This is an interesting post to write, because about 6 months ago, we didn’t know what we would be announcing. Were we going to continue for only one more year? Were we going to be done all together? Or, were we going to continue with fewer Handmaidens?
Before explaining further, we would like to acknowledge a milestone. We have been doing this for 10 years, and this November would have marked our 20th market! This fact is hard for us to wrap our heads around. The Handmade Market is a labor of love, but with 7 busy women at the helm- burnout loomed. Last summer the conversation was started about ending this awesome ride- could we, should we?
Then something awesome happened. Each time we got together to officially make an “exit strategy,” we just couldn’t do it. We have worked together for 10 years. We started producing shows when Raleigh’s creative community was still small, with lots of room to grow. We jumped in, figured out things along the way, and pooled all our talents in management. It’s been such a huge learning experience for all of us, both professionally and personally. As partners and friends, we have been through a lot in the last 10 years. We celebrated the highs and held tight through the lows. We had made our own magical little family and it just seemed wrong to walk away. Since starting The Handmade Market, Raleigh’s creative community has BOOMED, and it didn’t seem right to walk away from such an awesome event.
So…we are taking a bit of a break. We will be producing The Handmade Market in November 2015, but not this May. We are taking the time to bring some fresh, new ideas to the table. Stepping back, breathing, and regrouping.
Things are going to start looking a little different around here. Please pardon the dust as we work through the growth. Amazing things are coming- we will be hosting and organizing smaller, local events, producing “how to videos” online, ramping up the blog & web presence, consulting with artists, and laying out the plan for The Handmade Market re-launch in November 2015!
Thank you for all your support, thank you for being creative, and thanks for your patience!