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21 Days of Local Arts – Handmade Craft Markets

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.

Glass acorn beads hand made by Raleigh artist Lori Flanders
Glass acorn beads hand made by Raleigh artist Lori Flanders

Seems as if there’s a handmade craft market nearly every weekend during the holiday season, between Halloween and Christmas. Those are wonderful opportunities to support local crafters while shopping for unique gifts. But the work of those artists continues year round. Fortunately, we have a few regular craft markets that allow us to connect with those artists throughout the rest of the year.

One such craft market is the Mordecai Market in Raleigh.  This monthly market takes place outdoors in the front lawn area of the Historic Mordecai Park on select Saturdays during the spring and summer seasons.  There have been two events at this new location so far this year (the next market event is set for June 21) and vendors included jewelry, paper crafts, body care and soap, as well as clothing and accessories.  Make sure you like the Mordecai Market’s Facebook page for announcements about vendors at future markets.

Another monthly craft market in Raleigh falls on the less crowded Sunday event calendar. Pop Up Sunday is a vintage flea-market style event featuring vintage/junk/flea collectors, reinvented/reuse artists and locally owned shops in the parking lot of Ornamentea. Part of the Pop Up Sunday experience includes food trucks, beer and a featured charity. This Memorial Day weekend edition of Pop Up Sunday (on May 25) will host Stuft, a new food truck that specializes in stuffed and loaded baked potatoes, along with Lonerider beer, all in support of the charity of the month, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Wake County. Again, the best place to see which vendors will be selling at the market is the Pop Up Sunday Facebook page.

Ever go to the Durham Farmers Market on a Saturday morning and wonder what’s across Foster Street? That’s Durham Craft Market, where you’ll find clothing & accessories, fiber arts, folk art, glass art, jewelry, photography, pottery, metal work, mosaics, prints, tiles, woodworking and sometimes some very cool side walk chalk art. Around the corner, on Hunt Street hungry shoppers head to the Art & Food Truck Market at Vega Metals. So next time you’re shopping for seasonal produce, shop for some seasonal arts too.

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