A Frolic at the Fair

Last Sunday, I took a leisurely stroll around the Mission Indie Mart, a monthly DIY fair here in San Francisco. I’ve been going to this low-key craft fair since I moved to SF four years ago and have watched trends come and go (I’m looking at you owls and moustaches), have seen stores test out the waters at the Indie Mart before opening brick and mortar locales, and I’ve bought many a lovely vintage dress, piece of jewelry, and quirky card from the Indie Mart’s various vendors. At Chronicle, craft fairs, indie art shows, and independent boutiques provide an endless source of inspiration as we think up our next exciting project. Here’s a roundup of some of my top picks from this month’s Indie Mart. If you’re not local, fear not! You can pick up these wares on Etsy.

The pottery from Village Clayworks is absolutely adorable. I don’t care if it’s passé to put a bird on it, I wanted these delicate and colorful dishes to grace my kitchen. After all, anyone who can make a cockroach look whimsical has my vote.

Loved these DIY Craft Kits from Random Nicole. Each kit includes everything you need to make headbands, pillows, necklaces, and more. The bright colors and collage-y look reminded me of Vintage Craft Workshop.

Being a word nerd, I couldn’t help but chuckle at these screen-printed Moleskine notebooks from StudioNico.

Flora Grubb had a make-your-own terrarium booth. Sure, terrariums have gotten their fair share of coverage and then some, but I can’t resist owning some pretty greenery that won’t immediately die when I forget to water it.

So there you have it: my faves from the Indie Mart. Of course, there were many more beautiful, creative, fun, and exciting products for sale. Were you at the Indie Mart on Sunday? What were the highlights for you?

Lisa Tauber
Editorial Assistant

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  • Serge Lescouarnec July 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    There is a paint your plates store in my hometown popular with people of all ages.
    Do you mind if I share your 'good grammar is sexy' photo on 'Serge the Concierge' with credit and link back?
    Take care


  • lisa July 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm


    You can absolutely post the photo, but please include a link to StudioNico’s Etsy store.



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