SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, December 6, 2014


It’s official! Handmade Arcade will be returning to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for our 11th year.

Time: 11am to 7pm
Place: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s largest indie-craft sale, will return to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The annual Handmade Arcade was created eleven years ago to give grassroots, independent crafters an opportunity to show and sell their wares, and to provide an alternative to traditional craft and art fairs. Stay tuned for application details and more!

December 7th is Officially “Handmade Arcade Day” in Pittsburgh!

An exciting morning spent in City Council Chambers! Here is a glimpse of today’s adventures: receiving the official proclamation for December 7th to be “Handmade Arcade Day,” being serenaded by The Pittsburgh Banjo Club and being interviewed by KQV news radio! Thank you to Council member Natalia Rudiak for sponsoring the proclamation (and for her great words about Handmade Arcade!) and to all of you for your tremendous support & inspiration over the past decade! 


Important Information for Vendors


The Vendor Maps are now online and Vendor Information page has been updated with load-in times and maps to the loading docks.

ELECTRICITY: An “E” beside your space means that you requested electricity. If there is not an “E” and you did request electricity before the deadline, please email immediately. (Requests for electricity can no longer be submitted and are only honored if your craft requires electricity.)

TABLE REQUESTS: There is an “N” beside your space if you asked to not have a table set up. If you requested to not have a table and your space is NOT marked with an “N”, please email us. Conversely, if there is a “N” beside your space and you DO need a table, let us know immediately.

We did our best to honor all table placement requests that were made. At this time, we cannot move anyone’s table. We can’t wait to see you and your amazing crafts on December 7th!

Handmade Arcade to be featured on Creative Briefs podcast!

Submit your questions for Jessica, Al & Elizabeth today!

Creative Briefs is a podcast for designers and creatives focused on what inspires and motivates people in their fields. Hosts John DeGore & Carl Huelsman of AIGA Pittsburgh create a dialogue between creative professionals, encouraging the design community to help pick the brains of their guests using social media. Suggest topics & questions via Twitter: @CreativeBriefs.

Submit your questions here.


Hands-on Handmade Applications CLOSED

hoha2012Do you want to teach or demonstrate a craft in on Hands-on Handmade area during our December 7 event?
The deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 13, and notification of acceptance will be sent by October 27.

About Hands-on Handmade
Situated on-site, our welcoming Hands-on Handmade area features a variety of drop-in, short, and day-long interactive programs ­— including craft demonstrations, mini-tutorials, make-and-take activities, craft competitions, and art installations — all designed to bridge the gap between consumers and creators. Hands-on Handmade provides a wonderful opportunity for partnerships with local artists and nonprofit arts organizations.


October 20: DIY Days With Handmade Arcade and Jason Kirker

kirkatureJoin craftsman Jason Kirker, of Kirkiture at Assemble, for a hands on workshop.  Participants will have the opportunity to create an original pendant lighting fixture using one of Kirker’s newest designs as a model for inspiration and structure. Through the use of shape and repetition participants will design and construct their own hanging fixture from mat board.

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Place: Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1636
Sign for the free workshop here. Space is limited.