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.

Spring 2009

All of the posts under the "Spring 2009" category.

Thanks for Coming to The Handmade Market!

What an incredible day we had! Many thanks to all of you who came and donated to the charity and shopped from the wonderful vendors, thanks to all the vendors for working so hard, and thanks to all of our sweet volunteers.???? We had a great time, and we hope you did too!

If you have a great story to share about your experience at The Handmade Market or a purchase you made, we’d love to hear from you, and we may use your input for future blog posts! If you took pictures at the market, feel free to add them our Flickr group.

Love + craftiness always,
The (exhausted) Handmaidens

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The Handmade Market is today!

The Handmade Market Credit Russell Gorga

It’s time for The Handmade Market! Come join us anytime between 11am and 5pm today to browse, shop, and mingle! There is no admission fee — instead we’d love you to make a donation to SAFEchild, the featured charity at today’s Market. A donation is not required for entrance, but you will receive raffle tickets in exchange for your donation, which may win you one of the fabulous prize baskets with donated goods from all of these wonderful raffle sponsors.

You can also come hungry as we have two delicious food & dessert vendors: Coffee & Crepes and Sweet T Cakery right at the entrance (weather permitting) to satisfy your tummy and your sweet tooth.

If you need directions or help with parking, they’re right here. See you soon!

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The Handmade Market is tomorrow!

????We know you’ve been waiting with bated breath and clammy palms, but you’ll have to wait just. one. more. day before we open the doors for you at The Handmade Market!

Join us tomorrow, Sunday May 3rd from 11 am until 5 pm at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh for a day of great shopping from 50 of the best and brightest designers from NC and beyond!

Maybe while you wait you can look at the directions and map out exactly how you are going to get there …???? or drool over the vendor gallery one more time, visiting each artist and picking out your favorite goodies … or review your gift list one last time to make sure you didn’t miss someone.

You could also check out all of the wonderful businesses that donated goods or services to the charity raffle* and calculate how many raffle tickets you need to buy to best your chances of winning one of the fabulous raffle baskets, while supporting a great charity at the same time.

And finally, before lying down for another sleepless night due to the excitement of all the beauty you’ll be able to find tomorrow, you can hop on Facebook and tell all 350 of your closest friends to join you at The Handmade Market!

We’ll see you tomorrow!

* Admission to The Handmade Market is FREE. In lieu of an admission fee, we ask you to consider purchasing raffle tickets to support a local charity.

nov 2008

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Few Street Closures

Just a heads up about a few street closures you’ll find around tomorrow’s event. Cleanup after the World Beer Festival means East Martin Street (between Blount and Person Streets) will be closed until 3 pm and South Person Street (between Martin and Hargett Streets) until 5pm.


You’ll have no trouble finding The Handmade Market, but it’s always good to be prepared. For more information about the street closures go here.

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Vendor Spotlight: Nicole Lee Designs


This will be the first time Nicole Lee takes the hike from Richmond, Virginia to sell her limited edition and one of a kind clothing and accessories as Nicole Lee Designs at The Handmade Market.

What inspires you?
I get inspired by fabric. It’s hell going into a fabric store since I can always think of “something” to do with most of the fabric in there. I also get inspired by shapes in nature, color, a little bit of everything really.

What vendor are you looking forward to seeing at The Handmade Market?
I’m looking forward to seeing Metamorphosis. I stumbled on her Etsy shop a while ago and love the organic style.

What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Raleigh?
Hang out with The Handmaidens!

If you were a car, what kind would you be?
A Volvo — reliable, and a little bit of cool factor. I hope! ;-)

So be sure to stop by the Nicole Lee Designs table on Sunday May 3rd, and welcome her to the show!

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