Support your local crafter this Holiday season!

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Shop local, shop small, shop handmade!

 

This November, we celebrate our 10th Annual Holiday Market, I Made It! for the Holidays! Join us on November 25 & 26 at the Heinz 57 Center in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh at 623 Smithfield Street from 11 am – 6  pm.  We’ll be joined by 100+ talented local artists all selling handmade wares perfect for gift giving! Grab a coffee from Zeke’s to fuel your one stop shopping trip then a bite to eat from a delicious food truck conveniently parked out front. Bringing the kids? No problem! IMI sponsor Artist & Craftsman Supply will be happy to guide the kiddos through a make and take craft!

Wondering what sort of wares you can expect? 

Bath & body products including soaps, bath bombs, lotions, scrubs and so much more!

Clothing! From tees to socks and everything in between, we have you covered and it’s all made right here in the USA.

Art. Beautiful, original, art.

Jewelry. So much jewelry. For every style, snag a unique piece of jewelry for yourself and someone else!

Ceramics. You will not find anything like these beauties in a big box store. Bonus, they’re handcrafted AND gorgeous.

 Housewares! Candles, decor and so much more! 

TOYS! Handcrafted, all natural, durable, toys.

Baby and kids! Clothing and accessories and everything in between.

Pets! Don’t forget Fido! We’ve got them covered, too.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Head over to our artist page to start your shopping list!

And stay tuned, we’ll be highlighting our artists here on our blog, as well as on Instagram and our Facebook event page.

 

I Made It! for the Holidays 2016

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We’ve got all the info for you right here.

Don’t miss Craftical! Tactical Crafting Night

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Please join our friends, the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, for a fun and crafty night of fundraising on

Thursday, November 10 from 7 – 9 pm at Scratch in Troy Hill.

Pick up your free drink ticket to get those creative juices flowing then snag a bag of Creative Reuse treasures. In this fierce competition, you will have 30 minutes to complete the greatest/weirdest/bestest thing you can! Everyone will vote for their favorite then the top 3 finalists will move to the craft blitz table and with just 5 minutes, you’ll create something with an even more challenging treasure bag. The audience will then vote on their favorite 3 who will each receive a prize!

Snag your tickets here! To learn more, check out the Facebook event page!

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 Amiba.net, 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:

http://bit.ly/IMIholiday16