PV web designer Grace Choi made it out to Felt Club- one of our weekend recommendations a couple weeks back. Here she recounts her experience... Thanks, Grace!
Due to traffic, procrastination and sheer laziness, I made it to the very tail end of last year’s Felt Club, and despite the chill in the air I managed to amass the bulk of my holiday gifts! With only thirty minutes of precious shopping time at my disposal I went a little nuts and bought pretty much everything I could get my hands on, suffering from a bad case of buyer’s remorse the next day. This year, I vowed, was going to be different; this year I had a game plan! Having overdosed on the out-of-control cuteness of vendors such as Planet Tokki and boygirlparty the previous year, I decided to limit my spending only to things that I absolutely had to have, and to take a lap around the venue before committing to any purchases. And quite a lap it was! The event (this year held at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium) was enormous; the entire floor space was jam-packed with booth after booth of covet-able handmade goods and craft workshop stations, complete with a swap-o-rama on the balcony. I’d only made it past two booths when the master plan to curb my spending went promptly out the window (“things I absolutely had to have” turned out to be available for purchase at just about every booth). Recycled sterling silver jewelry from Figs & Ginger, etchings and illustrations by Catia Chien, felt bird ornaments by Tanya Aguiniga, beautiful letterpressed calendars from paperedtogether... How does one say no to such cute things? And so it went, for the remainder of the afternoon, snapping up pretty much everything in sight, my only justification being that these weren’t for me, they were “gifts for friends and family.” Well if nothing else, at least it supports all the women and men who put forth their creative efforts into providing people like me with an alternative to buying mass-produced, homogenized consumer goods for the holidays. Cheers to buying handmade!
If you missed Felt Club, many of the vendors sell their goods directly through their websites (click here for a full listing of Felt Club vendors) as well as the mecca of handmade indie crafts, Etsy! So don’t delay…the holidays are right around the corner.