8 Great Tips For Oakland Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival

Patchwork Show Oakland Oakland Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival. May 10, 2015.

 Head over to Oakland’s Jack London Square for Oakland Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival. This bi-annual makers festival showcases 130 art/craft/design vendors along with artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks, and live music.

Free admission! Family friendly!

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Tips for SFMade Week 2015

SFMade Week 2015Tips for SFMade Week 2015. May 4-10, 2015.

SFMade Week 2015 celebrates San Francisco’s vibrant local maker scene with over 60 events at local factories and retailers.

This is your chance to tour local factories, participate in demos, attend shopping events, and enjoy tastings from San Francisco’s independent wineries, breweries, and artisan food purveyors.

Many events are FREE. Factory tours are $5. Plus get special SFMade Week discounts and deals on high quality SFMade merch.

Consider this the perfect opportunity to discover locally made products, the people who make them, and where to buy them.

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Shop Urban Air Market: Hayes Valley Spring 2015

Urban Air Market Hayes VallyUrban Air Market: Hayes Valley Spring 2015. May 3, 2015.

Urban Air Market: Hayes Valley Spring 2015 is plein air shopping with over 130 independent designers and artists as well as local musicians, live art, a wellness pop-up, and more.

Shop all things local from apparel and accessories, to home goods and body products.

Think perfect antidote to big box, mass-produced retail ennui.

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Hooray for California Bookstore Day

California Bookstore DayCalifornia Bookstore Day. May 2, 2015.

Bibliophiles of all ages, put California Bookstore Day on your must-do list. Independent bookstores all around the Bay Area are celebrating California Bookstore Day with author readings, book signings, famous illustrators, writing sessions, storytelling, contests, and even famous author assisted dating profile edits(!)

Plus, all the bookstores will offer special collectibles created for California Bookstore Day.

And if that isn’t enough for lovers of the written word, Saturday is also Free Comic Book Day.  Read on.

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East Bay| 2 Warehouse Sales | 2 Open Studios

wowEast Bay| 2 Warehouse Sales | 2 Open Studios. May 2-3, 2015.

Just in time for Mother’s Day (May 10), wedding season, and graduations, they are baaaack. Hit the East Bay to shop:

  • Kiss That Frog’s Spring Warehouse Sale;
  • Goody Goody’s Spring Warehouse Sale;
  • Pizzichillo & Gordon’s Spring Art Glass Studio Sale; and
  • the Benicia Open Studios.

The Bay Area is bursting with warehouse sales and open studios so get ready to make some calculated choices because it is practically impossible to make all these sales. I wish they would spread them out more but my wish is no one’s command. Darn.

Helpful hint: check the websites – it will help narrow your options. Whatever you choose, happy deal tracking!

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Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale 2015

Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale 2015Bel Marin Keys Spring Warehouse Sale. May 1-2, 2015.

Eleven manufacturers, importers, and merchants will open their warehouses to the public for two shopping-filled days.

Purchase at steep discounts home accessories, kitchenware, picture frames, wine, jewelry, clothes, furniture, personal care products, and more.

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8 Tips for SFMOMA Artists Gallery Benefit Sale

SFMOMA Artists Gallery Benefit SaleSFMOMA Artists Gallery Benefit Sale. April 29 – May 3, 2015.

The SFMOMA Artists Gallery Benefit Sale makes Bay Area contemporary art accessible to both new and seasoned collectors. Shop hundreds of artworks in various styles by a range of local artists. Prices are discounted up to 50 percent off the gallery’s regular retail.

Bonus: proceeds from this extraordinary five-day art sale benefit the participating artists, the Artists Gallery, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s exhibitions and programs.

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Heath Ceramics Seconds Sale

heath cermaics Seconds SaleHeath Ceramics Seconds Sale. May 1-3, 2015.

Mark your calendar for Heath Ceramics seconds sale. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on slightly less than perfect Heath dinnerware, bud vases, and serving pieces. Prices are slashed an additional 20% off all Heath seconds and overstock tile (a savings of up to 40% off first quality retail prices)

Plus save up to 50% off retail select linens, books, and more.

Prepare to experience bowl, plate, and cup joy.

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Adela Mei + Min Edition Spring Warehouse Sale

Adela Mei Warehouse SaleAdela Mei + Min Edition Spring Warehouse Sale. Now through April 26, 2015.

Fave online petite fashion sites, Adela Mei Boutique and Min Edition, are joining to host a pop-up shop.

This is the perfect opportunity to update your spring wardrobe with petite-friendly clothes from Min Edition, Cameo, Keepsake, Joa, and more.

Save up to 90% retail prices.

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How Weird Street Faire 2015 Kicks Off the Festival Season

howweird-logo-trippy6How Weird Street Faire. April 26, 2015.

Sunday is the 16th annual How Weird Street Faire – a sensational spectacle of art, music, and creativity.

More laid back than Bay to Breakers, more weird than Carnival, less crowded than Love Fest, rated G relative to the Folsom Street Fair, and more unexpected than the Haight, Fillmore or Union Street Fairs, the How Weird Street Faire is truly in a class by itself.

Dust off your Halloween costume and experience the fun, feel the magic and be weird. Or just be a looky-loo. Either way the How Weird Street Faire is a great kickoff to the festival season. Bring it on!

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