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How Not to Be That Person Who Buys a Valentine's Card at Duane Reade

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Pink Olive (Photo: Paula Ho)

Lingerie aside, there’s nothing quite as sexy as penning deep, mad feels onto paper. Whether you’re professing romantic love, friend love, or even self love, we’ve hunted down the best stationery stores for the most poignant, passionate, and tastefully blunt Valentine’s Day cards. So, make like an E L James and put your brain (and metaphors) to good use.
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Manatees Are Huge This Year, Says One of These Novelty-Gift Gurus

Whether you’re looking for an inflatable unicorn horn, a MetroCard bow tie, or a Ryan Gosling coloring book, the East Village is just the place to find those preposterous stocking stuffers. If you’re not giving everyone Bowery-scented air fresheners this year and you’re hard-up for last-minute gift ideas, you’ll want to stop into Random Accessories, Alphabets and Exit 9. We recently did just that, to find out what’s on the shelves and what’s flying off of them. For one thing, Charles Branstool, owner of Exit 9, insists the manatee is “the next big animal to go viral on the shopping scene” (sharknado is totally over, after all). Hear all about that above, and hear from the folks at the other fine gift emporiums below.
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The 20 Cutest, Coolest Things We Saw at Renegade Craft Fair

Camp Renegade

Camp Renegade

Bringing the pervasive Native American appropriation trend of the craft fair full-circle.

Custom portraits

Custom portraits

Emmiebean

Greeting cards

Greeting cards

McBitterson's

Ceramic skulls

Ceramic skulls

Beetle and Flor

Handmade ceramics

Handmade ceramics

Elizabeth Benotti

A more advanced take on the Burger King birthday paper crown.

A more advanced take on the Burger King birthday paper crown.

Wishbown Letterpress

Sketchbooks, notebooks

Sketchbooks, notebooks

Another Fucking Tote

Greeting cards

Greeting cards

Another Fucking Tote

Chalkboard maps

Chalkboard maps

Dirtsa Studio

Art and illustration by Hoi-an Tang

Art and illustration by Hoi-an Tang

Mehoi

Art and illustration by Hoi-an Tang

Art and illustration by Hoi-an Tang

Mehoi

Terrariums

Terrariums

Twig

"Alternate Orioles" and more

University of Brooklyn

Plushies and homewares

Plushies and homewares

Caitlin Wicker

Greeting cards

Greeting cards

McBitterson's

The Renegade Craft Fair set up camp in Williamsburg’s East River State Park this weekend, alongside regulars Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea. We withstood the sweltering heat to show you a few of our favorite things, amass a collection of business cards, and to indulge in some ice cream from the Coolhaus truck (which, unfortunately, could not withstand the heat). We may have even come away with a purchase or two – because, indeed, one can always use another bloody tote.

If you missed out on the fair, don’t worry: all of the vendors also sell their wares online, and many of them are based locally in Brooklyn. You’ll find links to their online shops with each image, and the full list of Renegade Craft vendors can be found here.