Every second Saturday of the month, from May through August, a new event is joining the Farmers Market in Danville. These handmade earrings created using recycled knitting tools are one of many unique items at the Danville Handmade Market (Photo courtesy of Bur Oak Studio) Called the Handmade Market, it's your chance to buy great products from local artists and craftsmen. If you're like me, this is great news. When I was growing up, my parents took me to craft fairs everywhere we went. I always enjoyed seeing the handmade items, knowing each was made with careful, loving care by the people right there at the booth -- sometimes right in front of you. Linedrawing meme FB-web To this day throughout my home, I have pieces here and there picked up at those fairs. From my girls' room, to the teen's, and my living room, not to mention my jewelry box, I treasure these items even more than things I buy from the store. Now I'll be able to get some of these items close to home, and support people in my own county by doing so. As of now, 15 local artists, crafters, and DIYers have signed up to be on the square on May 10, with more expected in the coming months. You'll be able to find jewelry, baskets, garden art, bird feeders, children's clothing and more. I plan to spend an hour just in the Handmade Market opening weekend, just to see what I can add to my collection. I know my girls will be all over the Poppy Blossom Bows booth. They love hairbows, barrettes and headbands. Some of the artwork that may be on display at the Danville Handmade Market (Photo courtesy of Art by Melissa Cain) I'll be checking out all the artist booths for more unique art for my home. Best part is, since it's setting up right alongside the farmers market, you can spend Saturday morning in one place getting your craft on while getting your fresh veggies! Are you an artist/crafter? You have until May 10 to sign up for a booth space, and the rate is exceptionally reasonable for the entire summer! In case you're curious, here's a list of the artisans currently signed up:
B Skinner, LLC
  • Fun and functional fused glass panels for home and garden.
  • Website
Bob's Baskets
  • Handmade and designed baskets.
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Brenda Kessler Designs
  • Handcrafted jewelry for everyday - silver and bronze with semi-precious gemstones.
  • Website
Cheryl Patterson
  • One of a kind upcycled wool handbags, accessories, and plush toys.
  • Website
Chasing Paper Airplanes
  • Handmade crosses, bibs, burp cloths, and various other unique children's items.
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Poppy Blossom Hairbows
  • Handmade boutique hairbows for girls of all ages.
Joanie Relf
  • Vintage textile jewelry
Bur Oak Studio
  • Jewelry from recycled aluminium knitting needles and knitted accessories.
  • Website
Enjoy the Small Things Charms and Gifts
  • Repurposed scrabble tiles into charms, pendants, earrings, and key rings; ceramic tile coasters.
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All the King's Men
  • Upcycled items: chalkboard trays, jewelry racks, 3-tiered plate racks and various other unique items.
Mixed media artwork by Moon Stumpp (Photo courtesy of Moon Stumpp)
Melissa Cain - Art Studio
  • Abstract, repurposed, and found object artworks.
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Moon Stumpp
Peggy Kirsch
  • Framed chalk boards,garden art/bird feeders, hanging mason jars, dry eraser boards, jewelry boxes
  • Website
Morgan Studio
  • Oils, watercolors, prints, and cards
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Stephanie Moraghan
  • Decorated soaps, herb-infused soaps, eye pillows, and other handmade items.