The 15th annual Handmade Arcade is bursting at the seams! This year, the fun starts right away — when a Pop-up Makers Mart greets you in the Convention Center lobby.

New for 2019, students in grades 3-12 will have the unprecedented opportunity to showcase and sell their wares at Handmade Arcade. We’ve partnered with the Real World Scholars’ EdCorps program for a pioneering pop-up project that lets shoppers encourage young makers and entrepreneurs — and come away with unique and affordable gifts made by young makers from around the region!

This is your chance to stock up on stocking stuffers, nab one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, score new home décor and take part in a meaningful experience that will impact local young makers on their business building journeys. With many items in the $5 – $25 price range, Pop-up Makers Mart is a great opportunity for kids to support other kids.

Get ready for …

  • Shameless Audacity: Have fun when you pick up a collapsible ladder game created by Austin Area High School students.
  • Hampton Creates: Shop affordable Pittsburgh- and holiday-themed gifts made by 7th and 8th graders from Hampton Middle School.
  • Northgate Flameworks Studio: Northgate Middle School’s 7th and 8th graders used vinyl cutting, sublimation, CNC design and 3D printing to make cool gifts and decorations.
  • HP Makers Co: Browse mugs, plates, coasters, plaques and keychains created by 5th and 6th graders from Holiday Park Elementary School.
  • The iSH Company: Elizabeth Forward High School students are bringing scrunchies, shirts, drinkware AND the equipment to make you custom drinkware on site!
  • TJ3D: Jefferson Hills Intermediate’s 3rd, 4th and 5th graders have your holiday gift, ornament and cookie cutter needs covered.
  • Phillips Green Machines: Score your stocking stuffers from Phillips Elementary’s 3rd and 4th graders, who have made festive animal and star crayons.
  • The Squad: South Fayette Intermediate’s 3rd, 4th and 5th graders made hot plate trivets and coasters perfect for holiday gifting and entertaining.
  • Golden Oaks: Students from Keystone Oaks High School are bringing pen sets handmade from acrylic, wood and other materials.

Christen Dunn, Program Consultant for Real World Scholars’ EdCorps program, Greater Pittsburgh Region, says, “I hope people will visit the Pop-Up Makers Mart so that they can see how creative and capable students of all ages are to ideate, to make products, to sell them and to impact their community. These students have been working to produce unique products and build their EdCorps businesses, and we hope the community will embrace and encourage them.”

And, she adds, “Their handmade products are amazing, so shoppers can come away with unique items and gifts made by young people.”

We can’t wait for you to see it all in person. See you on Saturday, December 7 for the “shop small, buy local” event of the holiday season!