I must admit I shopped until I dropped at the Made Around Here Market at the Visitors Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. It was two days filled with handcrafted goodness from local and regional artisans, and it was totally worth the hunt for a parking space. Okay. Maybe I intentionally parked away from the Visitors Center so I could stroll Main Street and get a Chai Tea Latte made with handcrafted mix from Elysium Farm. That is not the point *wink*
If you missed this year’s Made Around Here Market, don’t fret because Jonesborough has had this handcrafted show for almost 40 years. If I were a betting person, I would absolutely put all of my coffee money on next year’s MAHM being even better.
Before I share the photos of some of my favorite things I found, let’s sit a spell with a Chai Tea Latte (because I bought the mix by Elysium Farm at The Corner Cup, so I could make my own at home) and chat about a few tips and tricks about shopping and surviving a two-day long holiday craft market in Jonesborough. Believe me. It’s a marathon. Not a sprint. And you will need to train for next year’s!
FIVE TIPS & TRICKS FOR HOLIDAY MARKET SHOPPING
- Wear comfortable shoes because you will do a lot of walking and standing while chatting with all the amazingly talented and friendly vendors.
- Bring a large enough tote to carry all your goodies in, but not so big you can’t make a trip or two to your car. These shopping breaks will give you opportunities to explore Main Street shops and grab a cup of coffee from The Corner Cup or an ice cream cone from JJ’s Eatery & Ice Cream.
- Bring cash. Like a bucket of cash. Not all vendors take plastic, so make sure you have a nice assortment of bills.
- If your significant other insists on coming along and if your significant other gets tired of the shopping pace, tell them to go to Tennessee Hills Distillery and Depot Street Brewing. That should keep them busy long enough for you to get all of your shopping done.
- Stay well hydrated (with coffee or water). You can’t shop ’til you drop in Historic Jonesborough without proper hydration.
Now, without further ado, let’s check out a few of my favorite things from the Made Around Here Market *cue My Favorite Things by Julie Andrews*
- All things snowmen. *If you are a fangirl of snowmen like I am, this holiday market is for you.
*For more snowmen finds at the Made Around Here Market, check out the sneak peek post here.
- All things wood. From signs to cutting boards, Made Around Here Market had its shoppers covered.
- All things vintage and vintage-inspired. Holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without displaying things that remind of days gone by and our grandmothers.
- All things pottery. I could chat about my love of pottery all day long, but to keep this point brief-two of my favorite Northeast Tennessee potters were at the Made Around Here Market.
- All things leather and jewelry. Is there anything better than the smell of leather and the sparkle of handmade jewelry?
It was really hard narrowing down my finds and photos from the almost 40 arts and crafts vendors because there was so much handmade goodness that caught my attention at the Made Around Here Market. I shopped ’til I dropped and ran out of cash. Note to self: bring more cash next year.
So, what did I buy at the Made Around Here Market? Well, I can’t show you everything because some of the items are gifts–unless I decide to keep everything for myself which is totally possible.
Oh, I almost forgot to give a shout out to one of my favorite places in Jonesborough. Not only have I taken some awesome art classes from them, but I have also taught a few classes there as well. Currently, they are taking students (children and adults) for their next semester. The McKinney Center offers everything from pottery classes to hip-hop. I could go on and on about them, but just click here to discover what they have to offer.
Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about a few tips and tricks for shopping at a holiday market and about a few of my favorite things at the Made Around Here Market.
Stay tuned for my upcoming series–which is all about coffee. Y’all know I had to venture there sooner or later *wink*