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Local makers Adam Wegener and Ron Sloat sell their Trash Amps iPod speaker at the annual Maker Faire in San Mateo. Photo: Courtesy of Trash Amps
A year in the life of an upcycler: When and where to buy, sell, and salivate
A guide to the Bay Area's upcycling ecosystem
Sara Johnson | May 16, 2012
Transforming the worn-out, the broken-down, the utterly useless into stuff that’s high style and cool beyond the usual do-gooder/DIYer demographic feels absolutely of the moment. Here, a year in review of the must-see local upcycling events.
Renegade Craft Fair: more twee than macramé, with 250-plus sellers. renegadecraft.com
Hal Lutsky’s Vintage Paper Fair: just what it sounds like. vintagepaperfair.com
S.F. International Gift Fair: Show off your wares to store buyers when you want to go pro. sfigf.com
Urban Air Market Fall show: The ultimate Hayes valley street fair, autumn version. urbanairmarket.com
Danville Fall Crafts Festival: Is upcycling different on the other side of the tunnel? There’s only one way to find out.
Artists in Residence exhibition at S.F. Recology: The thrice-yearly trash-to-art showcase kicks off a new year.
Oakland Museum Women’s Board White Elephant sale: A Bay Area legend. Scope out the inventory online; arrive early; bring cash. whiteelephantsale.org
St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Discarded to Divine auction: Bid on remade donated clothes. discardedtodivine.org
More on San Francisco magazine's website:
- You see an obsolete camera, I see a nightlight: 13 local upcycled products
- You see an obsolete camera, I see a nightlight: Meet your San Francisco upcyclers
- Inspiration 101: Where to learn to upcycle
- Bin there, found that: Where to get garbage to upcycle