Highlights from the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair

Poor & Pretty & Kleiner Eisbar - Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn

This past weekend, I vended at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn with Krissy & Dennis from Kleiner Eisbär. It was pretty hot both days, but we had a lucky spot under some shade, not too far from a water fountain. I didn’t get to break away very often, but when I did, here were a few gems I found:

Mehoi - ear studs

I loved the mehoi booth, full of adorable art by Hoi-An Tang from Toronto. Hoi-An transfers her sweet illustrations onto things like earrings, pins, buttons, and notecards:

Mehoi - illustrated cards + pins

Suzi would have loved that cute lamb card! (Maybe next birthday?)

Wishbone Letterpress - cards

In the way of paper goods, I also took a liking to Wishbone Letterpress. I bought one of the above cards for Stan’s birthday in September, but you’ll have to guess which one! ;)

Wishbone Letterpress - coasters

I also picked up a pack of their multicolored coasters. Even though we don’t have particularly nice tables in our new home yet, I felt we should have some coasters anyway.

Twig Terrariums

I also thought our new home deserved a terrarium, which Stan and I have been talking about making for a while. I was very excited to find that Twig Terrariums makes a few DIY Terrarium kits.

Twig Terrariums - hanging plants

Twig owners Michelle and Katy make plenty of ready-made terrariums and potted or hanging plants, too.

Twig Terrariums - person planter

I especially like this funky person planter!

Young Alexander - cups & bowls pottery

Next, I found Young Alexander, fresh and unique pottery handmade by Na Kim & Dierdre Shea in Brooklyn. I love their use of mostly white space with a dash of funky color here and there.

Young Alexander - painted planters

They also had some very cute planters, but ultimately I ended up buying this bowl from their “Seconds” section:

Young Alexander - popcorn bowl

It was only $20! It makes the perfect popcorn bowl! It’s quite possible that it may pave the way for matching red/white/blue dinnerware. (Apparently, we’re very patriotic.)

Cutesy but not Cutesy - booth

Hands down, my best find was a monster hoodie handmade by Diane Koss of Cutesy but not Cutesy:

Cutesy but not Cutesy - Noah's monster hoodie copy

I bought this for my nephew Noah, who has grown from a dragon baby to a walking, talking, two-year-old! The hoodie is more for us than it is for him, because he won’t know how adorable he is in it — check out that duck!! I actually squealed when I saw it. I made Michele promise to give it back to me once Noah outgrows it so that I can pass it down to my someday-children.

Cutesy but not Cutesy - monsters

In addition to her sweet monster hoodies, Diana also makes unique monster plush toys and t-shirts.

Cutesy but not Cutesy - stickers

Her monsters make appearances on greeting cards and stickers, too. (Yes, that’s a cupcake monster sticker!)

Inedible Jewelry - necklace charms

Of course, I also had a soft spot for these dessert-inspired charms from the aptly named Inedible Jewelry.

Inedible Jewelry - fun displays

They had some really cute & quirky displays, too!

I had tons of fun at Renegade, and met some amazing artists. It’s always so inspiring to go to big events like these and see what other people in my community (or a little outside my community…) are making. We have really talented artisans in this country — please support them!


1 Comment

  1. Kristine Vicente   •  

    Thanks so much for sharing, Sami! I loved reading every detail of your fair experience! I’ve only done one fair so far myself, but I have plans to do three more this Fall. Your booth with Dennis & Krissy was so cute and so colorful–I bet it got lots of attention. I love how you showcased some of your favorite booths…so nice!
    Thanks for sharing!

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