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.

Fall 2009

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

Thanks for Coming to The Handmade Market

What a lovely day we had!  Many thanks to all of you who came, donated to the Food Bank,  and shopped from the great vendors. Thanks to all of the vendors for working so hard and making everything look so great, and thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers. We had a great time, and we hope you did too!

If you have a story to share about your experience at The Handmade Market or a purchase you made, we’d love to hear from you. If you took photos at the event, we’d love it if you’d add them to The Handmade Market Flickr group.

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Love + craftiness always,
The (happily exhausted) Handmaidens

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The Handmade Market is today!


Join us  at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh any time from 11am to 5pm today!

Be one of the first 500 guests and you’ll receive a free cotton tote bag courtesy of our friends at Ornamentea.

Admission to The Handmade Market is free. Instead of charging an entry fee, we ask that you consider making a donation to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. In exchange, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket filled with goodies from our generous Charity Sponsors. Alternatively, you can bring non-perishable food items to exchange for raffle tickets: three items will get you one ticket, five items will get you two tickets. Check this out to see what food is most helpful.

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The Handmade Market is tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow for a day of fabulous shopping from 50 of the best and brightest designers from NC and beyond! Be one of the first 500 guests and you’ll receive a free cotton tote bag courtesy of our friends at Ornamentea.

Admission to The Handmade Market is free. Instead of charging an entry fee, we ask that you consider making a donation to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. In exchange, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket filled with goodies from our generous Charity Sponsors. Alternatively, you can bring non-perishable food items to exchange for raffle tickets: three items will get you one ticket, five items will get you two tickets. Check this out to see what food is most helpful.

And while you shop, you can enjoy an organic baked treat from Sweet T Cakery or a delicious sweet or savory crepe from Coffee & Crepes.

See you there!

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Street Closures

Due to the North Carolina Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, there will be a few street closures in downtown Raleigh during The Handmade Market. The map below shows the relevant street closures. For more info about the parade and the timing of street closures, go here.

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Vendor Spotlight: Shade That Lamp

Victoria McCartney make lampshades that can be customize to almost any size and shape for her business Shade That Lamp. She uses fabric to cover new ones or re-covers existing shades. She will have a variety of sizes and shape lampshades for sale on Saturday.

What do you make, and what inspires you?
I love beautiful things, fabric is what inspires my lampshades.  I love that the possibilities are endless.  There is something to fit everyone’s sense of style.

What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill?
My favorite spot is my home :-)  I love being home with my 3 kids who are 4, 3, and 1 years old.  I live in Morrisville and love our little town.

What music do you listen to while crafting or creating?
I actually love the quiet while making lampshades.  My life is super busy with my little one’s, so I am usually making lampshades in the quiet of their nap.

Guilty pleasure:
I love sitting with a magazine, some hot tea, and any kind of sweet dessert.  I love all desserts and there is dessert after lunch and dinner in our home :-)

Beer or wine:
At the end of a hard day it is a treat to enjoy a glass of wine.  It makes me feel like a grown up and not just a mommy.

Dark, milk, or white chocolate:
I love all 3, but if i had to choose I choose Dark.

So look forward to visiting the Shade That Lamp table on Saturday November 7th, and let Victoria expand your lamp shade horizons.

Jared and Margaret are two designers with a small apparel business called Captive Collective. They do everything by hand using water based inks, and their offerings include apparel, accessories, some small home decor, digital prints and more.
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