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.


Thank you to The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh – 2016’s Hands-on Handmade sponsor.

artsmiths-largeHandmade Arcade is excited to announce that this year’s Hands-on Handmade activity area is brought to you by THE ARTSMITHS OF PITTSBURGH. Located at 1635 McFarland Road in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, The Artsmiths is a 10,000 square foot arts and cultural center featuring local arts, music and food.

The Artsmiths is a one-of-a-kind store and makerspace. Selling curated artwork from over 250 local creators, The Artsmiths sells a variety of products including ceramics, fiber, glass, illustrations, ironwork, paintings, woodwork, candles, bath & body products, jewelry, prints, greeting cards and more.

Koolkat Café at The Artsmiths offers delicious artisan foods and drinks. It also doubles as a live performance and meeting space.

The Underground, the store’s lower level, has a second showroom which showcases large art pieces such as furniture and sculpture. It also has a rotating exhibition gallery, dedicated teaching spaces and ceramic studio for an artist-in-residence.

Like Handmade Arcade, The Artsmiths believe that when you choose to shop local and handmade, you are investing in the future of your community. Both are committed to providing a marketplace for independent craft-based businesses with opportunities to show and sell their wares.

Handmade Arcade, through its Hands-on Handmade activity area, bridges the gap between consumer and creator – inspiring creativity, collaboration, and learning. Similar in mission, The Artsmiths believes that when people participate in the making and appreciation of art, communities become more vibrant, creative, and innovative.

Handmade Arcade is proud to share a similar mission with The Artsmiths and is looking forward to an on-going collaborative relationship with founders Kate McGrady and co-founder Kate Wagle Hitmar.

Visit The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh’s website for more information about the store, artists, classes, events, exhibits and more.


Announcing Handmade Arcade 2016 Vendor List!

Handmade Arcade 2016 is beyond thrilled to be welcoming 41 new vendors, 100+ returning vendors, student makers and new sponsors to our marketplace.

View, share and start planning your shopping day with this impressive list of talented artists, designers and makers from near & far. See you on Saturday, December 3rd!

Congratulations to HANDMADE ARCADE’s 2016 VENDORS!


Two favorites collide in Crafting and Drinking

Handmade Arcade is excited to partner with Wigle Whiskey and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for a FREE Demo Series.

Join us each Wednesday in September at the Wigle Distillery (2401 Smallman Street) for a night of Crafting and Drinking from 5 – 8 P.M. 

Admission and crafts are FREE. Your first cocktail is complimentary from Wigle Whiskey.

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CALLING ALL CRAFTERS, ARTISTS and MAKERS in the 412 and beyond!

headiner_fewdaysleftAPPLY NOW to be a Handmade Arcade vendor at our next big event on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

Applications close at midnight on Friday, September 2, 2016.
Accepted applicants will be notified in early October.
Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, Handmade Arcade draws more than 8,500 attendees in ONE DAY.

We encourage new and returning vendors to apply to be a part of one of Pittsburgh’s most highly anticipated events.


APPLY NOW to be a Hands-on Handmade participant.

Join our growing group of innovative craft artists, arts organizations, and demonstrators at Hands-on Handmade, featuring two-hour, half-day and daylong activities for all ages.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 21, 2016. Accepted applicants will be notified at the end of October. 

Come craft with us this fall at the following local community-based events and festivals:

Crafts and Drafts Record Hop
East End Brewing
Saturday, September 3, 12-5 PM
FREE and family friendly

Crafting and Drinking
Presented by Wigle Whiskey, Handmade Arcade and Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse 
Wigle Distillery, 2401 Smallman Street
Every Wednesday in September, 5-8 PM
FREE demo series
First cocktail is complimentary.

  • September 7: Puppets and Palomas
  • September 4: Robots and Rum
  • September 21: Googly-Eyes and Gimlets
  • September 28: Mobiles and Manhattans

This event coincides with Pittsburgh’s Re:New Festival.

And also don’t miss:
Reclaim! 2016 Fall Edition

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Saturday, September 17, 11 AM- 6 PM

This event coincides with Pittsburgh’s Re:New Festival.


Handmade Arcade 2016 applications ARE LIVE! Apply now to be a part of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated craft event of the year. Visit our online application at handmadearcade2016.artcall.org.

$10 non-refundable application fee due immediately
$225 vendor fee for accepted vendors due by Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Applications close at midnight Friday, September 2, 2016. Accepted applicants will be notified in early October.