November 14, 2015
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The Handmade Market Is Today!

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If you missed your chance last night to come to The Handmade Market, you are in luck. The doors are open today from 10 am until 5 pm and it’s free admission. The first 200 shoppers receive one of these lovely Handmade Market notebooks.

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This show is featuring more than 50 local and regional artists, designers and makers that have those perfect gifts to make your holiday shopping a breeze. There will be music, food and libations to make that shopping a little easier on you as well!

In lieu of an entry fee, please consider making a cash donation to Activate Good. 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!

Hope to see you today!

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November 13, 2015
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Early Bird Shopping Preview Tonight

Early-Bird-Nov15The Handmade Market is adding two hours of preview shopping tonight, Friday November 13th, before the doors open to the public tomorrow morning. Come shop, mingle and sip from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for an early bird entrance fee of $5.00 per person. Anyone can attend and the first 50 shoppers will receive a sweet little gift. No advance tickets will be sold, just bring $5.00 cash and be in line when the doors open at 7:00 pm. The Handmade Market is located at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh. The entrance is located at 215 Wolfe Street in City Market. If you cannot make it tonight, The Handmade Market will open tomorrow, November 14th, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. We cannot wait to see you!

 

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November 12, 2015
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The Handmade Market Starts Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow from 7 pm to 9 pm at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market for a jam-packed evening of shopping with more than 50 independent artists, designers and makers from all around the city, state, and region! It’s the perfect time and place to kick off your holiday shopping! This Early Bird Shopping Event is for two hours for just $5 (cash only). You get an entire quiet, laid-back 120 minutes to browse and chat with the artists and get first dibs on all of their beautiful handmade wares. The first 50 early birds will receive a lovely Handmade Market notebook. The bar (yes, we will have wine and local beer for the very first time ever) will be open and Elizabeth Galecke will be setting up a small photo booth inside to do head shots.

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At 10 am the following morning until 5 pm that evening, admission to The Handmade Market is free!!! The first 200 shoppers will receive a lovely Handmade Market notebook to help organize all those holiday lists. In lieu of admission, consider supporting the featured charity, Activate Good, 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.

You know what else we’ll have on hand? Homemade treats and coffee from Brachi and Larry’s Beans. Good Grace’s Dog Treats will be there selling snacks for your four-legged loved ones as well.

And that’s not all — Brandon Whitesell ( from Porch Light Apothecary, Alpha Cop, Onlooker who also bears a striking resemblance to Niles Crane) will be working the stereo and providing a mix of tunes throughout the day. You don’t want to miss this one — grab a friend and come down to Market Hall for The Handmade Market!

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November 11, 2015
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Artist Spotlights: Housewares

Many of the people that attend The Handmade Market are looking for that special holiday present for someone. The talented artists in this category always make the most unique gifts. This show features handmade candles, linens, amazing potted succulents, maps of Raleigh, holiday ornaments made out of film strips and beautiful prints from Wolfie + The Sneak.

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November 11, 2015
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Spotlight on The Handmaidens

What’s New with The Handmaidens

by Jenni Moore Myers
Maybe a better title for this post would be, “What Isn’t New with The Handmaidens.” Seriously, these women are working night and day to bring you The Handmade Market on November 13 & 14, plus a whole slew of other projects and events. Full disclosure: I’m an alumna of this lovely group, which I would argue gives me an even greater appreciation for all of the extraordinary creations they’ve been cranking out in 2015.
First, did you make it to the first Urban Vintage market back in August? Talk about weird and wonderful, that show was jam-packed with retro goodness. It wasn’t a one-time thing, either — the next one is scheduled for March, followed by another in August 2016. Keep your eye on the calendar for show dates — you won’t want to miss one of the coolest furniture and home goods shows in the Triangle.
On the horizon for this amazing group of ladies are more DIY features on the website. Crafting and teaching are both near and dear to their hearts, and I can’t think of a more experienced, patient, and good-humored group of instructors than Kiona, Leeann, Lois, Ndidi, and Tracey. Stay tuned for how-to videos and more in the near future. If there’s something you’d like to see featured, be sure to drop them a line.
You can count on The Handmade Market returning in May 2016. Make sure you’re in the loop about important dates — including when the artist application opens — by signing up for The Handmaidens’ newsletter.
If it isn’t enough to organize four (!!!!) annual art, craft, and design shows, The Handmaidens are excited to return to the Boylan ArtWalk on Sunday, December 6. It just wouldn’t feel like the holidays if we didn’t see their tents and twinkly-lights on the corner of South Boylan Avenue and Cabarrus Street!
It’s been a whirlwind year for The Handmaidens, and I’m sure that their plans for 2016 will be nothing short of stellar. Put November 13 & 14 on your calendar. The Handmade Market is one of the best holiday shopping experiences you’ll find in town, and you’ll be supporting these kind, hard-working ladies along with dozens of other regional artists and makers.
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