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.





CYBER MONDAY Sponsor Spotlight

Handmade Arcade is excited to welcome back bel monili and KerfCase, and add two new sponsors, Blissed Out Design and Hip Modern Soap, to our growing list of small businesses who believe that by supporting Handmade Arcade, they are supporting the larger Pittsburgh maker and craft movement.

This Cyber Monday, we encourage you to visit and buy from their online stores! 

Welcome back to sponsors bel monili and KerfCase.

belmo_smallbel monili: Vintage: repurposed, reinvented, reborn. Beautiful handed-craft jewelry and accessories using vintage and re-purposed materials, including vintage earrings, chains, books, buttons, flowers, and much more. Each item is lovingly hand-crafted in Pittsburgh, PA studio with the highest quality materials craftsmanship. Owner and creator Lucy Kelly proudly creates one-of-a-kind affordable pieces of wearable art. Visit her online store today.

kerfnewKerfCase: Handcrafted iPhone cases made in Pittsburgh from the best wood possible. All KerfCase iPhone cases are designed, machined and finished in Pittsburgh, PA. Once the center of American steel production, Pittsburgh has transformed into a technology-centered city nestled in an urban forest. The wood used is sourced locally, sustainable and, whenever possible, reclaimed from damaged local trees. Visit them online today.

Handmade Arcade is excited to announce two NEW sponsors to this year’s event – Blissed Out Design and Hip Modern Soap!

blissedout-300Blissed Out DesignSpecializing in creating personalized gifts for all occasions. Blissed Out Design takes nostalgic, vintage images, along with personal artwork, and handcrafts the image into a marble drink coaster — a great conversation piece. Visit them online today.


Hip Modern Soap: Smells Nice. Looks Cool.  Handmade soap is a simple luxury that almost anyone can afford. Not only does handmade soap retain all of the natural glycerin the commercial soap makers strip away, but Hip Modern Soap doesn’t add any of the unwanted chemicals that harden and preserve the soap. Using food-grade oils that are wonderful for your skin, sustainable and organic when possible, Hip Modern Soap takes great care to make a wonderful bar of soap. Visit their online store today. 


Since 2009, Wildcard has been providing Pittsburgh with unique cards, hand-printed T-shirts, jewelry, accessories, art, Pittsburgh-themed gifts and much more.  Hundreds of independent artists and makers from Pittsburgh and all over the country are represented in the shop, including some you will see while browsing at Handmade Arcade.
wildcard2Wildcard was honored to be named “Best Card Store” and “Best Place to Buy Yourself Happiness” by the readers of the Pittsburgh City Paper in 2016. The inventory is always growing and evolving, and chances are you can find something for everyone on your shopping list (and a little something for yourself)!
To Handmade Arcade, Wildcard is so much MORE than an amazing place to shop. Owner Rebecca Morris is not only a long-time Handmade Arcade organizer, but she also allows us to use Wildcard as a the central brick-and-mortar location where vendors and shoppers can drop-off and pick-up marketing materials for Handmade Arcade. It is also a place for organizational meetings, brainstorming, swag-bag packing and more. Wildcard also sells Early Birdie passes for shoppers who want to beat the crowds and shop early from 10-11 a.m.

4209 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
MondayTuesdayWednesday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
ThursdayFriday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Green Mountain Energy

gme_color-logoUsing the power of consumer choice to change the way power is generated, Green Mountain Energy works to protect our environment and enhance our communities. It shows its support for the Pittsburgh arts community with its sponsorship of Handmade Arcade for the third year in a row.

windmillsGreen Mountain Energy began in Vermont in 1997 with a simple but powerful mission: Use the power of consumer choice to change the way power is made. Today, Green Mountain is still 100 percent dedicated to protecting the environment, and the company invites you to join in the process.

Stop by Green Mountain Energy’s sponsor table, talk to its representatives, and consider the benefits of clean electricity, the power of consumer choice and learn more about renewable energy.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Small Business Saturday

shopsmallHandmade Arcade encourages you to “shop small” — not just on Small Business Saturday, but every day of the year. A commitment to shopping at local businesses means that you are helping these businesses give back to their community; you are making a major economic impact in your community; you are allowing small businesses to provide better service and more diverse products; and you gain a sense of community and feel-good vibes from supporting your neighbors.

