Location: Union Art Space 2191 Main St.
Time: Saturday, April 16; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
First impressions of arts and crafts often consist of dried glue on sticky fingers, an overabundance of glitter, the occasional papercut from fancy stationery and an insuppressible feeling of frustration when your DIY stained-wood nightstand looks more like a leftover box from Costco than the Anthropologie-esque edition found at Pottery Barn. Fear not, if you can’t make it yourself, then buy it from those who can. At the second annual San Diego Made: In Bloom Spring Market, situated in the pivotally historical and artistic district of Barrio Logan, forty vendors from all over San Diego are bringing the best in homemade products, gifts, art, food and even floral arrangements.
Companies like Small Specimen, Spexwax and Idyllwild come with arms bearing succulents, greeting cards, jewelry, ceramics and much more. For a $3 ticket fee (with children under 12 receiving free entry), peruse the best of local culture and art while carnivorously dining on selections from Mastiff Sausage Co. Food Truck, satisfying any sweet tooth with Italian desserts from I Scream Cannoli and sipping on artisan, locally brewed coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee. And for your listening pleasure, local bands, like acoustic duo Triumph of the Wild and indie artists Mason James and Caitlin Ashley, just to name a few, will be performing while you maneuver through the aisles of regional and artisan goods. Furthermore, In Bloom promises a DIY floral bar catered by The Tiny Bloom — with professional, Pinterest-worthy guidance — photography booths and a free gift bag for the the first seventy-five guests who enter. So don’t miss your chance next Saturday to immerse yourself in the best local arts and crafts San Diego has to offer.