In Spanish, an arboleda is a grove of trees. Grace Castro and Francine Madera chose the term to name their vintage and handmade crafts festival -- which lands in the Design District this weekend -- because to them, the word represents "Mother Nature and her incredible power to create."
Inspired by Etsy, the online mall for all things crafted or old, the fair offers about 60 independent entrepreneurs an off-line place to showcase their wares and chat in person with those who'll be enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Handmade and vintage pieces will be totally buyable and usable at the fair. Here is a short list of some booths you might want to make an effort to swing by:
Made with Log: Jessica Herstein works with recycled materials and wood to fashion wearable jewelry.
Valentina Design: Valentina Ramos makes intricate and totally cute artwork and female and family friendly patterns for fabrics.
Bananista: Mercedes Golip puts together really stylish vintage looking jewelry creations.
Aleloop: Alejandra Leibovich is an artist who has worked for the Cartoon Network, MTV, and VH1. Let's call her drawings cartoon art or pop surrealism. She's selling home decor, tees, and prints.
ReinVintage and My Little Thrift Store: Traci Moody has a range of neat-o vintage finds.
Harlow's Vintage: You'll get your pick of unique and cute clothes from the '80s and '70s.
Sat., Nov. 12, 10 a.m., 2011