Renegade Craft comes to Brooklyn


After following one of Eva’s comments on one of our posts, we became aware of her and her husband’s  letterpress shop, Sycamore Street Press–and of the Renegade Craft Fair going on this weekend at McCarren Park in Brooklyn. Ashley was a bit under the weather, but I dragged her out to check out what we found to be a bit like an etsy-in-person fair.
Some notable finds to my eyes were the delicate papier-mâché bowls by Up in the Air Somewhere, the canvas sacs by Forestbound, the tub caddy (that Ashley has been eyeing online) by Peg and Awl. There was a huge array of stationers and lots of jewelry and fashion booths (e.g. belts by Death and Texas), though Ashley noted that the real show as far as fashion was concerned was the crowd itself–full of trendy footwear and trending washed denim outfits on the largely female, 20-something crowd. (I may have stood out a bit.)

The free fair travels around the country (next stop: Los Angeles) and is definitely worth seeking out for fans of independent designers and crafters, with the caveat that there was a lot of repetition.

We also got a chance to meet Emily and Faith, when they were nice enough to stop us to say hello! Emily is the blogger behind Short Story Design and, it turns out, is a neighbor.

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Let’s Discuss

  1. Love the fancy felt! Looks like you get great weather as well. I love crafts!

    Greetings from a Mexican Mommy living in Europe

  2. Dancing- It was a bit overwhelming, especially when there was no shade in the hot sun!
    Checks- It was nice the way the selection of stores was edited–it meant you had pretty high quality all around.
    Elisa-The felt really popped in person too, it caught Ashley's eye immediately!

  3. What a fantastic way to spend a weekend afternoon…. and in Brooklyn! I had so much fun there 2 weeks ago, walking around aimlessly. Ya'll are too cute for words!

  4. Thanks for the shout out–so glad I spotted you two! Up in The Air Somewhere was the first booth I saw when I entered the show, and I ended up *starring it in my notebook as my favorite booth at the fair! I loved the way those bowls looked all lined up together. Too bad I couldn't take them all!

  5. I love going to the one in Chicago!!! Yes, it is hipsters and trend-setters delight! LOL But soo fun, and home-made stuff you just know is made with love!

  6. Wow that was fun, and btw we had one too in our town similar one, it was street festival, and I did to meet blogger friend. Thanks for sharing, these are some interesting crafts. Anna :)

  7. Woah, those colors. The felt. Makes me want to craft small light wind chimes and just sit outside on a late summer night with a warm breeze blowing.

    Looks like you had some fun there!