Handmade Galleries

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Business/Location: Handmade Galleries (closed)
Address: 14556 Ventura Blvd
City: Los Angeles
State: CA
Zip Code: 91403
Phone: 818-382-3444
Website: www.handmadegalleriesla.com

Posted by:  Beth Deitchman
Photo:  Beth Deitchman
A trip to Handmade Galleries is both pleasurable and frustrating at the same time. On the one hand, it's filled with unexpected treasures: clocks made out of vintage vinyl LP's, carpetbags fashioned from quasi late '70's-era hook-a-rug kits that are both tacky and fabulous, a multicolored wall of sock monkeys. The frustration comes with the simplicity and sheer ingenuity of the products on display. I could have made those, you tell yourself. If I only had the time. And the motivation. And a halfway decent glue gun. But thankfully, Handmade Galleries is there for armchair crafters like myself. It's a terrific place to find quirky, one-of-a-kind gifts. Handmade also provides a vital outlet for the artists—after all, once you've given decoupage purses to all of your relatives and friends, what are you going to do with the ones that remain? Let Handmade sell them for you. Shelves and galleries are available from $125 a month (depending upon total space and location) and an 18% commission to the store. But be warned—you'll be tempted to leave your profits at the store. Because there's an awesome tie-dye shirt in the stall next door…

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