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!

Flock Together: Team Up with HA Artists to Save Birds

Here’s another great way to love our town: love our wildlife! This year at Handmade Arcade (HA), local artists are teaming up on behalf of birds, and they’re making it fun and easy for you to join their life-saving effort.

Birds are beautiful … and vulnerable. In the US alone, up to 1 billion birds annually meet their demise after colliding with windows. Local artist and HA vendor Ashley Cecil, inspired by the bird conservation efforts of Powdermill Avian Research Center and BirdSafe Pittsburgh, hatched a plan. She set out to unite local artists to help Pittsburghers join the bird-saving effort. Their creations will debut at Handmade Arcade to raise funds and awareness for birds.

If you love birds, check out these special items:

• Infinity Scarf ($99) and 2’x4’ Coloring Poster ($22) by Ashley Cecil

Ashley’s work features illustrations of six bird species most susceptible to window collision fatalities. Wrap yourself in the delicate beauty of the Monongahela Warbler and other feathered friends, or bring home a coloring poster featuring the same flock.

• 6”x6” Tin Collage ($45) by Kim Fox of Workerbird
Kim compares her tin constructions to contemporary quilting. Her unique bird collage combines the rustic textures of aged wood and the rich patina of old tins.

• Stud Earrings ($40) and Bird Ornament ($155) by Gillian Preston of Broken Plates
Gillian created these delicate pieces in a hot glass studio, where she added layers of bold colors to molten glass and cut out striking shapes before polishing them into their final forms.

• Tea towel ($29) by Kirsten Lowe-Rebel of KLoRebel
Meet Randy, the Yellowthroat warbler and real-life inspiration behind Kirsten’s tea towel. Randy hangs around her studio, she says, but he’d like to be “out in the world serving some serious dirty martinis.”

• 16”x22” Silkscreen Print ($30) by Allison Glancey of strawberryluna
Allison loves birds and strives to produce clean, bright, happy, and modern pieces of art that are affordable to all. We think her silkscreen flock fits the bill.

Like what you see? See these items make their debut at the vendor booths. Limited sets of all seven products can be purchased at the discounted price of $395 at http://www.ashleycecil.com/shop and picked up at Handmade Arcade.

Handmade Arcade shoppers will also have an opportunity to speak with local ornithologists in person, and learn about ways to volunteer and help save birds—all while coloring a mural of birds most vulnerable to window collisions.

And don’t forget to check out the HA raffles for a special customized basket with just bird-safe items!

Ready to shop and help our feathered friends? We’ll see you at Handmade Arcade!




Handmade Arcade is THRILLED to announce that TechShop Pittsburgh is an official sponsor of Handmade Arcade 2016. Since 2004, Handmade Arcade has been a pioneer in Pittsburgh’s maker movement. This year’s addition of TechShop to our list of sponsors reinforces HA’s mission of developing and implementing partnerships and educational outreach programs that bridge the gap between consumers and creators, while increasing awareness about handmade, locally produced craft goods and processes.

techshop1TechShop® is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to instruction, tools, software and space. You can make virtually anything at TechShop. A playground for creativity, TechShop is an open-access, DIY workshop and fabrication studio. It is are a community-based space where entrepreneurs, artists, makers, teachers and students come together to learn and work together. TechShop Pittsburgh offers a wide-range of classes. (You do not have to be a member to take a class at TechShop.)

This year, with the help of TechShop, Handmade Arcade was able to offer to youth scholarship tables to three makers who participated in Startable Pittsburgh‘s free eight-week summer program that teaches students ages 16-18 entrepreneurship and maker skills.

Six Month TechShop Membership Raffle Donation

techshop2Stop by the Raffle table at Handmade Arcade and enter to win a six-month membership to TechShop Pittsburgh. Two lucky raffle winners will be given access to free advanced machines and tools, sophisticated 2-D and 3-D design software, and other professional equipment. Winners will be able to work on projects at TechShop as much as you want. Learn a new skill. Ask an experienced Dream Consultants for advice on your project or techniques. Attend members-only events and meet other makers.

Limited-edition Handmade Arcade Holiday Ornament

haornamentTechShop Pittsburgh has generously donated time and materials to create a one-of-a-kind holiday ornament featuring Handmade Arcade’s signature “Scissor Girl” logo. This versatile ornament will look fabulous on your holiday tree, can be made into a keychain or necklace, or would look cool hanging from your rearview mirror. Use your imagination to share your passion for Handmade Arcade with creativity and pride.





Made with Love: Family-Friendly Crafts at Handmade Arcade

Let’s get family-friendly! At Handmade Arcade, that means exploring crafts that are fun, functional for all ages, and help leave our planet in better shape for our children and future generations. Check out some of the one-of-a-kind goods you can grab for the entire family this year (including our four-legged kin). Don’t forget about hip baby shower and birthday gifts, too!

oliveboBrowsing olive+bo ain’t no stroll through Babies R Us. (No offense, Babies R Us.) If you have your own definition of “cute,” and it includes skulls and storm clouds, stop and see this Philadelphia-based crafter.

olive+bo is bringing minimalist and gender-neutral handmade quilts and accessories for the modern baby, child, and parent.

