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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


Last Track Home August 28 2018



Summertime is coming to an end fast. Soon there will cooler nights and sunsets hitting us all earlier—better find your way home before nightfall. In our latest lookbook our models cross the river to the other side of the tracks.

View the Last Track Home lookbook





Strange Ways Provincetown Pop-Up Shop July 25 2018



We're bringing a Pin + Patch pop-up shop to Ptown! Strange Ways will be setting up on the main drag at Room 68 art and retail gallery showcasing our newest 'n most popular pins + patches. With the many artists we carry, there should be something you'll just have to take with you!

Provincetown, MA is a wonderful summer destination full of creativity, welcoming people, great events (drag show!!), and good food. We're happy to be a part of the community even for just 1 day. If you'll be in town the first weekend of August, please come say hi! All items will be available to purchase.
 

Strange Ways
Provincetown Pop-Up Shop


Saturday, August 4th  /  12PM–6PM
377 Commercial St, Provincetown MA


RSVP + Invite Friends on the Facebook Event





Made On Honor Market — Providence, RI June 26 2018



Last year we vended at Narragansett's Made On Honor Market, and this summer they're bringing it back. Combining their awesome beer plus awesome vendors—it's a, well, awesome time! Come have some tasty drinks while perusing small and local New England businesses.

Strange Ways will road tripping to Providence, RI to be a part of the 2 Day market event. It goes on all weekend, both Saturday + Sunday. This time the event is at Pilotworks in Providence instead of Gansett's own brewery. The event is still FREE to enter. (Beers on you, of course.)

Made On Honor Market

Saturday, June 30th  /  12PM–6PM
Sunday, July 1st  /  12PM–6PM
55 Cromwell St, Providence, RI

RSVP to the Facebook Event



Summer Escape June 21 2018



Summer is here! That means you can finally get out of the house, leave the city—and escape into somewhere that you can be alone! Grab your closest buds and find the best secret swimming hole. You deserve some sunlight on that skin after hiding at home most of the time. Be sure to go out in style with our featured items.

View the Summer Escape lookbook





Ello & Strange Ways Artist Pins Contest May 05 2018



For years artists have been asking us how to get their custom work turned into enamel pins and sold at Strange Ways. For those looking to get started into pins, we've decided to team up with the artist platform Ello to run a limited time contest.


Strange Ways Capsule Collection
Artist Series Pins

• 4 artists will be chosen to have their art turned into enamel pins
• 100 pins of each design will be produced and sold at Strange Ways
• 25 pins of each design will be sold in the Ello store
• An additional 25 pins will be gifted to each artist of their work


Dubbed “The Creators Network” Ello provides a contemporary forum and virtual workplace for artists, brands, agencies, publishers, and their fans. To enter one must sign up and join Ello, but it's free and you may just end up discovering new opportunities for your work. We believe by teaming up with another brand that champions artists and creatives we can spread the opportunity and support.

Enter the Contest

Entries close June 7th


Strange Ways at RuPaul's DragCon LA April 25 2018



We had so much fun at DragCon NYC, that we are making our way across the country to Los Angeles to vend at the next one May 11–13! Strange Ways will have a table for all 3 days at the venue where we'll be selling some of our most popular pins, patches, and other top sellers.

Come shop with us all weekend including our exclusive Drag Queen collabs with Shea Couleé, Laganja Estranja, Laila McQueen, Peaches Christ, 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. To top off, we'll totally be bringing our Clueless and Mean Girls licensed product—so get your wallets ready!

Drag Queen Merchandise

LGBT Pins + Patches

Clueless + Mean Girls Merch


Visit us at Booth C11 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


Flair Fair April 14th in New Haven, CT April 02 2018



Our vendor market returns again! This will be just the 2nd Spring-time version of Flair Fair and our poster art by Allison Bamcat shows our excitement for warm weather finally!

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 for another round. 

Flair Fair

April 14th — 11AM–4PM
827 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT

Vendor List + Market Info
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Strange Ways Pairs Up With Paramount March 09 2018

We spoke with local New Haven publication The Arts Paper to speak out our new venture with Paramount Pictures licensing film titles Clueless, Mean Girls, Almost Famous, and Anchorman. In it we talk about how the collaboration works, the inspiration behind the merchandise, and why Strange Ways decided to delve into the licensing business.

“There’s a lack of accountability, especially with the internet now. It’s really … it’s hard to tell what’s original and what’s not. We won’t carry something that’s a ripoff. And that’s where I want Strange Ways to be.”


READ MORE: Strange Ways Pairs Up With Paramount
SHOP THE MERCH: Our exclusive Clueless and Mean Girls items


Exclusive Clueless and Mean Girls Merchandise! February 07 2018

Excited to announce that we've teamed up with Paramount Pictures to produce official movie merchandise! So totally proud to introduce both our Clueless and Mean Girls collections—officially licensed and available now only at Strange Ways.

The enamel pins and iron-on patches feature popular slang from some of our favorite lines in the movies. Both Clueless and Mean Girls took girl gangs to a whole new cultural level, and we're proud to be a part of their cult phenomena. It's so fetch!

Shop Clueless and Mean Girls Collections here!