Somehow during all that rain at Renegade we still managed to get out and go shopping. I'm so glad because Renegade shopping is completely inspiring - people are so creative and talented! We've developed a keen tag team strategy for craft show browsing now. We have to do it in waves where one of us goes out to look and then the other reports back with specific details of what we saw and what we want the other to see (and buy!). Sometimes this involves a map and copious note-taking.
Here's our Chicago haul and credit where credit is due:
Here is the Lucy pile and I can't remember the name of the booth where I got these earrings! Agh! If you made them, please step forward because I like them very much. I remember I ran through the rain, cash in hand, to go grab them in about 30 seconds and then ran straight back to the shelter of our booth. The holder is actually a photo/paper holder from the completely wonderful Kindling. I seriously wanted everything they had to offer...I wish they had more on their Etsy shop right now.
(The print came from a zine/art portfolio thing from Chicago Comics...more on that in a bit.)
Here's a cozy handmade scarf from our lovely U.K. booth neighbors Custom Made. Whenever I was feeling down about the weather and how far we had traveled to be there I kept looking at them and thinking I had no right to complain!
Below is a hand painted jar by Cursive Design. It's pretty safe to say I want anything she makes too. I was a bit nervous to get this home on the plane but it made it just fine.
And, of course, we had to get s'more Matt Cipov to add to our growing collection of his prints - most of ours revolve around sea life. I'm happy to report that he's every bit as terrific as his illustrations.
Outside of Renegade we spent most of our consumer time in the aforementioned Chicago Comics. You already saw the statue we scored there but here is the rest of our haul. Some of my favorite things to bring home as vacation souvenirs are local zines or at least zines purchased in a local comic store. Chicago Comics had a really great selection of them.
One last thing that we try to remember to collect from places we visit is a cheesy tourist magnet of the town...specifically the rubbery kind. Sometimes we can't find that style so we have to make do but we found a doozy in Chicago. (I didn't know I knew how to spell "doozy" but apparently I do!)
This was our third trip to the Windy City so I'm glad we finally remembered to find one. It will be joining its souvenir peers here shortly:
We keep forgetting to get a New York one while we're there...I guess we'll just have to go back soon. Darn.