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Stitch Rock, SoFla's largest indie craft fair, comes to Delray Beach on Saturday


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Skip the mall.

Score unique, funky handmade fashions and home decor at Stitch Rock, South Florida's largest indie bazaar at Old School Square in Delray Beach on Saturday.

The annual craft fair, from noon to 6 p.m. in the gymnasium, has more than 80 vendors selling one-of-a-kind jewelry, upcycled clothing, housewares, and natural and vegan bath & body goods and more.

"It's like a pop-up Etsy shop," says founder Amanda Linton, 33, of West Palm Beach. "We fill the entire Old School Square gym and have tents outside, too."

Linton, a third generation crafter who also owns Ink & Pistons, a tattoo shop, art gallery and boutique in West Palm Beach, created the bazaar in 2007.
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Since then, she says it's doubled in size.

"I wanted to provide a place where people could buy the best handmade items made right here in South Florida. I like to buy cool, quirky items, and I was shocked that there wasn't any kind of venue that offered a way to purchase that kind of stuff.

"It's evolved into a great community of crafters and supporters who search out handmade goods made locally in their community, instead of spending money on mass produced items made overseas."

Highlights include a 3 p.m. fashion show, raffles and door prizes. Plus, the first 100 to arrive get a swag bag filled with goodies.

"Our crafters in the show donate fun items for the gift gabs, from pins to hairclips to jewelry, magnets, stickers."

Also available for purchase are yummies from gourmet food truck BC Tacos and treats from Sugar Mamma Sweets in Lake Worth.

"Come check out some of the uncommon handmade goods," Linton says. "It's a really fun event. People look forward to all year."

Stitch Rock is at noon-6 p.m. Satruday in the Old School Square Vintage Gymnasium at 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561-635-8086 RocktheStitch.com. or Tickets are $5 and parking is free until 4 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Stitch Rock.

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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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