We must be in the mood to shop today. Maybe that’s because this weekend is The Renegade Craft Fair—Art Basel for the Etsy crowd—where you could fill a whole Airstream with the DIY cloth purses, agro onesies and vintage-print aprons that will be filling the 250-plus foldup tables at McCarren Park. But what’s the really good stuff? We asked our design-editor friend Mary Kate for a highly opinionated preview.
PINE CONE CANDLES, $12
When you land an invitation to a richer friend’s roof deck/pool/house in the Hamptons on a 90-degree day, give them a Berdandbee pine cone candle and they’ll think you spent $30 on it. Then help yourself to a glass of their rosé.
RETRO POLAROID PRINT, $20
I love the idea of summer-ing your nest…this boozy, CaryOlivia’s moody beach pic is a perfect staycation for my bathroom.
BUD VASE, $16
In a sea of letterpress cards and knit hats, these Curve Design bud vases stand out gloriously. So chic. Put them bedside with one bloom you steal from your local deli and be that girl for a while.
HOOKS, $22 a pair
Design alert! These functional-yet-beautiful hooks by Denise DeLong will definitely have friends thinking you’re shopping at DWR or Moss during your off hours.
There’s no price listed but how much can they be? These mustache cards remind me of the annual event where a bunch of everyday-shavers put down their Mach3s for a some allotted time to see who can grow the best ‘stache. The results are achingly funny, and a little perverse (a lot of them look like they belong on a keep-away-from-your-kids-list). I’ll pick up one of these Virginia Kraljevic cards for our friend who competes….
BIRD FEEDER, $88
It’s a lot if you think of it as spending $88 on birds you don’t really know, but Perch Designs’ lunchbox feeder makes an affordable wedding present for a designy friend.
Something about Althea Logia’s necklace makes me want to rent the Wackness and drink wine coolers.
Renegade Craft Fair, Williamsburg’s McCarren Park, June 6 and 7, 11-7.