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A year in the life of an upcycler: When and where to buy, sell, and salivate

Sara Johnson | May 16, 2012 | Lifestyle Style & Beauty Story Style Fashion Shopping

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.

July 21–22
Renegade Craft Fair: more twee than macramé, with 250-plus sellers.

Aug. 4–5
Hal Lutsky’s Vintage Paper Fair: just what it sounds like.

Aug. 4–7
S.F. International Gift Fair: Show off your wares to store buyers when you want to go pro.

Sept. 16
Urban Air Market Fall show: The ultimate Hayes valley street fair, autumn version.

Oct. 20–21
Danville Fall Crafts Festival: Is upcycling different on the other side of the tunnel? There’s only one way to find out.

January 2013
Artists in Residence exhibition at S.F. Recology: The thrice-yearly trash-to-art showcase kicks off a new year.

March 2013
Oakland Museum Women’s Board White Elephant sale: A Bay Area legend. Scope out the inventory online; arrive early; bring cash.

April 2013
St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Discarded to Divine auction: Bid on remade donated clothes.

May 2013
SFMade Week: Go behind the scenes with local makers during the weeklong fest.
Maker Faire Bay Area: Annual showcase of all things tinkered and widgety.

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