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.

thanks for coming!

Many many thanks to all of you who came, contributed to the Raleigh City Farm fundraiser, and shopped from the great artists at yesterday’s event. We had a lot of support for this event, from our wonderful volunteers to our generous sponsors. An extra thank you goes out to the fine folks at Ornamentea, City Market, Ablutions, Anvil, Epona & Oak, Carolina Fiber Fest, Kung Fu Nation, Rebus Works, Downtown Raleigh Alliance, and The High Park.

A special shout out to everyone at Progressive Graphics on Hillsborough Street. They really came through with a critical last-minute need. Thank you!

If you have a story to share about your experience at The Handmade Market, 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 group on Flickr.

Stay up-to-date on news about The Handmade Market, including the call for artists and dates for the November event, by signing up for our newsletter and following us on facebook and twitter.

Love + craftiness always,
The Handmaidens

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the handmade market is today!

It’s here! Join us in downtown Raleigh for The Handmade Market at Cobblestone Hall. Doors open at 11am, and we’ll have more than 50 artists, crafters, and designers showing off their wonderful, handcrafted wares until 5pm. Be one of the first 500 guests and you’ll receive a free tote bag for all of your goodies!

Admission to The Handmade Market is free, as always. In lieu of an entry fee, please consider making a donation (cash or canned goods) to the Raleigh City Farm. Your donation will get you a raffle ticket good for a chance to win a gift basket full of good things from our generous Charity Sponsors.

Hope to see you there!

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artist spotlight: it’s by design

Lois Peterson (@itsbydesignlove) is the Cary-based crafter and entrepreneur at the helm of it’s by design. {Full disclosure: she’s also one of The Handmaidens.} Making jewelry is Lois’ full-time job these days, and her designs are at once classic, feminine, and eclectic.

What new and exciting pieces are you bringing to The Handmade Market this spring? I have expanded my etched earring line. I still make the shimmer earrings, but I have a new etching design and some new overall earring designs, some with crystals and some without. I’ve mixed some nickel and brass. They have a great Bohemian look.

How did you get started with your craft? I’ve always been crafty. Even as a little girl I learned to sew and stitch. My mom taught me how to sew, and I taught myself to cross-stitch and embroider. I was quilting and painting tiles for home installations when my sister showed me the jewelry making she had just started messing with. I had an immediate interest in it but frankly, I didn’t want to start something new! Well, I couldn’t be stopped. That was in 2001. It wasn’t long at all before my it’s by design tile painting business turned into a jewelry business.

What are the best and worst aspects of having your own small business? Sometimes I feel like there isn’t enough time to actually make the jewelry. There is the accounting, the photography, the social networking, and designing coupons, tags, and business cards. Plus the designing and upkeep of my website. All those things are the worst and the best. It’s the old adage, ‘Jack of all trades, Master of none.’

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I’m looking forward to checking out these new artists: Susan McShane, Leopold Designs, and Eric Leland’s Manufactory.

Team Gale or Team Peeta? Peeta

Favorite local band? They’re Nashville local but they come here a few times a year! Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors.

The Handmade Market is tomorrow — Saturday, May 12! Stop by the it’s by design table and check out Lois’ beautiful new boho earrings.

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the handmade market is tomorrow!

Just one more day ’til The Handmade Market! Join us tomorrow from 11 am to 5pm at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market for a fun, fantastic day of shopping with over 50 independent artists, designers, and crafters. It’s the perfect place to shop for all of the moms and grads in your life, and the first 500 shoppers to arrive will get free goody bags.

As always, admission to The Handmade Market is free. Instead, we ask you to consider making a donation to the featured charity, the Raleigh City Farm. Your donation will get you a raffle ticket good for a chance to win a gift basket full of goodies from our awesome Charity Sponsors. Stephen from Stephen’s Twisted Inspirations will be there to make amazing balloon creations to entertain and inspire the kiddos and the grown ups.

We’ll also have homemade treats and coffee from Sweet T, Sympathy for the Deli, and Joe Van Loco. So come on down to Cobblestone Hall for The Handmade Market tomorrow from 11am to 5pm!

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directions & parking

As you’re making plans for The Handmade Market this weekend, we thought it might be helpful to have a little info on traveling to and parking at the event.

It’s probably best to approach The Handmade Market at Cobblestone Hall from Blount Street (one-way southbound) or South Wilmington Street (one-way northbound) and park in the City Center Deck, which is free on the weekends. As far as we know, there are no street closures in the immediate area on May 12 (but close by, the 100 block of E South Street between Wilmington and Blount Streets will be closed from 9am until 6pm for Shaw University’s graduation). For last minute updates on street closures or events, please check with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

One last tip — please bring cash to The Handmade Market. Lots of artists accept credit cards, but not all. There is an ATM right in City Market, near the corner of Hargett and Blake Streets.

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