The following stores are not only small businesses in our community, but they are also Handmade Arcade sponsors. We encourage you to visit them in-person on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26) and every day there after.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Commonwealth Press


From classic T-shirts and pierogi pillows to bags and more, Commonwealth Press is a familiar and beloved presence for Handmade Arcade shoppers. This year, we are excited to welcome them back as a sponsor. Visit their table and grab a pierogi pillow before they are gone.

Now with brick-and-mortar stores in Mount Lebanon and the South Side, plus an online store, you can get your Commonwealth Press merch all year long. CWP also creates custom designs that fit your company’s specialized needs. Visit them online for design samples and quotes.

While shopping at HA this year, check out the BRAND NEW aprons our volunteers will be wearing, courtesy of Commonwealth Press!

cwp-300Store Locations and Hours:

MON-FRI: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
SAT: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.


Dan Rugh of Commonwealth Press at Handmade Arcade 2015

MON-THU: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
FRI: Noon–9 p.m.
SAT: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
SUN: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.




No, YOU’RE an Artist! 5 Fun Reasons to Explore Hands-on Handmade

New ideas. Original designs. Friendly chatter between craftspeople and craft enthusiasts. An inclusive, engaging environment. Each year, Handmade Arcade sparks a surge of creative energy, and you’re invited to get swept up in it!

So be sure to head over to Hands-On Handmade, a thoughtfully curated activity area adjacent to the Handmade Arcade vendor marketplace. That’s where local artists, art collectives, and nonprofits will lead engaging activities, demos, tutorials, games, and more. And it’s all free for all ages.

Hands-on Handmade 2016 is sponsored by The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh located at 1635 McFarland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.

Here are 5 reasons why you’ll love it:

1.  You’ll learn something new.

Hands-on Handmade 2015. Image by Joey Kennedy.

Hands-on Handmade 2015

Experts and artists will share tips, tricks, and inside information! Join a brush lettering workshop with Katie Harbison from Gardner Ann’s to learn how to create beautiful lettering and magnificent mail (11am-3pm).

Or, grab a crayon and sit down with conservationists who are making Pittsburgh safer for birds. Scientists from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and BirdSafe Pittsburgh will teach you how to save our feathered friends while you color a mural created by local artist and Handmade Arcade vendor Ashley Cecil (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.).

All the while, TechShop will demo 3D printing, robotic cars, laser wood cutting and more (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.).

2. You’ll connect with other creatives. 

Bring your creativity, curiosity, and imagination and bask in inspiration!

Make eco-conscious friends while Melissa Mason shows you how to turn trash into treasures with flowers made from plastic shopping and newspaper bags (3-7 p.m.).

Collaborate on a public mural as we celebrate our city. The Ellis School will host “Profiles of Pittsburgh” so you can create your own vinyl cut-outs to take home and contribute to a community-based mural (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Hands-on Handmade 2015

Hands-on Handmade 2015

3. You can share and be part of something special.

Visit Urban Pathways Charter School for postcard making. Some of the day’s cards will  be sent to U.S. soldiers serving abroad during the holiday season. (3 -7 p.m.)

Or, be part of 1,000 Birds with the Union Project. This is a special endeavor in which hundreds of people in after-school programs, nursing homes, outreach events, and community centers have come together to create a flock of 1,000+ unique clay birds. Each participant is encouraged to include a message of hope for their community. It’s a wonderful way to create and pass messages of hope between neighbors (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.).

4. You might surprise yourself.

Hands-on Handmade 2015

Hands-on Handmade 2015

Maybe you’ve never thought of yourself as an artist before. Or maybe you have—but you’re ready to discover a brand new medium. Whatever your level of experience, you’ll find the supplies and inspiration you need to connect with your inner artist.

Hatch Art Studio will show you how to create a miniature world inside a very tiny tin. They’ll have fabric, feathers, tiny trees, buttons, stamps, and more to create snowy scenes, glittering cities, miniature towns, or whatever you imagine. See what wild world you can dream up (3 – 7 p.m.)!

You can even be a fashion designer for a day with Spool. Owners of the Allentown-based shop will show you how to make fabric-covered pins, hair accessories, and eye-popping wearables. You’ll  strut away in style (3 – 7 p.m.).

