I started the year with a “no shopping” rule, and for clothing, I’ve stuck to that, excepting items I’ve bought with gift cards. But this summer, Sam and I went to a lot of local and regional festivals, and I decided that helping support local artists and small businesses — with booths full of interesting jewelry and accessories — was also a good exception to this rule.
So I’ve rounded up all the jewelry and accessories I purchased this past summer at local festivals, arranged chronologically by festival. (And please note that whenever possible, I am linking to jewelry sites, but I am not getting any commission from any clicks or possible purchases.)
Tacoma Pride Fest
At our local Pride Festival, I bought a recycled leather tote bag, with matching clutch/makeup bag, at Patrick Kdep’s booth, Patrick’s Creations. You’ve seen this bronze tote bag several times throughout the summer, including here with a black maxidress and here with a paisley top and dusty rose jeans.
Point Ruston local vendor fest
One day when Sam and I were strolling along Point Ruston, we stumbled upon a local vendor fest, and Sandford & Daughter had a booth there with jewelry made from copper tiles salvaged from the old City Hall building in downtown Tacoma. Variations of these earrings, plus other jewelry made with salvaged copper tiles, are still available online!
You can see where I wore these earrings on this Instagram post from July.
At Ethnic Fest, I snagged these wood rainbow earrings by Green Tree Jewelry. They’re so lightweight, and I like that I can showcase my LGBTQ+ advocacy whenever I wear them! 🙂 And these “Pride Earrings” are still available on the Green Tree Jewelry site!
Also at the Ethnic Fest, I couldn’t pass up these awesome patent leather circle bag with magazine cover photos of Michelle and Barack Obama. The bag also came with a coordinating wallet, as seen here in this post. I got this purse at Nikky’s Niche Designs booth, who also gifted me a cute little purse charm of a lady in a black-and-white print dress. 😀
Glass Fest NW
At the Glass Fest Northwest, located at the marina behind the Museum of Glass, I picked up this brass bracelet from the SquirrelVsCoyote booth. I love love LOVE the bold and feminist statement juxtaposed with the delicacy of the bracelet design itself. This bracelet is also still available on the SquirrelVsCoyote Etsy shop.
Sumner Rhubarb Fest
As you’ve seen in several posts on my Instagram feed, including here, here, here, here, and here, I’ve been wearing the three lightweight leather earrings I got at the Koko Made What booth our first time attending the Sumner Rhubarb Pie Festival. I will always support a girl entrepreneur, and these earrings are so fun — and easy on the earlobes!
You can custom order earrings through Koko Made What’s Instagram. (And isn’t that name just the best?!)
McKinley Hill Street Fair
Looking back over the items I’ve purchased at local fairs and festivals this past summer, I have definitely been drawn toward lightweight statement earrings! I’m also into recycled jewelry, as evidenced by the recycled leather tote bag and earrings made from salvaged copper. And best of all, I get to wear interesting and unique jewelry and accessories made by local or regional artists and support small business owners at the same time!
Any personal faves of yours? I’d love to hear from you — please leave a comment and share! 🙂
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