I Conquered Renegade.

I've been looking forward to the Renegade Craft Fair for months, so I knew heading to Fort Mason where it was held would be my only goal for the weekend. I'm usually overwhelmed by all the amazingness (not a real word?) surrounding me at this fair and end up leaving without buying a single thing. This time, though, I went in with a strategy to ensure that wouldn't happen. My strategy was simple - browse and be open to things that catch my eye, but be on the lookout for a few things that I'd had on my "to buy" list for a while. First, a statement necklace, possibly beaded, definitely colorful. I pinned this one when I first saw it, and went back to buy it a few days later and it was no longer available. Damn, statement necklace still on the "to buy" list. I was also on the lookout for a simple gold everyday necklace with a disc, charm, ring, small design. Finally, some new art for our gallery wall (it's almost done, can't wait to share pics!) and a few other empty walls. I left Renegade with two out of the three things on my list, not bad!

One of my first booth stops of the day revealed exactly what I'd been searching for. Local jewelry designer Yueh-Wen Chang (Wen) creates all of her jewelry, including this necklace, with vintage and repurposed materials. Her work is even featured in the Museum of Craft and Folk Art store.

{necklace by sora designs}

The hubs and I then saw these cool "American Atlas" prints by Brainstorm Prints and picked up the West Coast (current home) and Midwest (home home) prints. Don't know how or where we'll hang them yet, but they were too cool to pass up.

{prints by Brainstorm Prints}

Then I started going off strategy about...here. The folks at Clean Getaway Soap Co. had an adorable, colorful and inviting booth set up (yeah, it was awesome and I have no pics, sorry!). I ducked in and with one whiff of their soaps had to buy a couple of coconut cream bars and some lip balm. Soap wasn't on my "to buy" list, but I figured that it's always nice to have things like this handy for when I need a last-minute hostess gift. (I can picture this wrapped up in some brown craft paper with some twine wrapped around it.)

{soap and lip balm by Clean Getaway Soap Co.}

I knew I was irreversibly off-strategy when I purchased this print. It's a corn dog. I like corn dogs, my husband likes corn dogs, my son likes corn dogs. And we apparently like corn dogs enough to put a corn dog print on our wall. Alyson Thomas creates these crazy meat illustrations, and I only felt comfortable buying one at the time...but just *might* have wanted to get one of each. Okay, *for sure* wanted to buy them all. This quirky piece is already hanging on the gallery wall.

{print by drywell}

I loved Renegade this time around and can't wait for the holiday sale in December. Did any of you go to Renegade in SF this weekend? What did you think?

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