On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a local craft fair...yep, that's right, a local fair! I am such a big fan of Renegade LA (which is coming up next weekend!) and all the artists that I see there but I am all about local too. The Sew Funky Marketplace was held at the Marriott in downtown Riverside and I am so glad I got to attend before I had to slip off to work. It was so nice to meet people in my area who love Etsy, handmade, and vintage as much as I do. I met some fabulous new friends and purchased some cute handmade and vintage goodies. For all you local (SoCal, Inland Empire) readers out there, I'm sorry I didn't post about this fair sooner, as in before it actually happened. Please forgive me, I don't know what I was thinking. Sew Funky should be back in the fall so I promise to let everyone know before that event and maybe some of my readers could join me for a day of craft fairing.
I snapped a few pictures at the event but I'm afraid they didn't turn out too well. Because the event was held inside, the lighting in the pictures is very bad, super yellow. And these few pictures represent just some of the cute displays and booths that were there. Check out the Sew Funky blog for updated pictures from the fair.
It wouldn't be a craft fair without some cute bunting!
The sweet sign for Rachel's Vintage Moments. I enjoyed meeting and chatting with Rachel who has some awesome finds. One of her specialties is vintage purses and she had so many great ones on display. A couple definitely caught my eye.
More of Rachel's booth on the left, you can see a few of her clutches in the drawer there. She shared her space with Jenn of Love, Jennevy who crafts cute, whimsical jewelry. Their display was a favorite of mine. The jewelry and vintage items paired perfectly together. It was such a pleasure meeting both of these lovely ladies.
On the right is the leatherwork of Justin Deines (or here on Etsy), a super talented leather craftsman. He had set up shop and was doing personalized orders right there on the spot. More of his work in a minute...
So are you interested in what I got? I could not leave without purchasing a few goodies from the talented Janee of Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard. Her stuff was so adorable and I loved talking with her (her super sweet husband was their too, helping to spread the word about his talented wife!).
Yep, I got a stuffed whale! As I told Janee, a stuffed whale isn't necessarily something I need but those polka dots were too cute to pass up. And the cards were made from rubber stamps she carved herself. Very ocean-themed now that I look at it. Be sure to check out Janee's shop because she has a lot of great stuff in there...I wanted to buy more but I was on a budget so I had to refrain. She has a blog too which I will be perusing more in depth later today.
Janee also had some vintage prints so I snagged this one, a transit guide of New York City. I think I'll just hang it as a print in my room. I'm getting in the New York spirit in preparation for my trip there in a few weeks...oh wait, have I mentioned that yet? Yep, I'll be visiting NYC soon but more on that another day.
I bought an old book notebook from the Hello Bird and Ultra Lounge booth. I was excited to meet both of these ladies. They each have a space at a local antique mall (the Redlands Galleria) and I have bought items from them before. They always find great retro stuff. These notebooks were something new and I couldn't walk away from this one. I love the colors on the cover. I have a thing for little notebooks, basically I can never get enough.
And finally, what I got from Justin Deines. He was selling these key necklaces and you could choose which old key you wanted. But I customized mine even more and got this leather feather too. He was so nice to accommodate and he made the necklace up for me right there. I also loved his simple packaging and he included a feather key chain as an extra bonus!
So I think I did pretty well at the fair. Definitely check out some of these artist's sites. Everyone was so nice and talented and I was so glad to meet some local creatives. I look forward to the fair in the fall and just maybe I will be a part of it too. Happy Monday!