May 8, 2016
by The Handmade Market

Thank you for coming to The Handmade Market!

Screen Shot 2016-05-08 at 5.17.53 PMA huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the 20th edition of The Handmade Market this weekend! On behalf of all the fabulous artists and food vendors, thank you for taking the time to drop in and shop local! A very special thank you from The Handmaidens goes to our top-level Master Sponsor — with a generous donation from DECO Raleigh we were able to pass out those fabulous lime green notebooks greennotebook2016to the first 50 shoppers on Friday night and the first 200 shoppers on Saturday. If you were one of the lucky ones, I hope you think of us and DECO Raleigh when you jot down all your favorite thoughts in your little green book! DECO Raleigh jumped on board in January this year and has already committed to sponsor all four of our Handmaidens produced shows in 2016! You can see why they are a pretty BIG DEAL in our minds!

Thanks again to Wolfie & the Sneak for another beautiful logo design! Renee Garner is the artist behind those beautiful flowers! Thank you Renee! We get SO many compliments on our poster!

Our biggest shout out goes to YOU, who contributed to our featured charity Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina; YOU, who

pitched in to ensure no one suffers from hunger in our part of NC.

TOGETHER we raised $474.00 to help feed the hungry. Thank you!

If you have a story to share about your day at The Handmade Market, we would really love to hear from you. And check out our Handmaidens group on Flickr for great photos of all the past shows!

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With love + craftiness,

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The Handmaidens

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May 7, 2016
by The Handmade Market

The Handmade Market Is Today!

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If you missed your chance last night to come to The Handmade Market, you are in luck. The doors are open today from 10 am until 5 pm and it’s free admission. The first 200 shoppers receive one of these lovely Handmade Market notebooks.

This show is featuring more than 50 local and regional artists, designers and makers that have those perfect gifts to make your last-minute Mother’s Day or graduation shopping a breeze.  Don’t forget you can get a jump on something for Dad, too. There will be music, food and libations to make that shopping a little easier on you as well!

In lieu of an entry fee, please consider making a cash donation to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Your donation will get you a raffle ticket good for a chance to win one of several gift baskets full of goodness from our fantastic, generous Charity Sponsors!

Hope to see you today!

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May 6, 2016
by The Handmade Market

Early Bird Shopping Preview Tonight

Early-Bird-May-16The Handmade Market is adding a few hours of preview shopping tonight, Friday, May 6th, before the doors open to the public tomorrow morning. Come shop, mingle and sip from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for an early bird entrance fee of $5.00 per person. Anyone can attend and the first 50 shoppers will receive a sweet little gift. No advance tickets will be sold, just bring $5.00 cash and be in line when the doors open at 6:00 pm. The Handmade Market is located at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh. The entrance is located at 215 Wolfe Street in City Market. If you cannot make it tonight, The Handmade Market will open tomorrow, May 7th, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. We cannot wait to see you!


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May 5, 2016
by The Handmade Market

The 20th Handmade Market Starts Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow from 6 pm to 9 pm at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market for a jam-packed evening of shopping with more than 50 independent artists, designers and makers from all around the city, state, and region!  This Early Bird Shopping Event is for three hours for just $5 (cash only). You get an entire quiet, laid-back 180 minutes to browse and chat with the artists and get first dibs on all of their beautiful handmade wares. The first 50 early birds will receive a lovely Handmade Market notebook. The bar will be open and Elizabeth Galecke will be setting up a small photo booth inside to do head shots.

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At 10 am the following morning until 5 pm that evening, admission to The Handmade Market is free!!! The first 200 shoppers will receive a lovely Handmade Market notebook to help organize all those shopping lists. In lieu of admission, consider supporting the featured charity, The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, with a raffle ticket purchase. Your donation gets you a chance to win one of several gift baskets full of goodies from our awesomely generous Charity Sponsors.

You know what else we’ll have on hand? Enjoy treats to keep you cool from Treat and King of Pops or be fueled by Larry’s Beans.

You don’t want to miss this one — grab a friend and come down to Market Hall for The Handmade Market!

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May 4, 2016
by The Handmade Market

Artist Spotlight: Lady Pilot Letterpress

Emily Wismer is another artist new to The Handmade Market! Durham, North Carolina’s Lady Pilot Letterpress was born out her love of the smell of printer’s ink and being the kind of dirty that only a printmaker understands. Emily gets a rush from Lady Pilot Letterpressnew artist raffle donorseeing the crisp and vibrant original artwork roll of her circa 1907 letterpress.  She feels fortunate  to make a living creating greeting cards and ephemera that are equal parts sweet and snarky.  She can’t imagine doing anything else.

What item are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

I’ve just printed a ton of new cards and I’m excited to unveil them.

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

A pinball called Roller Games.

How do you unwind from an intense day?

A glass of wine and some music.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to meet? 

This Paper Ship. Looks like they have some beautiful prints!

Beach or ocean or shore?

Ocean for sure.

Artistically speaking, who is your doppelgänger?

Hmmm. I’ve been working with Blue Barnhouse Letterpress for years and we have similar senses of humor, but he’s even dirtier.

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 


What is your color addiction? Why are you moved by it? 

Lately, I’ve been really into orange. I think there’s just a cheeriness and vibrancy to a particular shade that you see a lot on vintage posters and ads. I dig it.

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

Well, I’m definitely excited to meet Original Brooks. I started doing letterpress because I wanted to make books and I’d still love to be involved in the process.

Be sure to visit Lady Pilot Letterpress‘ table. Check out all the fantastic new cards and ephemera Emily’s bringing this weekend to The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall.

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