Donna Digiacomo - Country Friends

Hi, my name is Donna Digiacomo and my company is Country Friends.  I have a degree in textile design from Philadelphia University.  I decided after working in the industry and having two kids to work from home designing crafts.  Now, 30 years later I am still painting!  I specialize in floral designs on various mediums.

My mirrors are one of my biggest sellers!  I love to paint on large wall mirrors and especially the old windows that I find in my travels.  During the holidays, my snowman LED candles are a big seller!  Searching for and restoring found objects is one of my favorite hobbies! 

I am looking forward to working with Marketspace Vendor Events for the first time on February 10th at the Pop Up Market in The Exchange at Fort Dix. I am so impressed with their enthusiasm and fabulous marketing they provide to their vendors and venues! 

Carrie Engerrand - Daily Scentuals

Daily Scentuals has become a lifestyle more than a business for me.  I got started making oil blends to combat my anxiety and begun experimenting with blends for other ailments.  I just want to help my customers be healthy and happy.

 I love problem solving for people.  Whether that is modifying recipes to fit their needs or experimenting to find a joint pain oil to help my mother’s hands, I find that between researching new combinations or oils and creating them I have the ultimate way to satisfy my need to help.  One of my friends asked for lotions, so now I am creating a line of lotions!  

I eventually want to take this business full time and create a wellness center.  That would include reiki healing, yoga, and oils.  I want to continue to solve issues that people have and really build a business that helps the local community. I vended with Marketspace Vendor Events on December 2017 at 'The Marketspace at Westfield' and am excited to attend more events. I will be at the The Exchange at Fort Dix on February 10, 2018.

Karen Bellitto - Shinyhappydangles

Chainmaille. The stuff of knights and legends. King Arthur and dragons. Frodo and Jon Snow. You get the idea. My name is Karen and I weave with metal. In a previous life, I was a medical social worker in New York and worked primarily with terminal cancer patients and their families. A heavy job but a rewarding one. Fast forward to moving to New Jersey and getting pregnant all around the same time! Stay at home mom-dom allowed me to find time to get my inner craft girl on. After manifesting in different mediums one day I learned how to make a byzantine bracelet. Angels began to sing, the sun peered out of the clouds and I knew I found what I wanted to do. I researched, I learned a lot about the history of chainmaille and now I bring that to you in the form of wearable art.

Centuries ago, men would wear mesh garments, woven of steel rings, to protect themselves when going off to battle. Today, Shinyhappydangles, takes these patterns and techniques (we are talking legit OLD patterns, like 1270 Japan or Europe in the Middle Ages) to replicate patterns and turn them into jewelry. There are maille artisans who still make actual suits of armor (30,000 plus rings can go in to just 1 shirt!). What I have come to love about this art form is the endless possibilities. Little circles (aluminum jump rings) come in many colors and wire gauges and sizes so the amount of things you can make and do seems to be infinite. I’m up for the challenge.

I know one thing is for sure: I miss my pliers when I’m not making stuff and I wake up in the
morning thinking about what I’m going to create that day. I love seeing the look on someone’s
face when I explain that, yes, I did open and close every single ring to make the pattern they are looking at and I enjoyed every minute of it. I love being in stores and hearing from my customers that they saw my pieces at a local boutique. What REALLY makes my day though is in-person shows where I can live-weave at my table and converse with customers as they come into the booth. I’m excited about adding dates with Marketspace Vendor Events to my calendar this year! Shinyhappydangles. A little history. A little bling. Love in every link.

Kim Kraemer - New Year, Even Bigger Goals!

Things may seem a little quiet on the social media forefront, but behind the scenes we are busy prepping for 2018 craft market events, new marketing ideas, and perks for joining our free vendor network (which is over 1,000 vendors already!

Our first event of 2018 is just two weeks away, Valentine’s Day weekend, and will be open to military personnel and veterans.  This pop-up craft market at The Exchange on Joint Base McGuire- Dix-Lakehurst features 14 local craft vendors and their handmade merch, much of which is patriotic in theme.  How sweet is that?  If you live on base or have a military ID, come check us out: February 10, 2018 from 11am - 3pm inside The Exchange.

