The Handmaidens are a North Carolina collective of artists, designers, and crafters who create handcrafted adornments for body and home.
In 2004, we joined together to begin collaborating in collaborative trunk shows and local shopping events to promote our individual businesses and each other’s work.
We are the founders and producers of Raleigh, NC’s The Handmade Market, a semiannual shopping event that features the best and brightest artists, designers, and crafters from NC and beyond.
The Handmade Market
The Handmade Market is a two day, indoor designer craft market that attracts the best artisans in the state and features fine art, apparel, jewelry, accessories, housewares, paper goods and more. Women’s Health Magazine touted the Handmade Market as a “best bet” and Buzzfeed listed this show as one of the top “35 Indie Craft Fairs Every Creative Person Needs To Visit”. In 2016, The Handmade Market will mark it’s 20th show in Raleigh, North Carolina and promises to live up to it’s reputation of being the best shopping event for our passionate, creative and enthusiastic audience. Each show has us seeing an attendance of over 2,000 people and raises a great deal of money for each charity we host for each event. The event is produced by The Handmaidens, and is made possible with the generous support of our Event Sponsors and Volunteers.
Urban Vintage was born from an idea to bring affordable collections to the Raleigh area for a temporary pop-up shopping event. The first Urban Vintage took place in August of 2015. Vendors reported record breaking sales and crowds filled the venue looking for found, historical and kitschy objects seen on some of the trending designer TV shows. With two more events planned for 2016, Urban Vintage is looking to build a reputation for the best curated goods and most sought after vendors it can handle.
Join The Handmade Market & Urban Vintage
If you’re interested in being a part of The Handmade Market, read more about the jury requirements and application process and sign up for our newsletter to be informed when the next Call for Artists is released.