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