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.


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Oh what fun!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Yesterday marked the 16th edition of The Handmade Market. We speak for the more than 50 fabulous participating artists and makers when we say that we’re grateful that you chose to shop local with us!

Did you get in on the Early Bird shopping this time? Early enough to score one of the stylish new tote bags?

totebag CollageThanks to Jenn Hales of Jenn Hales Illustration and Design for capturing what a Handmaiden actually looks like — or at least what a Handmaiden looks like this year! This super-crafter hero you’ve seen on all the posters and promos is a great representation of all super-crafters — and there was a room full of them yesterday!

A VERY special thank you goes to our bag sponsors! With generous donations from Pullen Arts Center, DECO Raleigh, Epona & Oak, and City Market we were able to pass out those pretty yellow tote bags to the first 500 shoppers. We also want to thank Carolina Fiber Fest for their continued support of The Handmade Market as a sponsor.

But our biggest shout out goes to YOU, the contributor to our chosen charity Hospice of Wake County. YOU, who gave a little cash so that Hospice can continue to give to others. Together with YOU, we raised $657 for these great local caregivers!

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, we would love for you to add them to The Handmade Market group on Flickr.


Stay up-to-date on news about The Handmade Market, including the call for artists and dates for 2014 events, by signing up for the newsletter and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

With love + craftiness until we meet again,
The Handmaidens


CityMarketLogos_p9We have been holding The Handmade Market in Cobblestone Hall in the heart of City Market for quite some time now. If you have never been you may ask, “where IS City Market?”

City Market is the area of downtown Raleigh located between S Blount St, E Martin St, Person St, and E Davie St. Tucked inside those streets are the quaint Parham, Wolfe, and Blake streets. Have you been downtown for the First Friday Gallery Walk lately? This is where you’ll walk among white lights strung over cobblestone streets. It’s where retail shops and restaurants extend their hours and live music plays out on the street. It’s where you just may feel like you are out of town on a little vacation. When in fact, you are really enjoying a little piece of history right here at home!

City Market opened for business in 1914! Every Saturday you could find farmers gathered at the Market with their produce, poultry, and flowers. Seafood was brought in from the coast. Raleigh citizens could even pick up home baked goods in City Market and picnic with their families in Moore Square. Back then Moore Square was called “The Grove” by the locals. Today it’s the park where the 1,250-pound acorn sits!

1914! Do you see the significance of that date? City Market will be celebrating its 100th birthday in just a few months. Keep an eye on their website for information about how they’ll celebrate.

But before we get all excited about 2014, City Market is planning “A City Market Christmas” It will follow the 69th annual Raleigh Christmas Parade. You’ll already be downtown so head over to City Market. There will be a children’s choir, lots of goodies to eat and of course Santa! All the local merchants will be decked out for the holidays.

We LOVE having The Handmade Market in an area with such history and character. Thank you once again City Market for sponsoring our event!



SPONSOR LOVE: Pullen Arts Center


Announcing a new sponsor of The Handmade Market!

Pullen Arts Center

We were so excited to hear that Pullen Arts Center wanted to be a Master Sponsor for The Handmade Market on November 9th. What a perfect fit!

Pullen Arts Center is on the north side of Pullen Park next to Theatre in the Park near Hillsborough St. It’s across from NC State’s Bell Tower.

There are many many classes offered for kids, teens and adults. It’s an art education program that caters to both the beginner artist and advanced artist. You can learn something entirely new or hone a skill you’ve been working on.

Don’t let the word Art scare you away from taking a class at Pullen Arts Center. Think of it in terms like this: there’s the art of sewing, the art of embroidery and the art of knitting. Learning to sew, knit, crochet and embroider are all classes offered at the center. There are many types of classes offered in drawing and painting. There is also resist dyeing, weaving, printmaking, pottery and photography. And many skills related to jewelry making such as enameling and metal work.

