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Sunday Pop-Up Market – Downtown Raleigh


popupThe Belle and I have been excited about attending the Pop Up Sunday for a few weeks. November 23rd would be the last one until April. We hate attending events in the pouring rain, but when The Friends left the house it was not raining, however shortly after we left the rain grew stronger.

Fortunately we had umbrellas and the parking was close. Tracey Johnson, owner of Patina South Vintage, and Cynthia Deis, owner of Ornamentea, are the trailblazing organizers of POP-UP Sunday. This event books months in advance and consistently rotates vendors from all over the US, even as far as Austin, TX. Tents, umbrellas, and vintage camper styled shops line the edges of the fun with money being raised each month for a different local charity. This month the Pop Up Market partnered with Interact of Wake County and Bold Rock Hard Cider to raise money and awareness. InterAct is a private, non-profit, United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault.

I saw many interesting items; a plaid vintage coat, antique jewelry, refurbished jewelry, soaps, antique furniture, a poet creating poems on a typewriter, plants, ceramics, and food trucks to name a few. I purchased an antique pin that as a filigree patter, very delicate and appearing to be very old. The Belle found a beautiful pair of earrings and The Bad Boy found some nice aromatic soaps. Inside Ornamentea there were more treasures to find. We spotted the food and I purchased a Mexican brownie and Belle purchased four Irish Car Bombs cupcakes.

We also discovered Relay Foods. They had delicious samples of Pumpkin bread.   The Belle and I purchased the Kitchen Essential Kit which for $15.00 we received; Sausage Craft San Miniato Sausagr, Nello’s Southern-Crafted Premium Marinara Sauce, Farm Friend All-Natural 2% Homogenized Milk from Grass-Fed Cows, Runningbyrd Tea Company Montgomery Mint Tea, Mountain View Farm Local McClure Swiss Style Cheese, Nature’s Yoke Large Natural Cage-Free Brown Eggs, Bread Works Bakery Sunflower Wheat Bread, 22 oz. and Organic Yellow Onions.

Despite the rain, we were pleased with the market and plan to return on the 4th Sunday in April.

This Pop UP Sunday market include the following vendors:

Oak City Collective, My Vintage Gem, Good Graces Dog Treats, Patina South Vintage, Retro Modern Furnishes, Relay Foods, Typed Fresh, The Container Farmer, Leaf Love Soap, The Record Krate, HappyFoodwine, Anne Terry Handmade, Up a Cup a Tea, QuirkyGrrrl, TMT Wine Design, Cockamamie and From Lillian Vintage, A Junkin’ Ginger, Active Heart Creations, All Things Design by Katie Carroll.

mary_smSee Everyone in April – The Traveler


The Handmade Market – Cobblestone Hall, Raleigh, NC


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.

Market_fall2014We 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



Downtown Cary Food and Flea Market


signSunday, October 12th was the first Downtown Cary Food & Flea Market. This will become a monthly event – 2nd Sunday of each month from 12 – 4.   Downtown Cary Food and Flea is the creative collaboration of Michelle Smith of Gather NC, April Schlanger of Happyfoodwine & Jessica McCarthy of The Humble Pig. Their plan is for the Downtown Cary Food & Flea to be a Multi-cultural market that features local food, local beer, vintage, art, crafts, food goods, kid’s projects and more. It’s their goal is to bring together all the amazing art, food and fun that Cary and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Although it was damp and dreary, Belle and Bad Boy decided to head to downtown Cary for this “first. “ We arrived a little before noon and took a few minutes to do a walk around to take in all the Cary Food and Flea Market had to offer. In addition to the vendors with vintage items and artisans with their wares, there was Liv’s food truck, Boulted Bread and Fortnight Brewery on site. While we were there, we sampled delicious jams and chutneys from happyfoodwine, admired the jewelry from Tiffany Coley Designs, enjoyed the live music and were entertained by the Circus Family. We also had the pleasure of meeting April and Jessica, two of the ladies who are responsible for organizing the Cary Food and Flea Market. They excitedly told us that the next Cary Food and Flea Market would be bigger and better with more vendors. We left with hair bows from Lucy2’s and croissants from Boulted Bread. We will be returning to this market in the months to come.

We encourage you to attend the next Downtown Cary Food and Flea Market, Sunday, November 9th. The circus family, Fortnight Brewery, and live music will all be back. Olio & Aceto food truck will also be there. – Belle