Handmade Arcade (HA), founded in 2004, is Pittsburgh's first and largest independent craft fair. Now in its twelfth year, HA brings young, innovative crafters and progressive do-it-yourself designers to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on December 5, 2015 to sell, their handmade, locally produced, and offbeat wares at a bustling marketplace. HA is highly anticipated event that attracts more than 9,000 attendees in one day. HA provides craftspeople and artists working outside mainstream and fine arts sectors with a grassroots, high-visibility venue to sell wares, build community, network and share their artistic practice.
Handmade Arcade is run by a collective of creative Pittsburghers who have helped to shape and bolster Pittsburgh's independent craft scene over the past nine years. The group's founders who, along with new volunteers, still run the event today were inspired to organize a craft fair of Pittsburgh's own that would tap into a national movement and provide a welcoming venue for artists and shoppers to come together. Handmade Arcade's growth has coincided with the international resurgence of crafting, as new generations are reclaiming and reinventing craft materials and methods.