Friday, June 12, 2009

Mark Your Calendars!

Bust out the biggest sharpie to circle this weekend, turn up your alarm for this date. The Renegade Craft Fair is coming to San Francisco on July 18-19th. I've read so many cool things
about this fair and was so envious of the people that got to attend and peruse the many different products. Now, it's my turn to drool.

For those that absolutely have no clue what this fair is, here is the " abouts."

The Renegade Craft Fair is a unique DIY event held annually in Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles & San Francisco. RCF has gained a reputation over the last six years as being the biggest, best and the most well-known of all the DIY craft fairs out there. Each individual fair draws hundreds of applicants and tens of thousands of shoppers from all over the country and abroad! At RCF you’ll find all sorts of cool handmade stuff - including plush items, jewelry, posters + prints, craft kits, clothing, stationery + more.

The Renegade Craft Fair is one of the first events of its kind, getting its start in Chicago’s Wicker Park in 2003 and spreading like wildfire ever since! The first fair was 1 day and featured just 75 booths. The second fair was 2 days and showcased 125 crafters. In its third year, we went on the road and took over Brooklyn’s McCarren Park with 150 vendors - and eventually moving into historic McCarren Park Pool with 200 booths! In its fifth year, we traveled to the west coast and set-up shop in San Francisco. This year, we’re going on a little tour and heading south to Los Angeles too!

Today in 2009, each unique event features hundreds of the most talented craftsters nationally as well as from around the globe! Brooklyn’s event takes place at McCarren Park - this year along the paths of the track + field area. Chicago’s September event stretches down Division St. from Damen - Hermitage. San Francisco’s show takes place at scenic Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The 1st ever Los Angeles fair is slated to take place at the California Market Center, with 360 views of the city from the Penthouse. And our annual Holiday Sale is held in the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

The Renegade Craft Fair is organized by Sue Daly, whose a crafter herself, and designs jewelry under the name Timber! Her husband Mat Daly makes all of the posters for the events, always being sure to include the beloved owl mascot! The inspiration for RCF came when Sue wanted to take her jewelry-making hobby to the next level, and try selling her stuff at local art fairs. After looking into it a little, it quickly became apparent that there were no shows representing the DIY craft community, which already had a huge presence online. So, with a childhood friend the Renegade Craft Fair was started and provided an exciting, fresh venue for artists and shoppers alike.

See You There!

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