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If you were one of the hundreds who made it out to this years Craftacular in NYC, you'll probably agree that it was the best BUST event to date! Not only did the masses get to peruse the greatest handmade items this side of the Mississippi, there were tons of free goodies and charitable causes represented as well. The morning kicked off with free coffee from Joe and goodie bags chuck full of special gifts for the first 500 peeps through the door. Read More
One more time for the back row -- this Sunday is BUST's Holiday Craftacular in NYC, and if you haven't already cleared your calendar for that day, you better get on it. Top 5 reasons to come to the Craftacular: 1) Over 200 vendors will be selling their awesome handmade wares -- and it's the present-giving time of year. 2) Free stuff! We have gift bags for the first 500 attendees, coffee from Joe's, and other assorted snacks. Who doesn't love free stuff? AND the Treats Truck will be parked outside. 3) Cute pets for you to take home (or just coo over). Read More
For the past couple months, I have lived and breathed the BUST Holiday Craftacular.  Helping our fearless leader, the adorable-blue-eyed-badass to my left, with vendor maps, spreadsheets, and everything she needs. During the back-end process, I came across many-a-crafter.  BUT I must say, one of the crafters I am most excited about is Lillian Crowe (table 127).  Her beautiful, brass bone and gut necklaces are my dream come true.  Not to get too deep on ya, but I am a published poet. Read More

Because Crafters ROCK

BY Bette Bentley in DIY

AND because my throbbing blueballs hurt for this Sunday (the annual BUST Holiday Craftacular in NYC. DUH). These  blueballs can only be satisfied by sneaking online.  There, I look at a plethora of indie, handmade ware in the privacy of a dark bedroom.  Sweet relief. Until Sunday, at least, when I get to go all the way.  One of the crafters that really gets me going is Ink and Wit.  Her prints, notecards, and invitations are simply beautiful.  I can't wait to stalk her booth and buyout the whole holiday card series. I mean, polar bears AND penguins. Yes, please. Read More
Pillows for the People (you guessed it, another vendor at Bust's Craftacular!) is a New York based company started by Parisa Karimi, and is each pillow handmade by her.  Using vintage fabrics, these lavender filled pillows are really something special.   Some of her famous clients include Leo DiCaprio and Patti Smith.   These would make a lovely addition to any home.   Photo courtesy of Pillow by the People's website. Read More

Smell Pretty!

BY Intern Leala in DIY

I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for a cool, different scent to make me smell pretty, and especially after reading the latest issue of Bust, I've even considered making my own.  But now I don't have to!  Lollibomb Beauty is a "one chick indie business" that creates pretty fancy sounding scents.  TOBACCO ROAD, for instance, is made with fresh pressed tobacco leaves, mandarin, bergamot, and Italian neroli. Read More
Barking Maddison will be at this weekends Craftacular, and I've got to say, I'm glad.  Look at how cute these bags are!  Among other items handmade by Barking Maddison are leather belts and cuffs with personalized messages,  like lyrics or poems.  Items are made with vintage fabric and wallpaper.  They can be found on But I claim this bag for myself!     Photo courtesy of Barking Maddison on Etsy. Read More
Sunday! Craftacular! If you haven't noticed, we're getting pretty stoked for this weekend's event. With over 200 exciting vendors such as Charlie and Sarah, it's sure to be one of the yummiest gatherings this holiday season. We're loving their Dirty Loves Clean Nana's Kitchen Soap. This English-inspired, collaborative soap (Charlie and Sarah are in cahoots with Dirty Loves Clean, hence the name) boasts some pretty impressive features. Handmade. Vegan. Coffee Infused. Read More
  Down here at BUST headquarters, we're eagerly awaiting Sunday for the Craftacular. So to give you all a little taste of what to expect at this slammin' event, we're highlighting some of the goods that will be at this shindig.   The Hand of Fatima makes some fascinating products that seem kind of mystical and magical for the wearer. The Double Agent necklace could've belonged to a KGB spy in a past life. (It's rally a WWII observer's decoration, for you history buffs). The winged piece surely makes a statement. Read More

Bears in Love?

BY Susan in DIY

Snag a cute couple at the BUST Holiday Craftacular this weekend! This adorable handmade porcelain duo makes a perfect gift or an unbelievably sweet centerpiece for your next holiday gathering. From KG + AB, one of the many amazing vendors at our Holiday Craftacular this Sunday at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The days are counting down to the holidays, so make sure you give some special gifts, and what better place to buy them at our very own Craftacular. Read More