Wrap-Up: Freshly’s Spring Market


A few weeks ago while Wayne was out of town at the Designer’s Downtown Market, I headed just up the road from us to Denver to participate in Freshly’s Spring Market.   Before I chat about the market a bit, I must introduce you to the store – it is simply fabulous.

Shelli set up her amazing store in an old gas station on Hwy 16 in Denver, NC.  Picture cars zooming by with this little piece of funky serenity just off to the side.


When the weather’s nice, the double garage doors open and some of her goodies get pulled outside.  Below is a perfect example of how creatively she uses items around the store – so cute!

Freshly - Open for Business

Inside every square inch is carefully filled.  I walked through at least twice while I was there and noticed different items each time.

Inside Freshly - Denver, NC

Shelli definitely has a talent for fun and creative displays.  This little corner popped out at me.  I adore the vintage suitcases and the adorned dress forms.

Inside Freshly - Denver, NC

Another corner – another gorgeous display.  See the extra suitcases up on the ledge above?

Inside Freshly - Denver, NC

This is my favorite piece in the place.  Shelli took vintage windows and used them to divide up the large garage space.  It serves the purpose well without making any part of the store feel closed in, and looks amazing in the process.

Inside Freshly - Denver, NC

Hanging from the windows were a collection of small jars holding tiny plants.  I love this idea and want to save it for our future home.

Inside Freshly - Denver, NC

Now that I’ve gushed sufficiently about the store….let’s move onto the market.  Here’s a shot of our little table.  This is our new set up that I am rather fond of.  It doesn’t travel quite as easily, but I think it looks great when put together.

Whispering Willow at Freshly Market

Jennifer at Reflective Designs was selling stationary and cards.  It was her first market ever (boy, do I remember that feeling!), and I was excited to hear that she sold out of a few things.  She was wonderfully nice and lent me a large, cushy chair – a dream to have at a show.  🙂

Freshly Market

Nancy (aka “The Fabric Lady”) had tons of gorgeous upholstery fabric at $5/yard.  I played for a while, but ended up buying the ends of two different pieces to re-do a chair in our bedroom.  Stay tuned for a post.

The Fabric Lady

Cameron from Cowbelle is local to Denver and creates adorable scarves and pillows among other goodies.  I love the name which according to her site “is a little bit southern belle with a side of cowgirl”.  Too cute.

Freshly Market

Tracey from Patina South, was also participating.  She came all the way from Raleigh to visit her sis (Cameron – see above), and to display her eclectic mix of goods.  She had antiques (including the gorgeous map below)…

Freshly Market

…and a lovely mix of jewelry.  I took home a pair of earrings.  Because that’s what I do.  (Don’t tell Wayne…he’ll freak).

Freshly Market

Cupcake Delirium visited Freshly for a bit as well.  I had not yet had the honor to sample one of their cupcakes.  I had run into them at a few shows, but they often sold out before I made it to the truck.  As I had learned my lesson in past, shortly after they arrived I purchased one to take home.  I must tell you – it was worth the wait!

Cupcakes at Freshly

I saved one of my personal show highlights for last.  Although the sweater below is related (and gorgeous), it is not it… drum roll please?

Good Karma Ranch

Alpacas!!  Oh. My. Goodness.  Could there be a more Seuss-like bundle of furry cuteness?!?  Just looking at them makes me giggle a bit.

Good Karma Ranch

The Alpacas were carefully transported to Freshly from the amazing folks at Good Karma Ranch.  It took some time for me to get them to even come close to me (I was pretty convinced I just wasn’t Zen enough), but toward the end of the market me and Namaste (pictured below), got to know each other a bit.  🙂  Good Karma not only breeds alpacas, but they also sell yarn and goodies made from the alpaca fleece.  Apparently it’s hypo-allergenic (who knew?).

Good Karma Ranch

The market was Freshly’s first of the season…we’re definitely looking forward to more.

Wrap-Up: Designer’s Downtown Market

Designer's Downtown Market

Hello all, this is Wayne and this would be my first ever wrap-up.  Until now you have been treated to the literary and pictorial observations of my dear sweet wife, Julia.  It is my hope that the following post is up to high standard to which you have, no doubt, become accustomed.

