An Indie Biz: The End of an Era

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It is with a heavy, yet elated, heart that we announce that we will be closing the Pierogi Picnic Etsy shop on July 31st.

I founded Pierogi Picnic in the fall of 2008 with the hopes of changing the face of eco-friendly fashion. And I believe that I was able to do just that! Made in small batches using recycled cottons, Pierogi Picnic was the first clothing collection of its kind that offered fun-loving, affordable and sustainable designs. I’m pretty darn proud of how far the line has come, but now it’s time for bigger and better things!

Since Pierogi Picnic’s launch so much has changed in the green goods industry, fashion and Etsy – and for the better! A lot has shifted in my personal life too. A flourishing career in the animal welfare field, a bouncing baby boy, a new design aesthetic, and more, have led me to make the decision to shutter the Pierogi Picnic brand as it currently stands. Change is a good thing and it’s time to move on to the next big thing!

So what does this mean for all you Pierogi Picnic fans? Well, prepare to get excited because there’s some pretty nifty things up ahead! I’m in the process of developing a brand new line of products in collaboration with my talented husband, artist David Paul Downs. Think bright, joyful, and of course, eco-friendly. That’s all I can reveal for now – it’s a mega secret at the moment! Tune in mid-summer for an official announcement about our new endeavor.

In the meantime, there’s a ton of super cool one-of-a-kind handmade goodies I’m looking to re-home from the Pierogi Picnic Etsy shop at a deep discount. To give you, my faithful followers, a head start on scooping up all my close-outs, I’ve created a coupon code that will knock 50% off the current price on anything and everything in my shop. Just type in “solongfarewell2015” in the coupon field upon checkout and the discount will come off your final total. We’ll open up the sale to the general public on June 1st – so get in on the fun while the gettin’s good! Just think – this may be the last time you can score handmade and eco-friendly clothes at such a great price!

We are so excited to be entering into this new chapter of our lives as a family and can’t wait to share details with you this coming season. Until then show us some love and scoop up some handmade goodies while you can!

News: I Love Chicago Boutique

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I am super excited to have been approached by a new boutique which opened its doors at O’Hare International Airport earlier this month: I Love Chicago!

This incredibly-well curated little boutique offers handmade goodies from artisans from the area, allowing international travelers who are buzzing through Terminal 5 a chance to scoop up a true blue Chicago souvenir.

We are currently stocking the store with our popular Sweet Stitch embroidered sweatshirts, Flirty Flounce peplum tops, Grunge Love totes, men’s Smash Shirts, Perfect Gent bow ties, and a new, yet to be release online scarf design called Chevron Sweetie.

So next time you’re zipping through O’Hare – be sure you take a moment to swing by this great little shop to stock up on some of your Pierogi Picnic faves!

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $40

Pierogi Picnic Gift Guide: Under 40

In our second holiday gift guide we’ve gathered up our top eight favorite Pierogi Picnic pieces under $40, to help you along with your shopping lists. With a little bit of something for everyone, it’s a great price range where you’ll really get a lot of bang for your buck!

Urban Folk printed tunic $40
Waiting On You vintage shirt dress $36
Season’s Greetings handmade dress $36
Ms Spring revamped vintage dress $36
Freshly Picked eco tank $36
Cosby Skirt fitted knit $36
Cherry Confetti vintage t-shirt $24
Craving Cranberries vintage dress $36

Anniversary Sale Week 1: Vintage

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We’re getting our month-long anniversary bonanza off to a big start with our first week’s feature: vintage!

Starting today, take 40% off all vintage items in our Etsy shop, including dresses, accessories and wonderful fall pieces! Simply enter “saleweek1” in during checkout and you’ll see the discount knocked off your total. The coupon will expire on August 11th – so stock up while your favorites are still available!

Happy shopping to you and happy anniversary to us!

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Events: Holiday Renegade Craft Fair

It’s that time again – time to start making my shopping list for the annual holiday edition of the Renegade Craft Fair!

I’m not just shopping the event, I will also be selling my wares! Once more I am collaborating with Caitlin Peters of Wanderlustings to create an invitingly boutique-like booth that will be filled to the brim with clothing, jewelry and festive accessories.

Stop by to visit and you’ll find my popular Sir Cycle men’s hoodies, the forever adorable Cosby skirts, my Peek A Boo Chevron cardigans and more! Plus – wear a Pierogi Picnic design to the event and you’ll receive a 30% discount on your purchase with me that day!!!

Be sure to swing by the event this weekend in Wicker Park to stock up on all your gift needs!

Events: Renegade Sneak Peeks – Shopping Tote

Renegade is less than a month away! For all you Chicagoans who will be braving the crowds this year – I’ll be bringing you looks at merchandise I’m debuting for the fair. So prepare for your appetites to be thoroughly whetted!

This first “Sneak Peek” is of my new handmade shopping totes. Made out of second-hand linens – these adorable folksy bags will be free gifts to anyone who spends $60 or more in my booth! They’ll also be up for sale individually, for those of you looking to stay frugal at the fair. They were machine sewn and then stencil printed all by moi. Continue reading

Holidays: Printable Presents

It’s the eve of the eve – and if you’re still grappling for gifts than look no further. We collected some of the cutest and chicest printable presents off Etsy. Simply purchase the item and you’ll receive a downloadable file to print from home. Everything from coloring pages and toys to art and prints – this collection will save you from the stress of finishing up your holiday shopping.