The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

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Thanks goes to our fine sponsor: City Market

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Guess who is turning 100 this year? That’s right, City Market! Can you believe it? I wonder what it was like in downtown Raleigh 100 years ago?

citymarketcollageI think that’s Cobblestone Hall, home of The Handmade Market, looking at it from Martin Street. I’m sure not one of you would turn down some fresh local produce grown like it was back in 1914! This was THE place in Raleigh to get poultry, seafood, produce, baked goods and even flowers until the mid 1940′s. Once the exciting and new super market hit the scene, things slowed down at City Market. It’s gone through many changes since those old days.

We’re grateful that City Market has since been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. For that reason it’s still around for all to enjoy!

Did you know that City Market includes way more than just Cobblestone Hall? It 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 First Friday 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. There are street performers and corn hole games. 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! Check it out on Friday, May 2nd.

After you have enjoyed First Friday, come back on Saturday, May 3rd for The Handmade Market! We get to use the same building in the very way it was first intended, as a Market!

And remember, there is ALWAYS something going on in City Market. Check out the calendar of events on their website and keep an eye out for information about how we can all continue to celebrate 100 years of City Market!

Thanks City Market for sponsoring The Handmade Market from the minute we stepped foot onto your beautiful cobblestone streets!

Look who sponsors The Handmade Market

DECO_Logo-TaglineA big shout out and Thank You to DECO Raleigh for their sponsorship and continued support and love for The Handmade Market!

DECO Raleigh opened its doors at the corner of Hargett & Salisbury Streets in the fall of 2013. They arrived in a splash of color and continue to brighten the downtown shopping scene.

Their store offers a wide range of items. They stock handcrafted products from more than 60 local artists. You may even stumble upon the work of some artists who will be at The Handmade Market! In addition to local talent, you’ll find outstanding brands you may already be familiar with. Check it out, see who you may know … or fall in love with designs from someone new!

Just looking through their website is a feast for the eyes! But, you’ll want to pay them a visit to immerse yourself in color and design. You’re sure to find a gift for someone. The trick will be getting out of there without a gift for yourself!

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unique gifts • original art • smart design

19 W Hargett St in Raleigh

DECO Raleigh is on Facebook – give them a LIKE and let them know you’re glad they sponsored The Handmade Market!

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.

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With love + craftiness until we meet again,
The Handmaidens

SPONSOR LOVE: City Market

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

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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!

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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!

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