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Call for Artists: Handmade Arcade

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Call for Artists: Handmade Arcade





Handmade Arcade (HA), Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, announces applications and dates for its first-ever Virtual Marketplace.

Produced by Handmade Arcade, DIGITAL DIY: A Virtual Marketplace seeks innovative crafters, makers, designers and artists for its 2020 online event.

DIGITAL DIY will showcase 150 innovative crafters, makers, designers and artists from throughout Pittsburgh, Western PA and the U.S.

DIGITAL DIY will launch on Small Business Saturday — November 28, 2020 – and run through Sunday, December 6, 2020.



Applications will close on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Applicants will be notified by Friday, September 25, 2020.

Application Fee: $150

All applicants will receive a link to “Getting Started: Designing the Best E-Commerce Solution for Your Business,” a 30-minute webinar with downloadable supplemental content.

A first of its kind immersive marketplace, HANDMADE ARCADE: DIGITAL DIY, will serve as a centralized online destination for the 2020 holiday shopping season — while also continuing the organization’s longstanding commitment to supporting independent makers and the creative economy.

Augmenting Handmade Arcade’s award-winning vendor marketplace will be dynamic and customized virtual content. To facilitate holiday shopping and support users’ navigation of this new interactive platform, online attendees will have access to a robust, multi-layered search, filter and sort function in order to locate and save their favorite products and maker profiles – and discover many new finds.

Shoppers will also be able to connect directly with their favorite Handmade Arcade vendors via live interactive video and streaming experiences, including behind-the-scenes studio tours; hands-on demonstrations, tutorials and workshops; Meet the Maker Q&As; special offers; discussions on craft and maker topics; online raffles; and more!

All goods featured in Handmade Arcade’s thoughtfully curated, Virtual Marketplace will be handmade, hand-crafted or represent each vendor’s personal creation. Products will span the following categories: accessories; artwork; bath and body products; clothing; children’s products; housewares and home decor; jewelry; paper goods; gift items; pet products; greeting cards; toys; ceramics; metalwork; glassware; and more.

The region’s leading shop-small, buy-local holiday event, DIGITAL DIY will also celebrate Handmade Arcade’s 16th anniversary as Pittsburgh’s premier craft fair.



Due to COVID-19, HA has decided to cancel in-person events for 2020. Investing the organization’s time, energy and resources into producing a virtual marketplace is currently the most effective and safe way to support our maker community. HA’s 2020 virtual marketplace will adhere to the high standards audiences expect from the organization’s established events.

Handmade Arcade celebrates the cutting edge of craft by connecting creators and consumers through making, sharing and learning.

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