y’all know by now that i got to spend an amazing weekend up in wisconsin last weekend, as a vendor at re:craft + relic. this is such a great market full of only vintage, repurposed + handmade vendors, and the shoppers are even more amazing! it was such a bucket-filling (+ exhausting!) weekend.
so, while i’m always at the market to share my designs + sell, i always manage to spend a little time browsing + buying. and, oh.my.gosh did i find some fantastic finds! you know i love supporting my handmade friends, so i had to share with y’all some of these great handmade artists that i met + supported this weekend!
shop #1: measured moments • i adore lynn + mike. we met totally by chance almost two years ago when we were placed near each other at the sycamore pumpkin fest craft show. they repurpose used, vintage books into home decor but cutting the books into letters, shapes + symbols. and, i’m totally in love with my new ampersand in my day time office!
shop #2: naomi paper co. • beautiful artistry, gorgeous hand lettering + simply lovely prints. i am so excited that i got to discover + meet naomi at this weekend’s market! she has such a great eye + a fantastic style, and i had to take one of her prints home with me. isn’t this beautiful?
shop #3: the green rift • i have to admit: i was totally taken in by the aroma coming from the booth of this awesome maker! jennifer makes beauty + bath products that are all focused on natural stuff….no synthetics or chemicals here! i’ve been dying to try some kind of bath bomb thing, and totally got it with her shower steamers….they’re so pretty i haven’t gotten to use them yet, but i will!
being around so much talent + artistry is always so fantastic, and getting to meet new makers is the best! if you ever, ever, ever think about maybe going to a market, i totally encourage you to go! these markets are an opportunity for makers to share their craft, take a risk, and meet some new fans….for many, these markets are a big undertaking, a huge risk, and mean a lot for their families. so, the next time you see a market advertised on facebook, or see a sign for one in your community, consider taking an hour or two and go meet some new makers!