Hey crafters, makers, designers, DIY artists . . . and other cool people! There are only TWO days left to apply to be a vendor at Handmade Arcade! 

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Pittsburgh’s biggest, brightest, bestest indie craft fair. Apply today!

What’s in store this year? More than 150 juried vendors, nearly 10,000 patrons, a central location in fabulous Downtown Pittsburgh, an Early Birdie shopping preview, and more!

Hurry–applications close at 11:59 PM on Friday, August 18, 2017–we’re excited to see what you’re making! NEW to crafting? Returning after a craft hiatus? Check out our brand new Craft Corridor option!

NEW in 2017! Craft Corridor at Handmade Arcade

Did you know that HANDMADE ARCADE has a brand new application option for first-time vendors and emerging and re-emerging makers?

Handmade Arcade is celebrating our grassroots history and mission by offering a new opportunity to EMERGING and RE-EMERGING craft artists with a limited number of smaller tables at the reduced price of $150. Craft Corridor applications will undergo the same jury process as standard full-price vendor applications.

Craft Corridor set-up details:

  • This is a smaller display space restricted to a 6-by-2.5-foot table and 2 chairs.
  • Additional display restrictions will be sent to accepted vendors.
  • Electricity will NOT be available in this section.

Craft Corridor applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. You have never been a vendor at a juried craft fair OR you have not been a vendor at a juried craft fair in the last 5 years.
  2. You are not currently selling your wares in any brick-and-mortar stores.
  3. You will be part of the Handmade Arcade Street Team which includes distributing posters and postcards and posting to social media.
  4. You may NOT also apply to Handmade Arcade as a full-price vendor. Double applicants will be disqualified in both applicant pools.

All Handmade Arcade Vendor Applications are open until 11:59 p.m. on August 18, 2017.

  • Before applying, carefully read the Application Instructions and FAQ page.
  • Handmade Arcade is a juried, curated marketplace.
  • Notifications will be sent on September 20, 2017.
  • Late applications will not be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Food vendors are not permitted to sell at Handmade Arcade.


Calling all crafters, designers, makers and DIY artists!

Handmade Arcade 2017 Vendor Applications are open until 11:59 p.m. on August 18, 2017.

  • Before applying, carefully read the Application Instructions and FAQ page.
  • Handmade Arcade is a juried, curated marketplace.
  • Notifications will be sent on September 20, 2017.
  • Late applications will not be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Food vendors are not permitted to sell at Handmade Arcade.

How much does it cost to apply to Handmade Arcade? 

  • $10 non-refundable application fee
  • $240 Standard Vendor Space (8-by-8-foot display space with 8-by-2.5-foot table, 2 chairs and NO set-up restrictions)
  • $150 Craft Corridor Vendor Space (6-by-2.5-foot table, 2 chairs, set-up restrictions and application requirements)

NEW IN 2017!
Apply for CRAFT CORRIDOR at Handmade Arcade
Handmade Arcade is celebrating our grassroots history and mission by offering this new limited opportunity for EMERGING and RE-EMERGING craft artists to apply for a smaller space at a reduced cost of $150. Craft Corridor applications will undergo the same jury process as standard full-price vendor applications. Click here for Craft Corridor requirements and set-up details.

Youth Maker Scholarships
Handmade Arcade will also offer a limited number of Youth Maker Scholarships with applications opening on Friday, August 11, 2017 at


  • $275,000 in vendor sales (2016)
  • Exposure to 9,000+ attendees
  • Extensive media coverage reaching 1 million+ people annually
  • 10,000+ social media followers
  • Participation in Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, and one of the region’s most popular and anticipated annual events
  • Inclusion in Pittsburgh’s premier network of craft-based makers as well as the
    national indie craft scene
  • Invitations to ongoing outreach events and opportunities

Handmade Arcade 2015. Photo by Joey Kennedy.

Hands-on Handmade Applications now OPEN!

Call for craft-based artists, makers, demonstrators, educators to lead interactive and innovative projects for the public during Handmade Arcade on December 2, 2017.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, July 14, 2017.
Notification of acceptance will be rolling until all spots are filled.

Hands-on Handmade (HOHA), a participatory component to Handmade Arcade (HA), offers a variety of drop-in and daylong interactive programs including craft demonstrations, mini-tutorials, make-and-take activities, craft competitions and art installations. Participants gain exposure to Handmade Arcade’s 9,000+ attendees.

