With the legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market, Unique L.A., Renegade Craft Fair and Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, the alternative vintage and local maker–oriented retail scene in this city is robust. Now add to the mix Artists & Fleas, an import from New York City, which launched its first hybrid flea and craft market in Williamsburg in 2003 and quickly became a must-visit for a certain set of design- and style-savvy New Yorkers. Artists & Fleas has since expanded into Manhattan's Chelsea Market, as well as another 3,000 miles westward to L.A., where since May it's been setting up in the Arts District. Held the third weekend of every month on both Saturday and Sunday, approximately 40 vendors gather in a covered outdoor lot that's an indie jewelry maker stone's throw from the restaurant Church & State. Shoppers can pick up goods from a rotating roster of off-the-beaten-path peddlers selling vintage lighting fixtures, alpaca blankets, handmade leather items, handmade accessories and more, while putting back a cold one (coffee, that is) from local Outpost Cold Brew. Naturally, a live DJ and food trucks are on-site as well. —Jessica Ritz
647 Mateo St., dwntwn., 90021. (310) 900-9987, artistsandfleas.com.
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