Make a Vintage button with us at the Pgh Vintage Mixer

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Winners will be notified and their names will be on the list for tomorrow morning’s 9 a.m. early bird entrance. Stop by the Handmade Arcade table and make a vintage button with us! See you there.

Handmade Arcade is thrilled to be sponsoring this spring’s Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer! Enter to win 2 Vintage Pittsburgh V.I.P. Preview passes, giving you an exclusive 9 a.m. early bird start to the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer on Saturday, May 9th.
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Find out more about Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer.

Handmade Arcade is looking for 2015’s designer!

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) for Marketing and Branding Art for Handmade Arcade 2015

Handmade Arcade is currently soliciting proposals for marketing and branding art for Handmade Arcade 2015. Artwork will be submitted to Handmade Arcade to be used as the branding imagery for the 2015 event. Handmade Arcade will use the artwork in promotional materials such as posters, postcards, web elements, advertisements and more as needed.

Download the RFP here.

Today is the day!

HAshoppersThank you all for love and support. We can’t wait to see everyone today at HANDMADE ARCADE 2014! 

Here is some important information you may need to know: 

  • Admission is FREE!
  • The Vendors are ready for you. You can view a our Vendor Map here to find your favorite vendors or to discover new artists and crafters.
  • Directions to the David L. Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here.
  • The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily of $10 for the day.
  • The garages run by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will be FREE Saturday, December 6. For the complete list of free garages and information visit www.pittsburghparking.com.
  • Visit ParkPGH.org for real time parking garage updates!
  • Entrance to Handmade Arcade is through the West Lobby (across the street from the parking garage). View the map here.
  • INBOUND FORT PITT TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED this weekend. Find the detour directions here. 

The Organizers of Handmade Arcade want to thank everyone in Pittsburgh and beyond for your support. We work all year long to bring you this event and seeing it come to fruition with the fanfare and excitement makes the long hours well worth it.
ENJOY! AND THANK YOU!

 

Road Closures, Directions, Parking and more…

Directions to the David L. Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here.
The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily of $10 for the day. There are no in and out privileges for our vendors. Info can be found here. 

MAJOR ROAD CLOSURE THAT WILL AFFECT YOUR DRIVE!

Vendors and shoppers who are planning to drive into Pittsburgh from the west on I-376, through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and across the Fort Pitt Bridge into downtown should be advised that the INBOUND FORT PITT TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED this weekend from 10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 5, through Sunday.
The detour is:
From eastbound I-376 (Parkway West) take the ramp to North US 19/Route 51 West End (Exit 69C)
  • Follow northbound Route 51 (Saw Mill Run Boulevard)
  • Exit towards Route 837
  • Stay in right lane to South Route 837/East I-376
  • Continue on southbound Route 837 (West Carson Street)
  • Take the ramp to East I-376/North I-279 onto the Fort Pitt Bridge
  • End detour
Once you’re on the Fort Pitt Bridge , continue into town and toward Convention Center as planned.

FREE PARKING!
The garages run by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will be FREE Saturday, December 6. (This does NOT include the parking garage at the Convention Center.) 

The three closest garages (within 2-3 blocks) of the Convention Center are:

  • Grant Transportation Center (part of Greyhound Bus station): Entrance on Penn Avenue, between 11th Street and 12th Street
  • Smithfield Liberty:  Entrances on Smithfield between Sixth Ave and Seventh Ave, or on Liberty at Ninth Street
  • Ninth and Penn: Entrance on Ninth Street, between Penn and Fort Duquesne Blvd.

For the complete list of free garage and information visit www.pittsburghparking.com.

Visit ParkPGH.org for real time parking garage updates!

There will be music and dancing!

musicProviding the sweet jams while you shop + make at Handmade Arcade on Saturday will be Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band and DJs Pandemic, Bad Seed & The Garment District!


Be near the front doors at 1:30 p.m. to enjoy a FESTIVE LIVE performance by Continuum Dance Theater.

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THANK YOU Handmade Arcade Sponsors!

Handmade Arcade is grateful for the outpouring of support we received from the Pittsburgh Community this year.  A HUGE thank you to:


The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Sprout Fund for your support of our Hands-on Handmade area. Your generous gift allows Handmade Arcade to again bring consumers and creators together for a captivating and educational craft experience.

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Our media sponsors Yelp Pittsburgh, NEXT Pittsburgh, the Port Authority and NakYouOut. Your online and print ad coverage of our event helps to get the shoppers to the Convention Center each year.

