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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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.



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. 


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.

TMTcoverNEW for 2015!

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.

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.


One last sponsor thank you before the big day arrives

finalsponsorEvery year, Handmade Arcade is humbled by the support and generosity of our sponsors. Please take the time to visit their websites and find out more about their work. Pittsburgh is an amazing place to live, work and play. We are overjoyed every day to part of the city’s growth. Thank you.

Wildcard: Located at 4209 Butler St. in Lawrenceville, Wildcard is the unofficial Handmade Arcade headquarters. Owner and co-committee member Rebecca Morris graciously allows to use their beautiful shop as a central hub for many HA related activities. From meetings, to drop-off points for vendors and printers, to selling Early Birdie passes and so much more, Wildcard’s on-going support is crucial to the success of Handmade Arcade. It is also one amazing store. Selling greeting cards, apparel, jewelry, Pittsburgh Gifts and home goods, Wildcard is a daily grouping of Handmade Arcade artists plus many more. We could NOT survive with out their support. Thank you!

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Big Support from Small Businesses

sponsor2Every year, Handmade Arcade is humbled by the support and generosity of our sponsors. Please take the time to visit their websites and find out more about their work. Pittsburgh is an amazing place to live, work and play. We are overjoyed every day to part of the city’s growth. Thank you.

Kara Reid Design: Pittsburgh-based artist and designer Kara Reid was selected to create the marketing materials and branding for this year’s 2015 Handmade Arcade. 900 nails and many yards of string later, Reid designed and hand-constructed two custom-made string and stencil painted art pieces. Her inventive and eye-catching concept radiates around and showcases Handmade Arcade’s signature “Scissor Girl” logo. The time, energy and love she spent shows through in beauty of her design. Thank you Kara!

Modesto Studios: Not being just another graphic design firm or local screen-print shop, Modesto Studios took Kara’s design and hand screen-printed this year’s tote-bags and 20 limited edition posters of her work. They also created the striking light-up sign of HA’s much loved “Scissor Girl” logo that you may have seen in various store fronts around the city. Brad and Stephanie are not only great friends of Handmade Arcade but wonderfully kind and passionate people. Their love for the work shines through in everything they do. Thank you Modesto Studios!

Churchview Farm: Respecting tradition and the ecosystem of the farm, Tara Rockacy, owner, raises food without the use of chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides. Churchview Farm employs sustainable agricultural practices and respects all aspects of the farm by nurturing the soil, treating the animals humanely, and complimenting the natural ecosystem. Handmade Arcade is thrilled to welcome Churchview Farm as a new sponsor. Visit the HA raffle table to win a gift certificate to a Farm Dinner or Happy Hour.  Thank you Churchview! Continue reading

Meet some of the organizations who support Pittsburgh’s arts community

sponsorwebspotlightoneEvery year, Handmade Arcade is humbled by the support and generosity of our sponsors. Please take the time to visit their websites and discover the work they are doing city-wide. Pittsburgh is an amazing place to live, work and play. We are overjoyed every day to part of the city’s growth. Thank you.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Through their extensive grant programs, they foster excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. Thank you.

The Sprout Fund: Pittsburgh’s leading agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making our region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Their programming and project support are responsible for so many amazing events – including Handmade Arcade. Thank you.’

90.5 WESA: Through the medium of radio, WESA works tirelessly to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialog about community issues and storiesAs southwestern Pennsylvania’s only independent public radio news and information station, they give voice to provocative ideas that foster a vibrant, informed, diverse and caring community. Thank you.

WYEP 91.3: Since 1974, WYEP has enriched the community through musical discovery, expression and education. With their tagline of “Where the music matters,” WYEP supports local events and programming with their public service announcements making our community matter as well. Thank you. Continue reading

Local Sponsors keep Pittsburgh unique

shoplocalLocal businesses are the backbone of our great city. Dedicated to working hard while sharing their passions, these local businesses are this year’s Thimble Sponsors for Handmade Arcade: 2015. We are excited and pleased to call them friends and supporters. Please support them by shopping local everyday!

Thank You to our 2015 Local Sponsors: