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.

Change is good

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This is an interesting post to write, because about 6 months ago, we didn’t know what we would be announcing. Were we going to continue for only one more year? Were we going to be done all together? Or, were we going to continue with fewer Handmaidens?

Before explaining further, we would like to acknowledge a milestone. We have been doing this for 10 years, and this November would have marked our 20th market! This fact is hard for us to wrap our heads around. The Handmade Market is a labor of love, but with 7 busy women at the helm- burnout loomed. Last summer the conversation was started about ending this awesome ride- could we, should we?

Then something awesome happened. Each time we got together to officially make an “exit strategy,” we just couldn’t do it. We have worked together for 10 years. We started producing shows when Raleigh’s creative community was still small, with lots of room to grow. We jumped in, figured out things along the way, and pooled all our talents in management. It’s been such a huge learning experience for all of us, both professionally and personally. As partners and friends, we have been through a lot in the last 10 years. We celebrated the highs and held tight through the lows. We had made our own magical little family and it just seemed wrong to walk away. Since starting The Handmade Market, Raleigh’s creative community has BOOMED, and it didn’t seem right to walk away from such an awesome event.

So…we are taking a bit of a break. We will be producing The Handmade Market in November 2015, but not this May. We are taking the time to bring some fresh, new ideas to the table. Stepping back, breathing, and regrouping.

Things are going to start looking a little different around here. Please pardon the dust as we work through the growth. Amazing things are coming- we will be hosting and organizing smaller, local events, producing “how to videos” online, ramping up the blog & web presence, consulting with artists, and laying out the plan for The Handmade Market re-launch in November 2015!

Thank you for all your support, thank you for being creative, and thanks for your patience!

Love,
The Handmaidens

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Love Reloved

Our friend Ashlee of My So Called Crafty Life has something extra special to smile about this holiday season. She has three projects featured in the November edition of Reloved magazine. And one of them is on the COVER!

My So Called Crafty Life blog has supported The Handmade Market and we thank her again for that. If you love thrifting, if you love creating, if you love DIY, or even if you love watching someone else do all that, you’ll want to go check out her blog!

Congratulations Ashlee!

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Thank You For Coming!

A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the 18th edition of The Handmade Market yesterday! On behalf of all the fabulous artists and food vendors, thank you for taking the time to drop in and shop local! A very special thank you from The Handmaidens goes to our top-level calendar sponsors — with generous donations from DECO Raleigh, Pop-Up Sunday, Brwn Fox Creative, and City Market, we were able to pass out those little beauties to the first 200 shoppers, plus raffle off even more for our featured charity.

Thanks again to Jenn Hhandmade market november 2014ales Illustration and Design for another beautiful logo design! If you would like to see her creative process at work, check out this time lapse video that captures Jenn starting with the concept and working through the drawing and painting — it’s amazing!

Our biggest shout out goes to YOU, who contributed to our featured charity Read and Feed; YOU, who pitched in so that the good people at Read and Feed can continue to reach out to low income children with their mobile classroom, evening meals, and reading tutors. TOGETHER we raised $945 for this important organization. Thank you!

If you have a story to share about your day at The Handmade Market, we would really love to hear from you. If you took photos at the event, pretty please add them to The Handmade Market group on Flickr.

Now here’s some BIG NEWS! Cobblestone Hall is closing its doors in January (sad trombone!). We need a spiffy space for The Handmade Market on May 2, 2015. Do you have or know of an indoor event space that is at least 5,600 sq ft? If so, please give us a shout — we need somewhere to land!

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 and where they will be! Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

And speaking of upcoming shows — the Boylan Heights ArtWalk is Sunday, December 7th. If you didn’t make it to The Handmade Market this time, here is another chance to shop handmade for the holidays. There will be many talented artisans displaying their wares on front porches and lawns in the Boylan Heights neighborhood near downtown Raleigh. And if you DID enjoy The Handmade Market, it’s just another chance for more loveliness! Stop by and say hello to The Handmaidens — we’ll be there.

With love + craftiness,
The Handmaidens

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The Handmade Market Is Today!

Today’s the big day! Join us in downtown Raleigh for The Handmade Market at Cobblestone Hall. Early bird shopping* starts at 10 am, then the doors open to all at 11 am. Shop from more than 50 local and regional artists, designers, and makers until 5 pm. Be one of the first 200 guests, and you’ll receive a free 2015 calendar. We loooove this lil beauty — you definitely want to get here early!

As always, admission to The Handmade Market is free! In lieu of an entry fee, please consider making a cash donation to Read and Feed. 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 Charity Sponsors! Buy two or more tickets, and we’ll throw in one of those 2015 calendars — everyone wins!

* Early bird shopping runs from 10-11 for $5 cash at the door. Come early if you’d prefer a quieter pace and first look at all of the artists’ wares!

Hope to see you today!

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The Handmade Market Is Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow from 10 am* to 5 pm at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market for a jam-packed day of shopping with more than 50 independent artists, designers, and makers from all around the city, state, and region! It’s the perfect time and place to kick off your holiday shopping! Plus the first 200 shoppers get a gorgeous 2015 calendar filled with designs from local artists. Will you give it as a gift or keep it for yourself? A tricky question, to be sure!

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[* We’ll have early bird shopping again from 10 am to 11 am — for just $5 (cash only), you get an entire quiet, laid-back hour to browse and chat with the artists.]

At 11 am, admission to The Handmade Market is free. In lieu of admission, consider supporting the featured charity, Read and Feed, with a raffle ticket purchase. Your donation gets you a chance to win one of several gift baskets full of goodies from our awesomely generous Charity Sponsors. Purchase two or more raffle tickets, and we’ll throw in one of those fantastic calendars!

You know what else we’ll have on hand? Homemade treats and coffee from Sola Coffee Cafe and Monster Cookies. Y’all remember Monster Cookies, right? Monster Cookies, a crowd favorite, has the biggest, best cookies around. Their homemade sweets are the perfect size to snack and take some home for later. Sola Coffee Cafe will be bringing fresh coffee, holiday cider, hibiscus iced tea, mixed berry muffins, and scones. This independent, locally owned coffee shop has a brick and mortar cafe in North Raleigh’s Greystone Village Shopping Center. We love the cafe’s casual, social atmosphere paired with fair trade and sustainable coffees and teas from around the world.

And that’s not all — Jason Elliott (drummer for Porch Light Apothecary) will be working the stereo and providing a mix of jazzy, funky tunes throughout the day. He’ll spin a tasteful blend of some of his favorite jazz-inspired albums to provide a fun, groovin’ atmosphere. You don’t want to miss this one — grab a friend and come down to Cobblestone Hall for The Handmade Market tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm!

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