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.

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
  • Visit 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.


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. 


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.

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

Visit 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.


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.


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.


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


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!


2014 Pin Cushion Sponsors: 

2014 Thimble Sponsors:

The 2014 Tote Bag is Here!

Take the AMAZING wood, tin and nail art from Worker Bird, give it to Modesto Studios to screen print on tote bags and MAGIC happens. LOOK closely at the totes and you will see the SILVER NAILS!  Only 50 available for sale at Handmade Arcade 2014 on Saturday, December 6, 2014! Get your limited edition tote bag at the welcome table for only $15.