Shopper Info

Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s award-winning independent craft fair, returns on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

Vendor Floor Map
What’s New?

  • New Tote bags
  • Pittsburgh Camper Booth
  • Booth Scout Mobile App
  • Limited-edition Handmade Arcade Holiday Ornament

Early Birdie Passes – SOLD OUT ONLINE!
Listen Local
Directions and Parking
Shopper Entrance Street Map

Vendor Floor Map:
Announcing the Handmade Arcade 2016 Vendor and Sponsor Floor Map. This 2 page .pdf includes a detailed table floor map and an alphabetical list of vendors with their table numbers. Pair this with our online Vendor list and plan your shopping day. A mobile version of our map and vendor list is available inside the Booth Scout mobile app ($0.99 in-app purchase). 

We are thrilled to welcome 41 new vendors, 100+ returning artists, youth makers and new sponsors for Handmade Arcade’s 2016 marketplace.

See you on Saturday, December 3rd!

totebaghangingHandmade Arcade has a brand-new tote bag!

Screenprinted by Pittsburgh-based Modesto Studios, the vibrant design features Handmade Arcade’s crafting octopus set against the Pittsburgh skyline, with a playful nod to our city’s bicentennial celebration. The felt artwork was created by Handmade Arcade co-founder Al Hoff, and transformed into our 2016 visuals by designer Kara Reid.

These fun, colorful and reusable bags will be available for sale at the Handmade Arcade Welcome Table for $10 each.

Design by Kara Reid Design.

boothscoutHandmade Arcade is excited to be the first craft fair in the country to partner with the Booth Scout mobile app for iPhones & iPads. Whether you’re an Early Birdie power shopper or a leisurely explorer of Handmade Arcade, you’ll want to check out this handy new app! Made right here in Pittsburgh, Booth Scout gives shoppers a way to mark favorite vendors and find them easily on our booth map. You can also use Booth Scout to sign up for vendors’ mailing lists and view their websites. Not sure what to do with the business cards you collected once you get home? Mark the vendors as favorites in Booth Scout, and you’ll always know where to find their information for future purchases. The Booth Scout mobile app is free to try out, and is $0.99 as an in-app purchase for the full Handmade Arcade guide and interactive map.

Visit the Pittsburgh Camper Booth

Pop into the brightly decorated vintage Pittsburgh Camper Booth (a vintage photo booth on wheels) to snap retro keepsake photos!

This 1964 Coachman Cadet Camper has been fully restored and turned into a photo booth that can easily fit 4 to 6 people inside.

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Limited-edition Handmade Arcade Holiday Ornament


TechShop Pittsburgh has generously donated their time and materials to create one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments featuring Handmade Arcade’s signature “Scissor Girl” logo. This versatile ornament will look fabulous on your holiday tree, can be made into a keychain or necklace, or would look cool hanging from your rearview mirror—use your imagination and share your passion for Handmade Arcade with creativity and pride.

Available ONLY in your Early Birdie Swag Bag (400 available). SOLD OUT! 

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Early Birdie Passes:
Online passes are SOLD OUT!
A limited amount of passes can still be purchased for $10 (CASH ONLY) at the door on Saturday morning on a first-come, first-served basis. Passes purchased at the door do not include a swag bag. 10 a.m. entry.

Passes may still be available at Wildcard, located at 4209 Butler Street in Lawrenceville, or at The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh, located at 1635 McFarland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. (Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult.)  

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Handmade Arcade will raffle off donated items from vendors and sponsors all day long. Raffle items include a six-month membership to TechShop Pittsburgh and assorted gift baskets with products, art and designs donated from our talented and generous vendors! Tickets will be sold at the raffle table in the front of the hall.

Handmade Arcade will feature sets by local DJs crafting your soundtrack throughout the day!

10 a.m. to Noon: TARA DACTYL
Tara will spin an all vinyl set, featuring library sounds, global grooves, Italo disco, new wave, and psychedelia. You can also find her spinning at Pittsburgh Record Fest on December 2nd at Spirit.

Noon to 2:30 p.m.: PANDEMIC
Pittsburgh’s own global beats guru, celebrating his 11th anniversary in the Burgh, will play an intoxicating mix of Balkan brass, Cumbia, Afrobeat, Bhangra, electro Arabic tech hop, Brazilian Baile funk, Chalga, Turkish reggaeton and much more.

2:30 to 5 p.m.: STRANGEWAYS
STRANGEWAYS will deliver a carefully curated selection of tracks spanning the canon of rock music—1960s pop and psych rock, 1970s glam and art rock, 1980s new wave and college rock, 1990s indie and Britpop, and more. STRANGEWAYS has quickly become a premier destination for indie classics, underground pop hits, rare gems, and even forgotten favorites. You can catch DJ Jesley Snipes along with the Comeback Kid every fourth Friday at Spirit.

Into your ears: Handmade Arcade co-coordinator Jennifer Baron, of the Pittsburgh-based band The Garment District, will wrap up the day with a mix of garage rock, 1980s pop, 1960s psychedelia, grrrl groups, folk rock, soundtracks, early electronic, and original recordings.

Directions and Parking:

Directions to the David L. Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here.
The DLCC has a large parking garage with a low daily rate of $12 for the day. There are no in and out privileges.

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages are FREE for the day. The closest PPA Garage is the Grant Street Transportation Center. Download the ParkPGH app for real-time parking availability.

Shopper Entrance Street Map:
View the shopper entrance street map. Shoppers enter at Street Level on the parking garage side of the Convention Center (marked with a red start on the map). Once inside, turn left. Halls D and E are located on the first floor past the lobby.

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There are ATMs in the Convention Center and at many locations downtown. Many vendors do take credit cards, but some do not; if you can, bring both cash and credit cards.

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  • Please share our official Facebook Event Page!
    As a community organization, we cannot invite those who like our page. We need you to invite all of your friends, family, colleagues, patrons, and fellow crafters to help make Handmade Arcade a success.
  • Help promote Handmade Arcade! Visit our Media Imagepage to download out new web ads, banners and buttons to use on your social media pages and websites.
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