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Renegade Handmade, 1924 W. Division, might be my favorite boutique in Chicago.

A sucker for T-shirts with cute little graphic prints and jewelry made out of non-traditional items such as typewriter keys, I rarely make it out of this store without dropping a decent amount of cash. Which is why the idea of an entire street of Renegade items has me pondering how much of my savings I can blow.

The boutique is back with their 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13, on Division between Damen and Paulina. More than 300 artists from across the country will be selling their adorable handmade goods, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, concert posters, ceramics, housewares and more, at the free event.

Watch artists create their masterpieces as you shop. Food from MANA Food Bar and Big Bite Catering, as well as beer and wine, will be available. Also, join the Facebook event page here.

And If you've been to this event before, let us know what you thought! Here are a few photos from last year's event:

Vinyl purses by Miss Alison at last year's Renegade Craft Fair.

The crowd cruises along Division at last year's fair.

Renegade2.jpgPrints and posters by Nate Duval.

Ceramics by Up In The Air Somewhere.

Portland artist Jill Bliss is the first to be featured as part of Renegade Handmade's new Spotless Series. (The store transformed its back room into a mini-gallery to highlight work of stellar crafts people from all over the country.) Bliss' work will be shown through October 11.

Also, stop by the store from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 11, for an Artist Reception celebrating Bliss' work, as well as the work of two other artists, Chad Kouri and Jesse Brown, who have been working on projects in Renegade's storefont window this week. All of their creations from this week will be able at the Renegade Craft Fair.

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