HOHA is designed to:
• bridge the gap between consumers and creators
• engage attendees and vendors in a shared creative process
• increase awareness about handmade art, locally-produced craft goods and processes
• provide a platform for artists and organizations to expand their reach into the community

APPLY TODAY! Spots are limited. 

HANDMADE ARCADE 2016 is here!

Are you ready? We are! Here are TEN tips on how to navigate Handmade Arcade 2016.

1. Plan your shopping day by visiting our online Vendor list and Handmade Arcade 2016 Vendor and Sponsor Floor Map.  iPhone & iPad users can easily preview Vendors and access an interactive floor map in the Booth Scout mobile app ($0.99 in-app purchase).

2. Do NOT miss Hands-on Handmade – our thoughtfully curated activity area. Eighteen local artists, art collectives, and nonprofits will lead engaging activities, demos, tutorials, games, and more. And it’s all free for all ages.

3. What’s new this year? New tote bags, Pittsburgh Camper BoothBooth Scout Mobile App and Local DJs. Get all the details on our Shopping information page.

4. Visit the Raffle table! Enter to win one of 20 gift packages generously donated by our vendors and sponsors. Tickets can be purchased for $5, $10 or $20. Each basket has over $100 worth of merchandise!Along with the gift baskets, you can win a BirdSafe Pittsburgh gift basket with an item from each of the artists (value of $385) and 2 six-month memberships from generously donated from TechShop Pittsburgh available to win!

5. Be the one “in the know” and tell all your friends, neighbors, family, co-workers and even the stranger on the bus about this once-a-year, one-of-a-kind shopping extravaganza. Please share our official Facebook Event Page! 

6. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages are free for the day. The closest PPA Garage is the Grant Street Transportation Center.
(Traffic Alert from WPXI – Ft. Duquesne Bridge Ramp Closure.) 

7. Connect with us via social networking! If you have not already done so, please like and follow Handmade Arcade on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @handmadearcade and share your own event photos using the hashtag #handmadearcade2016.

8. Remember to support our sponsors! Handmade Arcade wouldn’t exist without their support.

9. Extra, extra, read all about us! Visit our Press page to see what is being said in print, online and on the airwaves about Handmade Arcade.

10. Most importantly HAVE FUN and shop your hearts out!


For our final SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT for the 2016 event, Handmade Arcade would like to acknowledge four long-time sponsors whose contributions of support have helped to shape and bolster Handmade Arcade into the highly-anticipated event that is has become.

pca300Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Celebrating 50 years, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fosters excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts through their extensive grant programs. These programs broaden the availability and appreciation of the arts throughout the state. PCA has given funding to Handmade Arcade for nearly all of our 13 years. Thank you!

The Sprout Fund: Making our region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family, The Sprout Fund is Pittsburgh’s leading agency in supporting innovative ideas and catalyzing community change. Their programming and project support is responsible for so many amazing events. Handmade Arcade began with a Seed Award in 2004 and has been supported nearly every year since by The Sprout Fund. Their on-going sponsorship has allowed us to add interactive programming such as our Hands-on Handmade activity area. Thank you!

portauthority_smallPort Authority: Not just a hub of public transportation, but also a supporter of our community. Port Authority plays an increasingly significant role in economic development efforts and community vitality within Pittsburgh and throughout Allegheny County communities. Their transportation services connect people to events, community, and life. Every year, Port Authority underwrites our full-page ad in the City Paper AND transports shoppers to Handmade Arcade. Thank you! 


Yelp: Search for everything from the city’s tastiest burger to the most renowned cardiologist. Yelp is the best way to find great businesses in Pittsburgh! What will you uncover in your neighborhood? Thank you to Yelp for having Handmade Arcade as a Weekly Yelp Sponsor. Visit the Yelp table at Handmade Arcade for more information. Thank you!

Every year, Handmade Arcade is humbled by the support and generosity of our sponsors. Please take the time to visit their websites and discover the work they are doing in our region. Pittsburgh is an amazing place to live, work, play, and craft. We are overjoyed every day to part of the city’s growth. Thank you!


monmadeartistsHandmade Arcade is excited to welcome brand-new sponsor MONMADE to our event!

