Broke-Ass Tag: Renegade Craft Fair


Your new family and friend tree

The follow-up to last week’s Handmade Bridal Party Gifts Edition, Part Two of the Round-up features stunning splurges for your wedding day from Brooklyn’s Renegade Craft Fair. The best part is, everything comes custom-made to your desire. If the prices listed are a bit out of your range, contact the artists. They’ll likely be willing to work with you to create something within your budget.

Meesh’s hand-printed Wedding Tree, $75, pictured above, is an alternative to a traditional guest book. Guests create leaves on the tree by adding their signed thumbprints. The 18″ by 24″ print comes customized with the names of the bride and the groom across the bottom. Directions for guests, acid-free archival stamp pads and and thin-tipped permanent markers are included. Best part is, instead of seeing your guestbook tucked away on some bookshelf after the wedding, you can frame this and display it proudly on the wall of your home.

Custom Ampersand Wedding Invites

Ampersands, silkscreen & love

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a sucker for ampersands. And typography. And invitations that don’t involve ribbon in any way, so I love everything about these custom silkscreen invites by the illustration team Two Arms Inc. Contact for pricing.

Custom Men's Shirts

This one's taken, you'll get your own

If you’re shelling out big bucks for your dress, it’s only right your groom gets to splurge on a little something for himself. And why not invest in clothing he can wear for years? Elizabeth Kading of Five8ths clothing creates custom men’s shirts in her Baltimore workshop. She makes a range of styles, uses all-natural fabrics and takes the time to get to know how her customers plan to wear their shirts and what fit they like best. Her philosophy is to convince people to invest in a few high-qualtity, timeless pieces that last for years rather than a bunch of cheap, Made in China clothing that barely makes it through the season. The end result creates better jobs and it’s better for the environment. Shirts start at $175.

Jamie Lau Designs

Dresses they'll actually wear again

While you’re in the market for custom clothing, check out Jamie Lau Designs‘ handmade dresses for your bridesmaids. She uses fabrics collected from her travels in Japan or salvaged from vintage shops. Email for custom pricing.

Hand-bound leather guest book

Leather-bound memories

I’ll leave you with one more guest book idea. This leather, hand-bound book by To Boldly Fold can double as a scrapbook or a guest book. It lays completely flat when open and is composed of heavyweight acid-free paper. At $120, it’s definitely a splurge. Try and convince your grandma to get it for you as a shower gift. If that fails, To Boldly Fold has smaller versions that retail for half that price.

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    Screen printed

    Say it like you mean it.

    Searching for original budget-friendly gifts for your hard-working bridesmaids and groomsmen? Never fear. My fiance and I spent last weekend culling through the Brooklyn edition of the Renegade Craft Fair, a collection of hand-crafted wares by independent designers and crafters, to bring you the latest and greatest bridal part gift ideas.

    All the mind-blowing gifts featured below are under $50 and handmade by independent artists, who may be willing to work with you to customize your gifts. Most are made using sustainable methods and eco-friendly materials.


    Give your girls a place to store lipstick, double sided tape and tissues for when you start bawling at the altar with this handmade ikat and leather Shelburne clutch by Shelter, $49.00. Shelter focuses on using local and sustainable materials, and many of their fabrics, including leather, are made in the USA.

    Shelburne Clutch by Shelter $49.00

    So pretty you could take it down the aisle

    Bridesmaids Back-Up Gift: If your girls aren’t into clutches, check out this reversible hand-printed Hunting Circle Scarf by Bark Decor, $42.00. It’s made from fine jersey cotton and eco-friendly inks.

    Going Hunting Handprinted Circle Scarf, by Bark Decor, $42.00

    A circle scarf for those in your inner circle. Brilliant.


    What to get the sports fanatic? How about a custom hand-cut remake of an Official League Baseball from the 1900s for $39.95. Huntington Baseball Co. creates hand-stiched, pitch-perfect replicas of vintage baseballs. Crafted in limited quantities by a single artist, these are among the finest you can buy. Best of all, William, the craftsman and baseball fanatic behind Huntington, can hand stamp a custom message on each one.

    Official 1900 League Ball by Huntington Baseball Co., $39.95

    Make sure he opens this outside

    Groomsmen Back-Up Gift: If you’re guys aren’t into sports, gift them these men’s cotton handkerchiefs screen-printed with the words “Blow Me” in the corner, $12 for a pack of two.  Witty and functional, what more could you want?


    This could be taken so many ways

    Ring Bearers and Flower Girls

    It’s not just any toy that can teach tykes cognitive skills and help them prepare for future teenage rebellions, but this Matching Tattoos Memory Game by Seven Acre Toys, $35, pulls it off. The twelve Maplewood tiles are laser-etched with six classic tattoos. Children flip over them over and play a game to help strengthen their memory-building skills. All products are handcrafted and made without paints, dyes or stains. While you’re at it, check out Seven Acre’s Mustache Wooden Pull Toy.

    Matching Tattoos Memory Game by Seven Acre Toys, $35.00

    Perfect for the young bikers in training

    Ring bearers and flower girls back-up gift: The kids in your bridal party might be too old for a game of Memory, but not for a knitted friend, like this Elephant from Sweater Toys, $44.00. All Sweater Toys are one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn from recycled sweaters and vintage inspired cotton prints.

    Elephant Sweater Toy by Sweater Toys, $44.00

    Hugable and lovable

    Stay tuned next week for my round-up of envy-sparking registry and wedding ideas from Renegade. Do you have other unique bridal party gift ideas? Share them in the comments!