February 8, 2016
by The Handmade Market

Dear Handmade Artisans…

The Spring Handmade Market is now accepting applications for their upcoming event on May 6th & 7th.

HMMKT-SquareThis will be our 20th Handmade Market and will be a two day event!

The show will take place on Friday, May 6th from 7 pm until 9 pm during downtown Raleigh’s First Friday events and will continue on Saturday, May 7th from 10 am until 5 pm.

There will be over 50 amazing artists, crafters, designers as well as music, food and drink!

(Yes, we will have a bar this time.)

Step 1: Get a strong cup of coffee and spend some time reading the application guidelines.

Step 2. Fill out this application using your professional yet whimsical voice (because you are probably “creative” in some fashion or another) and be sure to include fantastic photos of your work.

Step 3. Wait patiently for the jury to respond to you. We promise responses will begin going out no later than March 23rd.

If you are new to applying for craft shows (or you just like to read), this post from Dear Handmade Life is incredibly helpful and full of great tips.

We look forward to seeing all your wonderful work!


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February 7, 2016
by The Handmade Market

Volunteers needed!

Hello friends,

Would you like to be a part of  Urban Vintage? We’d love your help Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th to help keep things running smoothly. You won’t be asked to stay for more than a few hours. The Handmaidens will be ever-so-grateful for your participation! Please sign up here if you can help out! Tell your friends.

If you’re not available on March 4th or 5th, we can always use some help promoting the show — hanging fliers and distributing postcards. Please get in touch if you have a few minutes to spread the word.


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January 24, 2016
by The Handmade Market

A Special January Deal on Sponsorship…

Do you want to help support some wonderful community events?

One of the hardest aspects of producing a local event is sponsorship. We love having local support and partnerships, but it is difficult to ask for money from small businesses and artists. How can we make the process easier (and cheaper) for everyone? Well…….we are excited to offer a discount on all four event sponsorships!

That’s right, if you commit and pay for more than one event sponsorship before the end of January, you will save 20% off the TOTAL price. We have four events scheduled with three sponsorship levels each, some as low as $25, so something for everyone’s budget. The more you spend, the more you save, the sooner you get your logo on our websites!

For details and dates about sponsorship levels for Urban Vintage, click here.

For The Handmade Market, click here.

For all other questions about sponsorship, please email us at sponsor@thehandmademarket.com.

We cannot wait to hear from you!

The small print:
discount offer expires in one week, midnight January 31st
discount only available for two or more sponsorships for 2016
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January 18, 2016
by The Handmade Market

Urban Vintage is back!

Mark your calendars and get your applications in because Urban Vintage will be returning to Market Hall on March 4th and 5th!


The first Urban Vintage took place in August of 2015. Vendors reported record breaking sales and crowds filled the venue looking for found, historical and kitschy objects seen on some of the trending designer TV shows.

Interested collectors and curators should apply through the website urbanvintageraleigh.com. Applications are due by January 31st, 2016. Spaces range in size and price to accommodate all business levels, but are limited in number.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a focus on hard to find unique objects and furniture, clothing and accessories. Urban Vintage is answering the need for an INDOOR, two day shopping experience-making long distance travel more appealing to vendors outside the Raleigh area.


The Handmaidens, producers of other local events including The Handmade Market, are thrilled to establish another local shopping event in downtown Raleigh. With a focus on local business and creating an inclusive atmosphere, sponsorship for Urban Vintage is available in every economic level. Please visit the website for information about sponsorship, past pictures of the event and additional information.


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November 15, 2015
by The Handmade Market

That’s a wrap!

Another one for the books!

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You’re our favorite people! Thank you for coming out to the 19th edition of The Handmade Market!

I think we can speak for all the participating artists when we say how much fun it was and how grateful we are that YOU showed up! Thanks to you people, who came to mingle, check out our work and shop our wares!




Thanks to Renee Garner of Wolfie & the Sneak for the beautiful details she brought to our poster this year! When we flyered the town people raved!

A VERY special thank you goes to our sponsors! With generous donations from DECO Raleigh, Elan City Center and City Market we were able to design and hand out those pretty yellow notebooks to the first shoppers through the doors on Friday night and on Saturday morning.

We also want to thank VarageSale and Jeff Peterson, Realtor for jumping on board to sponsor The Handmade Market. A great way to thank sponsors for partnering in a show like this is to go to their web sites, learn more about them, and utilize them when the need arises. Tell them you heard about them at The Handmade Market!

And now our BIGGEST SHOUT out goes to YOU, the contributor to our chosen charity Activate Good. YOU, who gave a little cash so that Activate Good can continue to give to others. Together with YOU, we raised $832 so that they can activate more volunteers to help charitable causes in our local community. One of our favorite parts of The Handmade Market is knowing that we helped give a little to others.

If you have a story to share about your day at The Handmade Market, we would really love to hear from you. And if you want to stay up-to-date on all the latest news about The Handmade Market — including the call for artists and dates for upcoming shows – Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you took photos at the event, we would love for you to add them to The Handmade Market group on Flickr or just email them to us. And, we LOVE when you tag thehandmademarket on Instagram!

What’s next up the Handmaidens sleeves you ask? LogoSM

Urban Vintage! The 2nd addition will take place on First Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at the same location…Market Hall.

Watch for news about when the application period begins. It’s going to be a blast!

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