Handmade Holiday: Renegade Craft Fair

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Renegade Craft Fair 001Earlier this month, a friend and I moseyed over to the Renegade Craft Fair in search of holiday gifts for our friends…and ourselves. ;)

Apparently, the fair started in Chicago in 2003, and has since expanded to other select cities, too, including BK. (Brooklyn in the house!)

The holiday market was a super cozy affair, hosted in a building that felt like an old school gymnasium, with high ceilings, tiled and wooden floors and winding, narrow hallways. Despite having to struggle through some of the crowds, the close-knit feel of the setting made it fun to explore. Everywhere you turned, you were greeted by a festive explosion of crafts from 100+ indie makers.

Plus they also had a super cool DIY gift wrapping station to stamp and decorate your purchases.

I ended up snagging a pair of earrings from uncommon handmade.

DIY Gift Wrap

uncommon handmade earrings

I also bought my dad, our family’s master of desserts, (seriously, Thanksgiving just isn’t a holiday without his pumpkin pie,) a fitting “evil pie” print by Paul Friedrich.

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Other nifty goods and collectibles spotted in the marketplace included: beaded bangles by Lily Dawson Designs, a booze bolster holster by four.chamber.forge, wooden wall decor by iamhome, a deck of Chicago playing cards by Double Blind.

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I also spotted this chillingly fresh tee by the Little Friends of Printmaking, four seasons of Chicago prints by Ryan Kapp, a “Congratulations on Finding Your Mr. Darcy” love card by Pearl & Marmalade and a mixed media guitar by Dolan Geiman.

Renegade Craft Fair Collage 002I’m looking forward to swinging by the Randolph Street Holiday Market later this week. Where do you get your holiday shopping done?

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