It’s a Renegade Halloween Playlist


Has anyone ever noticed how awesome and fun Halloween music is? We sure have! Here at Renegade Craft we love Halloween, like looooove.  And since a lot of our makers are busy prepping for the Holiday fair season, some haven’t been able to join in on some of the festivities Halloween has to offer. So we’d like to share with you 45 spooky fun (mostly fun) Halloween songs to keep you in the season (even if you might be stuck working in your studio). Enjoy!

One song that wasn’t available on Spotify that we really wanted to include was this fun one.

Calling for Attendance Counters for the 2014 RCF Holiday Tour


photo by Beth Priddy Photography

Renegade needs your help! We are looking for folks to help us work as attendance counters for our US Holiday Market Tour! The job requires you to be on your feet and keep track of who comes into the Fair, and pays $10/hour. We need counters for both days of each Fair and interested folks should send an email to with (NAME OF CITY Counter) in the subject line, indicating which city you want to volunteer for.

Our Holiday Market Schedule is:
San Francisco November 8 + 9
New York City November 15 + 16
Austin November 29 + 30
Chicago December 6 + 7
Los Angeles December 13 + 14

Let us know which Fair and whats days you are available, if you can work the entire day or a half-shift, your name, and a good way to get in touch with you.

Martha Stewart American Made 2014 Summit


Martha Stewart Living is hosting the American Made 2014 Summit this November 7+8 in New York City and Renegade Craft fans get a special discount on tickets!

The two day event will be held at the Martha Stewart Living headquarters and will feature a kickoff cocktail party with Martha to celebrate and meet the ten 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award Winners. On Friday from 6pm-9m, you’re invited to network with editors, bloggers, and fellow entrepreneurs, and get crafty with DIY tutorials and food sampling! On Saturday, from 8am-6pm, sit in on inspirational talks hosted by Martha Stewart and more than 15 industry experts and entrepreneurs, plus more DIY tutorials, food, a chance to shop an assortment of products from the American Made Market and so much more!

If you happen to be in New York on November 7+8, head over to and use the promo code CELEBRATEMAKERS to receive a 20% discount on tickets.

2014 Martha Stewart American Made Summit


Join Us for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Summit

On November 7 and 8, Martha Stewart and the team at Martha Stewart Living will welcome you to a can’t-miss networking event and maker lecture series at our headquarters! We look forward to meeting you in person, spotlighting American makers, and sharing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative laboratory of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Your two-day pass provides exclusive access to the opportunities below and much more:

  • A kickoff cocktail party (with Martha!) to celebrate and meet the ten 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award Winners
  • An opportunity to shop a handpicked assortment products from the Martha Stewart American Made Market and a chance to meet the makers behind them
  • Eight talks hosted by Martha and leading industry experts and entrepreneurs
  • All-day access to networking with our editors, American Made Award winners, industry experts, bloggers, and fellow creative entrepreneurs
  • DIY craft tutorials, food sampling, and demonstrations
  • A closing cocktail party with signature drinks and bites from local New York City purveyors

Space is limited. Act quickly and get your ticket today! Learn More & Buy Your Summit Pass

Staff Interview: Susie


We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. For our final week we’re spending time with Susie Daly, the creator and architect behind Renegade Craft! She will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?  

I’m Susie Daly, Co-Founder and Director of the Renegade Craft Fair! I am a sort of accidental entrepreneur, having started RCF just for fun over a decade ago now. I loved doing it so much, I decided to dedicate my life to it, and haven’t looked back ever since. I love the feeling of having a vision and being able to put that into action and bring that vision to life. And I feel so fortunate to have so many people along for the ride! It’s been nothing but a great adventure, where I get to explore the world, meet so many awesome and creative people, help support great endeavors, and just watch it all unfold.


Where are you from?

I’m from a town outside of Chicago called Western Springs. After a brief stint in college where I lived in Northern California for a year, I moved to Chicago and lived there for a bunch of years. Then I got the itch to move to the country, so I currently live in a small town in Michigan called Saugatuck. I live there with my husband and two cats in a log cabin, it’s pretty dreamy.


