Renegade Craft Fair 2008

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago Recap The Renegade Craft Fair was lots of fun, and well worth the trip out to Chicago despite all the rain and wind.

Chicago got the most rain ever in recorded history that weekend! My mom and sister came with me to help, and I am so grateful they did. It went very well, even for my first outdoor show. The canopy I got off craigslist held up extremely well, even against the torrential rain. The only problem I had was lack of weights, and that was all my fault. I only used one gallon of water per leg, and apparently you’re supposed to have 40lbs per leg! Now, obviously it won’t be a problem if you’re out on a nice calm day, but on the second day, the wind picked up and the canopy almost took flight. So for the rest of the day, my mom, my sister and I sat at opposite corners of the canopy to brace it against the wind and rain. Yikes. But that was really the only problem. None of my merchandise got damaged by the rain, nothing blew away, and sales were good. Well, my poor little rug that was meant to look warm and inviting looked soggy and sad by the middle of Saturday, but that’s a minor issue, haha. I was amazed at how many people came out. I had never seen such a large collection of umbrellas and rainboots before. Thanks to everyone who braved the rain! And at the end of the fair, there were people that came around and took our rented table and chairs for us. That was awesome, because I realllllly didn’t want to take them all the way back. So a big thanks to you, Renegade helpers! I would definitely do another outdoor fair like Renegade again, the rain didn’t scare me away.

Renegade Craft Fair

Date: September 13-14, 2008

Cost: Free

Organizer: Sue Daly

What to expect: Cool crafts like jewelry, knitting, t-shirts and 'zines in a D.I.Y. environment with over 300 artists, plus music from independent artists.

Why to go: You might snag a one-of-a-kind scarf. This juried craft fair has a true renegade spirit, and was one of the first of its kind. Also, this year includes live entertainment from the likes of Califone, Northern State and Pit er Pat are among the performers

Additional info: Now in its 6th year, the Renegade Craft Fair also takes place in Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA.

The music lineup:

Saturday
6 p.m.: Hey Willpower
7 p.m.: Mahjongg
8:30 p.m.: Northern State

Sunday
6 p.m.: The Living Blue
7 p.m.: Pit er Pat
8:30 p.m.: Califone

Annual Renegade Craft Fair:
The Renegade Craft Fair began in Chicago in 2003. The event has grown from a one-day event with 75 vendors, to a weekend event in several different locations with hundreds of do-it-yourself vendors. Known for exceptional handmade crafts, thousands of people attend the weekend craft fair.
Location and Hours:

* Located in Wicker Park in Chicago, Illinois.
* Held September 13th and September 14th, 2008.
* Open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

General Information:

* The outdoor market is held rain or shine.
* This event is held four times a year in various cities across America.
* There is live music with several bands each day.
* Food is catered by Big Bite Catering.
* Dogs are allowed on the grounds.
* The market is handicapped accessible.

Admission and Parking Fees:

* No admission fees are charged.

Vendor Information:

* Over 250 booths with about 300 artists from around the world will showcase their handmade crafts.
* Each dealer space is 10 x 10 in size.
* Only one space is available per business.
* Tables, canopies are available for rent to vendors.