Oh how I do love perusing the colorful and quaint handmade paraphernalia available at Etsy, but I often wish there was an actual storefront for the online craft-lovers paradise. Enter the Austin Renegade Craft Fair. I have my friend Eric to thank for introducing me to all the delightfulness found at Austin’s handmade marketplace. We hit up the Palmer Events Center on Sunday to indulge in all the free browsing of custom-made screen prints, jewelry, knick knacks, art and clothing our hearts could desire.
After being thoroughly disappointed by the lack luster and commercialized selection of booths and vendors at Austin’s Pecan Street Festival a few weeks ago, I was a little skeptical of what this smaller scale fair could deliver. My trip downtown this go-round paid off, as the Renegade Craft Fair was pretty much all I could have hoped for. The art ranged from cutesy to kooky and included a great selection of both local and national artists just hoping to have their work seen. The prices may have been a little steep, but nevertheless it was a great opportunity to pick up one-of-a-kind pieces and indulge in some serious eye candy.
I really loved the food-themed scarves that had been hand knitted by one of the vendors. The eggs and bacon scarf may have been my favorite.
I definitely recommend the Renegade Craft Fair for anyone who has an appreciation for handmade crafts and generally pretty things. I’ve hit up the Palmer Events Center for similar vendor-driven events, which includes everything from city wide garage sales to bridal exhibitions, and the Renegade Craft Fair beat them all by miles. Do check it out.