SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS Avoid the crowds and shop small this Friday and Saturday!


Shop small and buy local this weekend, on Fri., Nov. 24, and Sat., Nov. 26, and support Handmade Arcade sponsors with storefronts.

Start your shopping on Friday in Mount Lebanon at Commonwealth Press located at 691 Washington Road. In their bright and welcoming space, you will find T-shirts, “the official Pierogi Pillow,” totes, onesies, cards, stickers, pins, koozies, skateboards by TROIKA, vinyl records, and much more. All made by a small group of hard-working, independent, ink-soaked, music-addicted, design-loving, event-throwing, Pittsburgh-embracing screen-printers. Flying out of Pittsburgh for the holiday weekend? Pop into Commonwealth’s new store in Pittsburgh International Airport and stock up on gifts for your out-of-town family and friends.


After you get your fill of Pittsburgh-themed merchandise, head over to The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh located nearby at 1365 McFarland Road, also in Mount Lebanon (you can’t miss the big green barn!). The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh is a 10,000-square-foot arts and cultural center featuring local art, classes, exhibits, summer camps and more. Within this one-of-a-kind space, you will find art and crafts from more than 300 local artists, including many Handmade Arcade vendors. Gifts at the ready include: jewelry, cards, prints, photography, ceramics, woodwork, candles, fiber arts, and more. You will also find products from fellow HA:2017 sponsors strawberryluna, bel monili, Hey Beast Studio and Go Carr Go.

Ready for leftovers and a nap? After a rest, head down to Lawrenceville’s main drag, Butler Street, to celebrate Small Business Saturday! So many stores, so little time. Visit Lawrenceville Corporation’s website for a complete list of stores and restaurants.


Be sure to stop by the stores run by Handmade Arcade supporters and sponsors, Wildcard and Una Biologicals.

Located at 4209 Butler Street, Wildcard has been providing the area with a fun and unique selection of products since opening its doors in October 2009. Owned by Pittsburgh native and Handmade Arcade co-organizer Rebecca Morris, many of the unique products found inside are made in Pittsburgh by local artists. Wildcard is a treasure trove of cards, housewares, clothing, jewelry, accessories, Pittsburgh-themed goodness, books, journals, stationery and more. 

Next, head across the street to Una Biologicals located at 4322 Butler Street. There you will find everything you need to keep your body looking and feeling great. All of your wellness needs will be met in one delightful store — from organic lotions and facial products, to soaks, scrubs and lip balms — plus products like deodorants, salves and natural remedies. What’s more, all products are made on-site. All Una Biologicals products are vegetarian-friendly and many are vegan. They are never tested on animals.

Exhausted? Not yet? Great! Don’t forget about stocking up on your crafting supplies to make your holiday a handmade one.

Visit Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse at 214 North Lexington Street in Point Breeze. PCCR offers a wide array of affordable materials, including donated and recycled arts-and-crafts supplies, fabric, yarn, picture frames, beads, office supplies, artwork, paper, design samples, and various odds and ends. The inventory is all donated, so it changes every day!

Finally, head up to Squirrel Hill to Artist & Craftsman Supply – Pittsburgh at 5603 Hobart Street for all of your art supplies! A 100 percent employee-owned company, Artist & Craftsman Supply has everything an artist could ever need. From screen-printing to yarn, painting to sculpting, kid’s crafts to paper crafts, and more — if you can think to create it, A&C has the supplies you need.


You’ll Love Hands-On Handmade If … 5 Kinds of People Who Will Love Our (Free!) Activity Area


– By Jolene Miklas Schneider

Don’t just stand there! Let’s get creative! One of the most exciting parts of Handmade Arcade is the Hands-On Handmade Activity Area, adjacent to the vendor marketplace and chock-full of drop-in projects, make-and-take activities, demonstrations, games, workshops, community art projects, and more.

We can think of at least five kinds of people who will absolutely love it. Which kind(s) are you?

You’ll love Hands-On Handmade if …

… you like giving gifts from the heart.

Contemporary Craft (3 – 6 P.M.) will bring stamping tools so you can hammer names, messages and textures onto copper pendants. Make one for yourself or create a personalized gift for a loved one. BatCat Press will be with us all day (11 A.M. – 7 P.M.) with a vast variety of papers and art supplies so you can make pins — the perfect pop of personalized art for a friend’s jacket or backpack.

… you’re an artist.