MONMADE connects you to local craftspeople and the products they make with heart and skill.

MONMADE offers handmade solutions to your personal or professional design challenges. We help you discover and collaborate with the creative people making specialty goods in Pittsburgh. Whether its glass pendant lights for a major development or a ceramic cup for a good friend, MONMADE lets you keep it local.

Visit and sign up to support the rebirth and redefinition of Pittsburgh manufacturing.

monmadelogoLAUNCHING 2017




Handmade Arcade is THRILLED to announce that TechShop Pittsburgh is an official sponsor of Handmade Arcade 2016. Since 2004, Handmade Arcade has been a pioneer in Pittsburgh’s maker movement. This year’s addition of TechShop to our list of sponsors reinforces HA’s mission of developing and implementing partnerships and educational outreach programs that bridge the gap between consumers and creators, while increasing awareness about handmade, locally produced craft goods and processes.

techshop1TechShop® is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to instruction, tools, software and space. You can make virtually anything at TechShop. A playground for creativity, TechShop is an open-access, DIY workshop and fabrication studio. It is are a community-based space where entrepreneurs, artists, makers, teachers and students come together to learn and work together. TechShop Pittsburgh offers a wide-range of classes. (You do not have to be a member to take a class at TechShop.)

This year, with the help of TechShop, Handmade Arcade was able to offer to youth scholarship tables to three makers who participated in Startable Pittsburgh‘s free eight-week summer program that teaches students ages 16-18 entrepreneurship and maker skills.

Six Month TechShop Membership Raffle Donation

techshop2Stop by the Raffle table at Handmade Arcade and enter to win a six-month membership to TechShop Pittsburgh. Two lucky raffle winners will be given access to free advanced machines and tools, sophisticated 2-D and 3-D design software, and other professional equipment. Winners will be able to work on projects at TechShop as much as you want. Learn a new skill. Ask an experienced Dream Consultants for advice on your project or techniques. Attend members-only events and meet other makers.

Limited-edition Handmade Arcade Holiday Ornament

haornamentTechShop Pittsburgh has generously donated time and materials to create a one-of-a-kind holiday ornament 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 to share your passion for Handmade Arcade with creativity and pride.





CYBER MONDAY Sponsor Spotlight

Handmade Arcade is excited to welcome back bel monili and KerfCase, and add two new sponsors, Blissed Out Design and Hip Modern Soap, to our growing list of small businesses who believe that by supporting Handmade Arcade, they are supporting the larger Pittsburgh maker and craft movement.

This Cyber Monday, we encourage you to visit and buy from their online stores! 

Welcome back to sponsors bel monili and KerfCase.

belmo_smallbel monili: Vintage: repurposed, reinvented, reborn. Beautiful handed-craft jewelry and accessories using vintage and re-purposed materials, including vintage earrings, chains, books, buttons, flowers, and much more. Each item is lovingly hand-crafted in Pittsburgh, PA studio with the highest quality materials craftsmanship. Owner and creator Lucy Kelly proudly creates one-of-a-kind affordable pieces of wearable art. Visit her online store today.

kerfnewKerfCase: Handcrafted iPhone cases made in Pittsburgh from the best wood possible. All KerfCase iPhone cases are designed, machined and finished in Pittsburgh, PA. Once the center of American steel production, Pittsburgh has transformed into a technology-centered city nestled in an urban forest. The wood used is sourced locally, sustainable and, whenever possible, reclaimed from damaged local trees. Visit them online today.

Handmade Arcade is excited to announce two NEW sponsors to this year’s event – Blissed Out Design and Hip Modern Soap!

blissedout-300Blissed Out DesignSpecializing in creating personalized gifts for all occasions. Blissed Out Design takes nostalgic, vintage images, along with personal artwork, and handcrafts the image into a marble drink coaster — a great conversation piece. Visit them online today.


Hip Modern Soap: Smells Nice. Looks Cool.  Handmade soap is a simple luxury that almost anyone can afford. Not only does handmade soap retain all of the natural glycerin the commercial soap makers strip away, but Hip Modern Soap doesn’t add any of the unwanted chemicals that harden and preserve the soap. Using food-grade oils that are wonderful for your skin, sustainable and organic when possible, Hip Modern Soap takes great care to make a wonderful bar of soap. Visit their online store today.