LA LIFE: Lights, Big Bang, Craft Fair

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It is always about light during the holidays tomatoes and there are two places where the lights shine extra bright. The Getty Center is dazzling with the spirit of the season and the DTLA Holiday Lights Tour is just as dazzling. Not so dazzling might be all the new “stuff” from the holidays crammed in with the old “stuff”!  Sorry for my little dose of reality gals but this is the perfect time of year to PURGE so you can get the biggest bang for your old “stuff” at tax time.  If there is more shopping on your holiday “To Do List” then hop over to the Echo Park Craft Fair which will be in full swing this weekend tomatoes.  And have a super duper and festive holiday week gals!

The Getty Lights

getty centerThe Getty Center comes to life on Saturday nights with illumination this winter season when all the trees of the Getty Center sparkle with lights as giant snowflakes float all around.

The twinkle and twinkling is made even more enjoyable with complimentary apple cider and special art exhibits that are perfect for this time of year. Plus tomatoes, both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa are open 4 extra days during the holiday season.

 Now thru Dec. 30. DTLA Lights 


Enjoy the splendor of nighttime DTLA style during the holidays with the Downtown Holiday Lights Tour where joy is the name of the game tomatoes.

Lights, decorations, festivities and holiday cheer abound as you stroll through the beautiful DTLA all a glow and celebrate the seasons of Christmas and Hanukkah with the special Downtown Holiday Lights Tour. “Las Posadas” at Olvera Street, Grand Park with its illuminated fountain, Nutcracker Village and the Icicle sheets in the Old Bank District are just a few of the highlights on this wondrous tour ladies.

Dec. 10-11. Echo Park Holiday Craft Fair


Rain or Shine the Echo Park Holiday Fair is there for you this weekend ladies at the Mack Sennett Studios.  So skip the malls tomatoes and shop the unique and innovative handcrafted items from over 120 local artisans in the Silverlake area.  It’s always special to give a one of a kind artsy gem to a loved one gals.

Beatrice Valenzuela and Rachel Craven founded the Echo Park Craft Fair in 2009. They visualized a space that would showcase and nurture the talented artisans, designers and craftspeople that live in their inspired neighborhood on the eastside of Los Angeles. Originally held in Valenzuela’s backyard, the Echo Park Craft Fair has grown into a popular bi-annual arts and design event, now held at the historic 5,000 square foot Mark Sennett studios in Silverlake, CA. 

The Biggest Bang for Your Donated Goods 


If you were tempted to buy for yourself while shopping for others this holiday season here’s a little tip gals. The Jewish Women’s Council Thrift Shops (NCJWLA) are the best place to donate unwanted and useless “stuff” cluttering your home… especially before the end of the year. It is truly a revelation.

Why? Because the Jewish Women’s Council take the guess work out of my “stuffs” worth.   In return for your goods the Council sends you an accurate and detailed itemized list of the fair market value for each donated item.   This terrific recommendation has stopped me from ever having another garage sale and eased my mind when listing those donations on my tax return. It’s time to save on your taxes and PURGE ladies!  With that said, the NCJWLA Council Thrift Shops are a great place to shop as well.  Just what you didn’t need to hear ladies…tee hee!

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