Nightingales in large cities have learned to belt out 95-decibel songs (i.e., as loud as a chain saw) in order to make themselves heard over everyday clamor. And it'll take a similar effort for this Saturday's Brickell Bazaar to get noticed in blingy, bass-thumping Miami. Presented by DJ Oski, Queen of the Scene, and Amanda Weiner of Indie Craft Bazaar, this handmade goods market is a rare sight in the 305.
"Broward and Palm Beach definitely have their share of awesome handmade events, so it's certainly time Miami gets a dose of it," Weiner says. "There's a huge demand for handmade and local goods within Miami, but given its size, general sense of transience, something as tied to the local community and small businesses as handmade can easily get lost within the hustle and bustle."
It's been amazing to see Miami embrace local artists and filmmakers, but
we've always thought it odd that our indie artisans are almost
completely ignored. And over the past few years, we've had to swallow our
305 pride and cross county lines to indie craft fairs in Delray and Fort
Yes, there's always finding Miami-based work on Etsy or
Market. But there's something about an outdoor fair, where makers and
crafters literally stand behind their work. Not only are the wares completely
unique, but it's satisfying to know that your hard-earned greenbacks are
going into the pocket of a hard-working individual and not the greedy scumbag CEOs of
Target or ForeverXXI.
And as it turns out, we're not alone. Weiner says, "I've had tons of
shoppers and local crafters ask for a Miami show, so we're excited to
put together an event that will fill the indie craft gap." So this
Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m., snag handmade, upcycled, and indie swag at
the Brickell Bazaar at Miami's oldest bar, Tobacco Road.
Look for modern embroidery samples from Jenna Dickes (I Fucking Love
Cats) and G.A.G. On This Threads tees with Miami swagger (Estupida! and
Stop by The BeerSoap Company's booth for sudsy bars made
from your favorite brew, and get a
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tarot card reading and a henna tattoo. Two stages will host local bands, including The F.E.A.R. Ensemble, Vera La Dane, Vander Land, Scott Becker, In As Much, Agent Mercy, Ekkoz, Neolythyc, DJ Oski, Atomik, and Detonate Zero.
Brickell Bazaar sets up shop at Tobacco Road (626 S. Miami Ave., Miami) this Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. Admission cost $5. Free swag bags will be given to the first 100 guests, so arrive early. Visit getupandcraft.com and queenofthescene.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.