San Francisco Holiday Market Starts Tomorrow!

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The San Francisco Holiday Market Starts Tomorrow!

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Hello Everyone! Our Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Market is startingtomorrow and we are sooooo excited to be kicking off our Holiday Tour in the foggy city! You can find The Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion on Saturday, November 8 – Sunday, November 9, 2014.  Come out and shop our curated selection of today’s best and brightest Makers of outstanding handmade goods, plus food and treats, workshops, and more! From 11am – 6pm you’ll be able to shop an array of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair, perfect for checking off Holiday gift lists – ranging from holiday inspired stationery and gift wrap, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and shoes, to eco-friendly furniture, prints and posters, housewares and much more.

Preview this year’s line up of 300+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Row 1: Heron & Lamb | Fiber Florist | Dawn | Row 2: Oxgut Hose Co. | South of Arden | Misaki Sano | Row 3: BZR | Artifact Skin Co. | Bull Horn Designs

Bring your friends and family to the Festival Pavilion and give the gift of handmade this holiday season! DJs, Nick and Dillon, will be on-hand spinning rock, pop, soul, and holiday tracks all weekend to provide a festive shopping and crafting soundtrack for the fair. Plus, the venue and booths will be adorned with lights, evergreen, and holiday cheer.

Do you get hungry when you shop? Pick up some delicious food from Jicama and Tante’s, plus frozen treats from Post Street Creamery and wine sampling hosted by The Seeker Wine, among other artisan food vendors. Want a little craft education? Spend some time learning about appraising handmade products with The Pricerie. If you’re needing a shopping break, you can rest your tired feet and take comfort at Yellow Leaf Hammocks‘ rest station up in the Mezzanine. Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth and commemorate your visit!

Once you’ve purchased your holiday gifts, you can head over to the Renegade Craft Gift Adornment station to pick up gift tags, toppers, string, and whatever else you might need to spruce up your presents! To make the holiday giving season more convenient for shoppers, Renegade Craft is partnering with Shyp, the easiest way to send things anywhere in the world. Use the code RENEGADE14 in the app to get $10 shipping credit, then stop by the SHYP booth and mail your Holiday gifts directly from the fair!

Getting There: We encourage you to walk, bike, take public transit or grab an Uber to our fair. Uber is sponsoring rides for our San Francisco Holiday Market! New users can get up to $25 in Uber credits using the code RCF2014! To sign up, download the app or head to uber.com/go/RCF2014.

You can view the layout of Fort Mason here and route directions to our Fair here.

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Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeSF to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

SPROUT BY HP is the Official Tech Sponsor of the RCF 2014 Holiday Tour. Blending the physical and the digital, Sprout lets you work in the tangible, tactile world we live in. No complicated processes. No intimidating technology. Just you, sprout and your imagination. A whole new workspace where you can roll up your sleeves and create something. Instantly. It’s time to re-imagine what you can do.

Renegade Craft is extraordinarily pleased to announce our partnership with Martha Stewart Living, the Official Media Sponsor of Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco and all Renegade 2014 flagship events.

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website,Facebook event, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

The Renegade Craft Fair thanks its San Francisco sponsors:

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Maker Spotlight: South of Arden

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Today we are featuring these outstanding shoes sold by South of Arden. You won’t want to miss trying these on at our San Francisco Holiday Market this weekend!marisa

South of Arden is a brand new shop created by Kelsey Otsuka, Merrilee Hale and Paulina Santos Torres that features and supports Latin American designers who currently may not have the means to reach the US market but are driven and yearning to expand. The designer that will be featured at our Holiday Market is Josefina Basso, an Argentinian shoe designer Kelsey met two years ago while shopping in the Buenos Aires bazaars.

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Josefina Basso is a talented Argentinian shoe designer with humble beginnings. Unknowingly, her passion for shoes began during the numerous visits to her grandmother’s shoe factory, where she loved dressing her dolls in all the shoes. After university, she spent about seven years making her way through small workshops learning the whole shoe making process, which served as her guide and inspiration to creating her own shoe designs. In 2012, her passion for shoes propelled her into creating her own line and and has been running a successful small business ever since. Josefina and her partner operate out of their apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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All of Josefina Basso’s shoes are hand-crafted in Argentina and made with genuine leather.  This is the first debut of the designer selling her line outside of Buenos Aires. The shoes are a fun combination of traditional oxford style paired with gorgeous jewel tones and bright hued leathers. We can’t get enough of them!

