The first was the Long Beach Flea Market. A friend had mentioned it to me as a place to find inexpensive plants and garden ornaments. When I learned that Denise of A Growing Obsession and 2 of her friends, Dustin of non-secateur and Reuben of Rancho Reubidoux, planned to open a booth at the December market, I gathered a couple of my friends and paid a visit. As I'd never visited a flea market before, I didn't know exactly what to expect. The sheer volume of stuff was a bit overwhelming. Navigating the market was also challenging - there was no map to help you locate booths of particular interest. I didn't take any photos at the market but you can find a slideshow on the market's webpage. If I'd had the foresight to bring a cart of some kind, I might of carried more home with me but, without that, I restricted my purchases to a table-runner and some old editions of Garden Illustrated and plants offered by Denise, Dustin and Reuben.
|Dustin provided the name of this succulent but I didn't write it down - I think it's Ledebouria socialis|
As exhausted as my friends and I were after our visit to the flea market, we had another stop to make. After a lunch break, we visited Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. This warehouse-based crafts and arts emporium is only about 15 minutes from my home. Most importantly, my very good friend, Patsy, has a booth there, from which she sells quilted items.
Crafted has had its ups and downs but it's at its best this holiday season. I wished I'd visited at an earlier stage of my holiday shopping process.
There are places to take holiday photos.
And places to buy holiday cards and stationary items created from photo collages.
Beauty products and specialty food items.
|Although the succulents in the earlier picture were real, those in this photo were not|
And there was entertainment.
It was a very different and much lower-key shopping experience than the flea market but there were still good deals to be had. If you're in the vicinity of the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro and still have holiday shopping to do, it's definitely worth a visit. Stop by and see Patsy and her fellow crafters and artists.
And, coming next year, apparently there will be an adjacent brewery.
What more can you ask for?