We’re charmed by the cloud mobile, which dangles whimsical white, gray, or black clouds over a baby’s crib or in a kid’s room. Add a coordinating cloud pillow or lend some color with a huggable stuffed rainbow. The smiling skull quilt is perfect for a badass little kid’s room, but no one’s judging if you decide to keep it for yourself, mom and dad.

lumpkinOkay, while we’re talking about cute, Lumpkin from Lancaster, PA is pretty easy to fawn over.

All Lumpkin merchandise is created using upcycled, vintage, or sustainable resources. They craft heirloom-quality treasures that are safe for children (who will one day inherit the planet).

And are they ever cute! We love the plush toys featuring friendly-faced creatures and, get this – snuggly, huggable little fruits and veggies! They’re perfect for playtime and look adorable on display in a kidlet’s room.

ottofinnDesign-conscious moms and dads shop Otto Fin. Creators Ross and Rona value art, design, and functionality, and it shows. Their napkins, tea towels, tote bags, and fashionably functional children’s accessories embody a clean, modern, and natural aesthetic.

Don’t miss the bandana baby bibs, with patterns starring swans, night skies, foxes, and pretzels. No kids? No problem. We think your dog would look dashing in the canine bandanas, designed to slip through a dog collar.

One more reason to love them: This Pittsburgh-based pair is conscious of their environmental impact and makes every effort to consider the planet in their fabrics, water-based inks, and packaging.

sasisafiLaura from SafiSani of Pittsburgh makes unique bags for the preschool set. She’s bringing one-of-a-kind backpacks, small bags, and other accessories specially made for 2 to 5 year olds.

As she says, “Every kiddo needs a place to carry their treasures.” Her perfectly pint-sized backpacks feature whimsical prints and plenty of space for toys and snacks. Or, check out the zipper bags, ideal for a 3-year-old’s special collection of rocks, shells, or plastic animals. They’re made to be durable enough for airplane rides and car trips, and can be washed again and again.

SafiSani bags will make sure your kiddo is hip and organized. Be sure to rock a fun pattern — like the retro monster print or happy little houses.

Whether you’re single, hitched, or have kids of the two- or four-legged variety, your family can get squeaky clean with Pip & Lola’s. They’ll be at Handmade Arcade with amazingly emollient soaps.

Sami the Soap Goddess says that most bath and beauty bars are detergent-based and strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dull, dry and itchy. After suffering from psoriasis, she formulated these cleansers to be super-fatted with skin nourishing oils that are eco- and family friendly. They’re also vegan or vegetarian.

Wake up with their chamomile/peppermint tea soap and party down with the porter (beer) shampoo bar. Scub your little sweetie with the honeyed oats bar. With the Dirty Dog bar, you can even shampoo your pooch!

Are you as excited as we are? Check out the complete list of Handmade Arcade 2016 vendors here.

Home Sweet Home: Shop Home Décor at Handmade Arcade 2016

Whether your home is contemporary, cozy, or eclectic, you’ll find plenty of home décor items to love at Handmade Arcade. Here are a few vendors who can help you make your home uniquely “you!”

klugoworldVisit Klugworld to visit a colorful world where dogs drive, cats play the drums, and all pets go to Heaven. Dave Klug (you’ve seen his murals at The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, PPG Paints Arena, and Primanti Brothers Restaurants) will be bringing silkscreens, woodcuts, and even pet bowls to add lovable, pet-themed whimsy to your home.


studioglasscoPittsburgh-based Studio Glass Company is new to Handmade Arcade. Daniel Buchanan makes art glass tableware, lighting, and architectural installations. Vivid colors meet bold shapes in his functional contemporary art pieces. Gaze into a koi pond platter, bask in the warm glow of a glass table lamp, or hang a scene from Pittsburgh’s past on your wall.


Veteran Handmade Arcade commonrebelsshoppers will remember My Favorite Mirror and their pocket mirrors made from kids’ books and magazines. Now they’ve got an expanded repertoire and a new name — Common Rebels. These “purveyors of awesome” offer nightlights, mouse pads, coasters, and other goodies so you can surround yourself with cute stuff. Their funny, cheeky designs feature tacos, rainbow sloths, animals in business wear, hedgehogs, and a whole lot more.

simonsgranddaugtherVal Snyder of Simon’s Granddaughter scours antique stores across the country and brings the best treasures back to Pittsburgh. Here, she turns bone china, porcelain, pressed glass, teacups, and candlesticks into one-of-a-kind pieces. We love her elegantly eccentric three-tiered stands, which are perfect for displaying your jewelry or serving high tea. Check out her inspirational Pittsburgh wall plates—a great gift for any sweet, sarcastic yinzer.

hannahgraceclackIn a hilltop studio along the Monongahela River, Hannah Grace Clark paints tranquil scenes starring bears, narwhals, gentle giants, and sleepy seaside towns. Her oil paintings are rich with dreamy detail and tell the story of weird and wondrous creatures in a fantasy world. We think her artwork is a lovely way to invite a little imagination into your home!


