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Bingo! Recycled gift wrap at Renegade Craft Fair

December 09, 2012|By Craig Nakano
  • Christina Winkelmann with her recycled bingo-card gift wrap, one of the hits at the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles, which runs through Sunday.
Christina Winkelmann with her recycled bingo-card gift wrap, one of the… (Los Angeles Times )

Christina Winkelmann's booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in L.A. this weekend showcased her holiday wreaths made of vintage Christmas ornaments, but it was her recycled bingo-card gift wrap that had shoppers lined up.

The Los Feliz crafter seemed downright embarrassed that so many fairgoers were charmed by something that was more marketing genius than personal artistic expression. Winkelmann said the bingo cards truly were recycled -- picked up during visits to Grandma out in the desert.

The colorfully daubed sheets of newsprint -- which, in their own way, hit the craft-fair sweet spot of retro spirit and handmade sweetness -- charmed shoppers enough that 25-sheet packs were selling for $2 a pop.

Are you taking note, senior centers and assisted living facilities? Now, if we only could figure out what to make with empty prescription bottles.

Renegade L.A. wraps up Sunday, running 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Admission and parking are free. And if you can stomach the lines, food trucks are stationed for your dining pleasure.

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