Casey Wright (Peaches Products) and I started a new indie market in Rochester that really focuses on supporting the local indie crowd. Shows are full of awesome handmade wares including many painters, illustrators, and other artists that usually don't have a place at normal craft shows. Pretty much all vendors are on Etsy and we're strongly backed by RNEST, the Rochester NY Etsy Street Team. Here's a bit taken from the Mayday blog:
The Mayday! Underground Crafts + Art aims to bring the people of Rochester a unique shopping experience. Inspired by the handmade movement sweeping the nation, this event seeks to bring local artists, craftspeople, and musicians together to benefit the community. Here, you can purchase awesome handmade items ranging from housewares to jewelry that were made by independent businesses rather than big-box stores. You’ll find unique, funky, and fresh designs that are all one-of -a-kind.
Rochester’s coolest art and crafts were displayed on May 1, 2010 in an old warehouse on St. Paul Street. If you were one of the first 30 shoppers, you received a free swag bag filled with handmade items from the vendors.
The next Mayday Underground Event will take place at the Main Street Armory on May 7, 2011 from 10am to 4pm. Vendor applications will be accepted through the 1st of March. Get more information on the Mayday Blog.