This past summer, I took the kids to Austin. The Renegade Craft Fair was in town and I had been wanting to go since last year when I first found them during a late night, internet troll session.
The Renegade Craft fair is ran independently and curates the best in DIY-ers, artist, makers, and designers. This fair is held all over the country and in London. Luckily, Austin is just a short drive from home.
It was a complete celebration of small businesses with food trucks, samples, and live music. And this may not be a highlight to some people but the Fair Market is equipped with nice, clean bathrooms so…. no port-a-potties! (If you are raising one or more toddlers, you completely understand why I was so happy about real bathroom access).
While I was there, I was able to see and speak to some businesses that I was currently aware of and loving their work (like Stay Home Club) as well as find some new and amazing brands to swoon over (like Piper Press & Lemon Glaze Ceramics).
I bought these awesome pins from Stay Home Club:
This print from Piper Press that I am SUPER excited to put in the kids’ room:
This amazing herbal tea ‘Cougar Tranquilizer’ and robot tea infuser:
The girl with the cool hair working the booth explained to me that the tea is naturally sweetened by liquorish root. It tastes AMAZING.
I bought this candle ‘Hippie Scent’ that has a heavier musk smell which is my go-to in my bed- and living room. The girl at the booth said that during their last burning test, the candle burned for 82 hours (although most burn for about 70). Most soy candles this size only burn 30-40 hours so this was a great value.
I loved my interactions with all the vendors but the business that stole my heart was Lemon Glaze Ceramics.
I bought the Tupac bowl but the entire set is amazing.
Carmen Aberasturi is the maker and founder of Lemon Glaze ceramics. If you go to her site, you’ll notice that these ceramics are not featured. She explained that her daughter loves hip hop and that she made these as a going away gift for college. When her daughter got to college, her friends freaked at how cool the dishes were and asked the daughter if her mother could make the same dishes for them. They became an instant hit and Carmen explained that her daughter said she should make more and sale them at the fair. “I just listen to my daughter. She knows.”
Carmen is the sweetest little lady you will ever meet and the dishes really are a hit. I took my dish to work to decorate my desk and have been asked by several people for Carmen’s contact information.
Gotta love the makers, creators, movers, and shakers of the world! I hear that the New York fair is the biggest with over 500 vendors. Traveling to NYC to see the Renegade Craft Fair in all it’s glory is definitely on my to-do list now.