Sherman Oaks, CA: Shopping from edgy to sweet
Etsy is probably the best-known site on the web for finding and buying handmade goods. But they're not the only game in town, particularly if your town is Los Angeles.
Meet Handmade Galleries. It's been around for nearly 15 years, showcasing fun, cool, sometimes beautiful works by artists from the area and around the country. Where Etsy is virtual, Handmade Galleries is a large bricks-and-mortar space in Sherman Oaks.
You'll find goods from over 100 artisans, crafters, candy-makers, and people with a sharper sense of humor than you might expect from an L.A.-based shop. Pick up a pack of How About a Nice Big Pack of Shut the Hell Up gum. Or, from Spragwerks, a small butcher knife pendant that means business.
On the sweeter side, fabulous varieties of toffee from Truly Toffee and, for the spirit, all kinds of herbal, eco, good Karma bath and body stuff from Herban.
Jewelry, bags, clothes, things for kids, good crafty items—in other words, unexpected, but essential shopping.