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 handmadearcade.com


WHY APPLY TO HANDMADE ARCADE 2017?

  • $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 is excited to participate in two events during Pittsburgh’s Inclusive Innovation Week!

Inclusive Innovation provides equal access to products and services with new technologies, ideas, personnel and inventions to meet complex challenges and higher standards.

Discover more about Pittsburgh’s Roadmap to Inclusive Innovation and view the online events calendar.


THE CUTTING EDGE OF CRAFT MAKER HAPPY HOUR
WITH HANDMADE ARCADE AND SPOOL

When: Tuesday, April 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Spool, 816 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15210
Visit our Facebook event page to learn more!


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Join local makers, Handmade Arcade’s creative team and Spool’s independent business owners for a night of making, craft, community and conversation. Light refreshments will be served. (Beer courtesy of Rock Bottom Brewery.)

Hear firsthand experiences from veteran Handmade Arcade vendors and organizers, and learn about how to apply for the next event on December 2, 2017 (applications open June 18).

HA 2016 Youth Scholarship Table Winners

Make your own wearable creations, such as fabric covered pins and hair accessories, from a variety of Spool materials. Learn about creative reuse and upcycling, and receive information about classes and events at the shop.

Discover exciting new opportunities with Handmade Arcade for emerging artistic entrepreneurs, including Youth Scholarships and Hands-on Handmade workshops.


THE ART OF SCALING YOUR HANDMADE BUSINESS
When: Thursday, April 6th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: East End Cooperative Ministry, 6140 Station St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
RSVP on Eventbrite


A free workshop and discussion that will help small business owners of handcrafted goods learn how to grow and scale their business. Suppliers will have time to network with other entrepreneurs and market channels. Learn from successful entrepreneurs, manufacturing experts and craft business leaders about pricing for profit, sourcing materials, negotiating, marketing through subscription boxes and other channels.

Refreshments and on-site childcare will be provided (childcare is limited, please pre-register).

The Art of Scaling event is especially aimed at beauty product businesses, but if you make and sell handcrafted items and want to make more products so you can make more money, this is for you! Registration is required.

Sponsored by: Innovation Works, MONMADE, and the East End Cooperative Ministry

Partners: AlphaLab Gear, Diversamé, Handmade Arcade, Kiva Pittsburgh, Minority Networking Exchange, NsideOut Spaces, Wildcard, ZaaBox.

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!

Spend this Saturday in Lawrenceville!

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


pghvintagemixPITTSBURGH VINTAGE MIXER
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.


 

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!

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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.


GET CRAFTY WITH HANDS-ON HANDMADE! 

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. 


UPCOMING EVENTS
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.

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS! 

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.

Fees:
$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.

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