After our morning walk (in a steady drizzle), my sister Kathleen and I went to #38 Makers Show at Pinterest Headquarters on Saturday. I was delighted to see their space, and attending a Pinterest-curated craft fair of SFMade vendors was also pretty cool.
The weather had cleared up by the time we got into the city. There was a line outside the brick warehouse in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood.
Although it wrapped around the corner, it was moving fairly steadily. As we chatted in the sunshine, a staffer brought around a tray of cookies and pointed out cider at a nearby table so the wait was really pretty nice.
Once we got inside, there was music playing in the large, industrial space. A buffet table was loaded with delicious snacks for munching, and there were interesting things to look at in every direction.
A large blue assemblage to one side served as both a room divider and artwork. It reminded me of “It’s A Small World” at Disneyland.
We stopped for a nibble before checking out the vendors.
Just for fun I had scribbled out a “Pinterest Bingo” card for each of us. I made a list of items that I thought we might see at a Pinterest event. Kathleen rolled her eyes a bit but went along with my silliness. We saw infinity scarf and Mason jars before we even got inside! Other items I was able to cross off were fingerless gloves, ampersand, chevron pattern and cake platter. We didn’t see spray-painted plastic animals, something felted, something Steampunk, tissue paper or washi tape.
This is a wall with pictures of some of the original pinners on Pinterest.
I decided not to take pictures of the crafts because it was crowded and a little tricky to get good quality photos, which they all deserve.
Here are links to some of the sites of makers that had products that caught my eye.
3 Fish Studios – I love the graphic of the bear hugging the state of California.
BikeWrappers – Reflective, protective, decorative wraps for your bike frame.
b-spired – Greeting cards made from laser cut wood. They also had some wooden bow ties, laser cut ornaments and cute old-fashioned toolboxes.
DDCC – Dirty Diana’s Clean Clothing – Beautiful active wear for women. “Live clean. Get Dirty.”
Drywell Art – Quirky artwork for eaters and drinkers – lots of diagrams and charts.
Hilside Bags – Zippered bags in tons of fabrics and many different sizes, with oilcloth lining. You can do custom-order at her website and choose the exterior fabric, interior oilcloth lining and color zipper or choose an exterior and let the designer choose the others for a more economical option.
Kika’s Treats – Locally sourced sweet treats, like the delicious caramelized graham crackers dipped in chocolate, with alternative sweeteners, no white sugar or corn syrup.
note*ify – City-inspired cards and other paper products.
Poco Dolce – Delicious gourmet chocolates
Richshaw Bagworks – I was tempted by their graphic Golden Gate Bridge tote bag and at their website found cool customizable backpacks, messenger bags and other bags and totes.
Sharon Zimmerman Jewelry Design – Modern jewelry with interesting organic shapes.
Urban FarmGirls – Gorgeous living wreaths with grapevines and succulents. Garden and plant design.
Usagi Team – Bow ties for the well-dressed pet. Some with shirt collars, some without.
Wildebeest – Pet leashes, collars, harnesses, and my favorite, the “meadow” pet rug.
There was something for everyone, including this pup.
The show was set up in the wide open first floor cafe space. Office areas and the stairs were cordoned off, but there was plenty to see.
How about this office desk…
made from a car?
Pinterest offices are pinned on a full wall-sized world map – this just shows the a portion.
Conference Rooms are named after Pinterest trends (is Kale available? OK, let’s meet in Ombre then). And if you want to meditate or nap, just slip into the Quiet Room.
A stacked suitcase/plant stand.
How about a Lego wall?
As we left, we got a freebie: Pinterest artists were silk screening posters on the spot and giving them away.
SFMade is holding a holiday gift fair on December 13 & 14 but it won’t be at Pinterest. It is at Fort Mason Center, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is free entry.
We stopped by the San Francisco Wholesale Flower Mart and though we saw some beautiful flowers, Kathleen just bought one succulent.
I’m sure it would have been bustling in the early morning on a week day but it was fairly quiet on this weekend afternoon.
For more photos of the Pinterest Offices, check out this BuzzFeed article.
Thank you for your visit.