To stay true to their eco-conscious nature, the team at South of Arden never use packaging for the shoes for shipping or actual shoe boxes to store the shoes. Instead, they only have hand-made shoe bags that serve as the perfect carrier bag for traveling and can be used to tote around other things as well.

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We are so excited South of Arden is bringing the talent and hand-crafted shoes of Josephina Basso to San Francisco for our first Holiday Market of the season! Be sure to follow South of Arden on Facebook  and Instagram to learn more about potential Latin American designers they will be bringing to the US. See you all tomorrow!

Maker Spotlight: Oxgut Hose Co.

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Today we are featuring Oxgut Hose Company. An incredible California housewares company that salvages retired firehoses. We cannot wait to see these goods in person at our San Francisco Holiday Market this weekend!Outdoor_Hose_Stack_V1 copy

Each of Oxgut Hose Company’s “exclusive designs with a heroic past” are hand-made using retired fire hose salvaged from U.S. fire departments. While the name Oxgut honors the very first fire hose of Ancient Greece, the designs are fresh and modern—from sleek chairs, to tote bags, colorful floor mats and even wine bottle holders and wall art.

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With the help of Kickstarter LauraLe Wunsch’s dream turned became Oxgut, which works to keep this amazing material out of landfills, incorporating it into beautiful products, exciting both design-minded and eco-conscious individuals. Oxgut even works to give back to the community via The Children’s Burn Foundation.

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Oxgut finds and chooses the most interesting decommissioned fire hose to put into the hands of local designers and artisans, who help give the hose a whole new purpose. They’re always coming up with new ways to integrate the amazing, resilient material into beautiful, hand-made pieces.

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Because of the many color combos and all that the hose has been through, each design is unique and tells a story. On some pieces, original stenciling can still be seen, such as the original San Francisco Fire Dept. “SFFD”. In others, the hose is simply a pristine, gorgeous fabric, backed by a great history.

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Oxgut truly shows the incredible durability and ingenuity of the firehose material. What can you not make out of retired firehoses? We can wait to see the floor mats and Bronson chairs in person!

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We are so excited and thrilled that Oxgut will be bringing their housewares and goods to our San Francisco Holiday Market this weekend! Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, plus browse their collection online so you can prepare yourself for the awesome shopping ahead. See you all soon!

 

The Pricerie at Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco

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Last July at our San Francisco Summer Market, The Pricerie invited RCF vendors to get their products priced and appraised instantly to find out if they had been pricing their goods too low or too high. The gang at The Pricerie has kindly offered their analysis from their interactions with a few of our makers in order to provide some perspective for the upcoming fairs. The good news is, if you missed out on getting your goods appraised last time, The Pricerie will be joining us again this weekend at our San Francisco Holiday Market.

Pricing Therapy at Renegade Craft

Ask makers what’s least fun part about their business, and the verdict will be unanimous: “PRICING!!!”

OK, maybe a close second to doing taxes. Or snagging a parking spot at Fort Mason, the venue of this year’s Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco where we set up an instant appraisal booth to answer all those questions that torment makers.

Here’s the story told through 3 makers. Yetis and Friends, Mac Cutting boards and KLai Brown.

To Kick Things Off

We assembled 10 experts to be on call to appraise items. Experts ranged from owners of speciality stores like Zoel Fages of Perch, or Angela Tsay CEO of Oaklandish. Mixed in were curators at boutique galleries like David Charles of KK Los Angeles. The criteria was that they’ve been around the block enough to judge value. After posting items, makers would get their appraisals within 24 hours.

Let’s begin with our imaginary pals, Yetis and Friends.

The Buyer Vs Maker Mindset

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Cody Williams of Yetis and Friends priced their Yetis based on size and the amount of effort.

Our question: Is that what buyers normally talk about when they look at these furry little trophies?

“Most people say things like it reminds them of their cat.” said Cody.

