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Even as vendors in the Renegade Fair, we like to take a moment or two to find our own loot to bring home – usually in the hopes of knocking out our Christmas list. This year, I found myself justifying one too many purchases for myself (ah, well), but we did officially cross off a name in the process (yeah, uh, just one) – so, you know, not all was lost.

We got to the Fair bright and early on the second morning in hopes of making our rounds, and we were able to squeeze in a minute here and there throughout the day to make our purchases. Here’s what we got:

Sea Salts by Beautiful Briny Sea: Who wouldn’t want a sprinkle of Magic Unicorn on their anything? Yes, please! With flavors of paprika, rosemary and lemon, how can you go wrong? Of course we thought of the culinary friends in our life, so we scooped up Santa’s Helper, too. See more flavors here, and email them to get your own. (We think they’d make great stocking stuffers for anyone!)

This poster from Slightly Insulting Chicago Posters: Ugh, we couldn’t help but pick up our own neighborhood insult – oh, the warm fuzzies we felt when we saw it! We’ve been a fan of their tumblr since the beginning, so you can imagine our excitement when we saw them in person. As Chicagoans, poking fun at our ‘hoods is fair game, and that’s why we love these so. (Plus, SICP totally nailed them.)

Geometric earrings from White Nest: What was supposed to be a quick trip to the little girls room turned into an impulse buy at our neighboring booth. You can even see me wearing them in our rundown – they didn’t stay more than 5 seconds in that paper sleeve.

The Taplin Purse by Shelter: Just 2 short booths away from ours, I audibly gasped when I saw… her. This purse! It has Kim written all over it! It was a bit of a splurge even for my purse-loving-ways, but I justified it as my Renegade-push-gift. (I mean, right?) And it reminds me a bit of last year’s gift-to-me: this Couch camera stap (that I use every day).

Nothing makes us happier than supporting fellow small businesses owners this holiday season, so we’ll continue to virtually peruse the Fest shops in the coming days – and hopefully really crossing off our “good” list. We’re more than a little behind on all things holiday in this home – gifting, decorating, cookie making – so fingers crossed we can start to squeeze in some Christmas-y cheer starting now.

How’re your holiday to-dos coming along?

  • Jillian - December 6, 2012 - 7:30 AM

    The earrings & purse make my heart sing! I’ve had my eyeballs on a pair of those for way too long. Now that I’ve seen how awesome they are on you, well I want! I want!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 6, 2012 - 10:23 AM

    Jillian, they’re only $8! You absolutely need a pair.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - December 6, 2012 - 11:11 AM

    I didn’t know you had a couch camera strap! I’m friends with the owner, he lives out here in Long Beach. Small world :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 6, 2012 - 2:09 PM

    Alexis, that’s so cool! We love that strap, and I’m always asked where I got it. I proudly boast Couch – it is THE best camera strap I’ve ever had, and it’s super tough and durable!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - December 8, 2012 - 6:42 PM

    Great finds! I adore the salt package design and the name “Magic Unicorn”. Too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - December 9, 2012 - 4:44 PM

    I love that purse! And it’s blue inside? So cute.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 9, 2012 - 5:23 PM

      Megan, the name alone was reason enough for us to buy!

      Kalli, yup, it’s a really pretty soft blue-green.ReplyCancel

  • Karie - December 12, 2012 - 7:52 PM

    It was so great to meet you! I hope we can hang next time we’re in Chicago – our visit was way too short and hectic this time.
    Hope your friend loves the bag!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 12, 2012 - 9:56 PM

    Karie, you too! Visits to Chicago are always too short :)ReplyCancel

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It’s always a little sad after Renegade ends – the weekend is a whirlwind, filled with early mornings, exhausted evenings (both in a good way) and enough blood-pumping adrenaline for the entire holiday season. We consumed way too much coffee, but the crowds of pet-loving people we met in those two days make every minute of our prep so, so worth it!

I spent all of yesterday in my pajamas, and when Scott suggested a night at the restaurant of my choosing to celebrate, we settled on fancy take out to prevent the need for jeans and make-up. While going through my photos, I quickly realized… I didn’t have many. We spent little time outside of our booth, which we can only consider a great thing, as we were busy. So busy! And we loved it.

When Scott patiently attempted to take a photo of me behind our booth, I went into super-awkward mode, but he did manage to snap one where I was smiling “for real” – you know, as opposed to my normal oh my god, how do I act in front of a camera syndrome.

