Gettin' Made: Unique OC This Weekend at The Lab

Indie craft and design supershow Unique L.A. descends on The OC this weekend for it's first ever Unique OC show at The Lab in Costa Mesa, and it's not to be missed!

Need a little more convincing? How about a chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to the show?


After the jump, details on the show featuring designers who live right here in southern California, and details on how to enter to win free admission.

Unique OC takes place on August 14th and 15th, from 11am to 6pm on both days. Your $5 admission fee includes an exclusive souvenir, re-entry all weekend, free drinks, photo booth fun, cool DIY workshops and more! The giant outdoor marketplace is aiming to make it easier for you to get out of the house, enjoy the outdoors and support local designers like the ones below:

"Bears in Tandem" tee by Maiden Voyage

The vintagey feel of both the graphics and the tees themselves from Maiden Voyage are a slam dunk - I have a really hard time deciding which design is my favorite!

"Octo Line" drawing by I Wish I had a Penguin Friend

Be sure to visit Morgan Kessler of I Wish I Had a Penguin Friend from the Los Angeles Craft Mafia for all kinds of great art finds - she's got a slew of funny pieces to brighten up your walls and zines to fill out your comic collection!

"Honey Love" fused glass pendant by Mucha Muchacha

Another Los Angeles Craft Mafia gal invading Unique OC, Nichole Moraila of Mucha Muchacha will melt your heart with her beautiful fused glass pendants and other accessories.

"Know it All" pencil set by Paper Pastries

These pencils from Paper Pastries crack me up every time I see them - if you used them while taking a test in school, do they count as cheating?


That's just a small selection of the amazing design and craft selection you'll find at this weekend's Unique OC. Now's your chance to enter to win! We've got 5 pairs of free tickets to give away to some lucky indie design-lovin' folks. Are you drooling to get your hands on 'em? Leave a comment on this post before 5pm Friday, August 13 - tell us why you love handmade, who you're looking forward to seeing at the show, or anything else you want to mention, and you'll be automatically entered to win!

Chat as much as you like on the comments, but only one entry per person will be counted. Winners will be picked at random and notified via email, and their names will be on record at the door as a bunch of winners. 

The Lab in Costa Mesa is located at 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. For full details, including a complete list of artists and designers participating, visit the website


If you make it out to Unique OC on Saturday, (and really, why wouldn't you) you'll want to pop in to The Box Gallery at 765 Saint Clair in Costa Mesa as well. In conjunction with The Lab, they'll be hosting over 15 additional craft vendors including Whodini Handmade and Le Modern Trinket at their Box Shop Indie Craft & Art Fair from 11am-6pm. The Oh For Sweets Sake cupcake truck will be in attendance along with additional food offerings from Rooster P.M. and Los Hermanos CateringAnd don't forget to go inside The Box Gallery itself, where they'll be having a showing of work by Aaron Kraten.

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