Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft show, Handmade Arcade, is celebrating its 9th year on Saturday, December 8. Head to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center any time from 11AM to 7PM and enjoy a variety of the most hip, unique and thoughtful gifts one can give without making themselves. Handmade Arcade “was founded to provide grassroots, independent crafters with an opportunity to show and sell their wares to the public, and to create an annual alternative to traditional craft and fine art fairs in Pittsburgh.” This award-winning craft fair features 150 local, regional and nation-wide vendors for your shopping pleasure. Each year, the volunteer committee and a batch of guest jurors has to narrow the list down from about 300 applications. In addition to hand-picked vendors, there are a variety of workshops and entertainment scheduled throughout the day to add to the overall HA experience.
This year is chock full of hands-on demo activities. From zine-making to LED jewelry to custom paper dolls, there’s something for every age and interest. Instructors range from ModCloth, to Assemble, the Carnegie Library and more. Visit here for a full list of the day’s demonstrations to see what makes Handmade Arcade such a family-friendly, unique shopping event!
The vendors are impeccably talented at their chosen craft and represent a variety of niches, such as posters, prints, clothing, stationary, illustrations, accessories, housewares, bath & body items, children’s items and more! For a list of this year’s vendors, visit here.
The day’s entertainment will be sure to stretch your shopping muscles and put you in a good mood. Enjoy sounds from the following artists:
10:30–11:30AM – Instead of Sleeping
11:30–1:30PM – DJ David Pohl
1:30–3:30PM – DJs J. Malls & Michael Seamans of Pgh Vinyl Con and Mind Cure Records
3:30–5:30PM – DJ Bad Seed
5:30–7:00PM – DJ Garment District
Handmade Arcade is also debuting its new tote bags this year, designed by Allison Glancey of Strawberry Luna, a longtime vendor. The new tote bags will be available for purchase at the Handmade Arcade welcome table, along with t-shirts, posters and buttons. Various lunch items, snacks and refreshments will be available in case you work up an appetite from doing all there is to do during this fantastic, one-of-a-kind craft event.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page for your chance to win a pair of Early Birdie Passes. These $15 passes are available for purchase online or at Wild Card in Lawrenceville. Each pass grants you admission an hour early at 10AM so you can get first dibs on all the awesome items and beat the rush! You’ll also snag a gift bag with coupons and goodies. See you there!