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!

HA Immortalized in Gayle Forman’s latest book, LEAVE ME!

We are absolutely thrilled & floored to find out that Brooklyn-based writer Gayle Forman mentions Handmade Arcade in her brand new novel, LEAVE ME! Don’t miss her appearance at Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley on October 13th!

Endless thanks to GF for immortalizing Pittsburgh’s first & largest indie craft fair in print, and to Tara McElfresh, Hands-on Handmade Coordinator, for spotting the shout-out on page 185! Time to put on a sweater and curl up with this wonderful book on a Pittsburgh stoop.

Congratulations to all of the wildly talented makers who join us each year from all over PGH and the US & see you all on DECEMBER 3rd!

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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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Thank you Pittsburgh!

With more shoppers, local support and press coverage than ever, Handmade Arcade 2015 was our biggest and best show to date. Thank you to ALL – vendors, sponsors, shoppers, volunteers, DJs, Hands-on Handmade demonstrators and organizers – who made the day magical! See you next year on Saturday, December 3. 

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Super panoramic view taken by David L. Lawrence Convention Center staff from the Hall C balcony at Handmade Arcade! ♥

Thank You Pittsburgh!

WHAT A DAY! A day that could not have been possible without the efforts of so many artists and makers, Hands-on Handmaders, sponsors, volunteers, Convention Center staffers, music makers and curators, entertainers, and, of course, shoppers! We are so thankful for everyone who was a part of our massive 10th show. Stay tuned for images of the days events and the announcement of HA:2014’s date!

THANK YOU PITTSBURGH!

Handmade Arcade Day in the City of Pittsburgh

proclamationIt is official! Saturday, December 7th is Handmade Arcade day in the City of Pittsburgh per a proclamation by City Council.

Are you ready? Are you coming? Don’t miss out on this once a year shopping BONANZA!

Here is some important information you may need to know: 

  • Admission is FREE!
  • The Vendors are ready for you. You can view a our Vendor Map here to find your favorite vendors or to discover new artists and crafters.
  • Directions to the David L. Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here.
  • The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily of $10 for the day.
  • The garages run by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will be FREE Saturday, December 7.
  • You can find parking lots using this application on the Convention Center website.
  • Entrance to Handmade Arcade is through the West Lobby (across the street from the parking garage). View the map here.

The Organizers of Handmade Arcade want to thank everyone in Pittsburgh and beyond for your support. We work all year long to bring you this event and seeing it come to fruition with the fanfare and excitement makes the long hours well worth it.
ENJOY! AND THANK YOU!

 

Making news everyday! Handmade Arcade’s momentum is on the rise!


dec_newspapers“Handmade Arcade Celebrates 10 Years”
December 5 / By Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh’s NPR New Station


Pittsburgh Today Live
Handmade Arcade appeared on KDKA-TV | CBS Pittsburgh on December 4th — a regular stop on our rounds leading up to the event each year — to talk about our 10th anniversary event and showcase several fabulous HA vendors on the station’s Pittsburgh Today Live program!


Downtown Holiday Markets offer Unique Local Gifts
Dec 2013 / By Stacey Federoff / Equal Magazine
We are thrilled to be featured in the December issue of Equal Magazine, a publication of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh!


Handmade Arcade made the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Weekend Hot List!” We sure hope we are on your must-do list for Saturday, December 7th, 2013!


Handmade Arcade made the Pittsburgh City Paper’s Short List, which includes a fab photo by Joey Kennedy of clothing designed by HA vendor Upcycled Designs, and her booth at our 2012 event!


Handmade Arcade Roundup
December 5 / Steeltown Anthem
Check out this fabulous roundup of Handmade Arcade by the excellent Pittsburgh-base design blog, Steeltown Anthem!

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! 

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