Handmade Arcade


I was fortunate to check out Handmade Arcade this weekend. If I had a disposable income, my purse would be filled with knitted tissue holders, my body would be adorned with awesome hats and witty T-shirts. Alas, I had to restrain myself, but walked away with some great stuff.

Of the vendors, AIR had a really great thing going on: they set up a giant silk-screen (think four feet by six feet), and were silk-screening an enormous blow-up of the Pittsburgh’s Post Gazette’s front page the day after Obama won the election. The print was free, and you got to help the dude make yours. They also made small cards with the design/color of your choice, but the Obama print was the big winner.

Franktuary was there serving some bodacious hot dogs. I don’t think I’ve had a better dog. I need to go there for lunch sometime, especially since they’re only a couple blocks from the day job downtown.

My goal was to find a groovy hat and some dangly (wooden?) earrings. I scored a couple pairs of earrings and a button ring from the Tiger Lilly Shop. The best hats were unfortunately too rich for my blood, even if they were a 12 on the 1-10 Scale of Awesome. I walked past the table several times lusting after them, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m a naughty blogger, because I totally don’t remember who made them.

Instead, I picked up a birthday present for my soon-to-be-seven-year-old niece from MyPaperCrane. I have A Plan where it is concerned, and will happily post it when it is finished. If all goes right, it’ll be so cute your teeth will just rot right out of your face.

It was a great, awesome, wonderful time. There was art. There were fabulous shirts and clothes. There were monsters. It is so inspiring to see people doing what they love to do. There was much gathering of business cards, so I’ve got a stack of resources for when I need that certain something that can’t be found anywhere else. Check out the list of vendors for yourself — you won’t be disappointed!

Rock on, Pittsburgh.