Top 3 Reasons to Shop Locally

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Our Top 3 Reasons to Shop Locally this Holiday Season and All Year Long

By Caylyn Stamm

  1. Better service! Shopping locally aids in building interpersonal relationships with those in your community, thus creating better customer service. Purchasing goods from your friends and neighbors builds community and friendships that will last a lifetime.
  2. The taxes! Shopping locally produces more tax revenue per sales dollar which actively helps the community! Local shopping also eliminates the need for heavy duty transportation of goods which keeps the prices cheaper and the roads clearer. Spending locally puts money right back into your own community rather than sending it off to an already ginormous corporation. According to, small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.
  3. Unique stuff! Who doesn’t love the satisfaction of owning something no one else could ever have? Unique artwork decorating your walls will wow     your friends and family. When they ask where you got it, you won’t round off something boring like Target or Bed Bath and Beyond, you’ll say “Actually, it’s one of a kind!” with a wink.

Shop Locally And Shop Small this holiday season at I Made It! for the Holidays happening on Black Friday, November 25th and Small Business Saturday, November 26th from 11 am – 6 pm. Our location will be announced soon along with our participating artists right here on the blog!

Meet Caylyn: I Made It! Market Intern

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My name is Caylyn Stamm and I am a senior at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, a Creative & Performing Arts high school in the Cultural District of Downtown Pittsburgh. For three years I majored in Straight Theater, which consisted of reading and analyzing plays, developing public speaking for the stage, studying human interaction and behaviors and much more.

From these studies I have gained an array of knowledge regarding how people interact with each other and thus I have learned how to gracefully interact with them. As I start applying to colleges I am hoping to study Communications with concentrations in photojournalism and advertising.

For my fourth year of CAPA I am transitioning to my internship with I Made It! Market, a nomadic market that showcases Pittsburgh’s finest craftsmen and entrepreneurs with various events in neighborhoods all around the city. Some assignments I will be working on within my internship include writing promotional social media posts on platforms like Instagram and Facebook, writing press releases and pitches, maintaining relationships with vendors, and producing visual media for the organization. As I begin my journey with I Made It! Market, I anticipate to bring my passion for writing, photography and advertising to my work.

 I am super excited to start getting more involved with I Made It! and the Neighborhood Flea and meeting all of our lovely artists!

Meet Evelyn: I Made It! Market Intern

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My name is Evelyn Negri-Albert.  I am working with I Made It! Market and The Neighborhood Flea as an event planning intern. I am in my senior year at Duquesne University, majoring in psychology with a minor in communication studies, and will be graduating in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Currently, I am looking into local graduate schools to obtain a Masters of Business Administration degree with a focus in Marketing.  In the foreseeable future, I plan to tack on a Masters of Fine Arts in Media Design degree in the direction of accomplishing my longterm goal of becoming a creative director for an advertising company.

As for my creative background, I have nurtured my enthusiasm for the arts for as long as I can remember.  With a passion for writing, painting, drawing, and calligraphy, I am constantly creating.  In addition to my artistic pursuits, I have developed a strong admiration for both travel and intercultural experiences.  My desire to travel began when I studied abroad at Duquesne University’s Rome Campus in the fall semester of 2014, and my interest in embracing other cultures has only continued to grow.  Through living abroad, I have gained strong interpersonal and intercultural skills, awareness, and a deep appreciation for multicultural diversity.  I thrive on exploring new environments and interacting with new people.

While interning with I Made It! Market, I will be responsible for tasks such as assisting with the assembly of local events, maintaining professional relationships with vendors, and working with superiors to compose blog posts for multiple social media platforms in order to preserve a concise theme for their organization. Not only is interning with I Made It! Market one of my first steps in establishing myself in the world of communication, but in the short time I have worked with them, I have already been acquainted with many incredible individuals.  Dedicated, open-minded, and enthusiastic about what lies ahead for my future, I am in it for the long haul!

I Made It! for the Holidays Applications

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Hello fellow artists, designers, and creators! This is a friendly reminder to all that our applications for the 10th Annual I Made It! Holiday Market will close after Sunday, September 25th, 2016.  Fill out an application today to be possibly considered to take part in one of our biggest events of the year!

Applications and details about the event can be found here:

Hello, September!

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Time flies when you’re having fun and wow,  we had a great summer with you all! Be sure to join us at the Squirrel Hill Night Market on September 17th from 6 pm – 10 pm where we’ll be taking over Murray Avenue with over 60 talented local artists selling handmade wares. Come hungry, this event never falls short in the food department. Bring the kids for hands on activities, demos, live music, and more! Follow along on our Facebook event page.

