Because Mall is a Four Letter Word

November 7, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: Rebel Elle Vintage

Eleanor from Rebel Elle Vintage

EV Gifts
Booth 71

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
I gave up my career as a graphic designer to be a faithful military spouse and stay at home mom to my 2 children. I love all things mid-century, vintage boho and retro 80’s. My mother who taught me the love of the hunt as a child. I grew up in Los Angeles full of converging cultures, i watched it outgrow it’s mid-century glory for the urban metropolis it is today. I’ve had the privilege of living in Germany for 3 years where I gained an even greater appreciation of flea markets and old world antiques. Watching things like Mad Men, Grease, and The Wonder Years plus pouring over print advertising are some of my favorite inspirations. I plan to bring some housewares, vintage childrens toys and clothes, linens, and vintage christmas decor.

Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
Grease- My mother attended the real Ridel High as a teenager. I must of watched it a million times growing up. It forever engrained a love for the past.
Edward Scissor Hands- The eery Mid-century style of the whole movie is a timeless example of the era. The colors, the furniture, the hair!
Frida Kalo – It’s a love hate relationship. Her florals and textiles inspired by the idea of “real” Mexican style are iconic. She is synonymous with the breaking of patriarchal male stereotypes. It’s really hard for me not to constantly look to her as a golden standard.
Andy Warhol- The king of pop art, his prints are the backdrop of the 60’s for me . His work has shown me that art surrounds us in the beautiful and mundane, that it’s our outlook that makes it beautiful.
LadyCrushes: Because I use instagram for almost all my sales, I find these ladies to be veterans in the game, and I love to gush over their feeds.
Christina
Kaisa Baylock
Krys Melo 

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
Retro Christmas finds and crafts, vintage housewares, and vintage kids clothes.

How did you learn your craft or business?:
My mother who taught me the love of the hunt as a child. My degree is in Graphic Design so I can easily create and edit my photography and ads. I found a FB group of a community of other vintage insta-shops, there I get TON’s on knowledge on the game. ( Our instagram hashtag is #isnmemberitems) . Also, my good friend Malia brought me into having a vintage booth and she is an expert in retail business! I also love the Being Boss podcast.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
I’m a night owl. I tend to do a bulk if my posting, pricing and shipping at night after my kiddos are in bed. I turn up some jams and get cracking.

What advice would you give to an artist or business just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art or business?:
The best advice I’ve ever gotten is that branding and business success is totally perception. Imposter Syndrome is a fallacy and everyone faking it till they make it.

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For and all the details you’ll ever need about the Made & Found go here, for the vendor map see here, and come see us November 9th!

Also join our facebook event so you can easily invite your friends. See you there!

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November 6, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: Once Again Sam

Sarah Mandell from Once Again Sam

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
My full collection of handmade jewelry and fiber art will be available at Made & Found! The jewelry is all very affordable ($32 and under) and is made from upcycled leather, laser cut acrylic, and hand painted wood. I’ll have splatter painted acrylic dangle earrings, leather earrings, laser etched wooden pendants, adjustable rings, and my best selling series – landscape pendants. These are my original paintings that are cut down and framed as pendants, so no two are alike. I have so many different scenes to choose from but the mountains at night and mountains in autumn are always outselling the others!

The other side of my handmade biz is the fiber art. I work in wool, primarily dyed needle felted sheep and alpaca fiber. My 3D work ranges from realistic-looking succulents, to Christmas ornaments and practical things like dryer balls. My 2D work is where I’ve been focusing lately, and these flat landscape “paintings” are created entirely of fiber. I enjoy making landscapes that showcase scenes from all over the Carolinas.

Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
I’m inspired by nature, pattern, and all things quirky. It may sound overly simple but I’m influenced by what I see daily. There are patterns everywhere – both in nature and the man-made environment, and I study them and incorporate them into my designs. I’m also easily distracted by animals so if I see a heron while I’m out for a run, or a chipmunk visits my back deck, it has a pretty good chance of making it’s way into my work that day.

As far as my felted landscapes go – those are often made from my own photos and travel memories of places I’ve visited.

