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December 3, 2008
Handmade treasures and more at IndieSacramento

This Saturday, the handmade renaissance will manifest itself to crafty Sacramentans by way of IndieSacramento, the area's largest trunk show and craft bazaar, featuring one-of-a-kind products from local fashion designers, jewelry makers, graphic artists and more.

Just in time for holiday shopping season, the festival of all things handmade will offer creative and unique holiday gifts, which, according to event organizer Amy Cluck, gives locals an opportunity to "bypass the crowds at the mall and support local artistry."

In its second year, IndieSacramento will feature the work of over 40 exhibitors--most of them hauling their wares from Sacramento, Elk Grove, Davis and surrounding areas--and the products for sale range from paper goods to t-shirts to home décor. Jewelry comprised of recycled treasures, like guitar picks or old buttons, for example, isn't uncommon, and most of the vendors view their businesses through a playfully sustainable lens.

Cluck, who herself is an artist of the homemade persuasion, launched the Web site indiesacramento.com and spearheaded the event on her own last year. "I wanted to create an event like the ones the Bay Area has, similar to traveling national shows like The Bizarre Bazaar."

Handmade art and the trunk shows by which it is distributed have gained tremendous popularity since the proliferation of Etsy.com, an intuitive, user- and buyer-friendly site which allows crafters to sell their products independently, without having to shell out cash for their own Web sites or retail stores.

This year's event is going to be even bigger and badder than the last, featuring live music from local bands, a fashion show by Atelier Co-Op, free hot cocoa and, most importantly, free swag bags to the first 200 attendees.

Cluck's own projects include PeptoGirl Industries, a collection of handmade and vintage goods, and Pimp Stitch, a clever collection of embroidery patterns that buyers can transfer to the medium of their choosing. Pimp Stitch bills itself as "The cutest embroidery patterns this side of the information super highway," and with designs like "The Breakfast Club," featuring a smiling pancake and his syrup jar mistress, Cluck and friends are helping work up a healthy appetite for imagination.

What: IndieSacramento Trunk Show & Craft Bazaar
When: Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 2409 J St., Midtown, Sacramento
Cost: $2, or $1 with boxed or canned food donation
Information: www.indiesacramento.com

Don't forget to bring cash!

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