We've been geeking out about the Crafeteria for a few weeks -- blame the 40-something vendors selling handmade goods, promises of Urban Cookies and Pumpkin Soup, or the simple excuse to hang out at Frances, Smeeks, Stinkweeds, Halo and Red Hot Robot all night.
And then we saw a few previews of the vendors who will have booths in the Medlock Plaza (Camelback Road and Central Avenue) on Friday night. Sold.
The fifth-annual event, created by Smeeks and Frances mastermind Georganne Bryant, runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 3. All of the indie crafts (read: soaps, paper goods, accessories, and knits) are 100 percent handmade by local creatives.
Bryant says she was inspired by the Renegade Craft Fair, an annual DIY craft bonanza held in San Francisco, Chicago, and Brooklyn. We're just happy she brought some of it home.
(Event tips: Admissions free, but attendance is expected to be between 500 and 1,000 people, so take the light rail or park across the street. Also, bring a sweater, and grab a raffle ticket -- the winner takes a basket full of crafts from each of the 40 vendors.)
For more information, check out the Crafeteria Facebook page.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.