It was interesting how few vendors I spoke with were actually based in Austin. I was a little disappointed by this, thinking it was more of a locally attended and promotional event. However, it was cool that so many vendors chose the Austin Fair to attend, since there are others all over, including San Francisco & Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, & London.
There was music playing, alcoholic beverages were available, and the environment was pleasant and not pushy or overrun. The center was a great location. It was stifling & miserable outside and so often these booth affairs are held outdoors. I wouldn't have gone, had that been the case.
Now to the fun stuff...
Paloma's Nest - http://palomasnest.com/blog/
handcrafted modern heirlooms
This was a vendor Danielle and I were on the lookout for as we arrived. This is a husband-wife team, located in Austin. Their little etsy store has been hugely successful and they now have an actual storefront in ATX. Her trademark is handmade ceramic ring-bearer bowls, but here were a few other things that caught my eye...
|carved wooden bracelets would make sweet gifts, maybe for your bridesmaids?|
|"where we met" maps.|
|old fashioned looking wooden picture ornaments|
illustration + design + textiles
I swooned over this booth just a bit. The textiles were such cute patterns. She had scarves, tea towels, and pillow covers that were adorable. Leah is also a local Austinite with an etsy store (http://www.leahduncan.etsy.com/). Here are a few of her items I really loved.
Above: scarves & fabrics.
Below: pillow covers.
The Weekend Store
This vendor takes old typewriter keys and makes all sorts of jewelry with them. I found their lettered cufflinks to be a neat idea for a gift for Dad on father's day, or possibly for a groom to give his groomsmen.
Lora Bunge - http://www.bbags22etsy.com/
Lora makes women's bags and cardholders, men's wallets, and laptop sleeves out of all upcycled materials. The ones I found most interesting were made from sailboat sails. Hubby purchased one made out of old menswear.
weather & noise
This place just had one item that really caught my eye. Their pocketwatch necklaces!
mustache earring studs
mustache love & ampersand necklaces
All in all, I'm really glad we went. We were only there for an hour or so and saw a ton of crafts. I purchased three little ferris wheel prints from my favorite booth called millions of people happy. . .
(http://millionsofpeoplehappy.blogspot.com/). Michelle is based in LA and makes really sweet paper goods and prints, but what I really loved was not for sale... these completely recycled-goods garlands. She sews these from tea bags, coffee filters, and scrap paper. I kept trying to convince her people would buy them, but she said they take a really long time to make!
Can't you see about one hundred of these as a backdrop for a wedding ceremony?
Reminds me of this wedding with a paper receipt roll backdrop, which I adored:
Well... Michelle made at least one person happy Saturday -- Me!