I grew up going to craft fairs with my mom & sister, especially during the holiday season and think they’re just really fun and inspiring! I’ve been going to Renegade Craft Fairs as soon I as moved to the Midwest and they do not disappoint! The Annual Holiday Market was this past weekend at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse* again. It was such a gorgeous day, almost 70° – to think that my first Renegade Fair visit four years ago, I was trekking through 4-6 inches of snow from the Blue Line!
Armed with a gift list, my usual game plan is to first do a quick browse of all vendors, then go back to those who I really wanted make purchases from starting with the most desirable item, i.e. baby gifts were on the top of my list, so I first went back for onesies & wooden baby toys, then scoped out jewelry. Every year, I’m so impressed by the talent, goods & overall people-watching (And I was super duper proud of myself for staying within my cash budget.)
Can’t wait for the next event, the One of Kind Show this upcoming weekend!
*Sidenote: I am torn about the fieldhouse space – I think they’ve almost outgrown it despite occupying all five separate sections and it gets so overwhelmingly hot, but the plus sides are that it is covered, which is much-needed during Chicagoland winter months and in prime, easily-assessable-by-public-transit Wicker Park/ Bucktown Hipsterville. Oh well, I’ll trek to any Renegade fair no matter where they’re located.