Shop Indie this Black Friday at Freight Street Gallery’s Handmade Market

Avoid being trampled for Furbys and TVs and buy some quality gifts, handmade by your local artists, for your loved ones this holiday. Come to the Black Friday Handmade Market at the Freight Street Gallery {170 Freight Street, Waterbury, CT}. We’re open from 9am-5pm, so you don’t even have to wake up at the crack of dawn.

With over 15 unique vendors, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.

  • The Purse Collector: Check out Carissa Black’s handbags and accessories {I love my side tie tote from her!}.
  • The Wee One: Chirp handmade children’s clothing or funky Jemmanimals made by Jemma Williams.
  • The Paperphile: Gorgeous handbound journals and stationery from Kleiner Eisbär.
  • The Vegan or Cupcake/Beauty Obsessed: Vegan & Paraben-free cupcake soaps, lip balms, and other dessert-themed bath & body treats by Poor & Pretty.
  • The Jewelry Fanatic: Kate Stephen’s one-of-a-kind brass & copper sculptural jewelry.
  • The One Who Can’t Live Without Coffee/Tea: Element Forged Pottery has unique coffee & tea mugs, plus beautiful vases, plates, jars, and more. {I bought my favorite tea mug from him!}
  • The Four-Legged Friend: Warm & cozy fleece jackets for dogs by Grateful Pawz.

See the full list of vendors here. PS: There’s still time to sign up to receive the scoop on my super-special Black Friday deals. Sign up for my email list here. Already a subscriber, but not sure if you’re signed up to receive promotions? Checking or updating your preferences is easy! Click here, type in your email address, and then click the link that says “Click here to update your profile.” :)


Coming attractions: Where will Poor & Pretty be next?

Happy Friday, readers! Got any Halloween party plans this weekend? Don’t forget to check my DIY Halloween posts {1 & 2} for last-minute party decor inspiration!

I’ve been putting together my  holiday vending schedule for the next two months, and I can’t believe that my first craft fair was only a year ago! Here’s where I’ll be in the coming weeks, so if you’re nearby, won’t you say hello?

November 10: Friends of Beacon Falls Library Holiday Shopping Fair | 10-3:30 pm | St. Michael’s Church, 25 Maple Avenue, Beacon Falls, CT
It’s a bit of a mouthful, but this is not your average holiday craft fair! In addition to some local crafters, there will also be a cupcake contest {my favorite kind of contest!}, a used book and media sale, and a teacup auction. Fun for the whole family, and admission is free!

November 11 & 18: Hartford HodgePodge | 12-6 pm | Pratt Street, Hartford, CT
The Hartford HodgePodge began on October 7th and runs every Sunday until November 18th. I’m so happy a friend of mine reached out and told me about this amazing event. It’s an open air market that will be choc full of vendors, artists, musicians, and even food! Plus, it’s sponsored by some great organizations: CT.comDowntown YogaRadio 104.1, and more. Catch me  here November 11th & 18th.

November 23: Freight Street Gallery’s Black Friday Handmade Market | Time TBD | 170 Freight Street, Waterbury, CT
I loved vending at Freight Street Gallery’s Summer Handmade Market, so I’m stoked to be signed on to vend at their 2nd annual Black Friday Handmade Market. Avoid the insanity at big chain stores this year and shop indie on Black Friday!

December 16: Bazaar Bizarre | 12-6 pm | 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
My second out-of-state vending experience will be at the 12th annual Bazaar Bizarre Boston {try saying that 10 times fast!}. I will be in good company with almost 100 vendors from all over New England and beyond. There will be ceramics, clothing, edibles, jewelry, stationery, and yes, cupcake soaps! Tickets are just $1 at the door, but sign up for the Bazaar Bizarre Boston mailing list to be notified when early bird tickets go on sale — for $10, you get in an hour earlier!


Weekend wrap-up: Twelfth Night, tomatoes, & the handmade market

I so badly wanted to find a way to say “handmade market” with a word that begins with a T. Ah well, I Tried! ;) As with most of my weekends lately, this one was pretty busy. Friday night, Scarlett, Suzi, Stan, and I went to see Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; or, What You Will at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford:

The production was put on by Capital Classics and runs through this coming weekend as well, so you should see it! It was hilarious and heartwarming, just as it was meant to be. The actors were excellent, and it was a beautiful night to sit outside and watch the show. The pre-show and intermission also included madrigals by the Elizabethan Consort, who came over and serenaded Scarlett with a funny animal song:

Saturday was mostly a chore day. I stopped by my Dad’s to pick up my mail and ended up cleaning out some coolers for him, vacuuming my car {which was sorely needed months ago…}, and picking tomatoes from his garden:

I took a few home with me. I’m telling you, if you’ve never had fresh, just-picked-from-the-garden fruits or veggies, you’re not living! These were delicious!

Yesterday, I vended at the Freight Street Gallery’s Summer Handmade Market again:

It was not nearly as hot as their opening day, but still pretty toasty. I’m glad we were inside though. There was that one freak downpour in the middle of the day. The folks at Freight Street Gallery are doing one more Summer Handmade Market on August 19th. I won’t be vending, but it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.

How was your weekend? :)


Sunday: Freight Street Handmade Market in Waterbury

It’s time again for me to vend at the Freight Street Handmade Market in Waterbury! This Sunday, August 5th, stop by the Freight Street Gallery between 11am and 4pm for local art, indie handmade goodies, live music, and food! Admission is free, so you can’t afford not to go! A few of the vendors from opening day will be there, along with some new faces. Check out pottery, handmade journals, knitwear, jewelry, hair accessories, henna tattoos, and of course cupcake soaps — all made right here in Connecticut~

Please help spread the word by printing out a flyer and posting it where you can or share the event on Facebook. Don’t live in the area? Support your local indie artists; find art & craft shows near you.


Opening Day at Freight Street Gallery’s Handmade Market in Waterbury

Yesterday was the kick-off to the Summer Handmade Market hosted by the Freight Street Gallery in Waterbury, CT. It was really, really hot, but that didn’t keep some dedicated, crafty, indie folk from stopping {and shopping} by. I was there with plenty of Coco Balms, Jars of Frosting, Cupcake Soaps, and Bath Truffles, though I doubt anyone was thinking about taking a bath, unless it was a freezing one! Big thanks to Jill for helping me get set up and being my bag lady and moral support!

Poor & Pretty booth @ Freight Street Handmade Market

{It was sunny and windy, which is why my face is all scrunched up, all right? Haha}

Krissy and Dennis Maksymiw from Kleiner Eisbär were my booth mates. They make beautiful handsewn journals and other stationery. They most likely would have looked at me if they knew I was taking their photo:

Kleiner Eisbar, handsewn journals & stationery

And on my other side was Jennifer Firmin with her hand painted vases and other ceramics as well as acrylic paintings:

Jennifer Firmin ceramics & paintings

{She didn’t want to be photographed. I can’t blame her; we were all a hot mess at the end of the day!} I bartered with her for this gorgeous hanging vase, which is happily decorating my bathroom:

hanging vase from Jennifer Firmin

There were a few other vendors as well, selling wood burnings, sculptural jewelrygarden pottery, knits, screenprinted tees, origami jewelry, and more!

vendors @ Freight Street Handmade Market

If you couldn’t make it to yesterday’s show, there are still three more chances! The Handmade Market will be running with different vendors each time on  July 22 and August 5 & 19. I’ll be back on the 5th!

Freight Street Handmade Market in Waterbury CT