When did you create RCF?

I started RCF back in 2003, because I basically just thought it would be fun to sell my own crafts at an open air market or fair, but I didn’t find an event that I felt like was a good fit for me. So in true DIY spirit, along with an old friend of mine, we decided to start a fair of our own that brought DIY makers together in one place for a weekend. It was such an exciting experience that we decided to make it an annual thing…and then I took the fair to several cities after that, making Renegade what it is today.


What are some of your favorite things?

I have several pieces from Make It Good that I’ve gathered over the years, and still have on a regular rotation. I love my hand amulet necklace from Datter Industries, and get so many compliments on it. I also love my Shelter purses, and get tons of compliments on those as well. And I always have a nice soap in the shower, currently I’m using Pink Clay (blood orange + geranium) by Herbivore Botanicals.

What else do you do besides RCF?  

I love the great outdoors, so I try to go hiking in the woods or go to the beach whenever I can. I practice Yoga, an am particularly interested in Ashtanga Yoga. I love to travel, and that is a big part of my life. And I love to just chill out when I’m at home in Michigan – sit by a fire, sip cocktails, binge on tv shows.


What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  

I have two pretty obscure musical talents – I can beat box pretty well, and I can also play the didgeridoo pretty well. Go figure! Also, I am pretty proud of the fact that I do a pretty awesome clam bake – cooking a feast in the sand with lobsters, clams, mussels, potatoes, corn – the works!


The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…

My swimsuit. Usually we try to stay at a house or hotel that has a hot tub and/or swimming pool – or we’re lucky enough to be visiting a city that has a swimming hole, so we can take a dip and get refreshed. It’s a great way to have fun and unwind after running around and setting-up or running the fair all day.


Current food obsession… 

I could eat pizza everyday, especially real Italian style pizza. My favorite has arugula and fresh parmesan cheese on top.

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…

I’m currently in between shows, I need some suggestions of what to get obsessed with next! My favorite shows of all time are Lost, Twin Peaks, Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, American Horror Story, Fargo, Battlestar Galactica…and Dateline.

What song has been stuck in your head this week…

You can pretty much guarantee that I will listen to Philip Glass at some point during my week. His music has an almost trance-like, meditative quality that really helps me focus and feel inspired at the same time.


Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…

I would have to agree with Mat that Marlowe & Sons in Brooklyn is a pretty special place, but I think my favorite meal was at Deetjen’s in Big Sur. We stopped there on a trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles on one craft fair trip, and it just has the coziest atmosphere, on top of having amazing food.


Staff Interview: Mat

We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. This week we’re spending time with Mat Daly. He will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?  I am Mat Daly. I’m RCF”s Director of Development, Poster designer, screen printer, AND Susie Daly’s husband.  My role for the fairs has grown a lot over the last decade but currently I work on building relationships between Renegade and it’s sponsors, partners and business friends.  These relationships help us keep the fairs free to attend as well as keeping our maker booth fees affordable as can be. Also, since the beginning I’ve been producing limited edition screen printed posters for Renegade.  I used to do a different poster for each fair, but we’ve grown so much and are in so many new cities, I’m only able to make 2 per year for our different event seasons.
Where are you from?
I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA in a house on a dead-end street which backed up on some woods.  I spent a lot of time in the woods then. I think there are sub-divisions there now which is too bad. I did a lot of skateboarding and played in a few bands with my friends in high school. Music became a big part of my life and I spent all of my twenties and some of my thirties working on records, playing shows and  the like, mostly holding it down with waiter/barista jobs and/or going to school.  I studied creative writing at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and somehow luckily ended up really falling into printmaking and painting. Writing poems never came easily to me. In 1998 my band Hurl broke up and I found myself moving to Chicago with some bandmates to start a new group called Taking Pictures. Given my new printmaking bend I thought I’d reached out to my pal Jay Ryan from The Bird Machine to see if he needed any help. Jay had screen printed some posters for Hurl shows and I was hoping he’d teach me some basics.  I ended up printing for Jay for about 8 years. Eventually, I started focusing more on producing my own posters and prints from my own shop in Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood.  It was during this time, 2003, that Susie approached me about making the first RCF poster.