On the other hand, my dude’s a natural, likely because I’m always the one behind the camera.

As in years past, we split our booth with Grandpa Pete of Wood House Pipes (you should take a peek into his story and process; it’s pretty incredible), and with such opposing products, we kept things cohesive with a neutral tablecloth (it’s really a drop cloth!) and festive framed logos.

The crowds were in full force this year (the photo below was taken in our room, but there were 4 others!), and like I mentioned yesterday, we had a ball meeting those of you that introduced yourselves as blog readers! You have know no idea how much this made our weekend, and handing over those original paintings (and envisioning them hanging in your homes!) makes our hearts sing.

We Instagrammed our way through the weekend, sharing glimpses of the happy shoppers, our bright-and-early coffee faces and snaps of the cute and charming Pulaski Field House.

I couldn’t have survived the last few months without Scott, the best damn booth mate I could ask for. While I worked late every night and 7 days a week, he never once complained as he cooked dinner every night, ran ridiculous errands for our display, and pretended not to notice when I went into crabby-Kim mode due to my self-imposed heavy to-dos (well, mostly!).

Of course, we snuck in a few minutes of holiday shopping – the problem being that most of the purchases were for ourselves (but in our defense, we reallywere keeping our giftees in mind). We’ll share those as soon as we unpack our bins of product and loot.

In the end, we came home with a lot less paintings and prints than what we started with (can’t ask for more than that!), and once I get my ducks in a row, new items will be added to The Pet Shop. We took a moment on Sunday evening to celebrate the weekend over margaritas, and by 10 o’clock, we fell into bed very, very happy. We cannot thank you so much for the support; we’re still pinching ourselves that we’re able to do this, and we really couldn’t do it without your fuzzy kiddos to inspire us.

See our first year at Renegade right here, and last year over here.

  • Amanda - December 4, 2012 - 7:08 AM

    but what about the sloth?ReplyCancel

  • Scott - December 4, 2012 - 7:33 AM

    @Amanda, the original sloth is still in our possession. If I have my way, it’ll be in Kristen Bell’s hands by the end of the week. If Kim has her way, (she will) it’ll be up for grabs in The Pet Shop soon enough. Boo!ReplyCancel

  • Different Amanda - December 4, 2012 - 10:19 AM

    Kim, where did you get that cream blouse? It’s gorgeous! and exactly what I’ve been looking for… :)ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - December 4, 2012 - 1:33 PM

    You two are so cute. I love how supportive you are of each other! Keep up the great work.

    PS I think you should mail the sloth to Kristen Bell, too ;)ReplyCancel

  • Different Amanda - December 6, 2012 - 9:13 AM

    Kim, thanks for the link!… but it’s not working :(ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 6, 2012 - 9:27 AM

    Amanda, shoot! Looks like it’s no longer there. I know it went on sale, and it must have moved fast! It’s called the TINLEY ROAD Swiss Dot Blouse… perhaps a Google shopping search might turn it up somewhere else?ReplyCancel

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Holy ships, what a weekend! We met too many wonderful people (and we loved meeting some of you personally), sold our little hearts out and smiled until our cheeks hurt. We got tipsy on cold drinks, filled up on local soups and put a big dent in our inventory – thank you. We’ll be taking today a little easy, and we’ll be back with a full run down tomorrow!

Until then, here’s our annual photo booth snap; never mind that Scott would rather yak than kiss me in #3. Love that dork. Happy Monday, friends!

  • Bernadette - December 3, 2012 - 12:03 PM

    My husband and I went to check out the fair on Sarurday afternoon. We couldn’t believe the crowd! Was it packed the whole time? Unfortunately, I gave up too easily on making my way through the crowds and only saw your booth for a few seconds. Loved the giraffe and lamb paintings though! Glad to hear the fair was a success!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 3, 2012 - 1:13 PM

    Bernadette, oh no! Yes, it’s always very, very crowded, but we love your effort!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - December 3, 2012 - 8:45 PM

    So did you sell the sloth painting?! I’d love to see you guys send it to Kristen Bell!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 4, 2012 - 7:59 AM

      Emily, we got a lot of squeals, but no takers!

      Katharine, you too! And Christine!ReplyCancel

  • Katharine - December 3, 2012 - 10:33 PM

    It was so great to see you guys! :)ReplyCancel

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