Then, on Saturday, September 24th from 10 am – 3 pm, we’ll be popping up Bakery Square! Join us for shopping, sidewalk sales, live music, kids activities, food trucks, and fun! Join our Facebook event page for artist spotlights, updates and more! As always, you can find us on Instagram as @imadeitmarket, Twitter @IMadeItMarket and on Facebook.

We can’t wait to share with you what we have in store for the rest of the year! Stay tuned, friends!

All the fun in August!

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Join us in August as we pop up around the city! First up is FEASTival Food, Music and Art Festival on Saturday, August 6th. FEASTival will feature food trucks, craft beer,  family friendly activities, I Made It! Market and much more!

FEASTival is a celebration that raises funds and awareness for the Sto Rox development efforts. This year’s event will feature performances by:
Turkuaz // Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk // Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds // Naughty Professor // 91.3fm WYEP’s host of The Soul Show, DJ Michael Canton

Join the Facebook event for updates! For more information, please visit

Then on Saturday, August 20th we’ll be back in the streets of Squirrel Hill for the second installment of the Squirrel Hill Night Market. From 6 – 10 pm,  we’ll be in the middle of Murray Avenue with 60+ local artists selling handmade wares. This free event also features food trucks, kids activities, live entertainment and more!

Join us on Facebook and Instagram as we highlight participating artists. This summertime fan favorite is not to be missed!

Feed More Festival This Sunday

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Join us this Sunday for a special event at Stage AE benefitting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

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Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank network serves more than 29 million meals annually to individuals and families in need across 11-counties of southwestern Pennsylvania including 76,000 children and 92,000 seniors.

It’s largest fundraising event, Feed More Festival presented by Peoples Natural Gas, will take place on July 17 at Stage AE and will feature two stages of local and national musical acts, food trucks, children’s activities and of course I Made It! Market all in an effort to #FeedMorewithmusic. For more information on the festival, visit

The stellar lineup includes Cold War Kids, the Lone Bellow, the Stone Foxes, Lucy Dacus and local bands the Commonheart, Derek Woodz Band, Swiss Army, Angela Autumn Cash and the Mixus Brothers!

IMI sponsor, Artist & Craftsman Supply will be on hand with a fun craft activity for kids and adults!

Summer is in full swing! Join us in July!

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Summer is officially here and I Made It! Market is popping up around Pittsburgh! Here’s where you can find us in July-

:: July 8th, 9th, & 10th – 12th Annual SouthSide Works Exposed :: 

I Made It! Market will pop into the SouthSide Works Exposed for our seventh year organizing the outdoor handmade marketplace that will inhabit 27th street from the evening of Friday, July 8 – the afternoon of Sunday, July 10.

Enjoy live music, food trucks, entertainment, 65 local artisans selling handmade wares, sidewalk sales, and kids activities! Join us on Facebook for event updates.

:: July 17th – Peoples Presents Feed More Festival ::

Pittsburgh Community Food Bank announced the line-up for their July 17 Feed More Festival at Stage AE. Headlining the Festival is Cold War Kids, an American indie rock band from Long Beach, California. Stage AE opens at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 with the first band taking the stage at 3 p.m. The stellar lineup includes Cold War Kids, the Lone Bellow, the Stone Foxes, Lucy Dacus and local bands the Commonheart, Derek Woodz Band, Swiss Army, Angela Autumn Cash and the Mixus Brothers! Check out the Facebook event here.

I Made It! Market at the Feed More Festival

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I Made It! Market at the Feed More Festival

 Sunday, July 17th :: 2-10PM

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Using music to mobilize the community to eliminate hunger!

Pittsburgh Community Food Bank announced the line-up for their July 17 Feed More Festival at Stage AE. Headlining the Festival is Cold War Kids, an American indie rock band from Long Beach, California. Stage AE opens at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 with the first band taking the stage at 3 p.m.

The stellar lineup includes Cold War Kids, the Lone Bellow, the Stone Foxes, Lucy Dacus and local bands the Commonheart, Derek Woodz Band, Swiss Army, Angela Autumn Cash and the Mixus Brothers!

Feed More will feature a variety of food trucks and an indoor I Made It! Market. The market is an indie crafts marketplace that provides opportunities for artists to bring their wares to sell.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m., please click link above to purchase. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate. VIP tickets are $125. Your VIP tickets include a VIP Lounge, VIP Bar, VIP bathroom, private bands, chef demos, heavy hors d’oeuvres, (2) drink tickets and an opportunity to hang out with the Lone Bellow!

For more information, visit