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

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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. 


Since 2009, Wildcard has been providing Pittsburgh with unique cards, hand-printed T-shirts, jewelry, accessories, art, Pittsburgh-themed gifts and much more.  Hundreds of independent artists and makers from Pittsburgh and all over the country are represented in the shop, including some you will see while browsing at Handmade Arcade.
wildcard2Wildcard was honored to be named “Best Card Store” and “Best Place to Buy Yourself Happiness” by the readers of the Pittsburgh City Paper in 2016. The inventory is always growing and evolving, and chances are you can find something for everyone on your shopping list (and a little something for yourself)!
To Handmade Arcade, Wildcard is so much MORE than an amazing place to shop. Owner Rebecca Morris is not only a long-time Handmade Arcade organizer, but she also allows us to use Wildcard as a the central brick-and-mortar location where vendors and shoppers can drop-off and pick-up marketing materials for Handmade Arcade. It is also a place for organizational meetings, brainstorming, swag-bag packing and more. Wildcard also sells Early Birdie passes for shoppers who want to beat the crowds and shop early from 10-11 a.m.

4209 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
MondayTuesdayWednesday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
ThursdayFriday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Green Mountain Energy

gme_color-logoUsing the power of consumer choice to change the way power is generated, Green Mountain Energy works to protect our environment and enhance our communities. It shows its support for the Pittsburgh arts community with its sponsorship of Handmade Arcade for the third year in a row.

windmillsGreen Mountain Energy began in Vermont in 1997 with a simple but powerful mission: Use the power of consumer choice to change the way power is made. Today, Green Mountain is still 100 percent dedicated to protecting the environment, and the company invites you to join in the process.

Stop by Green Mountain Energy’s sponsor table, talk to its representatives, and consider the benefits of clean electricity, the power of consumer choice and learn more about renewable energy.


Thank you to Modesto Studios for donating your time and talent for the third year in a row to Handmade Arcade. We are proud to call you HA supporters and friends.

blogbradandstephanieModesto Studios is more than just another graphic design firm or screen- print shop. Husband and wife, Brad and Stephanie Towell and their team of makers create custom screen – printed projects for small businesses, nonprofit, and local artist clientele. The work has expanded over the past couple of years to include movie and television graphic design, prop-making, handmade signs, and large-scale photo booths for high-profile events.

totebagonlyThis year’s colorful tote bag (Image designed by artist Kara Reid and sewn by crafter Al Hoff) is printed by Modesto and will be for sale at HA’s welcome table. Only a limited number are available so get them before they are gone!

Stop by Modesto’s sponsor table and check their wares which will include screen-printed housewares, interior and gift products that include wall paper, gift wrap, textiles, one-of-a-kind furniture, glassware and more.

Visit them online to preview their unique and beautiful work.

Studio Contact:
Phone: (412) 259-8401
Location: 321 Pennwood Avenue, Suite G1 Side Alley Entrance, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Hours: Hours are typically Monday thru Friday9 a.m. – 5 p.m., but due to the nature of their projects, hours may vary. Calling ahead or scheduling appointments is always the best guarantee that they won’t miss you!

Spend this Saturday in Lawrenceville!

Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood is THE PLACE to be this Saturday, November 19thwith three AMAZING events.

Kitsch! Conversation! Collectibles!
Start your day at Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer—a one-of-a-kind vintage vendor fair that melds community, creative inspiration and nostalgia. The Mixer returns with a fun atmosphere of quality, authentic vintage treasures and antiques and a variety of collectibles for all ages, styles and budgets.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Venue: Spirit (both floors!) 252 51st Street
Details: General Admission for the Mixer is $5 for adults, kids under 12 are free. All tickets are available at the door.

This is a family friendly event—please bring your ID in case you’re considering bellying up to the bar during the vintage fair. PGH Vintage Mixer totebags, by Commonwealth Press, and retro pennants, by Oxford Pennant, will be available for purchase.

Next up check out the 12 Annual Lawrenceville Artists’ Studio Tour
This free event opens the doors to the studios and artwork of more than 50 Pittsburgh artists, showcasing a gamut of traditional and contemporary art media and styles. Studios in 18 venues throughout Lawrenceville offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the processes involved in creating art of all media. Visit lawrencevilleart.com for a schedule and map. Studios are open from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.

una_logo_mainRAfter the Mixer and Studio Tour, join HANDMADE ARCADE as we help CELEBRATE UNA BIOLOGICALS One Year Anniversary Party!

Una is having a big ol’ party from 6 to 10 p.m. at their shop at 4322 Butler Street. Join HA for BOTANICAL BUTTON MAKING! There will be music, craft cocktails and a trunk show and sale featuring fabulous creative works by Una staff—many of whom are makers in their own right. Visit the event page on Facebook for more details.