Ready to get swept up in a surge of creative energy? Groups like Pop Craft will provide the perfect outlet for your artsy impulses. Join them from 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. to print one-of-a-kind holiday cards from hand-carved linoleum blocks and ink. Or, sit down with the Union Project (11 A.M. – 7 P.M.) to make a unique blossom out of clay. They’ll fire it in a kiln and “plant” it in an outdoor community art garden, where it will bloom all year long for the public to enjoy!

… you’re not an artist.

Think you’re not the creative type? Bring your left brain and surprise yourself, especially when art, science and tech converge! Learn about simple circuits with Assemble (11 A.M. – 3 P.M.) while you create wearable flowers that light up and glow. Prototype PGH (3 – 7 P.M.) will show you how to design in Adobe Illustrator, then will send your original images to a computer numerical control (CNC) vinyl cutter to be turned into stickers! And Sarah Heinz House (3 – 7 P.M.) will be on hand to show you that anyone can engineer, and use wire, tools and LEDs to create spectacular holiday decorations.

… you care about the planet.

Sit down with Earth Girl (3 – 7 P.M.) to learn the art of recycling and reuse. She’ll show you how to turn plastic bottles into decorative flowers and vines that are far too lovely for a landfill. Join Pittsburgh Public Schools, Gifted Center (11 A.M. – 3 P.M.) for Reuse-a-Palooza. These talented students will share what they learned about upcycling, and will help you try your hand at designing and creating your own uniquely repurposed items.

… you like FREE stuff!

All of the Hands-on Handmade activities are free and fun for all ages!

Hands-on Handmade is sponsored by The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh, a 10,000-square-foot arts and cultural center featuring local art, classes, exhibits and more. Its mission is to promote and strengthen art appreciation in the South Hills of Pittsburgh through education of the public and mentorship of its artists.

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh supports the creativity of Greater Pittsburgh’s artists and the public to further the understanding of a wide variety of art processes, media and concepts; inspire individuals to explore and deepen their own creativity; encourage people to get to know their neighbors and community; foster collaboration among between the city’s artists, art organizations and businesses; and support the magnitude of amazing things happening right here in the Pittsburgh region.

Handmade Arcade is grateful for the generous support of The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh!

New to You! Introducing the Craft Corridor at Handmade Arcade 2017


– By Jolene Miklas Schneider

Looking for something different? You got it. This year, we’re debuting the brand new, Handmade Arcade Craft Corridor, featuring 19 emerging makers and first-time craft fair vendors, as well as makers returning after a career hiatus. Get ready for one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen products, designs, gifts and more! Craft Corridor is generously sponsored by NEXTpittsburgh.

Ashley Olinger of YEAHYELHSA is a graphic designer and illustrator who creates buttons, stickers, cards and colorful artwork right here in Pittsburgh. Where do we even start? With the Seinfeld-inspired sticker packs (“Serenity now!”), the girl-power conversation hearts (with phrases like “LOL NO” and “Not Yours”) or the pins featuring a single can of La Croix? With YEAHYELHSA, there’s so much to see and so much to love, so be sure to stop by and browse!

Cöbra Cakes rocks. This Pittsburgh maker is bringing punk, metal, goth and ‘80s threads. Like it loud? Then you’ll love perusing their vests, jackets, skirts and more — bedecked with studs, leopard prints, patches and pins. Cöbra Cakes will be joined by Manifesto Moto, which operates a DIY workspace for motorcycle enthusiasts and peddles motorcycle-themed clothing and accessories.

Margaret from Midnight Hour Stitchery stays up late cross-stitching the perfect gifts. Her work is honest, cheeky and beautiful! Go for an inspirational piece, like “Stay afraid but do it anyway” or “She persisted.” Or, go for the proud confessional: “I read past my bedtime.” Bring home an embroidered Clemente Bridge or “jeet jet?” for your favorite jagoff.

Henbit Hill grows chemical-free flowers and herbs for skin care products, wreaths and more. Slather your cracked winter skin in their Remedy Cream, a whipped balm made from tallow, olive oil of calendula, comfrey and chamomile. Little bitty bottoms love their beeswax Baby Balm, and we can’t wait to try the lip balm made from peppermint, olive oil and mango butter!

Hooray for clay! Pressed flowers + clay + gorgeous glazes = beautiful, one-of-a-kind pottery by Kennedy Craftworks. We love the mugs featuring pressed dried flowers and fancy handles, perfect for curling up with steaming coffee or hot soup. You’ll also find wind chimes and ornaments paired with sweet little snails and birds.

HA:2017 Craft Corridor is generously sponsored by NEXTpittsburgh.

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