With that having been said, Saturday March 17th was a glorious day for setting up tents and pedaling handmade arts and crafts.  Having done a few festivals in the Raleigh area, I knew that I would be in good company.  I arrived at Ornamentea, an adorable shop that hosts the Designer’s Downtown Market.

The shop is a jewelry maker’s paradise and has a wonderful vibe.  It is bordered one side by a rail line and the other by West Street and is just a block or so off of Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh.  The parking lot is surrounded by a collection of herbs and flowers.  The rosemary bush in the corner of the photo was in full bloom and abuzz all day with bees.

The organization for this market was impeccable, which is always a plus.  I checked in and got started setting up.  Within an hour everyone was putting the finishing touches on their booths and were ready for the festivities to begin.  Here is a picture of the market once we were all set up.  Our booth has the beige tablecloths in the foreground.

Here is a closeup of our setup.  We are sporting a new look this year.  Gone are the black tablecloths.  We are introducing more earth tones and a bit more texture.

Fortunately, I was able to get set up a bit early and had time to walk around and talk to some other vendors.

The first booth that caught my eye was Amy’s Creative Corner.  She had a variety of paintings of dogs (always a draw for me).  Amy was super cool and we talked about doing dog portraits of our four pups (Julia’s b-day is coming up, mums the word).

Believe it or not I noticed the huge display of delicious looking cookies!  The folks at Monster Cookies & Cakes were lots of fun and the cookies tasted even better than they looked.

Dee Holland Photography had a great collection of photographs from around the Carolinas.

Posy was the last booth that I had a chance to visit.  Laura & Suzanne have a wonderful collection of hand sewn goodies.

After the market I had a little time to kill before meeting my sisters and mom for dinner so I meandered over to an adorable store, Gypsy Jule.

All in all it was a wonderful day.  The weather was great and the customers at the Designer’s Downtown Market were wonderful.  We are so grateful that we were given a chance to participate and hope to make it back to Raleigh soon.

Be Well,



Wrap-Up: Rock & Shop Market

I’m going to start this post by apologizing several times over.  First, for not posting this sooner.  I got SO behind in my wrap-ups over the holiday season that I just completely gave up.  I hadn’t returned to any of them (although I do have the pictures), but the Rock & Shop Market was so amazing that I just didn’t want to let it go.

My second apology stems from lack of content.  I worked this event alone.  That’s usually not a problem, but because of how amazingly busy I was and because of how spread out the market was, I didn’t even get to visit most of the market.

All that said, the event was a huge success for us and, from what I understand, was greatly enjoyed by the tons of the folk who came out.  The post is going up regardless of the delay.

So, let’s take a look…

I lived in Durham for over a year, but had never ventured to this particular area of downtown.  The market was held in three buildings – Fullsteam Brewery (where we were located):


And the Trotter building (no picture…sorry).

Michelle and her crew did an awesome job putting the event together and publicizing it.  There were food trucks galore.  Two outside of Fullsteam…

…and several more in front of Motorco.

Pie Pushers?  Yum.

Here I am all set up and ready to go.  A kind customer saw me messing around with the camera and offered to take a picture.  🙂

Here’s what it looked like from behind the booth most of the show.  Really.  It was incredibly packed.

I was able to take a few photos of folks that were also located inside Fullsteam.  My neighbor was Betsy Browne Pottery.   She was ridiculously nice and covered for me more than once.

And her stuff is gorgeous!  The textures were amazing on each piece.  I would have loved to take one home, but she was almost cleaned out by the time the event was over.

{update: 3/6/12 – Found a few more vendor pics!}

APK Printworks & Un Original Americain had a lovely mix of goodies.  Also wonderfully nice folks.

As a vegetarian, I started giggling helplessly when I saw this.  Not sure that’s exactly what Matt Butler intended.  🙂

The Courtesy Press had cute cards.

These silk scarves were gorgeous.  The artist from Leopold Designs was explaining the process to me….and it is amazingly labor intensive!  They are true works of art.

What did I miss?  Visiting inside of both Motorco and Trotter and all the artists included.   A fashion show.  And live music!   If we get to participate again next year, I’m going to beg someone to go with me just so I can walk around and really appreciate everything there.