When did you learn about RCF?

I was working as a waiter at this cafe that Susie frequented. She and a friend were putting together what would be the first ever Renegade Craft Fair.  Susie knew I designed posters and asked me if I’d be interested.  I definitely had a crush on her so I was super excited for this to be the best poster I had ever made in my life. Apparently, it was, because she and I are married now! I didn’t tell her at the time that I had originally designed the poster to say “Renegade Crafts Festival” and that it had gone to press, and the first color was down before I thought to double-check her email.   8 o
Why did you want to work for RCF?
Renegade makes me feel good to be a part of. I love the diverse community of makers and the opportunity to see such great work and good ideas all come together.  I’ve been to almost every fair at this point, both as a vendor, selling prints or handmade woodland clocks Susie and I made together, as well as part of the team running the shows.  I’ve always felt a real positive energy surrounding the events and it’s incredible to be able to work towards something that makes people so happy.  Plus, the gang here is pretty awesome!

What are some of your favorite things?

Two thing-things, both gifts from my wife.  My Seagull guitar and my 40th birthday present, a hand numbered / forged felling axe I’m giving a custom paint job.
Also. . .  Susie Daly, active volcanos, dense jungle, outer space, the deep ocean, thunderstorms, dark chocolate anything, Axl and Gabel (our goofball cats), spending time with family and friends, campfires, live music.

What else do you do besides RCF? 

In my free time I try to make time for my art practice which brings me a ton of happiness.  I like to sit around and figure out classic rock songs on guitar or write some of my own from time to time.  Susie and I both love adventuring around just about anywhere so we try to get out into the world as much as possible and experience new places. We moved to the woods in Michigan a few years ago, still have lots of dune forest to explore.  A lot of my art work is born from photography which I love to experiment with. My new obsession is nighttime long exposure pictures.

What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  
I am pretty easily startled if snuck up upon.  Also, I cannot blow a bubblegum bubble and have never juggled successfully.

The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…

My Munie Designs backpack.  

Current food obsession… 
These brownies.

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…
Watching Caprica now following our epic Battlestar binge. Kroll Show is a fave. TV is the new movies.

What song has been stuck in your head this week (URL)…
When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin 

Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…
VERY HARD TO CHOOSE…  I will saaaaaayyyyy…. Marlowe and Sons in Brooklyn. It’s like the captain’s quarters of a delicious ship someone parked under a bridge.  I love it.

Renegade Craft is hiring!


Hello all!  Here at Renegade Craft we’re looking for a bright, highly organized, detail-oriented person to help us stay organized during our bustling 2014 Fall/Winter fair planning season. The ideal candidate must be willing to work in a fast paced environment and have a somewhat flexible schedule that coincides with our Fair schedule from September through December. Visit our Jobs page for full details on the position and how to apply.  

Staff Interview: Sarah

We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. This week we’re spending time with Sarah Wert. She will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?

Hey there, I’m Sarah. I am Assistant Vendor Coordinator here at RCF. I handle the administrative details that go into planning these things! I help jury and make the roster pages. I love design and craft so working closely with makers has been amazing! 

Where are you from?

I grew up in and around Kansas City. If you want to know which side, Kansas and Missouri! I was born in Lawrence, Kansas and spent the first half of my childhood out there on the great plaines. Later I moved to the Missouri side of Kansas City and lived in Brookside. Now I live in Chicago in Logan Square and I absolutely love it here. The food is amazing and it feels like a small town in a big city. 

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When did you learn about RCF?

I learned about RCF when I was a student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I was really interested in functional art making and I heard some buzz about RCF. I found the design aesthetic of all the makers really appealing and decided I wanted to support the indie craft movement. So in 2006 I volunteered at the info booth. I also have several friends who have been vendors in RCF at various times and would work at their booths. A year ago, last August I was driving back from a road trip in Canada and got the e-blast that RCF was hiring! I quickly got my application together and the rest is history. We have the best team ever and it is so much fun working with them.

Why did you want to work for RCF?

