance. All shopping ends at 4:30 p.m.

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