Renegade Craft Fair

Liz and I woke up early to make our way down to Division for the annual Renegade Craft Fair. Little did we know that we’d be in for a day of downpours and contstant getting-wet-edness.

Well, we had some clue that there would be rain. But by the time we left, the umbrellas were more or less for show.

At the corner of Damen and Division.

We arrived early and got some coffee, and strolled around as the vendors all set up shop. A few spots were open and a few were still in the early stages of getting everything ready.

Near Liz’s old place, a new Threadless Kids is apparently opening up.

All in all I didn’t end up taking a ton of photos today. It was raining pretty much from the start, and in order to shoot I had to set the umbrella down, keep the camera dry, etc etc.

First time I really took it out was on seeing the Class Attire NYC booth, where all the t-shirts had designs made from chalk (and as a result, allowed you to write/color as you saw fit).

Pretty smart idea, and a good array of images/colors.

And with each shirt comes a small bit of chalk too. A nice touch.

THIS though was pretty sweet – each shirt also had a small little pocket, where you could tuck a piece or two of chalk. Very nice. More info at

More folks setting up. Honestly, I’m not sure how anyone stayed dry (let alone kept their wares dry).

Going back to feed the meter, Liz and I both noticed that our feet and jeans were getting progressively wetter. This was about halfway through. Eventually, even after rolling up our jeans, the wetness got to around knee height. After a while, my shoes got pretty much saturated with water, and it ended up feeling like I was walking on sponges.

Sample work from Catia Chien. I was tempted by the print on the far left (entitled “Paper Planes”), but ultimately decided against it.

Interestingly – she was also someone who I photographed last year, at the last Renegade. I guess it’s a good sign that I keep getting drawn back to the same artists/booths.

Not sure what this was called, but I also dug this one.

More info (and more work) over at

Talk about a booth that just sort of jumped out at you. Dust Furniture had some amazing pieces on display.

Also: they have a killer business card. See more work of theirs at

Umbrellas everywhere.

Liz, staying sorta dry. Sorta.

Back home, utterly drenched and tired from walking up and down Division.

Sadly, it was a gloomy, rainy day overall. Two of the things I was most looking forward two were: The Marty Game (2006, 2007) and The Postcard Machine. And both were no shows. Bummer.

Renegade Craft Fair, 2004 (Two Space, Alli’s Oddities, Damned Dollies)
Renegade Craft Fair, 2005
Renegade Craft Fair, 2006
Renegade Craft Fair, 2007 (The Postcard Machine)

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. I used to do craft shows selling my handmade designs. It’s a ton of work and I finally gave it up in 2004.

    Sprocket Reply

  2. I imagine actually running a booth at one of these things is a ton more work than I realize. In addition to the actual booth itself, there’s making sure you have enough product, enough money to make change, setup, breakdown, who’s going to watch the booth while you go to the bathroom. All that sort of thingWere you sad to give it up? Or was it more of a relief? Also – I’m curious if you turned to Etsy, as an alternative to actually physically going to sell at craft shows/fairs.

    avoision Reply

  3. Thanks for stopping by the booth this weekend. The pics look great! Send pics of your artwork when you get a chance.

    Christopher Carew Reply

  4. hey, thanks for braving the rain and posting the image of our booth! we didn’t really get a chance to take any photos, so it’s nice to see.

    jessie Reply

  5. I was there too! The weather and electricity situation were a huge bummer. A lot of vendors were noticeably perturbed with the event staff. I hope it doesn’t affect next year’s Fair . . .

    sarahm Reply

  6. I was not sad to give it up. That was the year I did a ton of shows and barely broke even. Many of the events I lost quite a bit; didn’t even make my booth fee. Most of my sales are by word of mouth or through my web site and sewing blog now.For my stuff, it was a TON of work, especially if I did an outdoor event where I put up a canopy, hung grid wall from the top cross bars, then loaded the grid wall with hooks for the bags and various other rack type pieces to hold everything.Then when it’s all over pack it all up in the crates and cart it all back home and drag it up a flight of stairs. Many times I had 20 crates of merchandise.If I do a show now, it’s usually a just an 8′ table at an inside event when I ask for some space on the side to set up two costume displays to hang my throw blankets and market bags. Everything else gets put on the table in a nice display.Even those are more work than the potential sales.I LOVED the one of a kind furniture. It was very interesting.

    Sprocket Reply

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