Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2010

The Renegade Craft Fair took place this weekend in Chicago. Many of my favorite artists and crafters were there again, but this year I decided to showcase some of my favorite items from vendors that hadn’t yet been featured on Making it Lovely. Enjoy!


wooden toys and blocks from Tree Hopper Toys


hooks and clocks from Timber!


paintings of unsuspecting 2009 Renegade shoppers from Ryan Kapp


diagram tea towels from girls can tell


silhouette chalkboards from Despina Papadeas


leather flower necklaces from Lara Collins


bespectacled plushies from Cleo Dee’s


cute onesies and t-shirts from pinecone+chickadee


awesome pop culture finger puppets from abbeychristine


botanical and delicate jewelry from Moira K. Lime


fun play spaces for kids from hip huts

24 Responses to “Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2010”

  1. Nelle September 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Oh, I was so sad to miss the RCF in San Francisco this year so extra special thanks Nicole for bringing it to me via your ‘lovely’ blog! It looks like there were some great talents there this year, hope you had fun!

  2. christine, just bella September 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    Oh, this looks like such a great fair! I love those wooden toys and blocks!

  3. gina September 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    One of the paintings of unsuspecting Renegade 2009 shoppers looks like you!
    The onesies are adorable. Perfect for my boss’ baby-to-be:)

    • Making it Lovely September 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

      I know! I didn’t have red hair then (and I’m back to brunette again now), but I should have bought it and pretended. ;)

      • Jacinta @ modelmumma September 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

        I was going to ask if that painting was you!! hehe.
        Some cool stuff there.

  4. Allie September 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    I thought the same thing as Gina when I saw that painting! :)

  5. christina winters September 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    oh my, mental note to buy one of those tents for sure

  6. Nuit September 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    I LOVE the chalkboard silhouettes!!! and that painting totally looks like you when you had red hair :)

  7. Mandy Ford September 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    I would love to make it to Renegade someday – such lovely things!

  8. Jamie September 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    I’m so jealous – those are some seriously adorable play spaces.

  9. Karly September 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    I’m so very excited for craft fair season in WI this fall. I make it my mission to do my Christmas shopping at them.

    Any chance you have a directory for up coming fairs in the Chicago area, I’d love to plan a day trip!

  10. Your Mother September 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    I kept looking at the painting too – It looks so much like you!

  11. Jessica at Lavender and Lilies September 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    I was in Renegade Handmade and saw the Joan (of Mad Men) fingerpuppet and almost died. They are so cute.

  12. alison September 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    that’s a good fair, i went last year. those onesies are super cute!

  13. Stacie September 13, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    Wow! Renegade sounds like such a blast!! I hope to have a booth there next year!

  14. Christy September 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    I like the chalkboard silhouettes the best. What a fun event! Thanks for sharing :)

  15. Jess September 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Yes, the chalkboard silhouettes is genius! And what is it about onesies that are irresistible????

  16. meryl rose September 14, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    I LOVE Renegade here in the Bay Area, and this year I got to participate in the one in SF, it was AWESOME!

  17. lara September 14, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    thank you so much for including my leather necklace! i’m thrilled!

  18. MomnivoresDilemma September 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    I’m the shopper on the far left. LOL.

    Took my son in the rain on Saturday. Good times. Best idea I saw there was using old VHS tapes for canvas.

    Love it. I hope to have my wares there in the next few years.

  19. sara girlscantell September 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    aw, thanks for including my work in this bunch of awesomeness! xo! this weekend in chicago was such a blast!

  20. Abbey September 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    These are such great picks! Thanks for including my puppets in the mix!!

  21. Cosmpolitan Kid September 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    This looks like an awesome craft fair. I think I could have finished my Christmas shopping there.

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