Gettin' Made: Renegade Craft Fair
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Renegade Craft Fair is finally coming to Southern California, and it's one of the larger sized awesome craft shows (think of the annual Felt Club extravaganza at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles) that goes on yearly in the United States. Up until this point, Renegade has been held in such far-away fabled lands with exotic names like Brooklyn and Chicago. Admission is totally free--and with Pabst Blue Ribbon as a sponsor, there's most likely some free beers on the horizon, too.
So with such vast territory to cover, what exactly should you check out at Renegade? Along with all of the demos taking place and awesome raffle prizes, there's gonna be some amazing goodies by local and not so local artisans. Indie crafting is all about getting back to a better time when things were made by hand and you bought them directly from the creator. In that vein, indie craft shows are all about getting out of the mall, finding unique one of a kind items for the whole family and getting to know the folks who took the time to screenprint a tee, sew a sweet stuffed animal, cook up a batch of all-natural soap, and much more.
After the jump: Just a couple of my do-not-miss recommendations.
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The huzzz Josh and I bought our vegetarian friend Gayle a plush steak from these folks as a housewarming present recently - these folks get bonus points for dressing the part with butcher shop aprons and wrapping your purchase in brown paper with a sticker only a grocery store could love.
I first saw Fomato's hilarious notecards at Felt Club a couple of years ago - and I am not kidding I stood at that booth and read every single card and laughed harder and harder the more I read. Buy one for each and every person you know, and then one for all the people you don't, and pass 'em out like candy next Halloween.
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You can never go wrong putting animals in people clothes. You wanna get on my good side? Buy me some prints from Berkley Illustration. Simple as that.
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Ok there's not much to get here; they made you a beard. A big ol' yarny beard. And you should be grateful.
Craft fairs are PRIMO places to find indie t-shirts that no one else has. I first found out about Seibei at May's Unique L.A. event. I saw a dude go blasting through the craft fair wearing Risky Business style sunglasses, with a big ol' shit-eating grin on his face and this tee. He was a dude on a mission to party, and my life was changed forever. I still don't know if I have the gumption to buy this shirt and wear it in public, but I will never forget it and I will never stop pooping!
Really--I could really go on forever, but I'll stop ruining all the indie surprises for you (or, I guess, you can see a full list of vendors here). If you make it to Renegade, be sure to come by the Hearts and Laserbeams booth and say hi, stop by the Long Beach Craft Mafia booth and meet my compadres, and we'll see ya at the fair!
And don't forget: Gettin' Made will be moving to the now music and culture blog Heard Mentality as of the next post.
Renegade Craft Fair takes place on July 11 and 12 from 11am-7pm, in the penthouse of the California Market Center at 110 East Ninth Street in Los Angeles. And did I mention it's free? For more information, visit the website.