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Handmade Arcade is Pittsburgh’s premiere holiday gift marketplace with 10,000+ attendees in 2019  and 23,000+ visits to the virtual marketplace in 2020. Participating makers have reported unbelievable sales, not to mention the benefit of exposure to an audience who understands the ethos of shopping local and handmade.

Makers can apply to participate in the virtual market, the in-person market, or BOTH.

Visit our Vendor Info page for everything you need to know about booth fees and sizes, the virtual marketplace, and more.


Event Details: 

Three Day Virtual Marketplace:

Saturday, November 27 – Monday, November 29 / Small Business Saturday through Cyber Monday

  • Over 23,000 visits to the virtual marketplace in 2020
  • Makers without an e-commerce site SHOULD apply. Handmade Arcade will work with you to participate in the virtual marketplace.

Two Day In-Person Marketplace:

Friday, December 3 – Saturday, December 4 / David L. Lawrence Convention Center

  • Over 10,000 attendees in 2019
  • Raffles, hands-on demonstrations with Grab & Go craft kits, DJs, and more.
  • New this year! Vendors are required to participate in the Friday night preview party.

IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION:

  • $20 application fee (non-refundable)*
  • Open on Monday,  June 21, 2021
  • Close on August 13, 2021, at 11:59 PM (EST) Late applications will not be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Application notifications will be EMAILED on Monday, September 13, 2021.

*If the application fee presents a barrier to participation, visit our application fee assistance form to receive a coupon. Handmade Arcade is committed to making sure all makers have an opportunity to apply.


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When:

November 27 - November 29

Virtual Schedule:

September – October

Handmade Arcade will provide makers with access to their maker curriculum and instructional videos to prepare them for the virtual marketplace.

Makers without an e-commerce site are encouraged to apply. Handmade Arcade will work with accepted makers to help them get ready to participate in a virtual event.

November

Makers will be able to access and populate their maker page on the virtual site. Accepted makers will receive a personalized log-in and password.

Virtual Maker Event opportunities to be announced.

In-Person Schedule:

Friday, December 3 

  • 12 – 4 PM: Vendor load-in and set-up
  • 5 – 7:30 PM: Happy Hour Preview Party
    • Avoid the crowds and shop early!
    • Ticketed event with limited attendees

Saturday, December 4

  • 9 AM: Vendors must be at their booths
  • 10 AM – 11 AM: Early Birdie shopping hour
    • Avoid the crowds and shop early!
    • Ticketed event with limited attendees
  • 11 AM – 7 PM: General Admission (Free)