Imagine that Pinterest and Etsy got together and opened a one-day pop-up shop, and everything happened to made in Indiana or the Midwest. That’s the vibe at Bloomington Handmade Market
, happening this Saturday from 10am-5pm at the Bloomington Convention Center.
This annual shopping event†features†independent artists, crafters and designers from across the Midwest who make jewelry and clothes, home decor, art and more.
“We’re not a fine arts fair and we’re not your grandma’s craft show,” says Talia Halliday, an organizer of the event and owner of Gather
, a boutique in Bloomington that showcases independent artisans.
The market is juried, meaning that artists apply to be a part of it. Halliday says she and the other organizers select independent artists who bring modern, contemporary flair to traditional types of art. You might find a framed piece of cross stitch, but it’ll have an†irreverent, snarky saying that makes you laugh.
This year’s event†features 54 vendors, and more than half are new to the market.†Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find at the Bloomington Handmade Market:
Cute, folksy screen-printed items by Marcy Davy
, an artist from Ypsalanti, Mich.,†and pretty ceramic pottery by†Jennifer Creighton
†of Angola, Ind.:
Rustic six-pack holders from Bloomington’s The Wood Frog and crayons in all sorts of fun shapes from Fishers’ Art 2 the Extreme:
Indiana-themed cutting boards from Dickinson Woodworking in Greenfield and apparel from Sunday Afternoon Housewife in Indianapolis:
And because shopping works up an appetite, two Bloomington food trucks,†Bea’s Soda Bar†and Gypsy Moon Nosh Wagon, will be right outside.
Whether you want to get a jump on holiday shopping or you’re†interested in†a little retail therapy,†the market is worth the trip, especially if you’re on the hunt for something different that can’t be found in chain†stores.