Indie Banditas Bazaar features crafty folks

This year’s Indie Banditas Bazaar will include a benefit concert to raise money to support the staff and owners of The 122 after it burned down in July.

The Indie Banditas Bazaar will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday

Kate Butler is crafty. She loves being resourceful and cranking out unique creations. But perhaps the most extravagant piece of work that Butler has built from scratch is the Indie Banditas Bazaar.

The annual Indie Banditas Bazaar is a craft show and gathering of common crafty minds. The summer event will hosts more than 30 vendors showcasing one-of-a-kind merchandise.

“It’s a bunch of artists who make their own, alternative handmade art,” said Kate Butler, who organizes the event. “It’s really girl power, a lot of crafty mommas.”

Butler does note that the artists are not entirely women, as some men are crafty, too.

This year’s Indie Banditas Bazaar will be held on the lawn of the Messenger House on Manitou Boulevard. There is no admission, just amazing handmade treasures for sale.

Butler has been organizing the Indie Banditas Bazaar since 2005. She was inspired after she went to another craft event where people made spectacular items out of seemingly ordinary materials.

“I saw all this stuff that I had in my home that I would have thrown away,” she said.

The impression was enough for Butler to start her own craft show with an emphasis toward recycled materials.

“It keeps garbage out of the landfill,” Butler said. “I get so excited when I see something made out of ‘trash.’”

Now the Indie Banditas Bazaar, held once in the summer and once around the holidays, features Northwest crafters selling quality items such as guitar straps, jewelry, clothing, cards, planters, purses and anything a crafty mind can come up with.

An added bonus to this year’s Banditas Bazaar is a benefit concert for The 122. Local musicians including Ethan Perry and Kara Hesse will perform and ask for donations to support The 122 family of staff who lost their jobs when the restaurant and bar burned down in July.

Food will be provided by local and loved Emmy’s Vege House.

With unique crafts, great food, and good music, it will be an afternoon that cannot be missed.

“When you make something there is so much love in it,” Butler said. “You are going home with a treasure.”

More information about the bazaar can be found at as well as on its Facebook page.

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