Handmade Arcade Day in the City of Pittsburgh

proclamationIt is official! Saturday, December 7th is Handmade Arcade day in the City of Pittsburgh per a proclamation by City Council.

Are you ready? Are you coming? Don’t miss out on this once a year shopping BONANZA!

Here is some important information you may need to know: 

  • Admission is FREE!
  • The Vendors are ready for you. You can view a our Vendor Map here to find your favorite vendors or to discover new artists and crafters.
  • Directions to the David L. Convention Center (DLCC) can found on online here.
  • The DLCC has a large parking lot with a low daily of $10 for the day.
  • The garages run by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will be FREE Saturday, December 7.
  • You can find parking lots using this application on the Convention Center website.
  • Entrance to Handmade Arcade is through the West Lobby (across the street from the parking garage). View the map here.

The Organizers of Handmade Arcade want to thank everyone in Pittsburgh and beyond for your support. We work all year long to bring you this event and seeing it come to fruition with the fanfare and excitement makes the long hours well worth it.


Making news everyday! Handmade Arcade’s momentum is on the rise!

dec_newspapers“Handmade Arcade Celebrates 10 Years”
December 5 / By Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh’s NPR New Station

Pittsburgh Today Live
Handmade Arcade appeared on KDKA-TV | CBS Pittsburgh on December 4th — a regular stop on our rounds leading up to the event each year — to talk about our 10th anniversary event and showcase several fabulous HA vendors on the station’s Pittsburgh Today Live program!

Downtown Holiday Markets offer Unique Local Gifts
Dec 2013 / By Stacey Federoff / Equal Magazine
We are thrilled to be featured in the December issue of Equal Magazine, a publication of the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh!

Handmade Arcade made the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Weekend Hot List!” We sure hope we are on your must-do list for Saturday, December 7th, 2013!

Handmade Arcade made the Pittsburgh City Paper’s Short List, which includes a fab photo by Joey Kennedy of clothing designed by HA vendor Upcycled Designs, and her booth at our 2012 event!

Handmade Arcade Roundup
December 5 / Steeltown Anthem
Check out this fabulous roundup of Handmade Arcade by the excellent Pittsburgh-base design blog, Steeltown Anthem!

Ten for Ten

In honor of Handmade Arcade’s ten years of awesomeness we bring you ten handmade beauties brought to you by the fabulous vendors at this year’s Handmade Arcade!  Come out from 11am to 7pm on Saturday December 7th to the David L.Lawrence Convention Center and help us celebrate an amazing Decade of DIY.  See you there! Fotor112519039Aviator Hat by Rocks and Salt
Recycled Bracelet by Bel Monili
Tulip Print by Yardsale Press
Granny Square Brooch by Neogranny
Retro Apron by City Sparrow
Silk Scarf by Nelli Sunprinted Fabrics
Appalachian Trail Print by No-Man Illustration
Photograph Earrings by Camera Shy Photography
Keystone Tee by Garbella
Hydrangea Headband by Migration Goods

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!

Deck the Walls

If you happened to have an art lover on your holiday shopping list this year or if you need to add a new piece to your own collection, Handmade Arcade is your place to shop! As usual we will have a colorful and captivating array of artworks to chose from. From original paintings to limited addition prints (plus plenty of artwork in other price ranges too).  Handmade Arcade will be celebrating a Decade of DIY at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Saturday, December 7.

1. Master Arrow Print by Just A Jar
2. Telephone Painting by Jesiiii
3. Moth Print by Tugboat Printshop

December 7th is Officially “Handmade Arcade Day” in Pittsburgh!

An exciting morning spent in City Council Chambers! Here is a glimpse of today’s adventures: receiving the official proclamation for December 7th to be “Handmade Arcade Day,” being serenaded by The Pittsburgh Banjo Club and being interviewed by KQV news radio! Thank you to Council member Natalia Rudiak for sponsoring the proclamation (and for her great words about Handmade Arcade!) and to all of you for your tremendous support & inspiration over the past decade! 