We’ve also rolled out a tiered sponsorship option for small businesses starting with our Makers in the Vines craft and wine festival at Balic Winery in Mays Landing on June 16, 2018.  Sponsorship options start at just $150 and range from digital promotion to logo canvas bags or sponsorship of our entertainment stage complete with a large logo banner.  We are still accepting craft, artist, and vintage vendor applications for this event. Hudson Heights will set the musical backdrop for our 80-vendor market and the aroma of mouth-watering filet mignon, crisp pizza, and decadent cannolis will fill the vineyard air.  Wine tastings and event entry are free, so don’t miss it!

Next week I am meeting with Union County officials for one of my dreams come true.  If you’re local to the Cranford/Westfield area, be sure to like and follow our Facebook and Instagram pages.  I’ll be sharing details as we move forward in the process, but some of my Downtown Cranford business owner friends and I are starting up what we hope to make an annual tradition right here in our hometown beginning May 2018.

Lastly, our holiday market planning is in the works.  A number of our Marketspace at Westfield vendors asked for me to host holiday craft markets in specific New Jersey towns.  Rest assured that I am working on those areas!  Don’t forget to sign up for our free email list to hear about these events before we open registration to non-network crafters.  I can hardly contain my excitement for 2018 and hope you’ll join me on this next chapter of our family-owned adventure.

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Christine Favire - Puss N Pooch Emporium

Hello everyone! My name is Christine Favire and I am a proud mother of four!  I have two wonderful daughters and then two furry children, Bonnie and Clyde.  When I first welcomed my fur babies into my home, it was hard to find collars for them that I liked.  I also had trouble finding good quality collars that my strong dogs couldn’t break.  I teamed up with my oldest daughter, Amanda, and together we came up with the idea to hand make our own collars with more of a variety than we have seen in stores.  Our friends and family showed interest in our products and that is what started our business.

We started with plastic buckled collars for dogs with a variety of patterns.  Then, we expanded to making collars for larger dogs with heavy duty stainless steel hardware and also smaller collars to fit smaller dogs and cats.  Our latest product is adjustable martingale collars.  Our patterns range from popular superheroes to decorative flowers to sports teams.  We also have a variety of holiday and seasonal collars.  If there is something specific you’d like to see, we can do our best to accommodate.  Our most popular sellers are our television and comic books characters such as Stranger Things, Batman, and The Walking Dead. Our seasonal collars are always huge hits as well.

We are always excited to get our name out there and to meet new people.  We are very knowledgeable about dog breeds and love talking and sharing stories with other pet owners.  We are always looking to expand our product line, we are currently working on accessories for collars like flowers and bow ties and other projects as well.  We can’t wait to team up with Marketspace Vendor Events and show them what we have to offer!

Lisa Richter and Lauren Coddington - Love and Lettering

Hello! We are Lauren and Lisa, two creative pals with a passion for spreading love, positivity, and good energy through our artwork!

About a year and a half ago, Lauren found herself coming across more and more naturally occurring hearts in her day to day life. She called them "random love", and began photographing them to post on social media. The response was overwhelming – this somehow inspired friends and family to notice "random love" along their paths. After so many people began reaching out to Lauren for sparking their own random love finds, she realized that she was making a difference in the way people saw the world.  Shortly thereafter, Love Along The Way was born. Lauren hopes that her photos will brighten people's spaces and continue to encourage them to find love along their way!

Lisa started leebee letters, and creates digital, hand-lettered images (including custom and personalized pieces) featuring positive quotes, phrases, and affirmations using a stylus and an iPad. After growing through a tough patch of life, she found reading positive messages, practicing mindfulness, and using affirmations played a big part in her overall happiness. She decided to start creating her own as an outlet, & then started sharing her work on social media. People responded with their own stories of coming through tough times, sharing that the positive messages gave them a boost of hope or strength, or simply put a smile on their face. Pulling inspiration from mindfulness practices, the beauty in the world around her, and anything promoting positive vibes, Lisa aims to inspire, motivate and provide hope and happiness with her work.

Together, we are Love & Lettering and the journey so far has been amazing!  Even though our two art forms are different, they complement each other, both promoting the message of looking for the good in every day, something we can always use more of in the world. We attended our first joint event back in November 2017, and it has been a whirlwind adventure ever since.  We are so looking forward to meeting you! We are incredibly excited and honored to be working with Marketspace Vendor Events at the April 2018 Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company. We cannot wait to share our story and to hear yours! Going forward, we plan to continue deepening our collaboration and expanding so we can spread the love as far and wide as possible!

