January 31, 2018
by The Handmade Market

Save the Date and Call for Artists

Get out your calendars, the next Handmade Market will be on May 5th! The event will be both indoors and outdoors, and for one day from 10am until 6pm at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. Early Bird Shopping begins at 10 am and goes until 12 pm. Free Admission is from 12 pm until 6 pm.

Artists, designers and crafters wishing to apply can do so until until March 15th. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the info on the Application Guidelines and Event Information, and here is the handy link to The Handmade Market Application.

We can’t wait to see your applications!

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November 27, 2017
by The Handmade Market

Shop Handmade this Cyber Monday

It’s that time of the year to get that holiday shopping on and we just wanted to remind you that there are some amazingly talented artists right here in our community.

Visit our gallery link here to see all of the participating artists from the last Handmade Market on November 11th.

If you find an artist you like, click on their business name to be taken directly to their online shop.

We hope that tomorrow for Giving Tuesday, you will consider donating to the fantastic charity that was represented at our last event. El Pueblo does some amazing work in our community and with your help, they can do even more. Please go here to make a difference.

Happy Handmade Holidays from all of us to all of you! We’ll see you in the new year with more great events for 2018!


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November 12, 2017
by The Handmade Market

Thank you everyone for the best 23rd edition of The Handmade Market

A great big hug to all of you who came downtown this weekend and enjoyed The Handmade Market with the rest of us! Your overwhelming patronage and support keeps us excited and going strong. It confirms we are still on to something that people want here, a curated arts and crafts market where we bring together a community of artisans and the shoppers who love them! We had a packed house inside and tons of traffic out in the courtyard on a beautiful, CRISP, North Carolina Autumn day. Thank you for coming out and showing our artists that you love what they are creating!

Thank you for contributing to our featured charity El Pueblo. Their mission is for Latinos to achieve positive social change by building consciousness, capacity, and community action. TOGETHER we raised hundreds of dollars to help. Thank you!

To the amazing artists, we thank YOU for sharing your talent with all of us. We all went home with packages of goodness! Thank you for working late into the night in your studios to bring us your very best!

If you want to keep up with any or all of the artists you saw this weekend, check out the gallery  And, read the artist spotlight posts, where you will also find links to their various websites and social media outlets. Keep on drooling and find out where they will be showing up next.




We would love to shout out one more DOUBLE THANK YOU to our show sponsors, Craft Habit and Deco! It’s because of their generosity and support that we are able to present this Market to you.

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November 11, 2017
by The Handmade Market

The Handmade Market Is Today!


The doors are open for Early Bird shoppers at 10 am. The entry fee is $7.00 and your arms will be filled with swag as soon as you walk through the door. Enjoy relaxed shopping, a complimentary raffle ticket and some lovely gifts from our sponsors.

FREE ADMISSION begins at 12 pm and goes until 6 pm. This is our best shows ever since we started this crazy train over a decade ago so there will be plenty to see, eat, drink and buy.

This 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.  Larry’s Coffee will be outside in the courtyard keeping the outdoor vendors warm on what is going to be a very chilly day.

El Pueblo will be there working the raffle table. They will receive 100% of the raffle proceeds so don’t forget to stop by and support a great organization. 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 artists.

We can’t wait to see you today!


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November 10, 2017
by The Handmade Market

The Handmade Market Spotlight: bird + beau

Kristin Austin from bird + beau

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Often finding inspiration in the stars + the sea, my work tends to be minimal + delicate with both organic + architectural lines and a subtle use of color.

Lately, my hoop earrings + bangles have been fan favorites. I’ll have plenty of these and a new mix of modern boho accessories with me at The Handmade Market — can’t wait!

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I love to sell in person at shows; the excitement, the immediate feedback, + actually meeting the folks buying my items is especially great! I also use Instagram most for promoting my brand + sell online at birdandbeau.com.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I know quite a few of the other artists — so I’m pretty excited to see them all + shop new ones, but I will say I tend to get myself in trouble at Ashley’s Twiggyroad Designs table! All of her painted wood jewelry is gorgeous! It never fails I get complimented a handful of times when wearing her pieces. AND I am super thrilled to have Elle Woods + October Forever as my neighbors this market!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
My brain is always on, dreaming up my next piece, display, or idea. When I’m in my studio, I work best alone and generally with a good podcast on. I’m such a nerd about learning the ins + outs of small business marketing, etc., so I have a few podcasts I enjoy when I’m not singing along to The Head + The Heart or The Rosebuds.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
I blew glass for awhile. While the job itself wasn’t so weird — it was actually really awesome — my bosses were lunatics. I would come home with so many stories!

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?:
Oh, branding is key. It’s kind of like that quote “Dress for the job you want…” except in this case you style your brand for the client you want. The most beautiful products will seem lackluster if a site or display isn’t in line with the brand aesthetic.

Also, say yes + figure it out later! Haha. I have to do this sometimes because I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and I want to wait til something is perfect before just jumping in — but things don’t have to be entirely perfect! So don’t miss out on launching that site, applying for that show, or taking the next opportunity, just do it!

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
I think the best compliments come in the form of repeat customers! I am always flattered by the sweet things folks say at shows + whatnot, but when a client orders again, that’s the best feeling.

Follow bird + beau:

Website- birdandbeau.com
Instagram- instagram.com/birdandbeau
Facebook- facebook.com/birdandbeau
Twitter- twitter.com/birdandbeau

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 11th!

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