Want to support local makers and local businesses this holiday season but not sure where to start? Raleigh Convergence is rolling out a series of gift-giving guides, beginning with a calendar of shopping events in Wake County.
These pop-up markets with local makers, festive brick and mortar events and virtual shopping opportunities help direct your dollars back into our community.
Have an event in Wake County you’d like to add? Submit it here, and this guide will continue to be updated.
When: Pop-Up Raleigh just added another day to their weekend markets for December! Now the markets will be 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays AND Sundays, Dec. 5 + 6, Dec. 12 + 13, Dec. 19 + 20.
Where: Trophy Brewing on Maywood, 656 Maywood Ave in Raleigh.
What: “The pandemic forced the once bustling, Pop-Up Raleigh monthly market to shift to smaller, weekly markets around the extended patio at Trophy on Maywood Ave. Each Saturday through December 19th, a food truck, 15 local artisans + vintage vendors, cute dogs and the community safely mingle while supporting small businesses. Join us!”
North Hills Pop-Up Market
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays (Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Dec. 20).
Where: North Hills Midtown Park, 4011 Cardinal at North Hills, Raleigh.
What: Shop 30 makers per event in the Midtown area.
Rose and Lee Holiday Market
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 19
Where: Rose & Lee Co. in Downtown Apex, 104 W. Chatham St., Apex.
What: A Saturday morning market outside of Rose & Lee Co.
The Brew Box will be set-up for hot drinks, too.
“This market will be set-up for safe social distancing. Vendor booths will be at least six feet apart. Vendors will be required to wear masks and hand sanitizing stations will be frequent. All vendors will be set-up outdoor in the open air!”
“Rose & Lee Co. Is a women’s clothing, accessory, & gift boutique located in downtown Apex. They carry ethical and sustainable products that tell a story!”
Daybreak’s Holiday Pop-Up Market
When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 19 + 20.
Where: Daybreak, 154 E. Chatham Street, Cary.
What: Local artists and vendors, food, drinks and raffle tickets. [more info]
Earlier events featured on this list:
The Fount Market
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 (the Holiday Fount Market)
Where: Fount Coffee + Kitchen, 10954 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 109, Morrisville.
What: A monthly market at Fount Coffee + Kitchen. “This Saturday morning market will be hosted completely outdoor and artists will be selling handmade goods like candles, jewelry, beauty products & more!” Fount’s espresso bar and food (which is gluten-free and dairy-free) will be open.
“This market will be set-up for safe social distancing. Vendor booths will be at least six feet apart. Vendors will be required to wear masks and hand sanitizing stations will be frequent.”
Holiday Bazaar at Moore Square
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 12, 12-5 p.m. Dec. 13.
Where: Moore Square in Downtown Raleigh.
What: “Join us for some holiday fun and spend your money supporting small businesses this holiday season! This 2-day holiday shopping event will take place at Moore Square with over 40 handmade artisans over the weekend to shop from. Live music photos ops and more for the entire family to enjoy.”
Junior League of Raleigh a (virtual) SPREE!
When: Now-Nov. 23.
Where: Online at ashoppingspree.org.
What: “The Junior League of Raleigh’s (JLR) popular holiday tradition, A Shopping SPREE!, is different in its 36th year. Debuting online in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic “a (virtual) SPREE!” still offers a unique shopping experience while raising money for nonprofit programs in Wake County. Shop the Online Silent Auction for the latest in fashion and home decor trends, unique gifts and holiday merchandise they expect at A Shopping SPREE!, but from the safety of home.”
The online shopping event includes an online raffle, an online silent auction and Best of SPREE! Boxes for sale.
(disclosure: editor Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the VP of Communications and Strategies of the JLR, but this event is included for its editorial value)
Holly Raleigh Warehouse Sale
When: 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday (Nov. 15)
Where: Online at raleighfashionfest.com/tickets
What: 50 local businesses online for a one-day sale, featuring boutiques and vendors with clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, gifts, artists, makers, beauty, food and other small businesses. See the participating vendors here.
Described as “a cross between Raleigh Fashion Fest x Raleigh Boutique Warehouse Sale in partnership with Tabletop Media Group and Raleigh Night Market,” ticketholders will save a minimum of 20% from participating businesses.
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Holiday Market & Lighting of the Trees at Lafayette Village
When: 12-6 p.m. Nov. 21, 12-5 p.m. Nov. 22
Where: Lafayette Village in North Raleigh, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh.
What: Lafayette Village in North Raleigh is home to several locally-owned businesses and Triangle Pop-Up will host a market in the corridors between the shops during two days of tree lighting ceremonies.
“This year in order to respect social distancing we will be offering two days for you to attend and we are adding another tree, one in the Courtyard and one on The Green, to allow for people to spread out and experience our tree lighting! Tree Lighting ceremonies will be Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. for both the tree in the Courtyard and the one on The Green.”
There will also be a Lafayette Village CandyLand Holiday Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win prizes. Don’t forget to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.
Shop Small Saturday at Transfer Co. Food Hall
When: 1-5 p.m. Nov. 28.
Where: Transfer Company, 500 E. Davie Street, Raleigh.
What: On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, visit the Triangle Pop-Up at Transfer Co. Food Hall for a “highly curated selection of accessories, clothing, home goods, custom gifts and more by local artists & makers.”
Transfer Co.’s property includes 12 restaurants and Burial Brewing’s taproom. “Enjoy live music on the patio while you eat, drink and shop at Transfer Company!”
“This market will be set-up for safe social distancing and will take place completely outdoors. Vendor booths will be at least six feet apart. Vendors will be required to wear masks and hand sanitizing stations will be frequent.”