Category Archives: Festivals & Fairs

Finish Your Holiday Shopping Before Thanksgiving @ West Coast Craft Winter 2017

West Coast Craft Winter 2017.November 18 + 19, 2017. 

West Coast Craft Winter 2017 features 250+ juried artists showcasing high-quality, unique, goods with a West Coast vibe. Think bold, innovative design.

Shop for: home decor, ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, jewelry, body products, artisanal food, pet products, & more.

If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift or something for yourself (!) put West Coast Craft on your weekend fun list.

 FREE Admission.

Public Service Announcement:  As you may have noticed, this is warehouse/sample sale and holiday fair season. Keep checking Deal Tracker SF for upcoming sales and other happenings.

Tips worth repeating: check the websites before going; go early for the best selection; pick a city and go to the sales in that city; bring a bag; bring cash for when credit cards are not accepted; and bring a friend. Because we have so many sales at the same time strategic planning is a must. If a sale looks interesting make sure you put it on your calendar. Most of these sales are only a day or two and only come around once or twice a year. Keep checking for sale updates!

Happy Deal Tracking!

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Last Call for Bay Area Bead Extravaganza

Last Call for Bay Area Bead Extravaganza.November 4 + 5, 2017

This is the last call for Bay Area Bead Extravaganza (“BABE”). The organizers are retiring and this gem is having its final show. Sigh.

BABE features over 120 juried exhibitors, including studio glass, silver, stone and polymer clay bead artists. Find handcrafted beads from varied and interesting material as well as independent dealers rarely seen elsewhere. Plus free demos and affordable classes.

Whether you are a jewelry maker, collector, designer, novice, or pro, put this event on your calendar. And keep your calendar handy. The first few weeks of November has a lot of warehouse sales, sample sales, and gift fairs.

Let the deal tracking begin.

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You Will Want to Leave The City For Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017

Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017. September 2, 3 + 4, 2017

Fall is approaching and with it the end of the fair/festival season. But it’s not over yet.

Nestled in a redwood forest with some of the finest handmade arts and crafts on the West Coast, Kings Mountain Art Fair 2017 is a lot like the grand finale at the 4th of July fireworks extravaganza – one last magnificent burst of wow before it all fades away.

Take a ride up the mountain and see first hand why the Art Fair SourceBook declared the Kings Mountain Art Fair the #1 Fine Arts Fair in Northern California (and maybe feel a little smug knowing there is an Art Fair SourceBook.)

Free admission.

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10 Tips For Renegade Craft Fair Summer 2017

Renegade Craft Fair Summer 2017. July  15 +16, 2017.

San Francisco’s Renegade Craft Fair Summer 2017 is a curated indie-craft marketplace celebrating all things handmade.

Find 300+ makers selling unique art, jewelry, ceramics, paper products, clothing, body products, home decor, artisanal foods, and more. Plus enjoy: DIY activities and workshops; a photo booth; a DJ; a full bar and delicious eats.

This fair might not fit the dictionary’s definition of  “renegade”  but the Renegade Craft Fair is definitely not your Mother’s craft fair. But do bring her because there is something for everyone.

Free admission!

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Shop Urban Air Market Oakland Pop Up

Urban Air Market Oakland. Sunday, July 16, 2017

Urban Air Market Oakland is plein air shopping with over 100 independent designers and artists as well as local musicians, good eats, and more.

Shop local and sustainable apparel, accessories, home goods, art, and body products. Think perfect antidote to big box, mass-produced retail ennui.

Free admission.

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6 Tips For Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival Spring 2017

Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival Spring 2017. June 24, 2017 

Mark your calendar for the fab Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival Spring 2017.

This bi-annual juried makers festival showcases 150+ local art/craft/design vendors along with artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks, and live music. Think love child of Etsy and Pinterest.

Free admission! Family friendly! Pet friendly!

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8 Tips: San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair Winter 2017

San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair Winter 2017. January 7 + 8, 2017.

Treasure hunters, prepare to be wowed at the San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair Winter 2017.  This is your chance to step back in time and score some great deals on all types of curious, fun, and beautiful ephemera.

Find every price range from real vintage postcards for under a buck to original advertising posters for serious scratch.

If you are a history buff, antique hunter, retro-revivalists, collector,or decorator put the San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair Winter 2017 on your weekend must-do list.

Free admission and free appraisals.

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Shop Totally Local: SFMade Holiday Gift Fair 2016

SF Made Holiday Fair

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair 2016. December 18, 2016.

Now in its 6th year you can’t get more San Francisco than the SFMade Holiday Gift Fair 2016 where everything on sale is certifiably made in San Francisco.

Find a curated selection of original jewelry, bags, gourmet gifts, home items, apparel, body products, children’s toys, holiday cards and decoration, stationery, and San Francisco themed everything. Plus, the SFMade Holiday Gift Fair 2016 takes place a the California College of the arts so shoppers can purchase artwork from CCA students.

Tick tock. For better or for worse, time is running out on holiday shopping. So if you still have shopping on your agenda beeline to the SFMade Holiday Gift Fair 2016.  Continue reading

6 Tips For Vintage Paper Fair Fall 2016

vintage-paper-fair-fall-2016San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair Fall 2016. Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Treasure hunters, prepare to be wowed at the San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair Fall 2016.  This is your chance to step back in time and score some great deals on all types of curious, fun, and beautiful ephemera.

Find every price range from real vintage postcards for a quarter to original advertising posters for serious scratch.

Free admission and free appraisals.

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7 Tips for Urban Air Market Hayes Valley Fall 2016

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Urban Air Market Hayes Valley Fall 2016. Sunday, September 18, 2016

Urban Air Market Hayes Valley Fall 2016 is plein air shopping with over 130 independent designers and artists as well as local musicians, good eats, and more.

Shop local and sustainable apparel, accessories, home goods, art, and body products. Think perfect antidote to big box, mass-produced retail ennui.

Free admission.

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