Kimberlee Roccasanta - KPR-Creations

HELLO, My name is Kimberlee and I recently started my jewelry line.  My love for jewelry started at a young age as I loved to play “dress up”.  One of the greatest and most influential people in my life was my grandmother, who also had a love for jewelry. 

Handmade New Jersey jewelry, KPR-Creations, is my way of paying tribute to my beautiful grandmother. Inspired by her flair for matching her jewelry to her outfits, I create unique jewelry pieces that bring out the sparkle in any outfit. Whether you desire subtle hues or bold colors, each bracelet is lovingly handcrafted to draw attention to your inner beauty. Inspiring women to glow from the inside out, KPR- Creations is designed to help you shine. 

I am excited and honored to be a part of Marketspace Vendor Events.  I am looking forward to upcoming events in the near future. My first one will be in May’s Landing on June 16th, 2018 at Balic Winery. I am looking forward to meeting you all there. There will be a variety of Beaded Bracelets ready to go. Happy shopping and remember “JEWELRY ALWAYS FITS”!

Joy B - Be The Difference Clothing

My name is Joy. I own a small business called Be The Difference, established in August of 2014. Most, if not all, designs or sayings are created to inspire and encourage the wearer and those who see the designs. Some designs are inspired by personal experiences and others from situations I see or hear. I distinctly remember the moment I decided to design t-shirts. I was driving home from an event when for the first time in my life I saw a person “stuck”. They were literally standing on the corner bent backwards just swaying a little. After I drove by it just hit me! I remember thinking, "What am I doing? I am no different than the next person who just says to themselves 'Wow, so sad'".  I felt could no longer stomach being the passerby. It took guts to overcome the fear of being rejected to create the 'Addiction Kills The Family' t-shirt. My mission lies in comfort and support. Be the Difference offers a range of custom pieces from deep discussion topics to light-hearted playful themes.  Our designs appeal to any age, race or understanding.

My favorite items are the custom inspirational socks. Twelve pairs are designed and broken down into 12 colors so that only one person in the world owns that #btdllc pair of socks. This model ensures a unique product and keeps the creative juices flowing.  My second favorite is the custom onesie. Each onesie delivers a message when it is needed the most. We are creatures of touch, see and hear, so the more we absorb positivity, the more we have a chance at happiness and love. I believe the best time to start is infancy.

With Be the Difference, the sky is the limit. The plan is to keep pushing, keep inspiring, and keep trying to be the difference in this thing called life! Partnering with Marketspace Vendor Events will help us reach an audience we haven’t seen or spoken to. We will encourage each other to not give up or lose hope. If we all do our part, this world will be a better place. 

Sara Youner, L.Ac. - Morning Light Acupuncture

My name is Sara Youner and I have practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine since my graduation from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in December 2015.  Chinese Medicine is my third career; I have been a librarian, practice law and now acupuncture.  However, health and healing were always my deepest interest and I decided it was time.  I lived in Springfield, New Jersey for 27 years with my husband and our 7 children.

My product is actually my medicine.  The purpose of Chinese Medicine is enable the body to heal itself.  We work at clearing the obstacles blocking the body’s energy.  These blockages cause pain, digestive issues, anxiety and insomnia. My practice specializes in neck pain, back pain, and of course stress, the quintessential 21st century ailment. That said, I also offer products that enhance your health.  I have tinctures and liniments from the esteemed Blue Poppy Herbs company out of Colorado.  I love their pain easing products with wonderful names like, Dragon’s Blood, Three Angels or Green Willow Liniment.  My My favorite product is Blissful Feet Foot Soaks made of Tibetan and Chinese herbs traditionally grown and harvested.  These soaks help everything from pain to anxiety and are both and energy enhancing.  I obtain them directly from the importer. calming

My goal for the future is to grow my practice of nourishing and enhancing health.  My plan in partnering with Marketspace Vendor Events is to introduce more people to both Chinese Medicine and “Blissful Feet Foot Soaks” and other herbal especially where they don’t plan to see them.  I’m hoping my slogan of “give health for the holidays” will entice future patients and customers.

