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! 



Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors!

Handmade Arcade is grateful for our sponsors. Because of their on-going and generous support, we are able to bring you our annual event. Every year, Handmade Arcade pushes itself to the limit of creativity and strives to be on the Cutting Edge of Craft. The support we receive is humbling and encourages us to continue moving forward. Thank you.


THANK YOU Handmade Arcade Sponsors!

Handmade Arcade is grateful for the outpouring of support we received from the Pittsburgh Community this year.  A HUGE thank you to:

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Sprout Fund for your support of our Hands-on Handmade area. Your generous gift allows Handmade Arcade to again bring consumers and creators together for a captivating and educational craft experience.


Our media sponsors Yelp Pittsburgh, NEXT Pittsburgh, the Port Authority and NakYouOut. Your online and print ad coverage of our event helps to get the shoppers to the Convention Center each year.


2014 Partners in Craft:

  • Worker Bird for designing our amazing marketing materials this year;
  • Modesto Studios for taking Worker Bird’s tin art and creating our annual, limited addition tote bag;
  • Commonwealth Press for spreading the word about HA at your craft-tacular events throughout the year;
  • WildCard for being HA’s home-base and the best place to get HA items year-round in Pittsburgh;
  • Contemporary Craft for your on-going support and Hands-on Handmade participation;
  • Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer for your on-going support and Hands-on Handmade participation;
  • VIA music festival for getting the word out in early fall about our this year’s event


Our Partners in Green:

This year Handmade Arcade is thrilled to welcome Green Mountain Energy to our event. Having found a permanent home in Pittsburgh’s eco-friendly Convention Center, we welcome vendors and shoppers alike who are are environmentally and socially conscious. A sponsor such as Green Mountain energy is a natural fit.  Thank you for your support!


2014 Pin Cushion Sponsors: 

2014 Thimble Sponsors:

The 2014 Tote Bag is Here!

Take the AMAZING wood, tin and nail art from Worker Bird, give it to Modesto Studios to screen print on tote bags and MAGIC happens. LOOK closely at the totes and you will see the SILVER NAILS!  Only 50 available for sale at Handmade Arcade 2014 on Saturday, December 6, 2014! Get your limited edition tote bag at the welcome table for only $15.



A look forward and back…

JOEY-KENNEDY-HMA-2013-0031Don’t miss out on this year’s fun. Mark your calendars with the following dates! 

  • Sponsorship opportunities NOW available!
  • July 16th: Applications for vendors and hands-on handmade artists open
  • September 3rd: Applications close
  • Early October: Accepted vendors and artists notified
  • DECEMBER 6, 2014: HANDMADE ARCADE at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center!

Check out our image gallery from last year’s event.
All photographs taken by the talented Joey Kennedy. 

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!


Sponsor love for WYEP, WESA, TeeRex and Commonwealth Press

mj-logo-bwWYEP 91.3 fm is an independent voice, inspiring our community with diverse music and vibrant ideas. Handmade Arcade is very much in-tune with their mission in inspiring independent artists and the creative process behind the craft. Handmade Arcade is beyond excited to have the sponsorship support of WYEP. Thank you!

Color-Horiz-Logo90.5 WESA’s mission is to work for the public to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialog about community issues and stories. Handmade Arcade is thrilled to have WESA as a sponsor for this year’s Decade of DIY celebration as we continue to engage and inspire the Pittsburgh community with our yearly shopping extravaganza. Thank you!


TeeRex Syndicate is a local Pittsburgh t-shirt company run by a group of obsessive designers, artists and printers. Handmade Arcade is proud to again partner with TeeRex for our event. Check out the newly designed tote-bags that will be for sale at Handmade Arcade, printed by hand and with love by TeeRex. Thank you!

CWP_horsesCommonwealth Press is a small group of hardworking, fiercely independent, ink soaked, music addicted, code spewing, coffee loving, Pittsburgh embracing, hyper creative, screen printers. That sounds a lot like the organizers of Handmade Arcade! This year’s posters were printed with care by Commonwealth Press. Look for them around town or buy one at Handmade Arcade to save as a commemoration of our Decade of DIY 10 year anniversary. Thank you!