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Renegade Holiday Craft Fair Chicago

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Perry

What if you could combine your favorite finds on Etsy, pins from Pinterest and your most admired accounts on Instagram?  Well, this perfection is manifested in the Renegade Craft Fair.  Renegade Craft Fair is a traveling market that highlights favorite and local vendors through 14 annual events in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Portland, and London. 

Renegade came to town for the holiday market on December 6th and 7th, at the Bridgeport Arts Center.  This two day market featured over 200 unique Chicago companies, attracting thousands of shoppers.  

I was sad to have missed the Renegade September fair, here in Chicago, so of course I was excited to attend this time around.  It was my first Renegade and I have to say, it was everything I could have ever hoped for!  While the space at the Bridgeport Arts Center was a bit snug with the heavy attendance of craft-seekers, it was a great atmosphere, including vinyl records by Reckless Records playing throughout the venue.  

The fair also featured creative festivities, including DIY wood ornaments with Rebuilding Exchange and a screen printing demo from Toyota and Martha Stewart Living, the Official Media Sponsor of the 2014 Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Tour.   But, my favorite activity was the free Magnolia Photo Booth, including  festive props and a print copy of your photos to take home with you.

Giving a thoughtful gift that is also made with care is a lovely thing.  Renegade is definitely the perfect market for unique finds that are sure to make everyone on your shopping list joyful.  Here's to another year of Renegade on the road, promoting makers everywhere. I already can't wait for next season!

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