Popular Handmade Arcade Returns for 15th Year

Pittsburgh’s widely attended craft fair is back, with a special focus on the next generation of artists, craft makers and designers.

The Handmade Arcade returns this year, offering a plethora of DIY items from craft makers of all ages.

It’s the 15th anniversary of Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, which takes place this year from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Admission is free, but eager shoppers can get a jump on the crowds by purchasing a ticket for the Friday Night Preview Party or the Early Birdie Shopping Hour, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Attendees can expect 250 vendors peddling a range of handmade items such as jewelry, home decor, paper goods and glassware. The event will also feature unique products such as clothing made from salvaged fabric, custom-made shaving kits, reclaimed artwork and wallets made from upcycled baseball glove leather.

The next generations of artists, craft makers and designers will appear in the Youth Maker Alley. This space will showcase 12 young recipients of the 2019 Youth Maker Scholarship Program, which provides free vendor space, stipends and professional development to youth ages 16 to 18 in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

For an even younger demographic, this year’s fair has a new feature: the Pop-up Makers Mart, in which students in grades 3 to 12 can interact with consumers and peddle their handmade wares.

Other additions include The Hatch Nest, an area where children can play and rest amidst the bustle of the marketplace, as well as Hot Wheels — a showcase of the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s traveling studio, complete with glass-blowing demonstrations.

For shoppers with a knack for crafting, the Hands-on Handmade Activity area offers participants the chance to take part in activities hosted by 18 different Pittsburgh-based artists, arts organizations and educational groups.

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