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.

Another Great Sponsor!

  …another local business we are grateful for!

Located on Blake Street in Raleigh’s City Market, this boutique is just plain bliss!

Owned and operated by three sisters, Epona & Oak is warm and inviting. In fact, r e l a x i n g… comes to mind first when we think of Epona & Oak. Nestled in the back of their boutique you’ll find a Wellness Studio. You’ll be blown away by the magic hands of Nationally certified massage therapist, Cheryl Hynes.

Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage? Trust us when we say, “You need to experience one of these massages!”

The Wellness Studio also includes their own in-house esthetician, Monica Shelton. Experience an organic facial like you’ve never had before. They offer a wide selection of facial and body treatments.

And, what Wellness Studio is complete without the offerings of Yoga and Reiki? Katie Hynes, a Reiki Master, offers a relaxing approach to this gentle practice. She is also schooled in Vinyasa Yoga. She offers a Flow & Restore Yoga class at Epona & Oak on Tuesdays, 7:15pm-8:15pm. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your spot.

And lastly, don’t forget the entire retail boutique. The shelves are stocked with artistic handcrafted items selected carefully by a third Hynes sister, Leeann. She has found many great North Carolina selections and some national designers she couldn’t pass up! You’ll find jewelry, pottery, clothing, organic facial & body care products, and all kinds of art for every room in your home. There’s something for you and something for baby. You’re sure to find more than you were ever looking for!

We are grateful for Epona & Oak. Do yourself a favor, check them out.

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Last Call!


If you’re an independent designer, artist, or crafter interested in participating in this show, please read the guidelines and then submit an application. The application deadline is TONIGHT at midnight (est) on March 24. Late applications will not be accepted, so submit yours today!

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More Sponsor Love

We are ever so grateful for the support that Carolina Fiber Fest has given The Handmade Market. Explore the world of fiber at the festival May 18th through 20th in the Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Carolina Fiber Fest educates the public about fiber and its sources; supports fiber artists, fiber related businesses and small farms that produce fiber and fiber animals. It’s a great venue for the public to interact with the world of fiber arts!

Take a class

Enter a contest

Enjoy a talk on one of your favorite fiber topics

And Shop!

If this is your first trip to Carolina Fiber Fest, you’ll find big fun at every turn. If you’ve joined them at previous events, you’re in for even more ways to fuel your fiber passion!

For the Love of Fiber-

check out the 2012

Carolina Fiber Fest

You’ll be grateful that you did!

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Grateful for Sponsors!

Grate•ful - adjective
 feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful

Check out the folks we are grateful for. Get to know the businesses who are sponsoring The Handmade Market.

Let’s start with Ornamentea!

Ornamentea has been a cheerleader and supporter of ours for years. For that we are grateful. Ornamentea is your home for fine craft ingredients and inspiration.

The bright green building located on West Street in Glenwood South serves as home away from home for many local designers.

You’ll always find their work table inviting and fun. Ornamentea is known for their super friendly and knowledgeable staff.

They offer many classes and weekly events. Visit them every Tuesday for “Try-It Tuesday”. You’ll learn a new technique and go home with a project ready to wear for only $3.00!

Fridays are also inviting at Ornamentea with “Breakfast and Beads“. Coffee, tea, instruction and inspiration is shared at the work table from 8:30 – 10:00 am.

You can also book studio time or private class time to work with an instructor on techniques such as metal smithing, enameling, altered books, or felting.

And don’t forget their AWESOME online store, there is really nothing quite like it!

We’re grateful for Ornamentea’s sponsorship of The Handmade Market, go check them out!

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Road Trip!

As you can imagine, putting together The Handmade Market is a lot of work even with seven of us pulling the strings. We meet in person as often as our busy schedules allow, yet we all managed to find a block of 24 hours to escape Raleigh last month. Thanks to the kindness of friends with a way cute beach cottage, we were able to sneak off to Carolina Beach. Just getting a break from everyday routines was restorative … add seven good friends (plus wine, and a little chocolate) and you’ve got yourself a relaxing yet surprisingly productive time.

No Crabs Allowed

But we didn’t stay at the cottage long before taking a lovely walk to the beach, despite the 40 degree weather!

Jenni always keeps it klassy

We stayed on the sand for a long time discussing the upcoming Market and other exciting things to be shared later … bwa ha ha!


Making important decisions during meeting time

We walked down the beach towards the charming boardwalk which was empty and quiet because most businesses are still closed for winter.

Krazy Kones


Mmm, Frank's makes some good pies!

Infamous and closed. Wah.

Sadly, Snooki and Paulie D. were not working that day.

No, we did not.

The Sea Merchant's grocery store. It was like time traveling back to childhood

Before returning to Raleigh, we got great coffee and muffins from a charming little coffee shop, Majic Beanz, and brunched at Havana’s, where the service and food were terrific.  On the return home, we accidentally on purpose took a detour through downtown Wilmington to go junking.

Ivy Cottage on Market St.

While we didn’t cover everything on the list of discussion topics, we covered a lot of ground and returned to Raleigh rejuvenated and ready for the stressful push that putting together The Handmade Market brings the last month or so before showtime.

Speaking of which, have YOU applied to the show yet?

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