Sponsor love for Yelp, ModCloth, Moop and Port Authority

yelp_smallYelp is the best way to find great businesses in Pittsburgh! Search for everything from the city’s tastiest burger to the most renowned cardiologist. What will you uncover in your neighborhood? Thank you to Yelp for having Handmade Arcade as their Weekly Yelp Sponsor of their Holiday Gift Guide email.

mclogo_highresModCloth, founded by Pittsburgh natives Susan Gregg Koger and Eric Koger, is committed to independent design. Like Handmade Arcade, ModCloth believes in the independent spirit of talented designers and supports their originality and dreams. Join MocCloth this year at Hands-on Handmade where they will be making DIY collars. And don’t forget to stop by their booth to check out the vintage clothing they will be selling!

moop3_TM2Moop specializes in handmade bags for men, women and kids. They design and manufacture every bag, start to finish, in our Pittsburgh studio. Moop is constantly looking for ways to be more connected to the people who make the things they love. Their love of the maker’s life has lead them to be a sponsor of this year’s Handmade Arcade. Visit their table and check out their beautifully designed and constructed handmade bags.

portauthority_smallPort Authority of Allegheny County not only provides public transportation services throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County but are also supporters of Handmade Arcade. Every year, Port Authority underwrites our full page ad in the City Paper AND transports shoppers to the event! Thank you!

As we get closer to the event, look for more sponsor spotlights. To view the rest of our sponsors, please visit our sponsor page.

Handmade Marvels

One of the best parts of attending a shopping experience like Handmade Arcade is scoring something you just can not find on your average mall store shelves.  One of the greatest examples of this can be seen in our amazing jewelry vendors this year. We have some of the nation’s finest craftspeople selling truly one-of-a-kind treasures that you will not find anywhere else in the ‘Burgh this holiday season.  Here is a tiny sample of some of our amazing jewelry offerings this year.  Be sure to come and see them all at Handmade Arcade on Saturday, December 7th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from 11-7pm.

Fotor11251059351. Enameled Earrings by Huffalo
2. Ceramic Necklace by Cavatica Designs
3. Circus Necklace by  Metamorphosis Metals
4. Ring by Angelflie


More Handmade Arcade Press!

“Annual Handmade Arcade entices crafters to the ‘Burgh”
December 2, By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop / Tribune-Review

Thank you so much to writer JoAnne Klimovich Harrop for her wonderful feature story on Handmade Arcade & our 10th anniversary in the TribLIVE.com – Pittsburgh’s News Source (see today’s print edition!), which includes interviews with & insights from HA vendors The Broken Plate Pendant Co., Nine & Twenty and Red Prairie Press, as well as event organizers. Be sure to check out their online slide show filled with images of some of the fabulous wares that will be for sale on December 7th!

November, 2013 / By Michelle Dickson / WHIRL Magazine

Huge thanks to WHIRL Magazine for this terrific preview of Handmade Arcade in their new issue, which features a fab photo by Joey Kennedy of strawberryluna’s colorful booth. We love what they have to say about our 10th year!

“The Handmade Arcade Giveaway”
November 25 / NakYouOut

Check out NakYouOut‘s amazing prereview of Handmade Arcade and sign up to win FREE Early Birdie passes!

Email Newsletter Coverage:

For more Handmade Arcade press coverage and our press release, visit our Press page.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Without the generosity of our sponsors, Handmade Arcade would not be celebrating “A Decade of DIY” – our 10th anniversary event. Today we thank The Sprout Fund and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

sprout_smallSince the beginning, The Spout Fund has been one of Handmade Arcade’s best champions. In 2004, the Sprout Fund made the first Handmade Arcade possible with a generous Seed Award and have been supportive of our new endeavors ever since. In 2006, they funded Handmade Arcade as we hosted the first-ever Craft Congress here in Pittsburgh. In 2011, they provided a Seed Award for the first incarnation of Hands-on Handmade. And in 2012 and again 2013, they have provided generous sponsorship dollars and support. Thank you to the Sprout Fund for everything you do to support the arts in Pittsburgh. 


Over the years, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has provided Handmade Arcade with numerous Project Stream Grants. PCA recognizes the high standards set by the dedicated organizers of Handmade Arcade in engaging Pittsburgh’s thriving and vibrant DIY craft scene with the community who attends our unique event. To continue to support local crafters and artists, Handmade Arcade requires their on-going support and generosity. Thank you to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for all that you do for foster excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania.

As we get closer to the event, look for more sponsor spotlights. To view the rest of our sponsors, please visit our sponsor page.