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

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Our sponsor City Market celebrates 100 years!

CMLogo-CelebratingOh City Market, you don’t look a day over 75!

Historic City Market, that fabulous area in downtown Raleigh filled with restaurants, shops, and art galleries recently turned 100!

City Market opened its doors on September 30, 1914. It was THE place in Raleigh to get poultry, seafood, produce, baked goods, and even flowers. It was a place where vendors sold their goods side by side. That was in the 1920s and 30s. In the 40s, the ‘supermarket’ hit the scene, and things slowed down for City Market. A long time went by before City Market made a comeback — by 1959 the cobblestone streets had been paved over and Market Hall had been sold.

When City Market was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, revitalization efforts began. Even the asphalt was chipped away to reveal the cobblestones once again. The Handmade Market is held in Cobblestone Hall, the very spot that was once Market Hall. Step into the market and feel the history.

Have you been downtown for First Friday lately? It’s one of our favorite City Market offerings, where you’ll walk among white lights strung over cobblestone streets. Retail shops and restaurants extend their hours. Street performers, corn hole games, and live music spill out onto the streets. 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!

And did you get to shop at the Raleigh City Farmers’ Market this summer?  They set up under the awnings at Cobblestone Hall every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm. They’ll be back next spring, so tuck that in the back of your mind!

There is ALWAYS something going on in City Market. Check out the calendar of events on their website to see what you and your family can be a part of.

Start with The Handmade Market! Help us give a big shout of THANKS to City Market for being a top sponsor. They have sponsored The Handmade Market from the minute we stepped foot onto their beautiful cobblestone streets!

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Introducing another new sponsor: BRWN Fox Creative

We are excited about our new sponsor Brwn Fox Creative, and you should be too! In fact, if the logo alone caught your eye, then the mastermind behind Brwn Fox Creative, Jenell Gilyard, has done just what she intended to do. She specializes in branding small businesses, and this is hers! She also creates print and web design. You know what they say about a busy person? Busy people get things done! And Jenell Gilyard gets things done!

She not only has graphic design skills, she also loves to sew! Check out her Sewing and DIY blog, The Brwn Fox Creative Chronicles.

The fact that you are reading this on The Handmade Market website indicates at least one of the following:

  • you like to shop handmade
  • you like to support small businesses
  • you like art, design, and creativity in general
  • you have started or want to start your own business
  • or you are just curious about what those Handmaidens are always talking about!

It seems that Brwn Fox Creative could be a help with just about any of the above! Do you have a craft or skill that you would like to push from a hobby to a business? Jenell can help you create your first impression. You only get one chance for that! Through Social Media we have a world of potential customers at our fingertips. Don’t you want to make a great first impression? Working with Brwn Fox Creative is a perfect way to help your business while supporting another small business.


She is also a founding partner in Pretty Girls Sew. This is a collaboration of  five women who met through Instagram. I just LOVE that! People wonder why a hashtag is used? Well, here’s a great example of how five women from across the country got together through social media! #sewing

If you like to sew or want to learn more about sewing, please check out the Pretty Girls Sew website. They have a monthly Sew Along Challenge, they have an online magazine, and they have tutorials. You’ll get swept away looking through it all {in a good way!}

They will even be hosting a SEWcial in Austin, Texas in June 2015!

pgs_sewcial_2015We {The Handmaidens} think it’s worth your time to check out Brwn Fox Creative. We want to extend a great big ‘thank you’ to Jenell Gilyard for investing in The Handmade Market. Please help us with that by checking out Brwn Fox Creative!

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a new sponsor: POP-UP Sunday Vintage Market



We are SO excited to have POP-UP Sunday as one of our Master Sponsors for The Handmade Market this fall. They are sort of like a cousin to us!

