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 Supporting The Handmade Market!

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who came, contributed to the Urban Ministries of Wake County fundraiser, and shopped from the great artists and food vendors at yesterday’s event!! We had a lot of support for this event, from our fantastic volunteers to our generous sponsors. An extra thank you goes out to our fine friends at DECO RaleighLittle Hen Restaurant, OrnamenteaEpona & OakCity Market, Live Work Play and Carolina Fiber Fest!

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 May 2013 event, by signing up for the 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 fantastic, hand-crafted creations until 5pm. Be one of the first 500 guests and you’ll receive a free tote bag for all of your goodies!

As always, admission to The Handmade Market is free! In lieu of an entry fee, please consider making a cash donation to Urban Ministries of Wake County. 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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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 time and place to kick off your holiday shopping, 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, Urban Ministries of Wake County. 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.

We’ll also have homemade treats and coffee from Sweet T and Slingshot Coffee. 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. We’re not aware of any street closures in the immediate area on November 10, but the North Carolina Veterans’ Day parade starts at 9:30am on Fayetteville Street with a ceremony at 11am at the Capitol. 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. See you this weekend!

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Artist Spotlight: Patina South

Tracey Johnson is the wonder woman behind Patina South {and also one of The Handmaidens}. Her one-of-a-kind creations — whether it’s jewelry, accessories, or paintings — are vintage yet modern, and always a little rough around the edges (by design).

When did you realize that you had a creative calling to fulfill? I have always been creative, but my sophomore year in high school I was accidentally placed in AP Art as an elective. When given the option to switch for another chosen elective, I decided to stay. I went on to graduate from ECU School of Art and have worked creatively for Ornamentea for over 9 years.

Do you have a favorite quotation that describes your creative philosophy? Life begins at the end of your comfort zone — Neale Donald Walsch

Where do you go and/or what do you do when you have artist’s block? I usually go to an antique shop, thrift store, or flea market in a small town I am not familiar with, alone. I like to plunder and rummage through dusty boxes and second-hand pretties without conversation or explanation. It relaxes and rejuvenates me at the same time.

How do you plan for the future of your business? A crafty business has an evolution, and I have spent the last year or so finding my place, moving out of my comfort zone, and listening to the advice of others. The vintage and found part of the business grew at a rapid pace in 2012. I am now organizing and participating in pop-up shops all over NC, VA, and SC with handmade and vintage themes. It is as if I could not have dreamed a more perfect, chaotic life!

The Handmade Market is this Saturday, November 10! Stop by The Handmaidens’ area and the Patina South table — whether you’re looking for something vintage, classic, or over-the-top, Tracey’s collection is sure to please!

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