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Bucktown / Wicker Park

Snapshots from Renegade’s final weeks

Renegade Handmade was packed on Sunday, just a few days after they announced that they were closing the storefront January 31. Not all of the customers knew about the closing (even with the giant “We’re Closing” painted on the front window), but most were taking advantage of the huge sales.

Prints and T-shirts have definitely been the biggest sellers, said employees Meg Stevens and Lizzie Tiritilli, who were busy behind the register that afternoon.

The two found out about the store closing last week, when the owner, Sue Daly, came into the store and announced it to the staff. “It’s sad to see it go,” said Stevens, “because we have some really great customers. But it’s a really good thing.” The store closing allows more efforts and resources — including some of the Renegade Handmade employees — to be put into the ever-growing Renegade Craft Fair, which now takes place in six cities across the world.

“It’s all very positive,” Stevens said. “We’re expanding.”


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