What a wonderful time I had at the Made Around Here Market in beautiful Historic Jonesborough. The Market was filled with so many awesome, handcrafted items like this Tennessee-inspired, leather carry pouch by Rob Sherman Designs (Mountain Song Jewelers).
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*
Outdoor Market at the Made Around Here Market in Jonesborough
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.
Indoor Market No. 1 at Made Around Here Market in Tennessee’s Oldest Town. *Indoor Market No. 2 was so hopping I was unable to take photos!
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!
Big Mug by Barbara Cara of Potting for Fun. You can find Barbara out and about at local events and find her pottery at ONE.40.FOUR in Jonesborough.
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.
Brenden Bohannon of Electrified Wood Artisan creates one-of-a-kind wooden art pieces. To see how he creates these electrified pieces, click here.
These pretty window hangings are made from cedar and smell like Grandma’s closet. A trio of these in your kitchen window will have you thinking of your fav grandmother while you attempt to make her famous pecan pie.
Of all of the walking/hiking sticks at arts and crafts fairs, these are the finest quality I have seen. The quality is so superb I got my dad one. He is a wood artisan and a perfectionist when it comes to what he makes. Shhhh. Don’t tell him. It will ruin the surprise *wink*
- All things vintage and vintage-inspired. Holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without displaying things that remind of days gone by and our grandmothers.
Pamela R. Haines of Rabbit Run Farm is one of my favorite artisans. Okay. I have a lot of favorite artisans, but she stands out because of her use of vintage items and her adorable primitive dolls and animals.
Peanut Butter Fudge by Rose Bowling of Unique Designs by Rose. Yes, fudge is vintage-inspired. Don’t believe me. Ask your grandmother. *wink* Plus, I had to include Rose’s famous fudge because everywhere I turned market-goers were chatting about Rose’s fudge and how delicious it was. She was most adorable and reminded me of my grandmothers–who are celebrating the holidays in heaven.
Spotted these crocheted cuties at the Tri-Cities Crafters booth. One of the crafters 91 year-old mom makes these. How inspiring is that!!
The 91 year-old mom also makes these baby blankets. This is the absolute perfect baby gift. Can you imagine the love and history in those hands that crocheted these blankets. *tearing up*
- 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.
Kara Cline of Humilitea House creates stunning functional art pieces. For lovely and inspirational photos, check out her Instagram here.
A peek inside the darling booth of Humilitea House by Kara Cline. It was a bit chilly outside, but Kara was all smiles.
Piggy Bank by Barbara Cara of Potting for Fun. *p.s. we all need one of these to put our shopping money in for next year’s Made Around Here Market.
- All things leather and jewelry. Is there anything better than the smell of leather and the sparkle of handmade jewelry?
Handcrafted leather purse by Rob Sherman Designs (Mountain Song Jewelers)
Dear Santa, I need this bag in my life. I apologize for not being a good girl this year. Hugs xx
Sterling cuff bracelet by Mountain Song Jewelers. Visit them here.
Dear Santa, I also need this. Once again, I apologize for not being on my best behavior. More hugs xx
*bracelet by Rob Sherman Designs. Their items are created and produced in their shop, from melting the metals for jewelry and findings to cutting and sewing the leather for their leather goods. All of their handmade goodness is gorgeous. Just gorgeous.
Laura Feit of DragonGemz Creative Beading was an absolute delight. She creates one-of-a-kind jewelry in her mom’s memory. To learn more about Laura and her connection to the holiday market, check out the Jonesborough’s Herald & Tribune’s article here.
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.
A little peek at what I bought at the Made Around Here Market: a hat made from alpaca wool by Janet’s Alpaca Acres, coasters from Humilitea House, and a bowl for the hubby’s cereal by Barbara Cara
The McKinney Center was at the Made Around Here Market making cute Christmas cards with all of the kids and kids at heart.
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.
Hello, Skye! Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to the McKinney Center.
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*
Handmade goodness is the best!