Belle’s and Traveler’s plans for this past Saturday included breakfast at State Farmers Market Restaurant, heading Downtown Raleigh to the City Market for the Handmade Market and then to Waverly Place for the Foodie Fest. Bad Boy decided not to go on to the Handmade Market but said he would be ready for the Foodie Fest. Now, The Friends normally use Uber when going to a downtown event for the convenience of being dropped off right at the event and not having to worry with the hassle of parking, but not this time. I had gone online to Visit Raleigh and printed the Downtown Raleigh Map. Over breakfast Traveler and I discussed our route in and back and where we would park. After our hearty breakfast we headed downtown. I was driving and Traveler was navigating with “the map.” We found Person Street with little difficulty and headed toward the City Market and a parking garage. Although parking was shown on “the map” things didn’t seem to be in scale nor was every street shown on “the map” We ended up parking about 5 blocks away instead of the garage across from the City Market.
We were excited about the Handmade Market at the Cobblestone Hall. This is an indoor designer craft fair and market showcasing hand crafted goods. The Handmade Market is a semiannual shopping event featuring more than 50 of the best and brightest artists, designers, and crafters. This event also includes a fundraiser to benefit a local charity: Read and Feed was this year’s charity. It is a local volunteer led charity focused on bridging the gap of reading deficiencies for low income elementary students in Wake County.
From 11 am to 5 pm admission was free, however Early Birds could enter for $5.00 cash from 10 am – 11 am. The Traveler and I had decided ahead of time to take advantage of the early bird opportunity. We were glad we did because this afforded us a less hectic scene with more elbow room to enjoy shopping. Adding to this experience Jason Elliot (drummer from Porch Light Apothecary) provided a nice mix of jazzy funky tunes that added to the fun and “groovy” atmosphere of the market. Since we were Early Birds we received a recycled shopping bag with swag, including a gorgeous 2015 calendar with designs from local artists.
We took different paths as we strolled the aisles and admired the art, apparel, jewelry, accessories, house wares and more available. I found earrings at Zass Design, I just couldn’t leave, and handmade soap from Whispering Willow for Bad Boy. The traveler selected a bouquet of flowers from Fleur de Leelee and a necklace by Patina South. At times Traveler and I would end up at the same booth such as Zen Succulent where Traveler got a DIY “Air Plant Grab Bag” but I opted for the ready-made terrarium. This happened again at HappyFoodWine – a jar of blood orange curd for me and an awesome brownie for the Traveler. For a full list of artists please visit The Handmade Market’s Artisans Page.
We left the Handmade Market happy with our purchases and having enjoyed our experience of shopping local. We plan to go the next market in the spring and highly recommend this event to all.
As we headed to the parking garage, the Traveler and I looked at each other and said, “Next time Uber!” – Belle