5. It FREE for all ages. 

Did we mention that Hands-on Handmade is FREE? Even the fun creations you get to take home! You’ll get to treat yourself to something fun, while discovering local businesses, arts organizations and artists to support.

Handmade Arcade is excited to announce that Hands-on Handmade 2016 is sponsored by The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh located at 1635 McFarland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.



Thank you to Modesto Studios for donating your time and talent for the third year in a row to Handmade Arcade. We are proud to call you HA supporters and friends.

blogbradandstephanieModesto Studios is more than just another graphic design firm or screen- print shop. Husband and wife, Brad and Stephanie Towell and their team of makers create custom screen – printed projects for small businesses, nonprofit, and local artist clientele. The work has expanded over the past couple of years to include movie and television graphic design, prop-making, handmade signs, and large-scale photo booths for high-profile events.

totebagonlyThis year’s colorful tote bag (Image designed by artist Kara Reid and sewn by crafter Al Hoff) is printed by Modesto and will be for sale at HA’s welcome table. Only a limited number are available so get them before they are gone!

Stop by Modesto’s sponsor table and check their wares which will include screen-printed housewares, interior and gift products that include wall paper, gift wrap, textiles, one-of-a-kind furniture, glassware and more.

Visit them online to preview their unique and beautiful work.

Studio Contact:
Phone: (412) 259-8401
Location: 321 Pennwood Avenue, Suite G1 Side Alley Entrance, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Hours: Hours are typically Monday thru Friday9 a.m. – 5 p.m., but due to the nature of their projects, hours may vary. Calling ahead or scheduling appointments is always the best guarantee that they won’t miss you!


WYEP 91.3 FMwyepsm — an independent voice, inspiring our community with diverse music and vibrant ideas. With its media sponsorships, WYEP exposes listeners to a variety of cultural, artistic and community experiences that entertain, promote discourse, and increase participation in our community.

WYEP is committed to enriching the community through musical discovery, expression and education much like Handmade Arcade is committed to enriching the vibrant arts and maker community of Pittsburgh.

Handmade Arcade is honored to have WYEP 91.3 FM  as a MEDIA SPONSOR this year. Thank you!

90.5 WESA Pittsburgh NPR News — southwestern Pennsylvania’s only independent public-radio news and information station. WESA gives voice to provocative ideas that foster a vibrant, informed, diverse and caring community.

Its 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 also works hard to engage and inspire the arts and makers communities with our annual shopping extravaganza.

We are so excited to call WESA 90.5 FM a sponsor and friend.

Spend this Saturday in Lawrenceville!

Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood is THE PLACE to be this Saturday, November 19thwith three AMAZING events.

Kitsch! Conversation! Collectibles!
Start your day at Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer—a one-of-a-kind vintage vendor fair that melds community, creative inspiration and nostalgia. The Mixer returns with a fun atmosphere of quality, authentic vintage treasures and antiques and a variety of collectibles for all ages, styles and budgets.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Venue: Spirit (both floors!) 252 51st Street
Details: General Admission for the Mixer is $5 for adults, kids under 12 are free. All tickets are available at the door.

This is a family friendly event—please bring your ID in case you’re considering bellying up to the bar during the vintage fair. PGH Vintage Mixer totebags, by Commonwealth Press, and retro pennants, by Oxford Pennant, will be available for purchase.

Next up check out the 12 Annual Lawrenceville Artists’ Studio Tour
This free event opens the doors to the studios and artwork of more than 50 Pittsburgh artists, showcasing a gamut of traditional and contemporary art media and styles. Studios in 18 venues throughout Lawrenceville offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the processes involved in creating art of all media. Visit lawrencevilleart.com for a schedule and map. Studios are open from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.

una_logo_mainRAfter the Mixer and Studio Tour, join HANDMADE ARCADE as we help CELEBRATE UNA BIOLOGICALS One Year Anniversary Party!

Una is having a big ol’ party from 6 to 10 p.m. at their shop at 4322 Butler Street. Join HA for BOTANICAL BUTTON MAKING! There will be music, craft cocktails and a trunk show and sale featuring fabulous creative works by Una staff—many of whom are makers in their own right. Visit the event page on Facebook for more details.