Indie Craft Parade. Who knew three little words could make a girl so giddy? (Well, in addition to those other three little words…)
I haven’t been able to attend for the past couple of years, so I was crazy-excited to check it out this time around. Instead of waiting until the weekend, however, my ladies and I (The Bad Pennies) hit up the VIP event beforehand. Drinks in hand, we entered the shopper’s paradise called Indie Craft Parade– Greenville, South Carolina’s premier festival for handmade arts and crafts.
Eighty artists waited for us- their booths set up, their wares beckoning to us- and our shopping will power melted away. Functional, obtainable, locally crafted art from corner to corner- it was a bounty of makers and I was in heaven.
I made several laps. I had to- it was sensory overload in a blissful way, and I needed to swing by each vendor several times.
And of course…I found some new favorites…
Want to meet them?
Truth be told, I’ve been a Hawks and Doves fan for nearly a year. H&D specializes in creating amazing bags- totes and large purses- using salvaged feed sacks and other vintage linens. I bought my first H&D bag at Crafty Feast 2013, and it’s been my favorite, go-to tote ever since. And I swear, I get more compliments on it! So of course I had to make another purchase…
Stay tuned… I will be spotlighting Hawks and Doves later this season!
Quill & Arrow Press was a new find for me this year. They hail from Asheville, North Carolina and do all things paper- letterpress printing, book binding, calligraphy, etc. I was completely enamored with their leather-bound journals, bound using salvage notecards, maps, and all kinds of fascinating paper ephemera. I’m kicking myself for not picking one up and using it as a Sadie “idea” journal… definitely next time!
Muncle Fred Art- First of all, how fun is that name?? So, MFA is a felt florist…and she is amazing!! Her booth was abloom in color…and you could create your own bouquet of felt flowers in a pretty glass bottle. Plus there were felt flowers for your hair… your lapel…garlands for, well, everywhere. I love me a good felt project, but MFA is a true felt artist!
After I bought some amazing Harvest Spice Honey (honey infused with a magical combination of organic spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and vanilla bean…OH MY GOSH!) from Everyday Eclectic, I was dazzled by the sign collection of their neighboring booth, Pixels and Wood. Sometimes, you are just drawn to clever words or sayings that vibrate within you… and that’s what I found at Pixels and Wood. I purchased one of their gorgeous wood signs, and I can’t begin to articulate how hard I am loving it.
So here’s the skinny- I am psychotically attracted to miniatures. If you make anything dollhouse-sized, I’m going to gravitate to it like a heat-seeking missile. So, when I came up to A Bohemian Bazaar’s booth, I was so enraptured by the miniature DELIGHTS that I forgot to take a booth photo. So, do yourself a favor and check out this Facebook album of Autumn/Halloween minis and you will squeal. I had to get myself a little jack-o-lantern…and took a photo of him for you with a wine cork for scale.
Last but not least, The Silver Pixel. He had some COOL jewelry- and ya’ll know I can’t resist interesting accessories! Blake Smith has been working on tintype for a long time and just recently transitioned this skill into jewelry-making. Intrigued? Well, stay tuned…he’ll be getting an Etsy shop up and running soon.
All in all, it was another AMAZING event with a fantastic turn-out (thank you, Greenville!). I love my purchases… I loved meeting new artists to support and follow… it was a fun night out with my girls… and I’m already looking forward to the next event!
Shine (and Shop) on!