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.

Spring 2010

All of the posts under the "Spring 2010" category.

thanks for coming!

youmisseditWhew, what a day! Great big thanks go out to all of you who came to The Handmade Market, shopped from the great artists, crafters, and designers, and supported the Triangle Land Conservancy. We sure do love all of our vendors and volunteers who worked so hard to make the Market its very best. We had a fantastic time and hope you did, too!

If you have a story to share about your experience at The Handmade Market — a special find or a new favorite — we’d love to hear from you. If you took photos at the show, we’d love it if you’d add them to The Handmade Market group on Flickr.

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Love + craftiness,
The Handmaidens

the handmade market is today!

It’s here! Join us in downtown Raleigh for The Handmade Market at Marbles Kids Museum. Doors open at 11am, and we’ll have 50 artists, crafters, and designers showing off their wonderful handcrafted wares until 5pm. Be one of the first 500 guests and you’ll receive a free tote bag courtesy of our friends at Ornamentea and Yelp.

Admission to The Handmade Market is free! In lieu of an entry fee, please consider making a donation to the Triangle Land Conservancy. Your donation will get you a raffle ticket good for a chance to win a gift basket full of good things from our generous Charity Sponsors.

So grab a friend & some coffee and come on down!

street closures

Hello friends,

Just wanted to give you a heads-up about a few street closures in downtown Raleigh resulting from the Festival of Hope. First and most importantly is East Hargett Street between Person and Bloodworth Streets. This is one block east of The Handmade Market at Marbles, so please plan your route to avoid that stretch of Hargett. South Bloodworth Street is also closed from Morson to Morgan Streets. These are the two blocks just north and south of Hargett Street.

Given these closures, it’s probably best to approach Marbles from Person Street (one-way northbound) or Blount Street (one-way southbound). For last minute info on street closures, check in with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

See you soon!

Get a video taste of The Handmade Market

It’s always hard to describe exactly how much fun The Handmade Market is, so when Style Girl Jess James came to the market last November 2009, and created an amazing little video to capture the day and the offerings you can expect to find at The Handmade Market we loved it! She’s allowed us to share it with you, so enjoy!

Vendor Spotlight: Lucky Accessories

Kiona Van-Rhee Wilson of Lucky Accessories is happy to be creating accessories that buck trends and encourage women to define—and celebrate—their own beautiful notions.

What will you be selling at the Market, and what inspires you to make them?
I will be selling the goods people have come to expect from me, such as my peapods, vintage wallpaper and ‘made of money’ jewelry, along with some fresh new lines; Nesting necklaces (nests made with coins and fresh water pearl ‘eggs’), and Reversible Stamp pendants (pendants much like my vintage wallpaper pieces, but using gorgeous postage stamps from around the world). I am mostly inspired by things we all use for a different purpose (such as the old wallpaper, the coins, the stamps) and using them in my jewelry to create something with a specific reference or history. I love it when my customers buy my jewelry because it reminds them of their family, a trip, or something else meaningful in their lives.

Which artist(s) at the May 2010 Market are you most excited to see?
I am very excited to see Bees Knees at this market, and Flutter is probably a booth I will have to hover by a few times. I also love the kids tees Jolie Thomas makes.

What’s your new favorite place (in the Triangle) to hang out on a Saturday night?
I am pretty fond of just hanging out on my front porch, with my husband and a glass of wine, or a few friends and few potluck dishes. But if I was to head out on the town I prefer to go somewhere that is downtown, and has outside seating such as Raleigh Times, Moonlight, Busy Bee or Mo Joe’s- to name a few.

If you had time, what new craft skill would you learn?
I am starting to dabble a little bit on my own in metal work with my jewelry, but I have been thinking for a long time about taking a good metal-smithing class. Also learning to make stained glass is on my wish list.

If you could only take one book on a year-long trip, what would you choose?
At the moment probably something like Fast Food Nation. I am getting better and better about making smarter eating choices consistently, but I have a serious weakness for junk food. Keeping a book like that close reminds me why I want to make those smart choices instead of the lazy ones.

What art/craft tool can you not live without?
Just a basic set of jewelry pliers really.

Planes, trains, or automobiles?
Planes. I used to travel a ton when I was young, and I have been fantasizing a LOT lately about jumping on a plane with my family and heading somewhere far away. I do enjoy road trips, but a plane can take us a lot further faster.

ONE MORE DAY until Kiona and her beautiful jewelry help rock the 9th Handmade Market!  See you there!

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