Get a full dose of DIY fun this weekend with three separate crafting events! Whether you want to make it yourself or peruse aisles of goodies crafted by a local indie designer, you're sure to find a unique item to adorn your body, child, or home. Plus, check out happening sales in the East Bay and new stores!
The Mother of All Crafting: The American Craft Show
Two hundred and fifty artists will display their handcrafted jewelry, furniture, clothing, home décor, and more this weekend at the American Craft Show
hosted by the American Craft Council. While you're there, attend lectures on craft and design, take a walking tour, and enjoy wine tastings. Plus, this year's event features a special section just for kids!
Fri., Aug. 10 & Sat., Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Fort Mason Center
, Herbst & Festival Pavilions, San Francisco
How much it'll cost ya:
$12 for one day; $18 for a two-day pass; free for kids under 12
Crafting & Baking
For something decidedly more low-key, try this first-ever craft fair and bake sale hosted by Modern Times Bookstore
. If you're inclined to bake, feel free to donate your own baked goods! Plus, music in the afternoon.
Sat., Aug. 11, noon-8 p.m.
Modern Times, 888 Valencia St., San Francisco
How much it'll cost ya:
The folks of SF Craft Mafia
bring you "A Family Affair" - a variety of DIY activities and demos including clothing customization and embellishment, jewelry-making, and cupcake decorating. (What's with crafting and desserts?) Bring a shirt to customize - patterns, supplies and instructions will be provided. A free event!
Sun., Aug. 12, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Stitch Lounge, 182 Gough St., San Francisco
New Vintage Knitwear Trunk Show
Ohio Knitting Mills
made unique, colorful knitwear at its Cleveland factory from 1947 to 1974. Today, a large inventory of its never-worn items - including men's and women's sweaters, capes, vests, shirts, dresses, and jackets -- are available for purchase. Though the company has a store in New York, a rare trunk show takes place this weekend in San Francisco.
Fri., Aug. 10 & Sat., Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 12, noon-6 p.m.
Design Within Reach, 1913 Fillmore St., San Francisco
Berkeley boutique Dish - which specializes in gorgeous dresses, cute trousers, and delectable cashmere sweaters - can be a bit pricey for the average East Bay shopper. So take advantage of this half-off sale, going on now!
2981 College Ave., Berkeley
Jewelry & Art
Piedmont Ave. boutique Lireille
, owned by husband and wife team Yan Liu and Steve Robinson, specializes in contemporary jewelry and art. Pop in and check out their unique designs!
3980 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Enough shopping for yourself! Pick up something for that special man in your life. SF-based online retailed Tobi has slashed prices up to 75 percent off its menswear. Check it out
** More Bay Area sales! Here, here , and here!
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