The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

A showcase of independent designers, artists, and crafters in Raleigh, NC.

Help Wanted

Hello creative friends! The Handmaidens are looking to bring on a couple of interns this summer and fall to help with preparations for The Handmade Market on November 8. You will be working closely with us to organize, produce, and promote the event. The position is unpaid, but (and this is a big BUT) you will gain invaluable experience in how to run a successful art, craft, and design show!

You will create and manage blog content, help out with social media, and assist with project management — most of this happens online, so you need to be very comfortable with basic WordPress editing and other online tools/platforms like Freedcamp, Constant Contact, and Google Docs/Drive. Some experience with WordPress is preferred, but it’s okay if you haven’t worked with the others — the key point is that you’ll have to jump in quickly. If web technology isn’t your thing, then you probably won’t enjoy this gig!

We also need someone who’s crafty, creative, positive, interested in sharing new ideas, and good with teamwork. You must live in the Triangle area and have a reliable computer. Does this sound like you? Would you like to learn all the behind-the-scenes tricks and tips we use on a daily basis? (And did we mention that this is our 18th show? We definitely have some tips to share.) All right, let’s do this!

Please send your resume to In your resume, include anything that’s relevant to your art, craft, or design experience, along with how many hours per week you are available. If you’re currently in school, send links to any projects that represent your skills, interests, and style. Share links to your blog, if you have one, along with Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Help us get to know you! We look forward to working together!!

Call For Artists: November 8, 2014

It’s go time! We are now accepting applications for The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Review the guidelines, make sure you have some awesome new photos of your wares, and hop on over here to submit your application. The deadline for submission is September 14 at midnight EDT. Late applications will not be accepted, so don’t dally.

 We look forward to seeing your latest & greatest. Best of luck!

Save the Date!

Hello and happy summer! Preparations are underway for our next show — please mark your calendars for The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh. The call for artists and application are coming soon (shooting for early next month), so stay tuned!

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What A Day!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our 17th edition of The Handmade Market! On behalf of all the fabulous artists and food vendors, thank you for taking the time to drop in and shop local!

This is the third time we have opened up at 10am for Early Bird Shopping. Did you get in on it? Did you get your hot pink tote bag?


Thanks again to Jenn Hales Illustration and Design for another beautiful logo and goody bag design! If you would like to see her creative process you should check out this time lapse video. It’s the making of the super handmaiden and her little friend looking over our fair city. From the first idea through the drawing and painting process, it’s amazing!

A Super Handmaiden special thank you goes to our bag sponsors — with generous donations from DECO Raleigh, Shop Local Raleigh, and City Market, we were able to pass out those pretty pink totes to the first 500 shoppers. We also want to thank Let’s Shop Local, made, and Gather for joining the sponsorship team!

But our biggest shout out goes to YOU, the contributor to our chosen charity Triangle Pets Alive. YOU, who gave a little cash so that Triangle Pets Alive can continue to save the lives of healthy, treatable pets. Together with YOU, we raised $334.00 for their organization. Thank you!

If you have a story to share about your day at The Handmade Market, we would really love to hear from you. If you took photos at the event, we would love for you to add them to The Handmade Market group on Flickr.


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With love + craftiness until we meet again,
The Handmaidens

The Handmade Market Is Today!

Today’s the big day! Join us in downtown Raleigh for The Handmade Market at Cobblestone Hall. Early bird shopping* starts at 10 am, then the doors open to all at 11 am. Shop from more than 50 local and regional artists, crafters, and designers until 5 pm. Be one of the first 500 guests, and you’ll receive a free tote bag for all of your goodies!

As always, admission to The Handmade Market is free! In lieu of an entry fee, please consider making a cash donation to Triangle Pets Alive. 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!

* Early bird shopping, from 10-11 am, costs $5 cash. Come early if you’d prefer a quieter pace and first look at all of the artists’ wares!

Hope to see you today!