Handmade Arcade: The Cutting Edge of Craft

Handmade Arcade (HA), Pittsburgh’s premier independent craft fair, returns on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

For its largest event to date, Handmade Arcade 2017 will feature 170-plus craft-based artists, designers and makers; 66 brand new vendors; the new Craft Corridor and Youth Maker Alley; an expanded Hands-on Handmade Activity Area for all ages; limited-edition commemorative merchandise; an exclusive Early Birdie shopping preview from 10 to 11 a.m.; a Framer’s Market and Activity, live streaming by Work Hard Pittsburgh, DJs, raffles and more!

One of the region’s most anticipated events, Handmade Arcade is Pittsburgh’s first and largest craft fair, and is a two-time recipient of The People’s Choice Award for Best Arts Event from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council,

Featured vendors span the following categories: accessories; artwork; prints; bath and body products; clothing; children’s products; housewares; jewelry; paper goods; toys; and more!

Unique products for 2017 include: wallets made from reclaimed baseball gloves; needle felted wool animal sculptures; abstracted city maps; vibrant glass jewelry cut from hand-blown plates; fanciful animal masks; celebrity plush dolls; organic skincare products; artisan bow ties made from salvaged fabrics; stylish home decor; funky and fine art jewelry; coasters made from recycled vinyl records; wooden lighting fixtures; contemporary photography; handmade shaving supplies; fantastical Tarot Cards; kitschy plaques; custom-engraved wooden six-pack holders; metalwork; robot toys constructed from repurposed wood; bespoke, hand-poured, beer-inspired candles; fiber art wall hangings; and much more! Offering something for every taste and budget, prices for items at Handmade Arcade typically range from $1 to $250.

Handmade Arcade is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides craft artists working outside mainstream and fine arts sectors with opportunities to sell products, build community, network and share their artistic practice at an award-winning marketplace. A pioneer in Pittsburgh’s maker movement, HA also implements educational outreach programs that bridge the gap between consumers and creators while increasing awareness about handmade, locally produced craft goods and processes.

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