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
My laser etched wooden pendants have always been popular because I have over a hundred different designs. Whether you’re into cats, Sasquatch, travel, insects, or local landmarks – I have just the pendant for you! And…I’ll let you in on a little secret…I’m planning a buy one get one half off sale on pendants at the Made & Found Market so you can get some Christmas shopping done and treat yourself at the same time!

Although my 2D needle felted landscapes are still relatively new (I’ve only been making these for the last 2 years thought I’ve been in business for nearly 11), they’re quickly becoming a best selling item. From a distance, they are often mistaken for traditional paintings, but once you step closer and gently touch the soft material, then the piece gets a lot more interesting because it’s clear it’s made up of tiny colored fibers.

How did you learn your craft or business?:
Although I went to art school and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, all of the work I do today is pretty much self-taught. I have always enjoyed working with my hands, I’m not afraid to experiment with materials, and as it turns out, I really enjoy running a business!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
I prefer to create alone but I always have music, an audio book or podcast playing to keep me company. My studio(s) are in my home and I have things split up – the basement is where I do all of the dirty work like laser cutting, painting, sanding, etc. Then I move upstairs to my cleaner studio where I do the finishing touches, photograph, and pack. Some of my favorite music for studio time is from Noah Gundersen, Greta Van Fleet, and Family of the Year. Some podcasts I’m into right now are Forever 35 and Creature Feature.

What advice would you give to an artist or business just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art or business?:
Don’t be afraid to go for it, but don’t quit your day job just yet! I started Once Again Sam in 2009 as a little side hobby, just making things for fun, and sold them in order to by more art supplies. It was all just for the pleasure of making. By the 4th year, I was earning way more in my side hustle than at my full time career, so I switched gears and went part time in my interior design career, and nearly full time at Once Again Sam. I still roll with that exact same model today, many years later, and it’s so great to have financial stability and some variety in my day. Even if I have a bad week with online sales or don’t get into a certain craft show, I still have an income, so I don’t nearly as much pressure as I would if I was completely on my own. Even though I’m about 75-80% self employed through my handmade business, I like having something else to do a few days a week – it’s nice to have the extra income, get out of the studio, and use the other side of my brain for while. I find I’m way more inspired in both areas – my handmade work and my interior design work – when I spend time doing the other thing for awhile.

Follow Once Again Sam:

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For and all the details you’ll ever need about the Made & Found go here, for the vendor map see here, and come see us November 9th!

Also join our facebook event so you can easily invite your friends. See you there!

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November 6, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: Antiques and Old Lace

Annette Demay from Antiques and Old Lace

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
Antiques and collectibles mixed with vintage holiday decorations

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
Whether you prefer a Victorian cottage or a rustic farmhouse style I have unique items for you.

How did you learn your craft or business?:
After many years of running an antique store and doing shows, I have moved to NC to be nearer to family. I have a booth at Reid’s Country Sampler in Selma NC. Also I have done a few flea markets and antique festivals in NC.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
I truly enjoy shopping at sales, flea markets, auctions, etc to find unique items. Luckily for my customers I can’t keep all of the items I have. Bringing practical and also some whimsical goods to market for others to appreciate as I have.

What advice would you give to an artist or business just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art or business?:
Once you have something you love doing that can also support you, be open to new opportunities.

Follow Antiques and Old Lace:

Website
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For and all the details you’ll ever need about the Made & Found go here, for the vendor map see here, and come see us November 9th!

Also join our facebook event so you can easily invite your friends. See you there!

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November 5, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: RetroWix

Vickie Baird from RetroWix

RetroWix
Booth 2

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
I love candles and vintage glassware! My 25 year passion for antique glassware led me to start, RetroWix. I hand-pour soy candles into retro/vintage and reclaimed glassware found in antique stores from all over the country. I plan to bring a collection of stunning candles elevated with vintage charm, fall/winter candle sample packs and other unique gifts for the holidays.

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
Most of my customers are looking for one-of-a-kind gifts. They love the history behind each vintage piece and that they are eco-friendly. The nostalgic charm of these pieces are ideal for any candle enthusiast who also loves vintage decor.

