Why: It's a vintage warehouse down by the port, full of artists, designers and makers, neighbored by a craft brewery. And you're not done with your holiday shopping yet.
What: Crafted was born five years ago, as the "maker" movement began to bloom nationwide. It's open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and the first Thursday night of every month in the L.A. Port's Warehouse 10, built in the 1940s. When I stopped by in mid-September, there were about 50 vendors in place, hawking iPhone photo prints, snacks, sculptures, succulents, textiles, vintage reconditioned furniture, soap, you name it. Outside, the San Pedro Festival of the Artists was in full swing-- one of many special events that use picnic tables and patio space between the old warehouses.
Since 2016, the artisans have been joined by Brouwerij West, a craft beer operation and tasting room that fills about half of Warehouse 9. On weekends, there's usually a food truck (or two or three) on hand, and often live music.