So we decided to do a test: Would rational variables like size and materials matter in this case? We posted a smaller less expensive Yeti (priced at $100) next to a larger expensive one (priced at $150) and asked the experts for an appraisal.

The results confirmed our hypothesis. The Yetis, both small and large, all came in at over $150. One expert even priced it at $250 and it was the smaller of the two. Despite clarifying in the description that one of them is smaller and easier to make. Our guess is, in this case, buyers are thinking about what would look best perched above the mantle or head board. Not how they were made.

Instead of categorization by tanglible factors, it may help to divvy up by ‘Extinct’ ‘Near Extinct’ or ‘In Captivity’.

The Reflection: For certain products, the story takes precedence over the tangible factors like size and effort.

Makers Gonna Make

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Bart McHale crafts some of the most wonderful, artistic cutting boards with bold patterns and distinctive shapes like surf boards. There’s even a butchers block table built into a vintage singer sewing table. However the prices seemed a bit low for all that originality. The reasoning was Bart wanted to price his items to SELL, since he makes a lot of these boards and inventory starts piling up.

“My wife thinks I should be pricing these for a lot higher. ” Says Bart. ”I agree. But don’t ever tell her I said that.” Um, don’t think that’s really a secret.

Although Bart’s prices did come in a lot higher from all our experts, there’s still the problem that the boards are a lot of work to reload into the van for the drive back home. Perhaps to off load inventory, makers need our own version of the outlet mall. Or get creative with off-season promos.

The Reflection: Finding creative ways to offload excess inventory means less pressure to lower your prices.

The Thing with Perception

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KLAI Brown, makes clay fired cups painted with original whimsy illustrations. Klai priced her cups at $35 across the board. The prices from the experts also came in at around the same price range. At $25-$35.

Only one expert David Charles, from KK Gallery priced it a bit differently.

“In a gallery setting, these would be considered objects you place on the living room display shelf versus the kitchen cabinet,” says David. “They can be sold as a set of three. With the right titles, the illustration can tell a story of a trio of women, each with their own personality. The backstory would count immensely.”

The Reflection: To change perception, change the story and setting.

For every individual, and every item, the approach to pricing differs. You may not be asking the right questions or thinking about it as objectively as you should. That’s the challenge we’re all faced with when making something unique. Everything comes with it’s own measure of value.

That should be part of the fun, right?

We’ll be at the Renegade holiday fair in SF again on Nov 8+9 to continue the appraisal shenanigans with our experts. Details of how you can participate (with limited promo codes) and get your products appraised are all here

 

 

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Vinit is co-founder of The Pricerie and artist partner at junk rescue collective The Whiteout

Maker Spotlight: Misaki Sano

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Today we’re featuring the jewelry of Misaki Sano, who will be bringing her one of a kind jewelry to our San Francisco Holiday Market next weekend! This will be the first time Misaki’s jewelry will be showcased to the public and we are so honored that Renegade Craft Fair gets to be the venue!

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Misaki Sano recently finished her metal arts degree at California College of the Arts. Every piece Misaki creates is one of a kind and stems from an artistic stream of consciousness type of process. There are no strict designs or drafts. Instead, Misaki follows her internal aesthetic guide, replacing the pencil with her metal tools, and “sketches” her designs as she shapes and molds them.  Each piece of jewelry is like a time capsule of how the artist was feeling at the very moment it was created. We are in love with her effortless drawing earrings, which is named perfectly to encapsulate Misaki’s “sketching with metal” process.

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Misaki finds beauty in things that are simple, subtle, asymmetrical, irregular, imperfect, and her work is inspired by those elements. These inspirations are then made tangible, being formed and shaped out of 14K gold and sterling silver, becoming wearable art.

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We love seeing maker’s workspaces and Misaki kindly captured some of her process for us. Isn’t it wonderful seeing materials in their raw form juxtaposed with the final piece? Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Excited for our San Francisco Holiday Market? So are we! Take a look at all of Misaki’s work on her website and what she’s up to on Instagram. And don’t forget to come to our fair at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion this weekend. Only a few days left!

Studio Visit: Biken

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Last summer while we were in California for our Los Angeles Summer Market we had the opportunity to stop by the Biken studio to visit with Ken Sugimoto and learn more about his products and his craft.

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I have been an industrial designer for about 20 years. In this full-time job, I have been designing products for a lot of client companies, however, not for direct users. I have always wanted to make things that I wish existed and sell them directly to the customers. Meanwhile, I sometimes come up with product ideas when I am biking and thinking about bikes. Eventually I decided to try making bike accessories. 

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At first, I thought about making the products with materials like metals and plastics. But I really wanted a way to realize my ideas more directly and quickly, so I got a sewing machine. That was 3 years ago. I named my shop Biken, from Bike + my name “Ken”. After signing up for some shows like bike events, I participated in Chicago Renegade last December. That was Biken’s first Renegade.2014-RCF-Biken-9808

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I think one of the key features of Biken products is ingenuity. All the time I love thinking about the functions and the products that I wish for. I feel a strong attraction to functional products. I am always keeping in mind the idea of incorporating some features and innovations that are user-friendly into the simple design. Biken’s concept is to create products that can go from riding around town, to a cafe, or even to work2014-RCF-Biken-9825

Everything around me inspires me, not any paticular type of thing. I’m inspired even when I’m not riding.
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The materials are chosen carefully for that concept. To realize my idea, I always look for materials from various fields. For example, the rivets on the messenger bag are primarily automotive brake rivets. Besides, I sometimes make the parts for the products by myself if I can’t find them.2014-RCF-Biken-98812014-RCF-Biken-9855
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Thank you, Ken for hosting us at your studio and talking about your craft. You can see the full set of images in our new Studio Visits album on Flickr. Biken will be showcasing their bicycle accessories and clothing to our San Francisco November Market next weekend at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Maker Spotlight: Artifact Skin Co. + GIVEAWAY

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We’ve got a great Maker Spotlight for you today, plus a little surprise! Artifact Skin Co. is heading to San Francisco for our Holiday Market on November 8+9, and we can’t wait to try their masques for ourselves!

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Artifact Skin was founded by Narae Kim and Elie Nehme, both graduates of Architecture and Design at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Narae worked as a cosmetician for a number of years during her studies and could not find any facial masque products out in the marketplace that were healthy, innovative, and beautiful.

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This lack inspired Narae to create masques with unique and purifying ingredients such as rice and papaya extracts, Rhassoul Clay, and more. Thus, Artifact Skin was born.7

Narae and Elie set out to create a line of natural masques that would be based on cultural beauty secrets from around the world. What are the everyday rituals people around the world use to better their skin? What ingredients are they using? The result is a line of facial masques that combine the elements of aroma, memory, place and beauty traditions from across the globe.

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Inspired by memories of her mother pulling ingredients from the kitchen to create healing mixtures that would help with her sunburnt, dry, adolescent skin, Narae created Artifactgirl.com – a weekly blog based on DIY beauty and health tutorials. We love that Narae and Elie not only produce and sell facial masks, but they love to share and educate readers on how to better their skin and wellbeing. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of a homemade coffee body scrub?

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Narae and Elie have created a skincare line that not only utilizes beautiful clays of the earth, tantalizing extracts from fruit, they have also created the most lovely designed packaging – which is why we are so thrilled to be announcing that this holiday season, Renegade Craft is teaming up with vendors from each city for a Holiday Giveaway on Instagram!

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Our makers are in the giving spirit this holiday season! Artifact Skin Co. is kicking off our Holiday Giveaway, offering their Glacial Coast Detox Masque and Brush to one lucky winner on Instagram.

GIVEAWAY INSTRUCTIONS:

– Follow Renegade Craft and Artifact Skin Co. on Instagram.

– Re-gram the Giveaway Picture and tell us why you want to masque using the hashtag #RenegadeGiveaway.

– The Giveaway will run from today, October 29 – Monday November 3. The winner will be announced on Tuesday from the #RenegadeGiveaway collection.

Good luck!

Maker Spotlight: Magszilla

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Our first Holiday Market is just days away, starting on the West Coast in foggy San Francisco. One thing our team has noticed while combing through the applications is that our curated selection of makers continue to create some of the best handmade goods out there. Magszilla is no exception. Based in Pasadena, this husband and wife team will be trekking their wooden products up to San Francisco this November 8+9 to showcase their stunning craftsmanship.

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Magszilla is the joint creation of Margaret and Justin. Working as a graphic design for over 13 years, Margaret yearned for to create tangible products. After receiving scraps of wood, Margaret brainstormed ways in which she could hone her woodworking skills, thus creating a maple wood iPhone stand. After more designs and experiments, Margaret took a leap of faith to dedicate herself full time to MAGSZILLA. Learning through self-taught education and hands-on trial and error experimentation, Margaret has mastered the geometric line and modern design of her wooden craft.

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In contrast to his wife, Justin works part time at MAGSZILLA and also creates an exclusive collection of wooden vases under his Bjorn label. Each vase is one of a kind and blends the storied traditions of Scandinavian wood carving with Ikebana. We love how Margaret’s modern and sleek wooden docks, clocks, and objects are juxtaposed with Justin’s organic and earthly Bjorn vases. Their common love of walnut wood fuses the two very distinct lines of products into a well-rounded collection of goods pleasing those who love both the graphic modern and the natural.

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All MAGSZILLA products are handmade by Margaret and Justin, utilizing conventional power and hand tools, as opposed to CNC machines and laser cutters. Time and care has been put into each piece to achieve high quality products with a human touch. The absence of high powered machinery seems to make MAGSZILLA’S wooden objects all the more visually tactile.

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Margaret and Justin kindly gave us a sneak peek into their Southern California workshop. 
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Don’t you just wish you could have a large studio space with tons of remnant woods at your creative disposable?

process_sandingWe can’t wait to see MAGSZILLA wooden charging stands and Bjorn vases go home with lots of eager shoppers checking off their gift lists at our San Francisco Holiday Market! If you can’t wait to see more MAGSZILLA before November 8+9, you can browse the full collection on the Magszilla website, plus follow them on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on the happenings in their wood shop. See you at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in less than two weeks!

 

The San Francisco November Market is in Two Weeks!

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Hello Everyone! We’re kicking off our Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Tour in the City by the Bay! We’re so excited to be back in San Francisco for our November Holiday Market. This year’s Fair will take place at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion on Saturday, November 8 – Sunday, November 9, 2014. From 11am – 6pm you’ll be able to shop our curated selection of today’s best and brightest indie-craft Makers along with workshops, food and drinks, music, holiday spirit, and much more!

Shoppers will find an array of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair, perfect for checking off Holiday gift lists – ranging from holiday inspired stationery and gift wrap, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and shoes, to eco-friendly furniture, prints and posters, housewares and much more. Preview this year’s line up of 300+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Bring your friends and family to the Festival Pavilion and give the gift of handmade this holiday season! DJs, Nick and Dillon, will be on-hand spinning rock, pop, soul, and holiday tracks all weekend to provide a festive shopping and crafting soundtrack for the fair. Plus, the venue and booths will be adorned with lights, evergreen, and holiday cheer.

Do you get hungry when you shop? Pick up some delicious food from Jicama and Tante’s, plus frozen treats from Post Street Creamery and wine sampling hosted by The Seeker Wine, among other artisan food vendors. Want a little craft education? Spend some time learning about appraising handmade products with The Pricerie. If you’re needing a shopping break, you can rest your tired feet and take comfort at Yellow Leaf Hammocks‘ rest station up in the Mezzanine. Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth and commemorate your visit!

Once you’ve purchased your holiday gifts, you can head over to the Renegade Craft Gift Adornment station to pick up gift tags, toppers, string, and whatever else you might need to spruce up your presents! To make the holiday giving season more convenient for shoppers, Renegade Craft is partnering with Shyp, the easiest way to send things anywhere in the world.

Getting There: Visitors are encouraged walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. You can view the layout of Fort Mason here and route directions to our Fair here.

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Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeSF to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

Renegade Craft is extraordinarily pleased to announce our partnership with Martha Stewart Living, the Official Media Sponsor of Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco and all Renegade 2014 flagship events.

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website,Facebook event, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

The Renegade Craft Fair thanks its San Francisco sponsors:

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