How did you learn your craft or business?:
In the beginning, there was a lot of trial and error. Many hours of research and testing…it’s an ongoing process to get the right formula especially when each vintage container is unique.

I really like the combination of vintage with candles. I love my products, I love making them and I love when I see the reaction from my customers.

Follow RetroWix:

Website
Facebook
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For and all the details you’ll ever need about the Made & Found go here, for the vendor map see here, and come see us November 9th!

Also join our facebook event so you can easily invite your friends. See you there!

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November 5, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: Pet Wants East Raleigh

Steve Dicks from Pet Wants East Raleigh

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
We are Steve and Amy, owners of Pet Wants East Raleigh. We strive to provide the best fresh, natural & healthy food, treats and remedies for dogs and cats. Some of our best sellers we will have with us are our Homemade Beef Jerky and Sweet Pawtatoes, sure to have your pup drooling. We will also have our natural healing products such as our Paw Wax made with a blend of safe essentials oils to protect and repair your furbaby’s paws in extreme hot or cold conditions as well as aid in healing dry and rough pads and snouts. All items are always available on our website as well, providing Free Local delivery to East and South Raleigh, Wake Forest, Wendell, Rolesville, Garner, Clayton Fuquay-Varina and parts of Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill.

Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
While we make our own line of treats and remedies, we love to partner with other great local makers of treats that have the same goal of providing healthy, natural alternatives for your pets. Some of our current partners are Oliver’s Collar from Durham, On Point Pupcakes from Chapel Hill and Furbaby’s Desserts, Goodboy Dog Treats, and Zookies Cookies all from Raleigh. We also love partnering with and supporting local no-kill shelters and rescues such as Second Chance Adoptions, Cause for Paws, Safe Haven Cat Rescue, Black Dog Rescue, Hope For Animals to name a few.

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
We love showing owners new and interesting healthy chews and treats that they may have never heard of like yak cheese, elk antlers, tracheas and other interesting body parts that are great chew alternatives that provide not only great chewing, but also health benefits like collagen for skin and coat or glucosamine for joints and bones. Our fresh made jerky is always a big hit at events. Choices of beef, chicken and turkey are always favorites of the pups. You may even enjoy a piece of our homemade beef jerky

How did you learn your craft or business?:
Both Amy and I have always had a love and passion for animals throughout our like. Growing up on a farm, Amy has raised and cared for everything from dogs and cats, to horses, cows and chickens. While always looking to provide healthy foods and alternatives to ourselves and our kids, we started to look more into what we were giving our own pets. This quickly became confusing and overwhelming when looking online or in big box stores. Talking with other pet owners, friends and family we found that they felt the same. The more we got into it we thought what if we took a lot of the guess work out of owners looking for the same things and offered a store that only sold the best healthy options and not all the other stuff??? After months of research and training we began Pet Wants East Raleigh in June of 2018. We’ve much love and support from our customers for helping give the best care to their furbaby’s

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
We love being out at markets, especially ones that allow pets to attend. It’s great to spend the day meeting other dogs, cats and even a duck or pig every now and then :) We also enjoy deliveries when the owners are home and we get to meet the pups and kittens that we are delivering to. Crazy enough they know we are there bringing them something.

What advice would you give to an artist or business just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art or business?:
Be prepared for many long days and patience. Have a good plan and thought out budget for expenses. Stay consistent, but be flexible to change. Most importantly always provide exceptional service. We receive feedback and comments all the time from other local business owners and especially our customers. That amount of love and support since beginning has been so great. The best advice I was given early on was to be as consistent as possible from where we will be at markets, to the products we offer and most importantly the service we provide.

Anything to add?:
We love what we do. If you see us and have a question, suggestion or comment please stop by and see us. We love talking to our customers, especially the furry ones

Follow Pet Wants East Raleigh:

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For and all the details you’ll ever need about the Made & Found go here, for the vendor map see here, and come see us November 9th!

Also join our facebook event so you can easily invite your friends. See you there!

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