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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Call for Volunteers!

Hello friends,

Would you like to be a part of  The Handmade Market? Do you have a few hours to volunteer at The Handmade Market on Saturday, May 3rd? We need some help getting artists set up, handing out goody bags, and just being on hand to help keep things running smoothly. We don’t ask you to stay for more than a few hours, and you are guaranteed a goody bag plus a little something special from The Handmaidens to show our appreciation. Please sign up here if you can help out!

If you’re not available on May 3rd, we can always use some help promoting the show — hanging fliers and distributing postcards. Please get in touch if you have a few minutes to spread the word.


Our volunteers are the best! Many thanks!!

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!

Thanks goes to our fine sponsor: City Market


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!

DecoraleighcollegeDeco Raleigh

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!

Application Is Closed

The application for The Handmade Market on May 3, 2014 is now closed. If you submitted an application, thank you. You will be notified via email regarding the status of your application beginning on March 24.

If you missed the Call for Artists, you can still be involved in the show — we need a few good volunteers to help get the word out over the next several weeks and keep things running smoothly on the day of the event. And please sign up for the newsletter — that way you’ll be sure to receive Call for Artists announcements in the future.

We are still accepting sponsors for the event on May 3, 2014. The deadline for Master, Artisan, and Journeyman levels is March 21. The other levels will be accepted until April 19. All the sponsorship info you could dream of is available right here.

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