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The Renegade Craft Fair came to McCarren Park Pool in 2003 after two successful years in the Windy City as a place for arts-and-crafty types to ply their wares.

“We’re crafters ourselves and couldn’t find anything that catered to the kind of contemporary crafts we were making,” founder Sue Blatt said.

This year’s Fair will have more than 200 vendors from Brooklyn and around the world. Schnack will even be there with a cart to keep shoppers satiated while they hop from booth to booth.

The Fair also does a great deal to build up the crafts community and let shoppers spend their money locally.

“I think a lot of people in Brooklyn are really into the idea of buying original pieces from indie shops and trying to avoid the big chains,” Keith Carollo of Fred Flare told GO Brooklyn. “At the Renegade Craft Fair, you get to meet all the vendors who actually make the products so you know your dollar goes directly to them instead of a faceless corporation.”

The Renegade Craft Fair will take place from 11 am–6 pm on June 16 and 17 at the McCarren Park Pool (Lorimer Street between Driggs and Bayard avenues in Greenpoint). Free. For information, visit

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