vagabond indie craft fair 2013 is here!!!

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we’re so excited to be hosting vagabond indie craft fair for the 4th year in a row in our backyard! we have a great selection of vendors this year from all over the bay area – from monterey to marin!

we’ll be sipping warm holiday beverages & shopping in a wintery wonderland on saturday and sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. we’re even offering to wrap your purchases made at the fair and in the show for free at our gift wrapping table in the front of the store!

come out this weekend and shop local artists while sipping festive drinks and crossing names off your lists!

if you’re interesting in the vendors we’ll be featuring, check out the list in the right-hand sidebar! make sure to note which day your favorite artists are showcasing their work, as we are featuring different vendors throughout the weekend!


You’re invited… December 8th & 9th!

Come one, come all, to the Holiday Vagabond Indie Craft Fair!

Vagabond Indie Craft FairSat. & Sun., December 8th & 9th, 2012

1371 9th Ave., San Francisco


We had so many AMAZING local artist and craftspeople to pick from- thanks to everyone who applied! After much wringing-of-hands, we were able to narrow it down to a really great, select group of talented Bay Area folks for this year’s holiday Vagabond Indie Craft Fair. Check out the column on the right for a list (with links to their websites!) or the vendors for each day! And start “window shopping” for the items you might want to purchase from them as gifts at Vagabond.

Also, a HUGE THANKS to the SF Etsy Team (especially Katy Atchison) for all their help organizing this year’s Vagabond. As usual, they are co-hosting the event. In addition to the bake sale they do each year, to raise funds for the SF Etsy team to help continue connecting local indie craft & art business owners, they’ll also be sponsoring a FREE CRAFT TABLE! So you can purchase locally made gifts, and perhaps make a few of your own as well.

Vagabond will also boast a warm drink station, so you can sip on something to warm you up while you browse all the goodies we’ll have to offer. So come on out, support your local craftsperson, and please invite your friends to the VAGABOND INDIE CRAFT FAIR, Dec. 8th & 9th!

Apply for the Holiday Vagabond Indie Craft Fair!

It’s official: You can now apply to sell your handcrafted wares at this year’s Holiday Vagabond Indie Craft Fair!

Apply here!

This year’s event, as always, is co-hosted by the amazing SF Etsy Team. It will be held on Saturday & Sunday, December 8th & 9th, from 12-6:30pm. The application period is through October 20th, so apply soon!

Patchwork Indie Festival Accepting Applications

The lovely ladies behind the Patchwork Indie Arts & Craft Festival asked us to spread the word… they’re putting on a holiday show in Oakland this year and they’re looking for applicants! This should be an awesome event, and applications are due by September 10th, so hurry up and apply already!


We’d like to invite bay area makers to apply for PATCHWORK INDIE ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL’S northern california debut in OAKLAND, ca this HOLIDAY/NOVEMBER 2012.
PATCHWORK has been attracting awesome indie vendors and strong crowds at our three southern california locations for the past six years. when patchwork co-founder nicole stevenson moved to the bay area we knew it was time to bring the patchwork goodness to northern california. the holiday 2012 season will mark our 20th show and we’ve partnered with some lovely local businesses including our venue, jack london square to put on an amazing event. patchwork features indie artists, designers & makers, artisan eats, food trucks, indie music and DIY crafting. please note that our vendors are selected by a jury after the applications are received. as makers and small business owners ourselves, patchwork creators DELILAH SNELL & NICOLE STEVENSON (random nicole) seek to build upon the handmade community by offering makers an affordable venue to show their goods, network and build their businesses and also produce CRAFTCATION: INDIE BUSINESS & DIY CRAFT CONFERENCE.
want to know more?
check out some photos from our spring 2012 santa ana show here.

join our vendor mailing list here

info on applying & download applications here (APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MAIL SEPTEMBER 10th) 
general patchwork info here
northern california show info:
patchwork indie art & craft festival oakland
sunday november 18th 2012 11-5pm
jack london square
southern california holiday shows:
patchwork culver city nov 4th

patchwork long beach nov 11th

patchwork santa ana nov 25th

Sunday Sewing!

Improv Sewing Demo: Make & Take a Stitched Vase or Votive

Improv Sewing Free DemoOn Sunday May 6th, as part of the Vagabond Indie Craft Fair, Nicole Blum will be joining us and offering free sewing demos & workshops! She recently co-authored the book Improv Sewing with Debra Immergut, and copies of the book will be for sale.

The sewing world is about to go improv! Discover how to have more fun with your sewing machine in this free demo/workshop. Learn the addictive art of sketching with thread — an easy technique for embellishing inexpensive solid fabrics and adding a ton of personal style to your sewn projects. Take home a beautiful votive/vase for your home. Fabric is free–small charge for votive jar. Beginners welcome!

Nicole and Debra are the authors of the just-published book Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques; 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains and More.  Nicole is an artist, crafter, blogger, and sewing entrepreneur who sells her sewn jersey creations through her blog, One Golden Apple, and at craft fairs. Debra is a writer and content packager, and senior editor at FamilyFun magazine. She blogs with Nicole Blum at Improv Diary.

Head over to URBAN BAZAAR on Saturday &  Sunday, May 5th & 6th, for the Vagabond Indie Craft Fair! Noon-7pm.

1371 9th Ave, San Francisco


Saturday Freebie: The Creative Giraffe

We’re always trying to bring you fun freebies at Vagabond. This time around, we stumbled upon a really unique opportunity…

… free mini life coaching sessions with The Creative Giraffe!

Ellen Ercolini is dead-set on helping you find some simple solutions to whatever’s been nagging at you. Got a burning question? An awkward situation? A dream you’re ready to realize? She’s here to help! Ellen specializes in finding simple solutions to overwhelming challenges, and enabling you to un-cork your awesome. She’ll be offering totally free 10 minute question and answer sessions with her, so make sure you bring something good to talk about.  You can learn more about her at


She’ll also be selling her unique booklet, Make Any Decision (quickly and easily), a clear, easy to use, interactive booklet that effortlessly guides you through making your decision.  The gorgeous design and inspirational, meaningful content creates a delightful decision making experience. You’ll go from stressing out to celebrating in no time.

Vagabond Craft Fair goers will also have the opportunity to purchase her digital toolkits Un-Complicate Your Love Life and Get Paid What Your Worth at a discounted rate.


To find Ellen, and all the other amazing stuff we have to offer at this Spring’s Vagabond Indie Craft Fair, come on down to URBAN BAZAAR at 1371 9th Ave, San Francisco on May 5th & 6th, noon-7pm!

Vagabond’s New Look

To coincide with the exciting announcement about our vendor lineup, the Vagabond Indie Craft Fair got a bit of a makeover! Thanks to amazing SF graphic designer Annette White, we’ve updated our look….

Vagabond Indie Craft Fair

We’ll have some awesome buttons with the Vagabond girl, Vagabond logo, and some other cute designs– all free for you to make when you come to Vagabond Indie Craft Fair on May 5th and 6th at Urban Bazaar!

URBAN BAZAAR: Fair Trade & Locally Handmade Gifts // Succulent & Air Plant Nursery

1371 9th Ave, San Francisco