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2014 Partners in Craft:

  • Worker Bird for designing our amazing marketing materials this year;
  • Modesto Studios for taking Worker Bird’s tin art and creating our annual, limited addition tote bag;
  • Commonwealth Press for spreading the word about HA at your craft-tacular events throughout the year;
  • WildCard for being HA’s home-base and the best place to get HA items year-round in Pittsburgh;
  • Contemporary Craft for your on-going support and Hands-on Handmade participation;
  • Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer for your on-going support and Hands-on Handmade participation;
  • VIA music festival for getting the word out in early fall about our this year’s event

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Our Partners in Green:

This year Handmade Arcade is thrilled to welcome Green Mountain Energy to our event. Having found a permanent home in Pittsburgh’s eco-friendly Convention Center, we welcome vendors and shoppers alike who are are environmentally and socially conscious. A sponsor such as Green Mountain energy is a natural fit.  Thank you for your support!

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2014 Pin Cushion Sponsors: 


2014 Thimble Sponsors:

Get Ready for the Holidays with HA!

The winter season is here, and we all need ways to cozy up and stay warm!  Handmade Arcade has several vendors that add a personal touch, and make this holiday season one to remember. Whether you are looking for a gift or a treat for yourself, these vendors have unique gifts and wares perfect for this holiday season.


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Photo taken by: Audra Azoury

Audra Azoury Jewelry creates handmade pieces inspired by architecture and natural surroundings. Her ornaments and cards have arrived just in time for the holiday season!

“It gets busier every year. I was working on holiday designs in May” Azoury tells us.

This is her third year as a HA vendor. She says she has gained retail shops and friends who share her love of being crafty! Her collection blossomed from her trip to Fallingwater. Since then, she has built a wonderful collection with a Pittsburgh touch.

“I am a designer working mainly with steel.  Steel is in the blood of all of us Pittsburgher’s.”

This year she was accepted as an Emerging Artists for Three Rivers Arts Festival, and also has custom designs in The Warhol and The Frick.

Give your family and friends a thoughtful gift with a handmade ornament or card this year!

Preview Audra Azoury Jewelry on Etsy


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Photo taken by: Dana Valenta

Nina Ramone will keep you warm this winter with her cozy knits. She creates original and chic neckwear and hats. She crochets year round to ensure she has enough items for everyone this fall and winter!

“I am always extra busy as soon as Thanksgiving ends and the holiday shopping frenzy begins” creator Dana says.

Dana Valenta is the owner, and named her business after her beloved german shepherd. Her shepherd is a “fancy lady” she says.

This will be Dana’s fourth year as a HA vendor. She looks forward to shopping the event almost as much as she enjoys working it!

“I personally make everything by hand, from the pom pom balls on the top of the caps, the faux fur poofs on the straps right down to the wooden tree branch buttons I use on the neck warmers.”

Each year Dana offers a few new items so that there is always something fresh for customers to see. She thanks her husband PJ and her assistant Erica for helping her prepare for this years show!

Preview Nina Ramone on Etsy


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Photo taken by: Recollection Photography / Cindy Parker

1820 House Candle Co. will set the holiday mood in everyone’s home this season. With scents like “winter sweater”, balsam citrus, and “elemental winter” their holiday collection is perfect.

“This year you will see on our letterpress candle caps a red stamp.   This stamp is applied lovingly by hand to each and every holiday candle.   The 10 | 14  Holiday Batch represents our 10th holiday season of candle making in 2014” creator Melissa Smith says.

This is their third year as a HA vendor. Melissa wanted to create a business of her own that would satisfy her creative mind as well as benefit farmers by using natural plant based waxes. As soon as Halloween ends, her life “goes into overdrive.”

“I’m making candles, packing shipping, filling stocklist orders and working up to 13 hours a day at least 6 days a week.   We are literally…insane busy in a good way through the holiday.”

This year, two of their lines have received ADDY awards for packaging and design, they became a product pick in Refueled Magazine, and have more retailers interested in their line.

1820’s design, sustainable resources, and creative blends of fragrance set them apart in the candle making business.

Preview 1820 House Candle Co. on Twitter


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Photo given by: Amber Coppings

XMittens creates fingerless mittens that help you stay warm for the winter, and still be practical. This way, the mittens do not get in the way of your daily activities. Owner and creator Amber Coppings had both practical and artistic inspiration.

“My practical inspiration was a distinct need to be warmer while I worked in my studio… My artistic inspiration to include textural sewing elements and colorful sewn details came from traveling to Japan… I translated this design aesthetic into Xmittens.”

This is Amber’s 6th year as a HA vendor. She has always felt that the vendors show themselves as artists first. She knows she is supported when she reveals new items and new directions. Her typical holiday season begins in August when people start buying her jackets and hoodie vests for the fall season.

“I’ve always been excited by the idea of the human body as an exhibition space, so most of my work…whether hand-dyed, sewn, avant-grade, practical, or fashionable…uses the idea of wearable art to propel itself in the world.”

This year Amber has begun working with the Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to teach fabric dyeing and digital surface pattern design classes for adults. She is also invited to be a rostered artist with the Artist Residency Program, and works in a local school teaching fifth graders.

You can only find her XMittens in person this holiday season at Handmade Arcade!

Preview XMittens on Etsy