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.

Support The Handmade Market

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Thank You For Coming!

A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the 18th edition of The Handmade Market yesterday! On behalf of all the fabulous artists and food vendors, thank you for taking the time to drop in and shop local! A very special thank you from The Handmaidens goes to our top-level calendar sponsors — with generous donations from DECO Raleigh, Pop-Up Sunday, Brwn Fox Creative, and City Market, we were able to pass out those little beauties to the first 200 shoppers, plus raffle off even more for our featured charity.

Thanks again to Jenn Hhandmade market november 2014ales Illustration and Design for another beautiful logo design! If you would like to see her creative process at work, check out this time lapse video that captures Jenn starting with the concept and working through the drawing and painting — it’s amazing!

Our biggest shout out goes to YOU, who contributed to our featured charity Read and Feed; YOU, who pitched in so that the good people at Read and Feed can continue to reach out to low income children with their mobile classroom, evening meals, and reading tutors. TOGETHER we raised $945 for this important organization. Thank you!

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, pretty please add them to The Handmade Market group on Flickr.

Now here’s some BIG NEWS! Cobblestone Hall is closing its doors in January (sad trombone!). We need a spiffy space for The Handmade Market on May 2, 2015. Do you have or know of an indoor event space that is at least 5,600 sq ft? If so, please give us a shout — we need somewhere to land!

And if you want to stay up-to-date on all the latest news about The Handmade Market — including the call for artists and dates for upcoming shows and where they will be! Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

And speaking of upcoming shows — the Boylan Heights ArtWalk is Sunday, December 7th. If you didn’t make it to The Handmade Market this time, here is another chance to shop handmade for the holidays. There will be many talented artisans displaying their wares on front porches and lawns in the Boylan Heights neighborhood near downtown Raleigh. And if you DID enjoy The Handmade Market, it’s just another chance for more loveliness! Stop by and say hello to The Handmaidens — we’ll be there.

With love + craftiness,
The Handmaidens

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Fall 2014 Charity Raffle: Read and Feed

If you’re new to The Handmade Market, you may not know that we partner with a different local charity for each and every event. Our goal is to introduce (or reintroduce) our awesome guests to equally wonderful organizations doing good in our community. At the event, visitors can make a suggested donation to the charity at the entrance, and in return receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket filled-to-the-brim with handcrafted goods and vouchers for services donated by our generous Charity Sponsors.

This November we’re partnering with Read and Feed, a literacy organization focused on illustrating the importance of reading from an early age. Read and Feed’s mission: feed the minds of low-income elementary aged students while nourishing their bodies. We’ll share more of Read and Feed’s story with you soon — stay tuned.

Join us on Saturday, November 8 for The Handmade Market. You’ll meet folks from and learn about this wonderful organization while having a chance to win some rocking swag.

Interested in being a Charity Sponsor? Follow this link.

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Application Has Closed

The application for The Handmade Market on November 8, 2014 is now closed. If you submitted an application, thank you! Notification emails will be sent during the week of September 22.

If you missed the application deadline, you can still be involved in the show! We need a few good volunteers to help spread the word over the next several weeks, as well as help with behind-the-scenes stuff on the day of the event. If you missed the Call for Artists announcement, please sign up for the newsletter — that way you’ll receive all future announcements and updates.

We are still accepting sponsors for the event on November 8, 2014. The deadline for Master, Journeyman, and Apprentice sponsorship levels is October 10. Looking for more info? It’s right here.

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Artist Application Deadline Is September 14

Finish up your application — or dig in and get started — we know how it is! The Handmade Market is happening on Saturday, November 8, and artist applications are due on Sunday, September 14. That’s only four more days — what are you waiting for? Click here to read the application guidelines, and then submit your application!

There are still sponsorship opportunities for the event on November 8, and we would LOVE to partner with you! Head this way for more information — we look forward to hearing from you!

We’re so excited to see your latest and greatest! The application deadline is midnight (EDT) on Sunday, September 14. Late applications will not be accepted, so shake a crafty little tailfeather!


PS: Did you know that you can sign up for the newsletter to receive Call for Artists announcements in the future?

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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!!

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