April 12, 2013
Last weekend was the yearly Rock & Shop Market, hosted by the multi-talented Michelle Smith and other local artists. I have been wanting to attend since I moved to Raleigh 3 years ago and I’ve always been out of town or otherwise not available. The market features a large number of juried artists and artisans from the Southeast (many local to Durham and Raleigh), bands, a fashion show, and some delish local beer. My kind of event. Stoked that I got to go this year and I had a hard time NOT buying everything in sight.
Anyway, this isn’t an ad for Rock & Shop, I just want to share my loot + some of my fav mostly local artists.
Almost as soon as I walked in, I spotted Amanda from Wit & Whistle, who not only has a fantastic blog, but also one of my all-time favorite paper goods shops. She has a great post up about the market and showcasing the super cute setup. I snagged a couple gems (not shown in photos – one of them might be coming to you! Yes, you!) and thanked her for being awesome. She sent me some creative business tips a while back and is in general a super nice person. And has great hair. <end girl crush>
Here’s a peek at the jotter and one of the cards I snagged, which reads “Be honest, this is much more exciting than getting an email.” SO TRUE. Amanda’s things are hand-illustrated which I admire. Illustration is one of those enviable talents that it’s really hard to “develop” if you don’t have the knack.
I’m glad she shares with the world!
Those earrings I snagged are from Lauren Amos Designs. She had SUPER cute things and I had a difficult time choosing. Not pictured are bigger pair of cobalt blue rose studs. 3 for $20. What a deal.
To the right up there you can peek at probably one of my favorite finds – Another F*ing Everything. [Website possibly NSFW - fair warning on vulgarity for you sensitive people.] The two gals behind this shop are geniuses and have tote bags, thank you notes, note cards, and other goodies with the naughty message “Another F*ing <Item>”. You’re welcome. I snagged the British version and a F*ing version of the thank you notes, for my pals who dislike thank you notes. So great.
That handsome face is that of the famed Ryan Gosling, hand-illustrated by Near Modern Disaster (Etsy Shop!), and the most perfect greeting ever: I miss your face. Simple messages are my favorite. They have some super cheeky cards that I love and once again had a hard time choosing.
I’m so happy to have finally made it to the market this year and look forward to attending next year or MAYBE even being lucky enough to be a seller. We will see!
Did you attend? Who are your favorite local artists? See you in the comments!