Lisa Malchow - Lisa Malchow Studios

Hi, my name is Lisa. After living on the island of Grenada for the last 3 years, I have just relocated to New Jersey.  It was on this gorgeous island that I found my way back to my art; from painting murals at 4-Star Hotels, teaching crazy art classes to the local children, and participating in many of the seasonal arts & craft events.  I’m now working out of my studio at home, adjusting to the lovely New Jersey weather and getting my art ‘out there!’

I started doing Pet Portraiture because I saw that people are CRAZY for their pets, knowing this first hand, of course!  I started painting the pets in the traditional way for awhile, but found that boring. Then I rediscovered my art school background, with YEARS of Art History, I decided to paint the pets as famous portraits.  Yes… this has certainly been done before… but, I GOT IT!  My challenge is to paint the portrait, matching colors and brush strokes of the original to a ’T', and placing the pet as the subject matter.  These are so fun to do that I chuckle to myself the whole time I’m painting.  The 2nd brilliant idea I came up with is painting the pet in a realistic black & white version on canvas fabric and creating a ‘slip-cover’.  I use fabric paint, which is wonderful as it doesn’t smudge and you can hand-wash it if it does get dingy.  They are personalized with the pet’s name, and they make a fabulous gift for someone else who is crazy for their pets, or it does make a sweet ‘memorial pillow’ if the pet has ‘passed’. 

This is my first endeavor with Marketspace Vendor Events, and I think Christmastime is the perfect beginning of our hopefully long relationship.  So come see me on Sat. Dec. 2nd and let’s plan your custom-painted project which you will cherish forever!

Jillian Merolle - Little Lady Big Designs

Hello everyone, I am Jillian of Little Lady Big Designs, where I specialize in the design of custom invitations and personalized gifts. This name is the perfect fit for my business since I stand just under five feet tall and have always had a love for creating impactful designs. I currently live in Cranford, New Jersey with my husband and our cockapoo, Lucy. In no particular order, my favorite things are spending time with my family, traveling around the world, being creative, enjoying good food and wine, and last but not least coffee, lots of it! During the week, I am a full time graphic designer in the fashion industry. Throughout my career I have worked alongside top brands, which has helped me to perfect the art of telling a cohesive message through design. From a young age I always had an eye for the little details and a love for all things paper. Little Lady Big Designs started out as a hobby, but turned into something that I am so passionate about.

I am happy to help you create invitations and stationery items that reflect your unique style and help set the tone for your entire event.  We specialize in weddings, birthdays, bridal and baby showers, religious celebrations, and corporate events. We also offer personalized holiday cards and birth announcements. I am happy to give you a personalized approach to design from start to finish, including all the little details in between. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my client's vision become a reality on paper.

I'm so excited to share my work with the local community at The Marketspace at Westfield on Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 10th! Each day we will be raffling off a gift basket that you can enter by simply signing up for our mailing list. We will be offering pre-designed items for purchase such as ornaments, mugs, stemless wine glasses, and wall prints. There will also be customization options available for most products sold. Examples of my custom-made stationery will be on display at the booth. Please stop by to say hello, we can’t wait to meet you!

Jay Macry - Westfield Woodshop

The Westfield Woodshop began as a hobby for me – many years ago, my wife bought me a wood-turning lathe on a whim and explained “I think you will be good at this”! It took some time and a lot of practice, but soon I was creating hand-turned wood pieces for friends and family on a regular basis. I love the feeling of creating something that people really enjoy and cherish and say, “How did you do that?!?”

Some of the most satisfying projects the shop produces come when preserving part of a fallen or special tree for sentimental reasons so that the recipients have something “to remember them by” forever. I also love re-purposing old furniture, floorboards and other items for the same reason. A broken table leg from your great Aunt's dining room can become an heirloom pen or other keepsake!

I hope to keep creating custom pieces for friends and family and I’m really happy to be partnering with Marketspace Vendor Events now and in the future. I see plenty of potential in their concepts and marketing to help me grow my product’s reach.

Carly Surmonte - Car Chet Healing

Hi! I am Carly Surmonte, also known as Car Chet Healing.  Car Chet Healing is what I refer to my holistic health and reiki practice while Car Chet Healing Designs is dedicated to my crystal jewelry sales.  I have my Masters Degree in Holistic Health studies and I am passionate about energy medicine and vibrational healing.  For the past couple of months I have been doing online sales.  I am excited to start getting out and meeting people in person. 

