Set those CRAFTY CLOCKS!

 Hey crafters, makers, designers, DIY artists . . . and other cool people! There are only TWO days left to apply to be a vendor at Handmade Arcade! 

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Pittsburgh’s biggest, brightest, bestest indie craft fair. Apply today!

What’s in store this year? More than 150 juried vendors, nearly 10,000 patrons, a central location in fabulous Downtown Pittsburgh, an Early Birdie shopping preview, and more!

Hurry–applications close at 11:59 PM on Friday, August 18, 2017–we’re excited to see what you’re making! NEW to crafting? Returning after a craft hiatus? Check out our brand new Craft Corridor option!

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.

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.

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.

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! ♥

Get Crafty with Us!

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Our 2015 Hands-on Handmade lineup of interactive programming is complete! Check out our list of amazing craft artists, arts organizations and demonstrators who will be on-site this year – continuing our tradition of bringing consumers and creators together for a captivating and educational craft experience. Hands-on Handmade features day-long, half-day and two-hour activities. 

 

Make a Vintage button with us at the Pgh Vintage Mixer

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Winners will be notified and their names will be on the list for tomorrow morning’s 9 a.m. early bird entrance. Stop by the Handmade Arcade table and make a vintage button with us! See you there.

Handmade Arcade is thrilled to be sponsoring this spring’s Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer! Enter to win 2 Vintage Pittsburgh V.I.P. Preview passes, giving you an exclusive 9 a.m. early bird start to the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer on Saturday, May 9th.
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Find out more about Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer.