Renegade Handmade Is Closing Its Doors!

Hello to our lovely customers and friends,

We at Renegade Handmade have some good news, and some sad news to share with you in 2012:

The Renegade Handmade staff is sad to announce that the store is closing its doors for good on January 31st. We opened shop in 2007 as an extension of the Renegade Craft Fair, which at the time happened three times per year in two cities. Since then, the fair has grown exponentially and we are now planning eleven fairs in six cities, including one fair overseas. Unfortunately being away from the store so much of the year (traveling with the fairs, scouting venues, etc.) we had to make a hard decision.

The good news is, the ever expanding Renegade Craft Fair will be better than EVER! Expect lots of fun projects in the future from the Renegade Gang! Think highly curated pop-up shops and out of this world workshops!

Renegade Handmade has been a huge success as a brick + mortar store, thanks to our incredibly supportive artists, customers and fans. You all made this shop amazing, and we can’t thank you enough for your support. Please continue to support these amazing artists (and Renegade) by spreading the word about the Renegade Craft Fairs in Austin, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Los Angles, Chicago and London, UK.

Renegade Handmade will be having a huge in-store and online sale this month so please stop by and say hello/goodbye one last time (or a bunch of times!)  We also have a bunch of store fixtures and supplies, including handmade t-shirt racks, card racks, large tables,  cool vintage display items, ETC. ETC. If you know anyone that’s opening a store, or if you’re a store owner yourself please consider stopping by to check out our displays/supplies.

Again, we have a ton of amazing handmade goods left in the shop! Stop by soon, before it’s all gone!

Thank you again for your support, we love all of you!

The Renegade Handmade Gang, 

Sue, Mat, Madelon, Kevin, Meg, Jackie, Sarah and Justin




Window Shopping!

It’s already December 1st, so you better get shopping!  We’ve added new items to our Holiday Shop such as cards, wrapping paper, ornaments, and tons of amazing handmade gifts!



We just did our window display for the holiday season and are so excited to be entering the Do-Division Window Decorating contest!  Vote for us at:  Or click on the image below!  Thanks!


Knit & Weave

The cold weather is moving in and we just got some new hand-knit and hand-woven scarves, hats, cowls, and bandanas in from APORTA!  Check out what’s in stock on our website to stay warm!

Looking to knit up a new scarf or mittens?  Peace Fleece sent us some AMAZING  hand-dyed and hand-spun skeins of yarn!  All skeins are 75% Merino Wool and 25% Mohair, just the right blend for soft winter apparel!


THURSDAY: TimeOut + Gilt City present “Shop Chicago!”


THURSDAY (Nov. 17th 2011): TimeOut + Gilt City present “Shop Chicago!”

Renegade will be slinging handmade wares this Thursday evening (5-10pm) at Salvage One! This is a one night event, not to be missed! Stock up on gifts there and receive a 10% off coupon for any one item at the brick and mortar store! Tickets are $15 (Gilt City members can get a select rate while supplies last) and include complimentary drinks and beats from one of Chicago’s top DJs. Advance tickets can be purchased here> If you’re a Gilt City member discounted tickets can be purchased here!>

Come check out all the amazing nominated TOC shops that will be vending alongside Renegade! Including>  Cities in Dust, Cram, D/Vision Optical, Eskell, FoundRe,
Fresh & Proper, H20 Plus, Labrabbit Optics, Mineralogy, Pavilion Antiques,
Psychobaby, Randolph Street Market, Renegade Craft Fair, Seek Vintage, Shades of
Grey, ShopColumbia, Shrine, Spare Parts, Stitch, Suitor, Trillium, Unison and more!

Salvage One is located at 1840 W. Hubbard, near the intersection of Damen and Grand Avenue. See you there!

Spotlight: Debbie Carlos

This month the Spotlight Series presents: Debbie Carlos.

The Renegade Gang created an awesome, autumnal backdrop for Debbie’s work.

Amazing what a few maple tree branches, some gnarled logs, and Debbie’s beautiful prints can do!

We have dozens of prints in the shop, ready for you to take home.

Debbie Carlos’s photography explores the idea of nature both in its natural and imitated forms, and her prints, which come in various sizes, are certain to bring life to any room. To read more about Debbie and her work, click here.

Spotlight: Hey, It’s Matthew

This month the Spotlight Series presents: Hey, It’s Matthew… Hoffman.

Matthew installing his work (all hand-cut and made of wood).

The thumbs up describes it all!

Gravestones add just the right amount of spooky for October.

Stop by the shop and check out the awesome display.

Hey, It’s Matthew is one of several projects that Matthew Hoffman has created in order to exhibit and display his work in various ways.  His recent products include quirky clocks, paper cut-outs and more. All can be seen in the shop and on our online store as well. Read more here!

Spotlight: Cursive Design

This month the Spotlight Series presents: Sarah of Cursive Design!

We let Sarah take the reins and she came through with the coolest, biggest versions of her jewelry!


Hand painted Cursive logo.


Painted paper collection for displays around the shop!



Original “Color Theory” Necklace with it’s larger painted cardboard installation.


Read more about Sarah and her work here!

New around the shop!!! + Dress like your co-worker day

Reclaimed barn wood frames and birdhouses from the very talented Eric Erf (soon to be in our online shop). A pillow and wall hanging made by the incredible Meg Stevens of White Nest (she’s our newest store employee!!!) Felt wall hangings by the amazing Sue Daly, a small print mounted on wood by the lovely Jill Bliss, and last but certainly not least a “Split Pod” vase by the very excellent Whitney Smith.

Have you seen these clocks? They’re awesome! Mat and Sue Daly of Black Forest Works have been making these puppies all Summer and they just keep getting better! (they were in our online shop, but our server is being a bit wonky right now) The dress is by the lovely Field Day, and the necklace is by Cursive, who also happens to be really cool.

It’s dress like your co-worker day at Renegade Handmade! Madelon’s name was drawn yesterday and Sara W. and Sarah S. BROUGHT IT. Above: Hand drawn tattoos. Which one is the real one….hmmm? (HINT: It’s the one in the middle.)

RCF’s trial run of “Dress Like Your Coworker Day” is a success! A smelly, beaded, tousled, braided, blushing success. Hmm which ones the REAL Madelon? (HINT: It’s the one in the middle.)

Sue, Mat, Justin, Ali, Meg, Kevin, Sara and Sarah: YOU’RE NEXT!!!!