We did it.  The Chicago Renegade Craft Fair is in the books, and we’re chalking it up as a success.  It was two days of non-stop work, and we came home exhausted, but it was an incredible experience! Seven blocks of Division Street were shut down for the whole weekend as 300 vendors set up shop.  And the people came.  Lots of people came.

This was our first time at a big outdoor show, and we were prayin’ that it wouldn’t rain, because rain and paper products wouldn’t exactly get along.  The weekend turned out to be BEAUTIFUL.

Our 2012 Calendar was on full display, and customers seemed to love it!  In fact, we sold every last one that we took with us, and people were asking for more.

Our booth was busy the entire time.  SO many people came by, and it was great talking to our customers.  We love getting feedback on our work, and seeing people’s reactions when they come in.  Since we sell so much through Etsy and wholesale we don’t often get that face to face time with the people who are actually buying our products.  We loved it!  Thanks to those of you who stopped in to do a little shopping.

We all took turns sneaking away from our booth to do some shopping of our own.  It was fun to re-connect with friends that we’ve made through doing the Renegade Holiday show the past couple of  years.  We also got to meet a lot of new people who I’m sure we’ll be crossing paths with in the future.  It is pretty awesome to be a part of the Renegade community – there is a lot of amazing talent out there!

Of course, we made a stop at the Renegade Handmade Store, which makes it’s permanent home on Division Street, and we left them with a brand new batch of 1canoe2 products.  Bonus points if you can spot our thank you notes in the display above.

What a great weekend!  Thank you to everyone who came to see us.  We love sending our letterpress goodness out into the world.  And, a  big huge thanks to the Renegade gang for making this gigantic event happen.  I can’t imagine all of the hard work and organization it takes to pull off a big event like this.  Good job.  We’ll be back.

:: Carrie ::