The goal of my small business is to help educate the public on chakra systems.  I sell crystal pendants because I feel that they are an excellent self-care tool that can be used anywhere.   Anyone can benefit from incorporating crystals into their lifestyle, which is why I began making them easily accessible and affordable on either a keychain or on a necklace.  My website and social media presence is dedicated to providing education and raising awareness on how crystal healing can be used as a self-care practice

Car Chet Healing Designs sells a wide variety of crystal pendants and chakra related t-shirts.  Each crystal was specially chosen with certain chakras in mind.  The best sellers are Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, and Opal.  It is pretty much 50/50 on whether people like them on the keychain or necklace.  I am excited to announce that I will be adding four new crystals as well as earrings to the mix for the upcoming vendor events!  

Shopping with Car Chet Healing Designs is special for every customer.  I encourage each customer to learn about the different crystals and feel which resonate closely with them.  Customers then choose their crystal, whether they would like it on a keychain or necklace, and finally a colorful tassel to attach.  Each purchase comes with a small bag for safekeeping.  Everyone who shops here has an opportunity to be part of creating something unique that they can either keep for themselves or gift to another. 

I hope to continue working with Marketspace Vendor Events in the future.  As an energy practitioner who is sensitive to vibes, I have had nothing but great feelings since working with the Marketspace Vendor Events Team!  I cannot wait for the Namaste for the Holidays event as well as The Marketspace at Westfield weekends that Marketspace Event Vendors is hosting coming up.  I will be vending on December 7 at AMP Yoga Studio as well as Sunday December 10 at the Marketspace at Westfield.  Come say hi!

Kaitlyn Lazzaro - Kaitlyn’s Knit Knacks

Hey All, I’m Kaitlyn, of Kaitlyn’s Knit Knacks! I started this handmade adventure back in high school when I took a fashion class. Yes, that was a real class in my high school. I remember the teacher taught us the basics, knit and purl, and then she rolled out the television (every high schoolers' favorite moment in school) and put on Project Runway. We literally watched TV and made a scarf for about a week. It was awesome! Then fast forward to post-college, imagine a broke new graduate needing to buy her friends and family Christmas Gifts on an entry level salary. I got the brilliant idea to pick up knitting again, and then I just couldn’t stop... so here I am now 5 years later with an Etsy Shop and getting into Craft and Vendor shows. 

I make handmade knit items, particularly chunky knit hats, and cowls to keep you warm all winter. I also offer baby items, such as newborn caps, bows, booties, and household items like washcloths. There is definitely a huge variety that you can find on my shop, but my personal favorites not only to make, but also to wear, are my seed stitch beanies. The beauty of my Etsy shop is that most items are made to order, so any item can be customized in size, and color. If you love a headband and want a matching one with your child just send me a message and we can work together to get the perfect color and size for both you and your little one.

This is my first year participating in Craft and Vendor shows, so it has definitely been an adventure! My hope for the future is to continue growing my business on Etsy, through Craft shows, and even local brick and mortar shops. I am currently partnering with All Things Local in Red Bank, NJ and hope to expand from there. Although I have been to a few Crafts and Drafts events, I am excited to be participating in my first event with Marketspace Vendor Events and hope to continue working with them in future!

Rachel Helfand - CraftyCatPA

Hi! I’m Rachel; a Jersey girl living in Pennsylvania, often found surrounded by cats, crafting aromatherapy jewelry – hence CraftyCatPA! Everyone sometimes needs an escape from the hustle and bustle… to slow down and just create on your own terms. CraftyCatPA came into being as a creative outlet, a hobby for myself, separate from all the things on the ‘to do list’. I enjoy creating unique aromatherapy jewelry designs and sharing the benefits of essential oils; can’t wait to meet you!

 I create an eclectic variety of beaded bracelets, anklets, rings and necklaces. Most of my designs feature lava beads to pair with essential oils for aromatherapy on the go. I’m a Young Living distributor and always have my personal collection of Young Living essential oils with me to share. The CraftyCatPA collection is forever changing and evolving – most styles are one of a kind. I love to make custom, made-to-order pieces with feedback and involvement from the customer. 

I’m working on some standard styles for the CraftyCatPA Etsy shop; but I’m most excited to get out to Marketspace Vendor Events where customer can see, smell, touch and try on the CraftyCatPA collection in person as it’s meant to be experienced! In addition to aromatherapy jewelry, I’m branching into essential oil roll-ons and sugar scrubs. I’m so looking forward to Merry Marketspace, my first event with Marketspace Vendor Events, and the fun opportunities to follow! 

