The Shop Blog

A Pre-Holiday Flair Fair in November! October 21 2019

Our biannual vendor market Flair Fair returns next month! This time it's right before the rush of holiday shopping begins, so get a jump on any gift-buying you have to do—all while supporting artists and small businesses!

Over a dozen independent artists and designers will descend upon New Haven for a Pin + Patch show that also includes zine, jewelry, art prints, socks, clothing, and more as well. It's FREE entry (thanks to our Sponsors) and located right across the Strange Ways storefront.

It's an easy road trip away from New York City, Providence, and Boston. If you haven't had a chance to visit Strange Ways before, this would be the day to come and visit! You can browse the market across the street. See y'all there!

Flair Fair 

Saturday, November 9th • 11AM–4PM
911 Whalley Avenue • New Haven, CT

Chroma Crush October 16 2019

Bright tones saturate our latest lookbook as we gather a candy-colored and color-coded assortment of items. We're crushin' on these mono-themed views of a diverse array of fun pieces. Which hue speaks to you?

View the Chroma Crush lookbook

Introducing our Rewards Points Program October 07 2019

Want access to exclusive rewards and discounts? Join the Strange Ways Secret Society! Become a member today to start earning Rewards Points that you can redeem for future discounts.

Earn $5, $15, or even $25 discounts simply by choosing to shop and support our small business, and the creative entrepreneurs we buy from. You can also earn Referral Rewards by telling a friend, and sending them a discount code they can use at Strange Ways.

Join us! Create an Account

Learn more about how Rewards Points work

Besides earning Rewards Points every time you shop (both online *and* in-store!) by creating an account with us you can also save shopping Wishlists, have your Order History and tracking in one spot, and get 10% off right away just for signing up! This is a super easy way for returning customers to get something back for simply continuing to shop with us.

Soon people will be wondering how you're able to own so many cool items made by people they've never even heard of. Well shh... it's a secret! Only the initiated get to join in on the perks.

New Haven Night Market - Downtown Pop-Up May 12 2019

The downtown of New Haven, CT comes alive this Friday with another New Haven Night Market. Seeing as our storefront is in the sometimes “too far” away neighborhood of Westville, it's nice to get downtown to see all the locals and visitors in the city on a Friday night. Strange Ways will be doing a pop-up vendor table—along with tons of other sellers, food trucks, games, and night deals happening. Come join us!

*Our storefront will close at 2PM so we can head downtown for the event. Stop by our table to say Hi!

New Haven Night Market
Downtown Strange Ways Pop-Up

Friday May 17th — 6PM–11PM
College Street • Downtown New Haven
Between Elm & Chapel

Our Pin + Patch Market Turns 3! April 07 2019

Strange Ways organizes a vendor market geared specifically towards what we focus on best—pins and patches! Flair Fair has helped revitalize artist work in this area, specifically in the Northeast and New England area. We are proud that visitors keep coming out, so in turn we'll keep having them! This year marks going on 3 years since our first one in 2016, and this is our 7th one.

Our artist market is similar to other ones across the country like Renegade Craft Fair or Brooklyn Flea—but the makers focus on “flair” which all encompasses the collectable little goodies artists are making (and fans are often wearing). Enamel pins, iron-on patches, vinyl stickers, old school pinback buttons, and more are what you'll find at Flair Fair.

This Spring's market moves the location from historic Lyric Hall (currently being sold) to Lotta Studio—a unique co-working space and venue. This move also puts Flair Fair directly across from the Strange Ways storefront!

Flair Fair 

April 13th — 11AM–4PM
911 Whalley Ave • New Haven, CT

Strange Ways Holiday Pop-Up Shops November 28 2018

You can always keep track of our events at the links below!



A Spooky Flair Fair This Year! October 03 2018

We're bringing back our vendor market Flair Fair for a 6th time—this round is the first one in October! We decided to have it a month later than usual to line up with City Wide Open Studios happening at the same time in the neighborhood. This allows us to get a little spooky with the poster art by Allison Bamcat.

The 1 day market features over 10 makers selling pins, patches, buttons, and more collectible pieces of art. If you like Strange Ways—you'll definitely enjoy Flair Fair! It takes places just a few steps away from our storefront in New Haven, CT. The event is free to attend, and will feature a food truck and official after party at Barcade downtown. See you all there! 

Flair Fair

October 13th — 11AM–4PM
827 Whalley Ave • New Haven, CT

Vendor List + Market Info
RSVP + Invite Friends

Strange Ways at RuPaul's DragCon NYC 2018 September 21 2018

We're coming back again to DragCon! THIS TIME—with a bigger + better booth! Strange Ways will be separated out from “Artist Alley” into the main area now, so come look for us with the big guys this time. We're glad to have even more room to show off (and sell!) product the entire weekend.

RuPaul's DragCon runs Friday–Sunday September 28–30 in Manhattan at the Javits Center. Strange Ways will be there all 3 days selling some of our most popular pins, patches, and other top selling items like graphic tees and keychains. Come shop with us including our exclusive Drag Queen collabs with Shea Couleé, Laganja Estranja, Laila McQueen, Peaches Christ, Joslyn Fox, and more. We'll also have lots of gay pride and LGBT related flair so you can bling up you jackets, bags, hats, and more.

Drag Queen Merchandise

LGBT Pride + Queer Culture

Spooky Halloween Pins + Patches

Visit us at Booth 1124 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Strange Ways at Poor George September 12 2018

This weekend Strange Ways will be visiting our friends at Poor George in Cold Spring, NY. The shop owner, Cadah, has had a long history with Strange Ways. She used to be the buyer of our vintage clothing stock—and we even collaborated on this Summer Style lookbook.

Poor George has expanded to a full-fledged storefront, recently opened in the getaway town of Cold Spring just above New York City. (The shop has already been called out by the New York Times!) We can't wait to celebrate the new space while setting up a pop-up shop of our latest + favorite pins, patches, keychains, and more.

Strange Ways at Poor George

Saturday, Sept 15th  /  12PM–6PM
165 Main St, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Strange Ways Anniversary Celebration August 30 2018

Time flies! Strange Ways began as an online shop 4 years ago, and 1 year after that we had a full-fledged storefront in New Haven, CT. It is our headquarters, and where we get to meet many fans and customers who travel locally and from afar to see our strange little world.

The shop and Strange Ways team would like to thank our customers, neighbors, and supporters for allowing our weird store to stay in business. Come commemorate our storefront anniversary for After Hours celebration. We will have special sales, our (newly-renovated) back courtyard open with refreshments, free arcade games, and maybe a surprise or two!

RSVP to stay up-to-date and be reminded. Thank you again for all the support these last few years!

Strange Ways
Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, Sept 8th  /  5PM–8PM
910 Whalley Avenue, New Haven CT

RSVP + Invite Friends on the Facebook Event