Having the opportunity to shop for gifts locally with, and among, local arts and craftspeople added immeasurably to my season’s shopping experience. First of all, I can walk form my home to the Fair. By doing so, I could avoid traffic and crowds and long lines at the mall, and keep my shopping dollars right here in the neighborhood.
In addition, I found gifts that are unique and that I could not find elsewhere. The range of gift opportunities was impressive too: I bought presents for everybody from newborn babies (cool baby clothes!) to older adults (plants, soaps, etc.) as well as unique greeting cards.
Lastly, one of the best things about the events was running into neighbors and friends there. I saw people I see nearly everyday as well as people I had not seen in quite a while. In a large city like Los Angeles that community feeling is important.
I believe the Fair has the possibility of being a real neighborhood institution, both a place to give local artists and craftspeople a place to sell their wares, and also giving local residents a place to shop and to hang out with one another. It is a real service to the community.
The Silverlake Art/Craft & Vintage fair not only simplified my holiday shopping but it made me feel like an official member of the Silver Lake community. I loved that I was able to support local designers and small business owners while still having money left over in my wallet. I sincerely look forward to future flea markets, as I plan on being a consistently active shopper! Thank you again for providing the market to the city.
This kind of independent market is crucial to the community in a world full of big businesses. Without something like this i would have never been able to showcase my passion for creating and making people smile with my whimsical jewelry. Thank you and i hope to be a part of the fair again in the future.
As a local resident of the Silver Lake neighborhood, I have been thrilled with the Silverlake Art/ Craft & Vintage Market. It has been a wonderful way for my neighbors and I to meet and has added a wonderful element in general to the area.
I am a jewelry designer and I would like to thank you for making my experience at the Silverlake Flee Market possible. Being a beginner vendor it has been quite a successful learning experience. I have made valuable relationships with both the vendors and customers of Silverlake. I think it is a beautiful outdoor venue that brings the community together.
I look forward to continuing with the Silverlake ACV&V Market at future events.
As a neighbor, I would like to thank you for the amazing community service that you are doing here in Silver Lake. It is so nice to be able to support the local vendors and artists on a weekly basis. It is a wonder that with this market, an income can be generated for the entire neighborhood! I see people walking into all of the local businesses from the
Silverlake Art*Craft & Vintage all weekend and as a small business owner I think that this is just terrific.
As a Los Angeles resident for fifty plus years I am continually saddened by the "Mallification" of our unique neighborhoods, and that is why I feel the Silverlake Art Craft and Vintage is such a boost to the community. It is getting so you can drive for hours within our City and see the same stores, the same restaurants and the same entertainment venues wherever you go. The valley becomes the west side, becomes Hollywood, becomes downtown. All the same, all unique flavor gone.
The Silverlake Art Craft and Vintage offers local artists and first time entrepreneurs the chance to be seen, and to get to know their neighbors. It stimulates the whole area with more shoppers and increased traffic, which in turn brings more sales in local restaurants, galleries and shops. It increases community spirit, community involvement and community pride. People get to know each other and become more friendly as they feel more at home in their own neighborhood. As neighbors get to know one another, overall safety increases too.
The Silverlake area has a unique history of art and intellectual thinking that should be encouraged to continue. The area will thrive when people of like minds find their way to the Silverlake Art Craft and Vintage. I urge you to continue this marketplace that adds so much to the community. In its' short holiday appearance it has lifted spirits, and if allowed to continue, it will accomplish much more.
What an inspired idea! I truly enjoyed my time at the Silver Lake Art Craft & Vintage market. You had some great artists, some fine crafts, rare vintage finds and best of all, the event created a real sense of community. I saw numerous people walking from Citibank’s ATM to the show to Ginger Grass to Silver Lake Coffee. A rare sight indeed: sidewalks full of pedestrians.
And it’s also rare to see a free and non-commercial event that appeals to people of all ages---from parents with infants and strollers to teenagers (lots of teens!) to many families and senior citizens. The crowd was also diverse and really delightful. I ran into folks I hadn’t seen for years.
When I travel, I always check out outdoor markets. I’ve been to many and most remember those in Paris, London and Madrid—it’s so inspiring to see that sort of cultural tradition established in our community.
I hope you will continue supporting artists and their work—I think the market is real asset to the neighborhood.