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Flair Fair is BACK! March 14 2023


Thought we were dead, huh? Well, our pin + patch artist market RETURNS!
Find all the info below. Apply to be a vendor by March 31!


Refresh Your Threads! February 17 2023

Here at Strange Ways we're in the business of selling pins and patches.....but we'll sew 'em on for you, too! Instead of tossing away that old jean jacket only to end up in a landfill, you can cover those holes with miniature pieces of art.
Refresh your wardrobe with patch application, hand embroidery, chain stitching, and more during our pop-up shop! Watch live demos and allow our friendly and knowledgeable staff to introduce you to the wonderful art form of customizing your clothing.
Bring your own clothes or browse our selection of premade customs and vintage pieces in our pop-up shop. We'll be joined by Foolish Daughter of New Haven, who is offering custom chain stitching on her vintage chain stitching machine. You'll definitely find something to inspire your new spring wardrobe!
RSVP on Facebook or EventBrite!

Spring Things Artisan Market @ Strange Ways February 13 2023

Saturday, March 18th, 1-5pm
Join us for a mini market celebrating the start of spring! With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, now is the perfect time to get out of the house and SHOP LOCAL!
Three of our favorite local vendors will be popping up at Strange Ways and are offering an array of inspiring goods that are sure to get you in a sunny mood.
Our three artisans are:
Rissky Studio - fresh and stylish artwork, tote bags, decor and more-- perfect for ushering in spring
The Strangest Places - handcrafted jewelry that preserves the beauty of locally grown and foraged botanicals
Your Queer Plant Shop - exactly what it sounds like! Adopt a beautiful new house plant from these local queer plant dealers.

Valentine's Pop-Up Market January 20 2023


Join us at Strange Ways for a pop-up market featuring three incredible Connecticut artists who are offering the perfect gifts for your Valentine! And even if you're single, shopping local and handmade is sure to give you those warm fuzzy feelings. ♥


Chasing Westphalia @chasingwestphalia

Martin Maysee @martinmaysee

Heart of a Hungry Hermit @heartofahungryhermit

More info/RSVP on Facebook!

Queer Valentine's Mixer at Strange Ways January 13 2023

Bringing together the LGBTQ+ community for mixing and mingling. Spread the love, and maybe you'll even grow your love life? Being queer can make you bitter, so come on in and get down for some good vibes. Maybe you'll meet someone new—friend, lover, or just a new connection!

❤️local business F.EM. shop will be vending some kinky and frisky adult toys!

❤️our friends at REACH Fund CT will be offering information and empowerment for reproductive rights in the queer community.

❤️ local fave DJ PupStar will be providing the beats for the evening!

❤️queer owned restaurant, Blue Orchid, will provide light appetizers! Refreshments will be available as well. We encourage you to keep the good vibes going by hitting the after-party at Blue Orchid, just a quick walk down the street!

❤️ R U QUEER? If YES, you'll save 10% on any in store Strange Ways purchase during the mixer! Find the perfect gift for your Valentine.

❤️18+ only. Free to attend! Come by yourself or bring the whole posse!

RSVP for reminders on Facebook

Stitch 'N Patch Pop-Up (Personalized Gifts!) December 16 2022

Looking for an extra personal gift? Come by the storefront this Sunday where we will not only be able to attach patches LIVE to items, but we have special guest Foolish Daughter who will be able to chainstitch a name or phrase for you right on the spot! Come take advantage of this one-time event, and create a unique gift for a loved one this holiday season.

Strange Ways Makes Space for Live Music December 14 2022

Thanks to the New Haven Independent for covering our 2nd live music show at the shop! Interested in having an event at Strange Ways? Reach out to us!


Strange Ways in New York Magazine (The Strategist) December 07 2022

Shop Small Saturdays - Mini Markets All Holiday Season December 06 2022

Join us this December for our Saturday Popups! Each week we will be featuring a different group of local artisans in our Studio. Get all of your holiday shopping done in one place, and make sure you check back weekly—not only will we be hosting different artists, we'll also be stocking our shelves with new products throughout the holiday shopping season.

Shop small and keep your money where your heart is!

(plus selfies w/ Krampus by @thefrankensteintwins)

RSVP on Facebook

Strange Ways in Connecticut Magazine Holiday Gift Guide 2022 November 29 2022