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I Made It! Market

A fantastical, nomadic, pop up handmade shopping place.

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Email Us at info (at) imadeitmarket.com or just click here

I Made It! Market PO Box 9613 Pittsburgh, PA 15226 ::: 412-254-4464

Mission:

I Made It! Market (IMI) is a nomadic indie crafts marketplace that provides opportunities for artists to bring their wares to market. We partner with neighborhood, mainstreet, community, arts, and non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness  for their organizations and to assist them in improving the communities we share.

History:

Beginning in March of 2007, IMI was born through a need for regularly occurring opportunities for Pittsburgh’s talented artisans to bring their wares to market. Our goal was and remains to create a “space” for artists and community organizations to connect.

The first market took place in May of 2007 at the Garfield Artworks with 20 artisans. We had a fantastic turnout and heard from the crafts community that this type of event was missing in our city. and, IMI was born.

Since our first market, we have partnered with a number of hardworking organizations and have brought close to 300 artists’ wares right into Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods providing visibility to emerging and established artisans, bringing them directly to shoppers.

Visit our Partners page to see who we’ve been in cahoots with and check out the Artists page to find direct links to our most recent vendors. find out where we’ll be next in our Events section or even see where we’ve been.

Check out the Homepage to learn what is happening in the crafty (handmade) industry, see what’s happening locally and get an inside look into the artists who will be participating in upcoming events.

See you at the market!

CRAFTER CODE of CONDUCT

Over the years we’ve enjoyed a vibrant, growing community comprised of enthusiastic shoppers who value locally made artisan wares and crafters in a number of disciplines. Our crafters are men and women who have been creating handmade work for years or who have recently become inspired to work on a passion to create something new.

Our CRAFTER CODE of CONDUCT describes how we cultivate a community of mutual respect for one another and take pride in growing our small businesses together.

A taste of what our Sponsors, Partners and Vendors are saying:

What our Sponsors are Saying…

“I Made It! is a great match-up for us, I like to think our riders are creative, and independent. Just like the IMI vendors and their imaginative followers.”

Tim Frank
Director of Marketing and Creative Services
Port Authority of Allegheny County

“I Made It! Market has been working with the SouthSide Works since 2008 and we have enjoyed a unique partnership. Their events, featuring local craftspeople, enable us to promote the local community to patrons of the SouthSide Works and to invite customers interested in our retail, dining and entertainment to get an ongoing and rotating taste of what Pittsburgh artisans have to offer. The market pops in and out throughout the year making the SouthSide Works a destination for local arts enthusiasts.”

Pamelyn McMahon
Marketing Consultant, SouthSide Works

“As a renewing sponsor of I Made It! Market, we can truly say it  is a match made in heaven! TeeRex (CottonFactory.com) is a local Pittsburgh company run by a group of obsessive designers, artists and printers. We proudly hand print all of our unique tees, aprons, hoodies and totes in-house.
Supporting our local economy and Pittsburgh Pride are very important to us. IMI works with a large number of amazing artists and they hold such diverse events that each gathering is a totally  different experience. IMI helps us connect with new audiences and we feel they have developed the definitive blueprint for both indie artists and their partners.”
Samantha and Stephen,
Owners, Cotton Factory

What our Partners are Saying…

“After writing a profile on I Made It! Market, The Original Magazine knew we had to team up with Carrie and the gang for an event on Pitt’s campus. I can’t describe how amazing it was working with them! The Original is all about highlighting the unique and imaginative in Pittsburgh, and I Made It! brought that to Oakland. We’re super excited to continue collaborating with them in the future. I Made It! takes a laid back approach to event organization but  seamlessly blend their creative spirit with professionalism.”
The Original Magazine <3 I Made It! Market
Katie Capri
Assistant Editor, The Original Magazine
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh teamed up with I Made It! Market to present “I Made It! Jr.” in November of 2009. As a presenter of hundreds of public programs for families annually, with many community partners, I Made It! Market was one of our most highly organized, professional and energetic collaborators. Some of the artists even taught workshops for children on the process behind their craft! I Made It! Market is a great example of the vibrant creative community in Pittsburgh that makes this such a great place to be a kid and raise a family.

Angela Seals

About the Organizers

Co-Founder, Organizer, Carrie Nardini

carrie nardini photo for I Made It! MarketCarrie has been crafting for many a year. Possibly born with a beading needle in her hand, her fascination with all things crafty was cultivated through years of summer camp, classes at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, inspiration from friends, family, neighborhood moms and her grandmother. Ask her about her grandmother’s love for needlepoint and knitting. Carrie is a disaster of a knitter. She enjoys making a mess in the kitchen cooking primarily old family recipes and what her brother calls hippy food.

Carrie has a degree in English Writing and a Masters in Business Administration from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. Currently, Carrie works in Marketing and Social Media and will be using her skillz to provide business development, marketing and public relations services to budding creative entrepreneurs. Many handmade makers have expressed a need for a little boost with marketing and small business services that will take them to the next level in selling their wares and building a market.

Her desire to work as an innovative entrepreneur in the crafting realm dates back to high school when she started setting up booths at craft fairs and demonstrating glass bead making, bead weaving and macrame. The macrame tricks learned at camp came in handy while working at Tela Ropa in college weaving her way through more than 2,000 custom necklaces.

Find Carrie on LinkedIn, email her at info@imadeitmarket.com or just say hi at the next market. Carrie loves to meet inspirational, motivated and happenin’ peeps and also loves her hubby and new baby Sid, coffee, boston terriers and the ‘burgh.

If you are interested in learning more about Carrie’s business development services for artists – contact her at info@imadeitmarket.com.

Co-Founder, Nina Marie Barbuto

Nina Barbuto image for I Made It! Market

Co-founder of the I Made It! Market Nina Marie Barbuto sees the market as “urban acupuncture,” with its micro-economy popping in and out of neighborhoods. She completed the Mediascapes Master of Architecture Program at Southern California (M.Arch) and has a Bachelors of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University (B.Arch). Her works include architecture, film, sound, and art installation often with the idea of recycling noise into the system or elevating the vernacular spectacular. In 2004, Nina Barbuto was featured in the Concept Architecture show at Future Tenant Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for her Annex to the Carnegie Museum of Art (proposed). In 2006, her proposal for Albright-Knox Gallery was on display at the institution in Buffalo, New York. Nina Barbuto and Jenna Kappelt collaborated in the “Ta-Tas” show in 2006 at The Frame in Pittsburgh. Her Brascape was a feature installation at Inmo Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles in 2007. In 2008, her film, I Love You, Los Angeles was screened at SiteLA Gallery in Los Angeles. Brascape was featured at hiChristina Gallery in the Lower East Side, NYC in 2008. Her recycled cardboard furniture creation, the Habeas Lounge, was featured at the Brookfield Properties Gallery in 2009. August 2010, Nina produced Pittsburgh’s First Edition of the Disposable Film Festival at the Leslie Park Pool in Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.

Currently, Nina’s entrepreneur ventures include Awesome Studio, a multimedia design think tank, and Awesome Gallery, a non-profit space to be and make art. See more of her work(s) at ninamariebarbuto.com.

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