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!

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Wildcard

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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.

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4209 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Hours:
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: Small Business Saturday

shopsmallHandmade Arcade encourages you to “shop small” — not just on Small Business Saturday, but every day of the year. A commitment to shopping at local businesses means that you are helping these businesses give back to their community; you are making a major economic impact in your community; you are allowing small businesses to provide better service and more diverse products; and you gain a sense of community and feel-good vibes from supporting your neighbors.

The following stores are not only small businesses in our community, but they are also Handmade Arcade sponsors. We encourage you to visit them in-person on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26) and every day there after.

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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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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Wow, what a day!

JOEYKENNEDY-HDMA-2015-0176With more attendees, local and regional support and press coverage than ever—as well as a record number of vendor applications—Handmade Arcade 2015 was our biggest and best show to date.

We want to express heartfelt and massive thanks to ALL—vendors, sponsors, shoppers, volunteers, DJs, Hands-on Handmade artists, media, bloggers, photographers—who helped to make the day so magical!

The official Handmade Arcade images are now online for you to view. Take
some time to revisit one amazing day!

We are in still a daze from both exhaustion and inspiration, but we invite you all to visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds to see new photos and videos documenting the magnificent day, and please keep sharing your own memories using #handmadearcade2015 and @handmadearcade.


tmt_withcipDidn’t get a chance to attend Handmade Arcade or forgot to pick up a copy of our
new coloring book at the Welcome Tent? 

Buy yours online today for $10!
(includes shipping and handling)

Whether you’re looking for some crafty stocking stuffers, need a one-of-a-kind find for that creative cousin or co-worker in your life—or you have not even made a dent in your gift list yet—we suggest you purchase a copy of Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book today!

All proceeds from the sale of Things Making Things will support Handmade Arcade’s educational and outreach activities, including Hands-on Handmade, DIY Days Workshops, outreach events, youth scholarships and more.


 

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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! ♥

HANDMADE ARCADE 2015 is here!

What you need to know to make your shopping day a success!


Directions and Parking:

Directions to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here. The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily rate of $12 for the entire day. There are no in and out privileges.

Parking: Back again this year, FREE parking downtown in all Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages!

The three closest garages (within 2-3 blocks) of the Convention Center are:

  • Grant Transportation Center (part of Greyhound Bus station): Entrance on Penn Avenue, between 11th Street and 12th Street
  • Smithfield Liberty:  Entrances on Smithfield between Sixth Ave and Seventh Ave, or on Liberty at Ninth Street
  • Ninth and Penn: Entrance on Ninth Street, between Penn and Fort Duquesne Blvd.

Want to scout out the perfect parking spot? Download the ParkPGH app for real-time parking availability.


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Don’t forget to pick up your copy of our inaugural print publication, Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book, featuring original commissioned artwork by 10 Pittsburgh-based artists and Handmade Arcade vendors.
$10 each. 

Custom Screen-printed 2015 String Art Design

  • Tote-bags featuring our 2015 String Art Poster Design for $15 each.
  •  Limited number of screen-printed posters signed and numbered by the artist will be available for $20 each.

RAFFLES!
For the first time ever, Handmade Arcade will raffle off donated items from vendors and sponsors all day long. Items will include a gift certificate for a farm dinner as well as several happy hour tickets from Churchview Farm, several assortments of gifts from vendors, a Handmade Arcade gift basket (includes the coloring book, tote bag, t-shirt and more!), a vintage gift basket from Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer and much more! Tickets will be sold at the raffle table in the front of the room.


WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE! 

Celebrate Small Business Saturday at Boutique 208

Join us on Saturday, November 28th at 5 p.m. for a make-and-take herbal infusion demonstration with Apothecary Muse! In support of our local vendors and sponsors, Handmade Arcade is excited to host a Meet the Maker night at Boutique 208, located at 208 6th Street in Downtown (across the street from Heinz Hall). 

Join Eryn Hughes of Apothecary Muse at 5 p.m. for a Hands-on Handmade Demo. Learn about herbal oil infusions. Select and prepare herbs and oils to collect and infuse in labeled jars, discover the healing properties of plants, gain a new sense of respect for nature, explore your own health and well-being, and learn about the significance of locally grown plants.

This is a FREE make and take demo while supplies last. To find out more about what Boutique 208 is offering for shoppers on Small Business Saturday, visit their Facebook page.

Handmade Arcade will also be raffling off 2 Early Birdie tickets and our new tote-bag to one lucky winner! Join us on Small Business Saturday! Shop Small! Shop Local! 

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