More than a Vendor: Handmade Arcade, 2017

In just a few weeks, Batcat Press will be attending Handmade Arcade for the 7th year in a row! Handmade Arcade is the largest independent craft fair held in Pittsburgh PA, and will be taking place on Saturday, December 2nd at the David L. Lawrence Convention center. It also happens to be one of our favorite events of all time!

This year Handmade Arcade will feature over 170 vendors composed of artists, makers, producers and designers from not only Pittsburgh and the surrounding region, but all over the country. Free and open to the public, the event will also feature an interactive Hands-On Handmade area, art raffles, an Early Birdie Shopping Preview, and more.


The Handmade setup last year (2016)

BatCat Press will have a table where we will sell our hand bound books and other handmade goods as always, but that’s not all! For the very first time, this year we will also be involved with the Hands-On Handmade area! We’ll be hosting a pin-making extravaganza. Come design your own one-of-a-kind pin to keep or to gift; choose from two pin sizes, and best of all: it’s 100% free! Staff members will be on hand all day to help kids of all ages – and adults! – produce wearable little pieces of art. Stop by and make one of your very own!

Making pins with out pin machine!

After the pin-making fun, come check out our merch table – all proceeds go right back to supporting the press, and this event serves as one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. One product BatCat is well known for is our Haiku Pins – a set of three pins, each with a line of poetry. Mix-and-match until you’ve made the perfect haiku for you – just $2 per set, or $5 with a handmade gift box. Also check out our new line of lined journals, sketchbooks, as well as book ornaments, notebooks, letter pressed greeting cards and more, all affordably priced and made by our high-school staff!

For more information about Handmade Arcade visit their official website at:, and follow them out on Instagram and Facebook!

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Written by Alexa Bocek with assistance from Torie Wolfe.

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