We did it! The LAST Handmade Market was one for the record books. We greeted a couple thousand people, we hugged at least half that many, or so it seemed, and we celebrated the end of an era with so many great artists who have become friends to us through the years.
The Market was jam packed with goodness! The artists really brought their best. It’s so fun for us to be around so many artistic people.
Thank you shoppers for coming out in droves to support the little show that grew into something special over the last dozen years! You were especially kind to everyone.
Thank you to our incredible friends at DECO Raleigh. They have stood by us for years and years. Since the beginning of their downtown Raleigh store, they have supported The Handmade Market in the best way. Please take your love for handmade art into their store at 207 South Salisbury Street. You will be able to purchase from such a huge selection of handmade goodness. Many, many local and regional artists are represented at DECO. Tell them you heard about their generosity from us. We would love them to know how many people they have reached.
And speaking of reaching many people, did you get a chance to learn about our chosen charity, Neighbor to Neighbor? Because of YOU, we raised $930 for Neighbor to Neighbor. The Artists donated SO generously, the most beautiful works of art and fabulous products for our raffle. We were able to present many lucky winners each with a box of the best. And all that money went to Neighbor to Neighbor!
Thank You,Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
One last heartfelt thank you to the artists who participated in all The Handmade Markets over the years. We thought of all of you as we heard the spontaneous round of applause at exactly 5pm, and it brought us to tears.
This is it! The very LAST Handmade Market begins today at 10am.
This amazing show is featuring more than 50 local and regional artists, designers and makers that have those perfect gifts to make your holiday shopping a breeze. There will be music, food and libations to make that shopping a little easier on you as well!
Entry to the show between 10am and 2pm is $5. The first 200 shoppers will receive a free Handmade Market shopping bag and receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win one of our beautiful baskets stocked full of donations from our talented artists.
FREE ADMISSION begins at 2pm and lasts until 5pm. Kids under 12 get in free all day.
100% percent of our raffle proceeds goes to support Neighbor to Neighbor so be sure to stop by their table to help out this fantastic community organization.
The Holiday Handmade Market is this weekend and we’ve got some tips for you on how to get there.
Please join us at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday, November 10th in Venture Hall. Early Bird shopping begins at 10am and goes until 2pm ($5). Free Admission begins at 2pm and runs until 5pm.
This event will mark our 25th and LAST installment of The Handmade Market so we hope that you can join us to send us off with a bang.
Directions Marbles Kids Museum is located at 201 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh, at the corner of Hargett and Blount, across from Moore Square. Here is the google map and great driving instructions on how to get there.
Parking There are a few free parking decks and one paid parking lot near The Handmade Market, and there is a pay per hour parking lot with direct entry to Venture Hall:
Pay per Hour lot behind Marbles with direct access to The Handmade Market is here.
Moore Square Parking Deck: Located next to Moore Square at 233 S Wilmington Street. There is no charge until 5pm on weekends until 5pm but then there is a $5 flat fee. Click here for more info
The Veterans Day Parade will be in full swing for you Early Birds so we’ve got a map for you to avoid any street closures.
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My heaviest style and influence is “steampunk”, a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Inspiration hits me anytime I see something mechanical or complex. I absolutely love ambient lighting, which is the main reason I make lamps!
How did you learn your craft?:
I’ve always been a “maker” of sorts. I learned electronics very young by taking apart (and sometimes fixing!) my toys. I learned lamp wiring via YouTube! The best way to learn your craft is to dive in and learn along the way!
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Bicycle Trash! Their work is so creative and innovative and green. I love it!
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I’m not able to put myself in the mood. I have to wait for it to arrive. It ebbs and flows. I create much better alone. I can work in a group setting, but you won’t hear much from me – I get very absorbed into my work! I prefer listening to music – usually alternative or swing jazz. Indoor.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t sell much online. The competition is overwhelming. Try various festivals and markets – people are much more likely to appreciate, and purchase, your work in person!
We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:
If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:
My very first Handmade Market was also my very first show, ever! I was so nervous that no one would “get” my work. It’s really tough to present your inner creativity to the world in such a grand setting. However, it went really great, and seeing people’s faces light up (literally and figuratively!) is my favorite part of the whole show!