Even though it was two weekends ago, I wanted to write about our quick trip to Austin for the Renegade Craft Fair. Wayne and I wanted to meet and support several of our Austin makers, and support the few Houston artisans there as well (like Lisa Chow and Angela from Purl & Loop!) Plus, Renegade is a fantastically curated show, and it was a nice chance to get out of town for a few days (although leaving the shop was a bit like leaving a newborn for the first time). We stayed at Verde Camp, near South Congress, in a fully furnished and stocked 1-bedroom house. It was very charming, offered free bike rentals, and was the perfectly located getaway for the weekend.
The very first thing we did when we got to Austin was promise not to stress about the shop, and decided to make it official with a margarita and live music on South Congress. It was nice just walking around and spending some time together. We also went into Parts & Labour, one of my favorite Austin destinations and inspiration for The Tinderbox.
We decided to eat dinner at Curra’s Grill, “The Mother of All Mex,” and a suggested local favorite. We really liked the food and atmosphere, but their famous avocado margaritas were another thing. (Wayne did admit that it kinda grew on him). They were popular though, we saw almost every other table with several of the slime green concoctions.
Saturday morning we were up and out the door after a cute little breakfast in our cute little house. I wanted to stop by Mockingbird Domestics, a store I have been dying to check out since they opened their doors in September. They store is incredible, with beautiful home furnishings, furniture, and other high-quality Texas-made products. The owners, Jeff and Laura Daly, were so warm and delightful to talk to and we talked about a few of our shared vendors, Satchel & Sage, Bexar Goods, and Little Low Studio. Everyone needs to run to check out their online store, wedding registry, and fun craft events.
We finally made it to the Renegade Craft Fair and it did not disappoint. The event was held at the Palmer Event Center, and the entry was free (we did pay $7 for parking, and the food onsite was a bit pricey). We decided to just go up and down each row and spent a good 4 1/2 hours shopping, talking, meeting, showing, high-fiving, exchanging, and smiling. We were able to catch up with Jessica and William of Son of a Sailor, pick up an order from Fox & Brie, hang out with Caitlin from Little Low Studio, meet Morgana and Gerran from Satchel & Sage and ogled at all of their new products. There was a lovely vintage section of the fair, and I bought a beautiful table cloth from Stella Rae Vintage. I also bought a necklace from Bee Amour, who I am happy to announce will be coming to The Tinderbox! Anna is a bee keeper AND a jewelry designer, and each piece is handcrafted and casted from original honeycombs and cells.
We spoke with several artists interested in having their handcrafted products at The Tinderbox, so make sure to stop by the shop and see what new items we have. We had a great time, met lovely makers, and brought back some great ideas for The Tinderbox. Thank you Renegade for hosting such a wonderful event.