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Up-Cycled: Earth-friendly art, accessories and gifts

Posted April 13th, 2016

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Global Gifts is an all-volunteer run store with handmade gifts and modern folk art from around the world.  Formerly located on Western Avenue, the shop has been located in San Pedro for more than 40 years.  Every sale raises money for UNICEF, and whenever possible they purchase their items from Fair Trade organizations or from the artists themselves.

For a variety of reasons, artists in developing countries often have access to new excess material and can get creative with these found objects.  This has resulted in clever and unique items that aren’t just beautiful and useful, and also good for the planet by giving waste manufacturing products out of landfills and oceans. Here’s just a sampling of the clever and creative up-cycled gifts and accessories to celebrate Earth Day!

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    Bring Your Own Container for Personalized Succulents

    Posted April 7th, 2016


    Pam and Denise from Inside Outside Unique Designs are masters of sensational succulents and tremendous topiaries. And now they are offering a brand new way to make their art more personal.  Bring in your favorite container and they will craft a succulent or topiary that is especially for you. Maybe you have a favorite little cup that is cracked but you can’t bring yourself to throw it out…or perhaps your great grandfather’s tobacco tin is just getting dusty. Give your treasures new life with a little creativity.

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      New in the Market: Make Bake

      Posted April 7th, 2016


      CRAFTED just got a lot sweeter with the addition of our very own little bakery shop, MakeBake!  MakeBake brings fresh new flavors, like Sweet Sage Cornbread Cookies and Rose Water Meringues. You’ll love Krintina’s gourmet cookies, meringues and marshmallows – and she does custom orders, too.  Welcome to the market, Make Bake!

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        Fresh Finds for Spring

        Posted April 1st, 2016

        Spring has sprung and the market is bursting with new items to celebrate the season in Southern California!  Whether your calendar is booking up with barbecues, festivals or sea-salted brunches, we have gifts and accessories to match your springtime mood…

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          Get a Taste of California at the Red Car Market

          Posted March 21st, 2016

          CRAFTED’s Red Car Market is a gourmet food shop specializing in sauces, dressings, spices and more. Owners Tim and Florence McCarthy, creators of the award-winning San Angel Mole, culled together this collection of culinary delights, all crafted by LA and California-based makers.

          It started with a jar of sauce. Having been a chef in several high-end restaurants, Tim experimented with Florence’s family recipes from Mexico (Florence’s maiden name is Guerrero) and created three jarred sauces that passed her family’s taste tests – red, black and Cascabel chile moles. All three are great and the owners can tell you how to pair them with your favorite meats and vegetable. The Cascabel is particularly good as a cheese enchilada sauce and can be used as a base for Chile Con Carne, for which the couple won the Gold Sofi Award from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade.

          But, as Tim points out, three types of sauces fills three shelves – so then what? So the couple found the best sauces, salts, dressing and more created and packaged in L.A., founding the Red Car Market.  Every product is a spectacular taste of California – find out why David’s Unforgettables dressing are so unforgettable, Red Car Market customers buy them by the case.  And Tim and Florence have samples of everything – try Red Car branded salts and sugars that Tim and Florence picked from worldwide suppliers, locally-produced honey, Bacia garlic spread and more.

          This month, Red Car Market is introducing Krüegermann Pickles & Sauerkraut to their line up, inspired by the original German recipes handed down over at least three generations and now made here in Los Angeles.  And if you loved (and miss!) Beyond the Olive products, rejoice! Now in stock at Red Car Market is the replacement brand enFuso which we think is even better.  Come in and grab a taste of California!

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            Drunken Cake Pops Expands to Beverage Bar

            Posted March 16th, 2016

            Drunken Cake Pops is growing!  Already a liquor lover’s dream, “DCP” has perfected the cake pop and infuses them with your favorite drinks, creating cocktail cake pops like Southern Gentleman (Henessey, whiskey, brandy and Southern Comfort in a soft chocolate cake), Red Wine Velvet (Cabernet and red velvet cake) and some that need no further explanation like mmmm mmmm Almond Amaretto and German Chocolate Whiskey.  Now, they’ve made their space at CRAFTED a double shot of awesome by expanding it into a beverage bar stocked with a variety of drinks that’ll wet your whistle.

            Besides doubling their footprint in the market, DCP has expanded their product line to include bar snacks and have become CRAFTED’s official beverage bar, serving up fresh air roasted Black Coffee and offering several brands of cold beverages, including Black Medicine cold brew coffee, Joia sodas, mexican cokes, Bundaberg and more. Visit their new store in market stall 200 right by the main entrance.

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              UNICEF Global Gifts Host Cross Show

              Posted March 11th, 2016

              UNICEF Global Gifts is once again hosting their International Crosses Show leading up to the Easter holiday. The crosses come from Europe, Asia, North and South America, the Holy Land and beyond! Come down and see these beautiful works of religious art, ranging in materials from wood to ceramic and metal.

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                Spruce Up with Spring Crafts

                Posted March 10th, 2016


                Spring has nearly arrived, and our marketplace is in full bloom! These handcrafted floral-themed crafts made by our talented artists will lighten your heart and home, reflecting the longer days that begin this Sunday.  CRAFTED continues to blossom into a must-see destination in Southern California – stop by and check it out!

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                  CRAFT the Perfect Party

                  Posted March 3rd, 2016

                  As the days start to get longer, there’s more time to sit around and kick back with some good friends. Whether you’re looking to host a low-key lunch with your closest pals or a dinner for a dozen, CRAFTED has some great products to help you get your party on!

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