It was pure luck that one of the Instagram accounts I follow mentioned the Renegade Craft Fair being in New York at the time that I was there, and when I looked it up it sounded interesting. Held in different cities in the US(as well as in London), the Fair was being held at the Metropolitan Pavillion which is a large hall in the Chelsea area, over two days during the weekend.
I hadn't ever been to an independent craftist fair in the US, and being a huge fan of markets, I couldn't wait to visit.
With what seemed like hundreds of exhibitors, the fair hosts artists and artisans, mainly from the New York area (high Brooklyn concentration), with products ranging from paintings to organic baby clothes.
A lot of the stalls' products had a very rustic and earthy feel, made with natural materials and promoting sustainability. Beauty products with natural ingredients, candles, several stalls with products made of wood, and a number of clothing and fabric-based products.
With Christmas just around the corner, many of the fair visitors were shopping for the holidays, and there were loads of suitable items- mainly for the home, like natural wood cutting boards, pottery dishware, throws and more.
Clothing and jewelry stands were also quite prominent; a lot of handmade gold plated jewelry, and a few stands selling lovely shawls and knitted clothing.
I went on the first day just a couple of hours after the opening, and Martha Stewart was making an appearance (long line to see her though so I didn't wait). In the middle of the hall they also had a crafting area where kids (and adults) could have their go at different stations to make things.
There were also a few food stalls- selling everything from soup to apple cider doughnuts, but with a long list of places to eat in the city, I couldn't try anything here :(
I loved the atmosphere at the fair- as crowded and tight as it was, the business owners were all really friendly and happy to just talk about their trade whether you were buying or not- it was a very homey environment with holiday shoppers looking to buy products that they couldn't find anywhere else from small businesses.Information: Follow @renegadecraft on instagram or check out the Fair website for details on where they will be next!