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.

Call for Charity Raffle Sponsors!

Plans are underway for The Handmade Market on November 8. One thing we still need some help with — donations for the Charity Raffle baskets. Can you contribute something {a good or service} or ask a friend to donate? Since The Handmade Market began way back in 2006, The Handmaidens have supported a local charity at each event. The accumulated charity collections over the years total more than $10,000!

shoppers at the handmade market

On November 8th, we are supporting Read and Feed, a literacy organization dedicated to nurturing the importance of reading from an early age. If you or someone you know could make a contribution, Read and Feed & The Handmaidens would both appreciate it. Your contribution is tax-deductible, plus your donation will be seen by all of the shoppers who attend The Handmade Market and purchase Charity Raffle tickets. Sound good? Submit your donation information here!

Artist Notifications have been sent!

As of this morning, all applicants have been informed of their application status. If you applied and did not see your notification email yet, check your spam folders. If it’s not in there either, send us an email, and we will update you.

Thank you to all who applied! We are excited about the artists that will be at The Handmade Market on November 8th, we thank those who are currently wait-listed for their patience, and are sorry for those who didn’t make it in — we all know how much it hurts to get that “thanks, but sorry” email. This was yet another incredibly impressive batch of applicants, and there were WAY too many talented artists that didn’t even make it onto the wait list this round! 

For those of you wait-listed or not accepted into the show, we want to point you to two really well written posts that the Richmond Craft Mafia shared regarding the selection process and sending out these notices for their shows. Their words echo our thoughts and sentiments each and every time we have to send these emails out, and they may help you understand the process a little better or answer any questions you may have. No, reading them will not make it any more fun receiving a wait-list or not-accepted notice, but they may help with the hows and whys involved in the process.

Decisions, decisions

The Waiting Game

Thanks a million to the Richmond Craft Mafia for sharing these posts.

With love + craftiness,
The Handmaidens

Fall 2014 Charity Raffle: Read and Feed

If you’re new to The Handmade Market, you may not know that we partner with a different local charity for each and every event. Our goal is to introduce (or reintroduce) our awesome guests to equally wonderful organizations doing good in our community. At the event, visitors can make a suggested donation to the charity at the entrance, and in return receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket filled-to-the-brim with handcrafted goods and vouchers for services donated by our generous Charity Sponsors.

This November we’re partnering with Read and Feed, a literacy organization focused on illustrating the importance of reading from an early age. Read and Feed’s mission: feed the minds of low-income elementary aged students while nourishing their bodies. We’ll share more of Read and Feed’s story with you soon — stay tuned.


Join us on Saturday, November 8 for The Handmade Market. You’ll meet folks from and learn about this wonderful organization while having a chance to win some rocking swag.

Interested in being a Charity Sponsor? Follow this link.

Application Has Closed

The application for The Handmade Market on November 8, 2014 is now closed. If you submitted an application, thank you! Notification emails will be sent during the week of September 22.

If you missed the application deadline, you can still be involved in the show! We need a few good volunteers to help spread the word over the next several weeks, as well as help with behind-the-scenes stuff on the day of the event. If you missed the Call for Artists announcement, please sign up for the newsletter — that way you’ll receive all future announcements and updates.

We are still accepting sponsors for the event on November 8, 2014. The deadline for Master, Journeyman, and Apprentice sponsorship levels is October 10. Looking for more info? It’s right here.

Artist Application Deadline Is September 14

Finish up your application — or dig in and get started — we know how it is! The Handmade Market is happening on Saturday, November 8, and artist applications are due on Sunday, September 14. That’s only four more days — what are you waiting for? Click here to read the application guidelines, and then submit your application!

There are still sponsorship opportunities for the event on November 8, and we would LOVE to partner with you! Head this way for more information — we look forward to hearing from you!

We’re so excited to see your latest and greatest! The application deadline is midnight (EDT) on Sunday, September 14. Late applications will not be accepted, so shake a crafty little tailfeather!


PS: Did you know that you can sign up for the newsletter to receive Call for Artists announcements in the future?