Handmade Arcade
Photo by Joey Kennedy.

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
December 2
11 a.m. — 7 p.m.

When holiday shopping, the main dilemma seems to be: “Do I get something unique and thoughtful for everyone — or save myself the trouble and just go to the big box store?”

You actually don’t have to choose, if you hit the free Handmade Arcade this Saturday.

Handmade Arcade has grown so large, that only the biggest room in town (save perhaps Heinz Field) can hold it. However, it’s still a largely local affair, showcasing more than 170 cutting-edge designers, artisans and makers, selling everything from handmade shaving supplies to custom-engraved wooden six-pack holders, to wallets made from recycled baseball gloves to pop culture plush toys.

Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, Handmade Arcade receives more than 400 applications from across the country every year — though a high percentage are local, as Pittsburgh’s community of do-it-yourselfers has grown.

This year, Handmade Arcade is debuting its new Youth Maker Alley, featuring eight high school students, and the Craft Corridor, showcasing 19 emerging artists.

There’s also an all-ages Hands-on Handmade activity area, where 17 Pittsburgh artists and arts organizations can help you bring your own projects to life.

Handmade Arcade always has a great soundtrack, with music from Pittsburgh DJs, Mary Mack, Pandemic and The Garment District.

Michael Machosky

Michael Machosky is a writer and journalist with 18 years of experience writing about everything from development news, food and film to art, travel, books and music. He lives in Greenfield with his wife, Shaunna, and 10-year old son.