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

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get to know our new sponsor: Shop Local Raleigh

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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!

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

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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!

 

 

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