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Stitch Rock 2016: South Florida's Largest Indie Craft Fair Announces Date, Seeks Vendors – New Times Broward

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 10:28 a.m.

A look inside of Stitch Rock 2015.

A look inside of Stitch Rock 2015.

Courtesy of Starry Night Photography.

“It all grew from my desire to want to buy handmade things I saw online,” says Amanda Linton.

Back in 2007, Linton noticed a need for homemade crafts in South Florida. Inspired by the boom of Etsy, Linton longed to touch the things she saw people making online. She had attended other craft fairs across the country, but there was nothing like them in her hometown in South Florida.

Stitch Rock quickly became the area’s largest annual indie craft fair and bazaar. The fair aims to bring back old school crafting techniques with new school flare. With over 80 vendors, the show is full of uncommon handmade goods like D.I.Y fashion, funky home deco items, adorable plushies, natural bath and body goodies, vintage finds, hot rod paintings, upcycled goods, photography, and more.

Linton and her husband, JR Linton, have always had a knack and a passion for the artsy and creative. Together they own a tattoo shop, Ink and Pistons, in West Palm Beach. The parlor offers custom tattoo designs and is attached to their art gallery, SlushBox Art Gallery, a 2,500-square-foot space that merges their loves for tattooing, art, and hot rods into one location. The gallery hosts regular exhibits and is curated by Linton and her husband. 

Guests peruse the Stitch Rock grounds for one-of-a-kind items, like these supercute mustached plushies.

Guests peruse the Stitch Rock grounds for one-of-a-kind items, like these supercute mustached plushies.

Courtesy of Starry Night Photography.

The 10th annual Stitch Rock descends on downtown Delray Beach Saturday, October 1. There are many new and exciting things in the works for Stitch Rock 2016 and the hunt is on for vendors.

“We look for well-made, handmade, kitschy, unique, or bizarre indie crafts and goods,” says Linton.

Get your submissions in by August, when Stitch Rock will start the vendor approval process. There are 80 spots to fill this year, and all submissions should be submitted online.

The first 100 entrants will receive a free swag bag full of goodies and crafts. There will also be a complimentary thank-you gift for the first 500 guests, along with plenty of other door prizes. Admission is $5, and children 12 and under can attend for free with an adult. Street parking is free (if you can find it), and parking in the garage will be free before 4 p.m. PS561, a gourmet hot dog truck, and BC Tacos will be present at this year’s event, along with a sweets truck.

Follow Stitch Rock on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates of what’s to come at Stitch Rock 2016. Stitch Rock will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach). Visit  rockthestitch.com, or email Linton at info@rockthestitch.com.

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