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'Shop Made-in-America This Weekend' at Unique LA's Summer Show

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By Lenika Cruz

Instead of indulging in some retail therapy online or at the outlet malls this weekend, you can consume to your wallet's content...while supporting your local economy.

Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, from 11am to 6pm, the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica will host the second annual Unique LA Summer Show, the largest independent design show in the country featuring 150 designers and artists who make their goods in the U.S., many here in Los Angeles.

Tickets cost $10 and provide admission for both days in addition to tons of free stuff, including a tote bag, DIY craft classes and workshops, as well as drinks. Food vendors include Coolhaus, Rounds Burger, Cousins Maine Lobster and Peddler's Creamery (among others).

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A "customize a shirt" area will feature live screen-printing, and a Braid Bar will twist your hair as funky as you like. Venice-based shoe designer Dolores Melgoza (SOIYL) is on the roster, and really, how often do you come across kicks that are made in the U.S., let alone in our own backyard?

Those looking to wind down can do so with a drink inspired by a book that has wound up the ladies: a 50 Shades of Grey cocktail (no, seriously) made with the Hendrick's gin enjoyed specifically by the book's male character. We're pretty sure you don't need to be a fan to enjoy it.

Oh, and did we mention there will be free massages?

Every year, Unique partners with a local non-profit and donates 10% of ticket sales to the organization. This year, they've teamed up with literacy organization 826LA, which has a center in Echo Park and another in Venice.

For more information, visit the event page.