Doesn’t just the mention of all these arts and crafts get you fired up to take a class? You may be surprised at the talent you have, just waiting to be discovered!


Art4Fun Summer Camp is an 8 week long offering for children ages 6-11. Campers can attend Monday through Friday for a one week session or sign up for more than one. Each week there is a different theme and different artistic mediums and techniques. There are even side trips to Pullen Aquatics Center! Sounds like a lot of summer camp fun to us!

All this and more is happening right here in the City of Raleigh! So sign up for a class for yourself or sign up your kids for camp next summer. And, please tell them that you heard all about it right here! Then thank them for sponsoring The Handmade Market!




That’s what DECO Raleigh is. With more than 60 local artisans represented in DECO Raleigh’s downtown store, they take “LOCAL” seriously!

This is the third time that DECO Raleigh has supported The Handmade Market in the form of sponsorship and just all around general kindness to us!

When DECO Raleigh opened their store at 19 W Hargett St, they hit the ground running.  They are about to celebrate their first anniversary! It’s hard to believe, because when you walk through their door you’ll think they have been a fixture in the downtown Raleigh retail scene for years. There is so much to look at. It’s beautiful, it’s fun, it’s playful, it’s lively, it’s colorful, it’s creative. It’s all that and more!

But just before you walk through their door, look up. This summer there was a new addition to their storefront. A mural of the Raleigh skyline painted by Julie Schmidt. You can even purchase a print to take home for your very own.

There are so many talented artisans represented in this lovely shop. Many of them are listed here with a sample of their work and a short bio. You may see some locals that you recognize and you may be introduced to someone new.

If you work or live downtown, how nice to know that there are some great choices you can walk to for gifts.  And we like their shopping philosophy in that they “wholeheartedly support self-gifting

‘Like’ DECO Raleigh on Facebook and you’ll be in the know with what is going on in their store. Events like First Friday, it’s always a fun time with them! Do you prefer Instagram? They’ve got that covered too.

The Handmade Market thanks YOU once again DECO Raleigh!




Epona & Oak is a Wellness Studio with a fabulous boutique. No wait! It’s a fabulous boutique with a Wellness Studio. Either way…it’s FABULOUS!

A warm and inviting destination, owned and operated by three sisters. We would like to thank them for always supporting and promoting The Handmade Market!

Cheryl Hynes is a nationally certified massage therapist. She offers Swedish massage, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage. Her hands seem to work magic. She knows her stuff. Many an aching neck and back have been rescued. Cheryl has a knack for putting a relaxed happy grin on the faces of her clients. Book a massage and see for yourself!

Adding to the Wellness Studio options, Katie Hynes offers Reiki sessions and Yoga. You can sign up for a Flow and Restore Yoga class on Tuesday at 7:15pm. Call Epona & Oak to reserve your spot. Be sure to call by 5:30 the day before.

Epona & Oak’s Wellness Studio also has their own in-house licensed esthetician, Monica Shelton. She offers a wide selection of facial and body treatments. Experience an organic facial or a complete spa package. Your skin will love you!

All that pampering and comfort happens in the back of Epona & Oak where the Wellness Center lives. While in the front of the shop your eyes take in all that the boutique has to offer! Leeann Hynes carefully selects all the beautiful handcrafted goodness. She concentrates on North Carolina artists but has offerings from artists outside our state as well.

Jewelry, clothing, pottery and art, so many talented artists and designers are represented in the boutique. In addition, you’ll find organic facial and body care products, original clever greeting cards and sweet gifts for babies. Allow yourself some time when you visit Epona & Oak. There is so much art to take in. You’ll find great ideas for gift giving. But, you’ll most likely walk out with something for yourself too!

Epona & Oak is located at 329 Blake Street in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. In fact it’s only steps away from Cobblestone Hall. You can check it out on November 9th after you’ve enjoyed The Handmade Market! Be sure to say hello to the Hynes girls. You’ll feel welcome, we can guarantee that!


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