Friday, February 26, 2010

The Handmade Brigade is officially out of Hibernation!
2009 proved to be an eventful year and after the Holidays, the HBOC ladies just needed a couple of months to recuperate, but now we're proud to announce that we're BACK and ready to take 2010 by storm. Mark your calendars, blackberries, iPhones, google phones......

Sunday April 11th
Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa
5 pm - 10 pm
20 Vendors, Music, Photo Booth, Booze

Also: SAVE THE DATE, June 12th, 2010 will be our huge outdoor event in Historic Downtown Santa Ana. We will give more details once the date is closer.

Interested in Vending?

Here is all the pertinent information along with a link to our new Online Application.
If you have any questions, please email
Please read all of the following before filling out the application. The deadline to apply is March 18.
Late applications will not be considered.

Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th street, Costa Mesa CA 92627
Event time:
Set-up time:

Booth Fee:
*$65 for a 6' table spot (must be paid within 1 week after being accepted into the show. You will receive a pay pal money request to your specified email).
Vendor Requirements:

  • All vendors must bring their own tables. The lights will be on inside, however it can be dim in some areas, so please bring your own lighting, extension cords, power strips, etc. if necessary.
  • In addition, we will give out goody bags to the first 25 shoppers who enter so we require all of our vendors to contribute to the bags. We don't need actual products from your shop, just something promotional. (Please read our post on goody bags to get ideas).
  • Lastly, if accepted, we will be mailing you postcards for the event and we ask that you help us increase attendance by passing them out to everyone you know. (post them at coffee shops, bulletin boards..)

Application: Please fill out this online application to be considered for vending. There are only 20 spots for this show. We know there are simply way more amazing vendors than we have spots for, so for Speakeasy II, we are really looking for innovation in your products. We want to see what's NEW for 2010! The judging process will be largely based upon how uncommon and distinct the items in your collection are.

*There are 3 specified spots that are slightly larger than the 6' table that will be reserved for clothing and vintage vendors. The booth fee is the same, $65

Thanks so much everyone! Hope to see you all at Speakeasy II as vendors, shoppers, or craft enthusiasts.
Brook, Jackie, Melissa and Nina of the HBOC

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Now Here's A Little Somethin' 'Bout Nosy People...

True confession time, people... I am (Jackie) a nosy person. I like to read blogs. I use twitter. And I can peruse Flickr for hours on end. Simply put, I like to know what people are doing. This may or may not be the reason that I pursued a degree in psychology, sad! haha I'm not really sure why I'm a nosy sucker, but I've come to terms with it. I am what I am. Which is why I think Formspring was meant for me and therefore meant for Handmade Brigade! For those of you that don't know what Formspring is, I got you. Its a website where you can send and receive anonymous and not so anonymous questions and follow people and their answers.

Long story short, the Handmade Brigade now has a Formspring Account- yay. Which means you can ask us questions and get answers. Sounds fun, right?? So don't be shy ask us anything- random or not. And if you still feel weird about it, you can do it anonymously :)

P.S. Hopefully you guys know the title of this blog is from the song, Supersonic by JJ Fad. If not, then I know I'm an old hip hop head!

P.P.S. In reference to my previous blog- I am still upset that Coachella no longer has day passes available! I wanted to go Friday!