Things’ll Be Great When You’re Downtown

If your house ended up too-too Crate & Barrel and your own look is more J. Crew than you ever intended, here’s a way to curtail buying of the mass-produced while at the same time putting down the masses (if that’s your thing). Today marks the long-anticipated opening of Downtown Flea, from the people who brought us Truckit Fest: four parking lots heaped with unique goodies from about 250 local designers, crafters and vintage specialists peddling antiques, clothing, jewelry, furniture, accessories, needlecraft, housewares and ceramics. You can preview much of it at dtflea.com (in the “Fleabook” section). Food and drink artisans and popular food trucks such as Cousins Maine Lobster, the Melt and Urban Oven will be at the ready. A rock-climbing wall, photo booth, all-day music by DJ Kristi Lomax from 90.7 FM, and a scavenger hunt in which adults compete for flea-spending bucks complete the entertainment package. The clincher to this DTLA concept of flea-marketing is the “VIP ticket” (this is L.A., after all), which buys you access to executive restrooms and a tented area with lounge seating, fans and cool beverages. You fool, you thought valet parking at the Grove was the ultimate in luxury. Here, you can make your entrance by helicopter. Landing pad provided.
Sun., July 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2013

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