I wanted to work for RCF because I have loved being a volunteer and an attendee. It’s my favorite place to shop and the travel is so much fun! It’s really inspiring when I spend my days jurying and being a part of a team that helps small businesses grow. 

What are some of your favorite things?

My current favorite things are all from the West Coast Fairs. I brought home an amazing mirror and dish from Meg A. Meyers. I have two new necklaces one from Rill Rill and the other from Alyson Iwamoto. I just got this amazing leather wallet from Sun Nation at the Portland Mini Market. And I absolutely love my facial kit and lip balm from Herbivore Botanicals

What else do you do besides RCF?

I mostly love cooking and hanging out with my cats! I often make my own clothes because I love textiles and am very particular about patterns. I have a wonder lust for different types of crafting. Currently I am making luggage tags out of vintage post cards. It will be something else soon! On my days off I Iove to listen to records and read but at night I switch to t.v. I am also very serious about travel. I love it! So when I am not traveling I am day dreaming about it.

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What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?

I used to be a competitive fencer and I play the ukelele. 

Current food obsession… 

Bahn Mi Sandiwches + Izakaya style Japanese food

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…

Halt and Catch Fire

What song has been stuck in your head this week (URL)…

Dreams by the Cranberries 

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Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…

Tartine in San Francisco

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Staff Interview: Justin

future CEO

We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. This week we’re spending time with Justin Rathell. If you’ve seen a guy with a ponytail running around our fairs and mastering the load-in / load-out routine, then you’ve seen Justin. He will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?  

I consider myself something of a round peg in a square hole.  I like writing and playing music.  I like the woods, the deep woods.  I’m a closeted recluse and pretend to have a lot say.  I’m the Associate Director.  Once I made a $10 bet with a middle-school chum that I would own a Porsche 911 one day.  I intend to pay her if that doesn’t happen.  Maybe I can pull up in my new Hennessey Venom GT to pay my debt.  Yeah, I like sports cars too!

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starved rock hikingWhere are you from?

I’m originally from Bethel Park, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I love the old steel-town, but I also love my current home in Bridgeport, the best Chicago neighborhood.

classy concert goersWhen did you learn about RCF?

I met Susie when she was starting it with her former partner back in 2003, and I’ve known Mat for over 20 years now.  He and I are both Pittsburgh ex-pats.  I started helping out in any way I could, from DJing, to manning table and chair rental depots, to assisting with other set-up needs until I was hired full-time in the fall of 2010 as the new Production Coordinator.

at the key club

Why did you want to work for RCF?

I wanted to work with friends and really love the vibes at Renegade.  Such a great community with so much talent!

What are some of your favorite things?

I love BDJ Craftworks as I too am interested in wood working and really appreciate Brian’s attention to detail.  There a so many others, that I’ll stick with just one.  No current favorite music or books, but I love, love Vampire’s Kiss with Nick Cage.  I know.  It’s not current, but I’m just trying to find more converts.  As far as eating when we’re on the road, I really dig Isa in Williamsburg.  It’s so comfy there that everything tastes better.  I swear!

SantequilaWhat else do you do besides RCF?  

I am in band, three in fact.  I make stuff from wood once in a while and I like taking pictures of mushrooms.  I used to draw fonts before I had ever heard the word font.  Cooking is something I only truly enjoy if it involves fire, wood, and smoke.  I’m really good at untangling delicate necklaces and parallel parking.

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What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  

I died once.  No special notes from the other side unfortunately.

The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…

My knife.

a site to beholdCurrent food obsession… 

All the quote/unquote throw-away parts of the animal.  So much pleasure in texture, feel, and flavor I never knew before.

Current TV Show you’re binging…

Boardwalk Empire was a recent favorite, but I only got through the first season because a friend shared the DVD with me.  I’ll have to find later seasons somehow since I don’t have HBO.  I also loved Bill Cosby’s Fat Albert.  Mushmouth and that theme song, OHH how great!!!!

What song has been stuck in your head this week…

It’s almost always Mr. Sandman by the Chordettes.

Jeanna in Venice

jeanna in venice