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Modern Economy Sale {San Francisco}

Up for a great sale? If you happen to be in or around San Francisco this weekend you won’t want to miss the annual Modern Economy sale, perfect for design addicts on a budget! Event founder and host Meg Mateo Ilasco, designer and author of “Craft Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business“, will share with the public items from your favorite designers marked down from 25% – 75% off retail.

A few participating designers include: Xenia Taler,
Mateo Ilasco, Sharon Spain, and Dermond Peterson.

Details: Saturday, April 12, 2008 in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center, Bldg. A Conference Center from 10:30AM – 3PM. Details here.

{psst} Meg was spotlighted in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal in the article Crafty Hobbyists Create New Careers Using the Web. It’s a quick bite featuring 4 basics that every craftster should know before setting up shop: sticking to your vision, locating your core audience, using alternative publicity (like blogs!), and charging a fair price. You may want to check that out. Article written by WSJ writer Amy Palanjian.

Thanks Meg for writing in, have a fun weekend and lots of success to you!

(images from modern economy)

Posted in events + markets, reader discounts, shopping, travel on April 09, 2008

Flea Markets and Indie Craft Shows

Looking for some online guides for flea markets and indie craft fairs? Of course you are!


In addition to weekly announcements that I will make here on decor8 (Thursdays starting tomorrow) with listings to include everything from fleas to art openings and craft fairs (email me with what’s going on in your city so I can post it here), I’ve compiled a list of go-to websites for finding the best fleas and indie craft fairs over at Real Simple, so click here to check that out.

(photograph taken by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in events + markets on March 26, 2008

Renegade Craft Fair Hits San Francisco!

I just got word that you can now apply for the 1st Annual Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! Yay! This year’s event will be held on Saturday and Sunday July 12 + 13, 2008 from 11am – 7pm at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. If you’re interested in participating as a vendor the application is on the Renegade website starting now until May 2nd.


This is super exciting to here, Renegade is one of my favorite Indie fairs, I attended my first one last year in Brooklyn and loved it. Renegade has grown from their home city of Chicago to Brooklyn and now they’ve hit San Francisco. They also have a storefront now in Chicago. Go Renegade!

I think Victoria needs a booth to sell her posters and my L.A. friends should consider making the trip up north in July because it’s a great show. :)

(image from renegade)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets, shopping, travel on March 14, 2008

Ferm Living Event + decor8 Events Listing on Thursdays

Turquoise will soon play host to the fabulous Ferm Living by celebrating their one year anniversary in a few weeks (date TBD). Ferm Living will display their wallpaper line in the Turquoise showroom along with some exciting new products and to sip some delicious cocktails. Please email Vanessa De Vargas turquoise.la AT gmail.com for details and to be added to the guest list.

By the way, what’s going on in your part of the world? If you are attending an art or design-related event, or if there’s a great new store or gallery you’d like to share with others, please email me with the details so I can include it in the new decor8 Thursday Events: Art + Design Near You round up on decor8 appearing weekly kicking off on March 20th.

All events and announcements need to be linked to a website where complete details can be found since the decor8 mention will only include show name, location, date, and time, along with a link to the website.

Please contact me no sooner than 10 days in advance. Emails that arrive weeks or months in advance will not post since I receive over 1,200 lovely letters during the average work week and I run decor8 alone so there’s no way I can remember your event if you send it that far in advance.

Please contact me at decor8blog AT gmail.com (no phone calls, please) with the subject EVENT or NEW STORE/GALLERY in the title. Please include website and a link to your site or blog so that I can tip my hat to you in the post.

Thank you!

(image from ferm living)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on March 12, 2008

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