Excited yet? That’s not all. From jewelry to bath and body products, there’s lots more to see at Handmade Arcade 2016. View the complete list of vendors here.

Brand Spankin’ New (To You!): First-Time Vendors at Handmade Arcade 2016

When you’re a veteran Handmade Arcade shopper, it’s hard to decide what’s more exciting: returning to your favorite vendors year after year, or discovering new favorites!

Get ready to explore lots of never-before-seen goods this year, as HA welcomes more than 40 first-time vendors with one-of-a-kind wares. We’ll tempt you with just a few of them now …

Jewelry: Frost Finery
frostHigh-tech meets handmade to produce this sleek, modern and sometimes adorable jewelry. Frost Finery jewelry studio in Pittsburgh is the creation of owner and self-described shine-maker Melissa Frost. She combines old and new techniques (metal laser cutting, 3-D design and traditional metal-smithing) with metal, gems, and even plants and wood. We love her chunky quartz crystals on a delicate sterling chain, laser-cut leather wrist cuffs, and tiny coffee cups to adorn a caffeine-lover’s ears. Look for edgy statement pieces like hammered metal-chain-link necklaces, alongside sweet surprises like a kitten you can wrap around your finger.

Housewares: Rustbelt Workshop
rustbeltSimple meets wild at Pittsburgh-based Rustbelt Workshop. Browse living artwork made from plants, wood and glass. Succulents take center stage in wood and stone planters, while moss makes a home in lightbulbs and antique glass globes. You’ll find elegantly rustic terrariums and hanging art made from driftwood, ferns, reclaimed wood and more.


Bath & Body: Lovett Sundries
lovettNo colors. No fragrances. No chemicals. No frills. Just good, clean, finely crafted apothecary products. Lovett Sundries is a family company based out of Wilkinsburg. Stop by their booth for body, hair, shaving and household cleaning goods. From texturing sea salt spray for hair (made from filtered water, Epsom salt, aloe vera and sea salt) to laundry soap (baking soda, borax, coconut oil, filtered water, lye), simple ingredients are gentle on the body while getting the job done. Check out the Lovett Sundries deodorant, peppermint lip tint, dry shampoo, charcoal soap and other items, too!

Artwork/Prints: nola & vi
nolaAdd a warm, sweet and dreamy touch to your home with felt and embroidery keepsakes by nola & vi. Owner and creator Julie Lynch has been making art in Pittsburgh all her life. Today, her hoop art wreaths, pillows and party favors play with modern designs and bright and pastel colors. They’ve also got personality, as cats in bow ties, surprised French bulldogs, vacationing panda bears, sleeping foxes and amused unicorns make themselves at home among her designs. We love her lifelike bunches of felt flowers!

Accessories: Chillibibbi
chillibilliYou haven’t shopped leather goods like Chillibibbi before. This Pittsburgh-based designer uses leftover pieces of leather to make one-of-a-kind handbags. They say, “We upcycle leather because we are of the view that if an animal loses its life for us, the least we could do is use all of the skin.” The result is eye-catching cross-body, clutch and laptop bags for men and women. Browse items with bright and natural colors, bold designs and original embroidery. With zipper pockets, sturdy cotton linings and adjustable straps, each work of art is as functional as it is fashionable.

Stationery: Cannibal Paper Goods
cannibalBookworms should make a beeline for Cannibal Paper Goods. This Pittsburgh-based studio and bookbindery deconstructs old and abandoned books to make journals, sketchbooks, boxes and more. They stalk thrift stores and estate and library sales for the best vintage designs. Like the best hunters, they make sure no part of the book goes to waste. We took a sneak peek at their Instagram page and loved their paper flowers, pocket-sized mini books, and pins starring salvaged storybooks, Hardy Boys mysteries, and more.

Other: Louson Drums
lousonLouson Drums is a two-person company that makes drums right here in Pittsburgh. Stop by their booth to tap custom drum kits, shakers and other percussive instruments. Be sure to check out the cajóns, or box-shaped percussion instruments perfect for “pleasing low notes and poppy slaps.” Gorgeous glossy woods in espresso, moss green and other rich shades make them a treat for the eyes as well as the ears. A friendly jam session may be in your future!

Visit our Vendor Page for a complete list of Handmade 2016 vendors.

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!


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.


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. 

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.


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.

$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.