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.

What A Day!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our 17th edition of The Handmade Market! On behalf of all the fabulous artists and food vendors, thank you for taking the time to drop in and shop local!

This is the third time we have opened up at 10am for Early Bird Shopping. Did you get in on it? Did you get your hot pink tote bag?


Thanks again to Jenn Hales Illustration and Design for another beautiful logo and goody bag design! If you would like to see her creative process you should check out this time lapse video. It’s the making of the super handmaiden and her little friend looking over our fair city. From the first idea through the drawing and painting process, it’s amazing!

A Super Handmaiden special thank you goes to our bag sponsors — with generous donations from DECO Raleigh, Shop Local Raleigh, and City Market, we were able to pass out those pretty pink totes to the first 500 shoppers. We also want to thank Let’s Shop Local, made, and Gather for joining the sponsorship team!

But our biggest shout out goes to YOU, the contributor to our chosen charity Triangle Pets Alive. YOU, who gave a little cash so that Triangle Pets Alive can continue to save the lives of healthy, treatable pets. Together with YOU, we raised $334.00 for their organization. Thank you!

If you have a story to share about your day at The Handmade Market, we would really love to hear from you. If you took photos at the event, we would love for you to add them to The Handmade Market group on Flickr.


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With love + craftiness until we meet again,
The Handmaidens

The Handmade Market Is Today!

Today’s the big day! Join us in downtown Raleigh for The Handmade Market at Cobblestone Hall. Early bird shopping* starts at 10 am, then the doors open to all at 11 am. Shop from more than 50 local and regional artists, crafters, and designers until 5 pm. 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 Triangle Pets Alive. Your donation will get you a raffle ticket good for a chance to win one of several gift baskets full of goodness from our fantastic, generous Charity Sponsors!

* Early bird shopping, from 10-11 am, costs $5 cash. Come early if you’d prefer a quieter pace and first look at all of the artists’ wares!

Hope to see you today!

The Handmade Market Is Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market for a jam-packed day of shopping with more than 50 independent artists, designers, and crafters from around the city, state, and region! It’s the perfect time and place to shop for all of the mothers and graduates in your life — plus the first 500 shoppers will get free goody bags!

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We’ll have early bird shopping again from 10 am to 11 am — for just $5 (cash only), you get an entire quiet, laid-back hour to browse and chat with the artists. Give it a try!

At 11 am, admission to The Handmade Market is free. In lieu of admission, consider supporting the featured charity, Triangle Pets Alive, with a raffle ticket purchase. Your donation gets you a chance to win one of several gift baskets full of goodies from our awesomely generous Charity Sponsors.

We’ll also have homemade treats and coffee from Sweet T, Event Espresso, and Monster Cookies. So grab a friend and head down to Cobblestone Hall for The Handmade Market — tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm!



Artist Spotlight: Holdfast Printworks

Asheville, North Carolina based artists Courtney Leigh Johnson and husband, Gabriel Latini, are the talent driving Holdfast Printworks. Since 2012, their company has grown by leaps and bounds from just a couple of screens and squeegees to a thriving business which is outgrowing their home. Holdfast Printworks’ philosophy is to make a product their customers are proud to wear. All items are hand printed in their home studio with water based, eco-friendly inks free of harmful chemicals. Courtney Leigh and Gabriel love what they do and are psyched to spend time designing and printing new work.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? We strive to make a product that people can be proud of wearing. All items are hand printed in our studio with water based, environmentally friendly inks that are free of harmful chemicals. We love what we do and are psyched to spend our time printing and designing new items.

When work gets really intense, do you lean in or step back? Tell us how and why that approach works for you and your biz. I am a very hard worker (Capricorn born), but I think the best way to get through busy and intense times is to take a step back. I like to take a break and go rock climbing or for a hike, or have tea with friends in West Asheville. I need to step back to realize I can actually get the work done, instead of having a mini nervous breakdown, ha.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? Both! I do love me some instagram and love connecting with other artists on there. It’s a great way to see other crafters work and to connect. Living in Asheville, I’ve also had the benefit of having a large network of artists around me to collaborate with and inspire me.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? I love this tank! A photographer friend had an idea for a “MERICA” tank a few months ago, and I thought I’d throw a southern spin on it. These tanks will be available mid- May, just in time for summertime and the fourth of July. They are available for pre-order in our etsy shop.

What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? Well, I don’t actually own a tv … but I have been binge watching the X-Files and a little Twin Peaks online.

Which actor would play you in the movie version of your life? In a movie about my life, Claire Danes would play me.

We’ll see you this Saturday, May 3 at The Handmade Market. Be sure to visit Holdfast Printworks – check out the “MERICA” tank as well the other very cool wearables they produce. 

Music, Food, and Drinks at The Handmade Market on Saturday

It’s almost time for The Handmade Market. Come Saturday, Cobblestone Hall will be packed with talented artists, handcrafted wares, delicious food and drinks, and feel-good tunes!

Once again DJ Suggadelic – aka Erik Sugg or Mr. Erik Storytimes – is taking a break from library rock-and-roll storytime host and his metal band, Demon Eye, to DJ at The Handmade Market. He’ll be spinning a fantastic mix of ’60s soul, ’60s “miniskirt” pop, and ’70s funk.


As always, we’ll have a variety of food and drinks on hand in case you need to refresh or refuel. Tammy Calaway will be back with her Sweet T Cakery treats. Tammy’s known for her cupcakes and whoopie pies, and her confections always include organic, seasonal ingredients. We love that she offers a few options that are vegan and/or gluten-free for those of us with food allergies or restrictions.


Michelle Stees and Jenny Carpenter will be out front at their Monster Cookies table. Have you tried one of these things? They’re huge and scrumptious and include 16 different mouth-watering flavors — some of our favorites are Sweet Tea with Lemon, Chocolate Orange, Happy Trails, and Mocha.

New to The Handmade Market is Event Espresso. Their “coffeehouse on wheels” features made-to-order coffee, including specialty drinks and teas.

Head down to Cobblestone Hall at City Market in downtown Raleigh on Saturday and get your shopping, snacking, and groove on with us! We promise it will be another excellent — and tasty — show!