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Bazaar Bizarre

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Bazaar Bizarre
Cover of first edition (paperback)
Cover artistGreg Der Ananian
CountryUnited States
GenreDIY, Popular Culture
PublisherPenguin Group
Publication date
Media typePaperback (first edition)
Pages252 pp (first edition hardcover)
ISBN0-14-200506-1 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png. (first edition paperback)
Dewey Decimal
745.5 22
LC ClassTT157 .A54 2005

Bazaar Bizarre is both a 2005 craft how-to book by Greg Der Ananian and a craft fair of the same name organized by him which happens once every December in cities such as San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, and Los Angeles.[1]


Bazaar Bizarre began in 2001 in the Boston area as an informal craft show featuring handcrafted items for sale with a heavy emphasis placed on subversive, indie, punk, goth, and rockabilly subcultural aesthetics. The first event was also billed as an "offbeat entertainment extravaganza" since it featured musical acts and DJs, and continues to today. In 2004 the Bazaar Bizarre spread to Los Angeles and Cleveland. In 2006 Make (magazine) sponsored the Bazaar Bizarre as part of the Maker Faire in the San Francisco area every spring. The Bazaars in Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Francisco happen every year during peak holiday shopping season in December.[2]


Bazaar Bizarre was an extension of the craft fair of the same name, and came out to early fanfare in such publications as USA Today. "Never underestimate the power of Ziploc bags, duct tape and beer cans. That's what I learned last week, when I got a crash course in cutting-edge crafts nearly everywhere I looked: from designer Todd Oldham's five-part HGTV series ...and in author Greg Der Ananian's Bazaar Bizarre ... As Bizarre's subtitle points out, many of today's do-it-yourself items are "not your granny's crafts" — they're edgier, more diverse and often cheaper."[3]

The book is a how-to craft book that features specific projects contributed by various celebrity crafters, such as Dana Berkowitz and Leah Kramer of Craftster. Besides the crafters narrating how to make their featured items, there are interviews covering topics such as the state of DIY culture, music, independent film, etc. The book features projects such as:

  • a 'dirty pillow' with traditional embroidery used to spell out subversive sayings
  • 'anarchy soap' showing how to make your own soap and mold it into the ubiquitous anarchy symbol
  • a 'craft tote' with pockets for knitting needles, scissors, and craft supplies, decorated with punk fabrics
  • vinyl cuffs made out of colored vinyl from vinyl LPs and EPs


  1. "Bazaar Bizarre's Official website". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-15. click below to see which Bazaar Bizarre event is in your city. Boston. Cleveland. Los Angeles. San Francisco.
  2. "Bazaar Bizarre's Official website". Archived from the original on 21 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-15. Bazaar Bizarre began in 2001 in the Boston-area as a hodge-podge of friends and acquaintances cobbling together their handcrafted DIY wares to sell and staging an offbeat entertainment extravaganza.
  3. "United States Today Official Archive Website". 2005-10-17. Retrieved 2007-09-15. ibid

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