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Crafeteria: A Sneak Peek at Friday's Local Indie Craft Fair

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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.

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