Happy Friday everyone! This week I’m so excited to share a couple of shops I discovered at the Los Angeles stop of the Renegade Craft Fair. What’s that, you ask? Just imagine if you could step inside your computer and visit an Etsy mall! This traveling fair, a“‘craft, art, design and DIY spectacular” is filled to the brim with amazing handmade goods, indie sellers and happy shoppers.
Last weekend Sherri and I spent a day under the blue sky in downtown LA, browsing hundreds of indie vendors gathered on the green grass of the State Historic Park and selling their unique wares. If the thought of Etsy coming to life (and being able to touch and see all of the goods) is a dream come true, check the Renegade Craft Fair Site and see if they will be making a pit stop near you. Next stop: Chicago, where they will be rolling in to town in September.
I obviously had we heart this on my mind (notice a familiar color scheme here?) as I strolled the aisles, chatted with vendors and carefully picked my favorites:
• One of my very first ‘stop in my tracks and bolt into a booth’ moments, was when I saw a stack of vintage print pillows from Park and Beach. The one that caught my eye? The Retro Floral Pillow Cover in a ‘found’ sixties print of coral, turquoise, and red (third pillow from top). This pillow cover has a coordinating coral linen backing, a hidden zipper closure, and measures 20 x 20 inches. $35
• At an event filled with happy, enthusiastic vendors, the lovely Nicole of Queen Puff Puff and Vinyl Frontier was the most charming of all. Or maybe I was just charmed by her reworked vinyl creations and vintage fabric pieces. Like the wine colored Nouveau Flowers Snap Pouch which could be used in so many ways – to hold pens and pencils in my purse, make up brushes when on the go, or my spf and chapstick for a day at the pool. This pouch has a cotton exterior and is lined in satin with a metal snap closure. $14
• My big purchase was this fantastic print from the current The New Pornographers tour by Los Angeles based DKNG studios. Founders Dan and Nathan are currently the resident poster artists at the world famous Troubadour in Hollywood, California. This print, (currently not listed at their Etsy site, but on their website), is a limited edition of 150, and is signed and numbered by the artist. (And all you Flight of the Conchord fans? This poster from their recent appearance at the legendary Hollywood Bowl is, as I believe the kids say, the balls.) $25
• I can never resist the lure of a cute card and I snapped up set of three from “one girl stationery design studio” In-Vita Paper Studio. I did not see this set of Feather pattern Thank You cards, but they would be absolutely perfect for we heart this correspondence with a personnel touch! (I did however, pick up two of these geektastic “the world needs more nerds like you” greeting cards). The Thank You card set includes six cards with a blank interior and matching pool blue envelopes. $9.50