Have you been to POP-UP Sunday yet? This mini flea market happens once a month, April through November, at the corner of West and Johnson Streets in downtown Raleigh. For a few hours (noon til 5 pm to be exact) the gravel-covered parking lot of Ornamentea turns into a POP-UP market with food trucks, beer, and amazing vintage finds. The vendors are handpicked with an emphasis on hard to find vintage wares, clothing, and recycled art. The event books months in advance and consistently rotates vendors from all over the US, even as far as Austin, TX. Tents, umbrellas, and vintage camper styled shops line the edges of the fun with money being raised each month for a different local charity.

Tracey Johnson, owner of Patina South, and Cynthia Deis, owner of Ornamentea, are the trailblazing organizers of POP-UP Sunday. “We are amazed at just how much support we have gotten from the local community for this little event. The idea of having an event that helps local businesses meet new customers, neighbors mingle, and raises money for charity seemed needed-fun and fundraising.”

Recently, POP-UP Sunday was mentioned in Women’s Health Magazine as one of the contributing factors to Raleigh’s #3 ranking (behind Austin and Denver) as a “social climber” with lots of cool culture. The Handmade Market and downtown’s First Friday events were also mentioned … nice list of local must-see and dos!

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October 26th and November 23rd are the last two dates for POP-UP Sunday in 2014. Mark your calendar for both and bring a crowd. This event is pet friendly and there is always something for kids to do, thanks to Wild@Art.

POP-UP Sunday

vintage market • recycled art • food trucks • charity • good beer

509 N. West Street, Raleigh

POP-UP Sunday is on Facebook — check out upcoming dates and vendors, LIKE them, and let them know you’re glad they sponsored The Handmade Market!

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Meet our friend: DECO Raleigh

DECO_Logo-TaglineI think it’s time to call DECO Raleigh our head cheerleader! For their love and support and continued sponsorship of The Handmade Market, we will grant them that fine distinction!

As soon as they opened their doors at the corner of Hargett & Salisbury Streets in the fall of 2012, they partnered with us in promoting The Handmade Market. They arrived in a splash of color and continue to brighten the downtown shopping scene.

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DECO Raleigh literally bursts with color when you step through their doors. They carry handcrafted products from more than 60 local artists, in addition to brands that you may already be familiar with. Stop in to see who’s art you may already know … or fall in love with designs from someone new. You’re sure to find a gift for a friend. The trick will be getting out of there without a ‘gift’ for yourself!

raleigh [   ] spaceBut, before you step through their door, you MUST take in Raleigh’s first-ever parklet, located on Salisbury Street just outside of DECO Raleigh. A parklet is an installation that extends the sidewalk into parking spots and creates a fabulous space for public use. It is the result of an incredible collaboration of students, professionals, educators and entrepreneurs. DECO Raleigh manages this evolving, innovative space. You can ask them about it when you visit the store or go to raleigh [   ] space for all the details.


DECO Raleigh

unique gifts • original art • smart design

19 W Hargett Street in Raleigh

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

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get to know our new sponsor: Shop Local Raleigh


Please give a warm Handmade Market welcome to our new sponsor Shop Local Raleigh!

Shop Local Raleigh promotes locally owned and operated businesses and works to educate consumers, business owners and the Raleigh community about the many benefits of spending locally.

Shop Local Raleigh has two bright sides to their coin. On the one side we as consumers can easily find a list of hundreds of local independent business owners in the area.  And there are awesome deals to take part in, like $20 on the 20th!

On the other side, members of Shop Local Raleigh are promoted through local television and radio ads, social media and directly on the Shop Local Raleigh website. (check out their colorful Instagram, you’ll want to start following them!) Members have access to networking and training events along with tips and articles to better their business. In this day of websites for just about every business, you need your home page to make a good first impression, right? Shop Local Raleigh has some great insights for you to be a success at this. Check it out here

The bottom line… when we spend money locally, it helps our own communities and neighborhoods. In fact here are 10 good reasons to Shop Local…Raleigh!

So Show Some Local Love!

and thank YOU Shop Local Raleigh for showing some love to The Handmade Market!

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