Dawn Van Brunt - Jersey Girl Graphix

Hello! I can't wait to meet everyone! I am Dawn from Jersey Girl Graphix. I reside in Howell with my husband and two teenage boys that are the loves of my life. Now that the boys are older I have been able to devote some of my mom time to creating time! I love decorating and crafting and over the past 20 years have often made gifts for friends and family. The items I have gifted have been such a hit that many suggested I sell them, well, here we are!! I sell mostly via word of mouth, Facebook and Etsy, but am jumping into the world of events with both feet. I do enjoy my small little micro corner of the internet, but do love the live human interaction as well. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment seeing my creations in my clients’ homes. Making some money doing something I love is just a bonus!

My signature item is my Scrabble tile wall art. Many are created using the family names. Each 5”x5” tile is hand distressed and stained and features a black letter with the letter score, just like in the game! These make amazing gifts and such a eye catching statement on a wall. Every item I create is unique and no two will ever be alike. Many of my art pieces are recycled wood, hand distressed and lettered making each special. I can personalize just about anything and love custom orders! I do offer some neutral items and seasonal décor at shows for those that like instant gratification, but pride myself on also being able to create a special personalized piece with your input!

I also make awesome sparkly tumblers that make great teacher gifts for the holidays.  They are always a great hit and a super value to make someone smile! I am super thrilled to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events, especially at Crafts and Drafts at Beach Haus Brewery on November 11th. I look forward to making your shopping experience a unique one. Tell your friends, bring your neighbors! Please take a look at my Facebook page and if you see something you like let me know! The photos above are a tiny peek into what I make. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me.

Victoria Fahy - Torrance Gunther

Hi, I'm Torrance Gunther. A wife, mom, artist and vintage peddler. I adore curating my vintage collection with only top notch gorgeous items for your one of a kind home. I think my love of vintage was ingrained in me at a young age, without me even knowing it. I am the youngest of three sisters, so… hello hand-me-downs! There was very little that I got that was brand new. Maybe that was partly my place in line as a sibling, maybe it was my family’s financial situation, but it taught me that secondhand ISN’T a bad thing! Now secondhand, to me, means a treasure that you can’t find at a big box store, a style you can truly make your own - not exactly what everyone else has, and a little piece of history you are now the keeper of. 

Thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales all call my name every weekend. They are my happy place, where I get to hunt for what appeals to me. I have an eye for mid-century. I remember being a kid watching I Love Lucy, Bewitched, and The Brady Bunch reruns, wishing I could have lived back then!! Little did I know my brain was taking note of all the beautiful trinkets, the amazing furniture and the classic style that now rings true to my brand. 

I am thrilled to have had the time to start this business this year, and now to be able to share it with all of you at Marketspace Vendor Events' Crafts and Drafts at Beach Haus Brewery! I have so many fun gifts, that will sure to be a hit under the tree, with the recipient asking, “where did you ever find this?!!” There will be amazing vintage handbags and clothing, a kids section, lots of fun kitchen wares, a bin of vintage ornaments for $1 each, I even have a few pieces of furniture I reupholstered in vintage fabric. I’m a maker/artist at heart and have also designed enamel pins and patches. Basically, the Torrance Gunther table at Beach Haus will be filled with lots of gifts and fun finds, so get there early I can’t wait to meet you!

Louise Waterfall - Textile Trolley

Hi all, I’m Louise, owner of Textile Trolley, currently a one woman show! My business is primarily sewing beautiful items for babies and children like bibs, blankets, aprons, tooth fairy pillows, etc., but I’m branching out into the odd gifts for adults too like beer coasters, toiletry bags, wristlets, etc. I’ve been sewing all my life (as a hobby) and 5 years ago after being made part-time at my job I decided to make a business out of it, and currently no looking back!

Everything I sell is handmade by me. I am a perfectionist to detail so everything I make is of the top most quality. I primarily sell online, direct wholesale to businesses all around the world including China and Taiwan (would you believe?), Malaysia, Switzerland, England and various states within the U.S. I do take part in a fair amount of craft shows and love getting out and meeting all my customers, many who return with new additions to their family. My biggest seller by far at craft shows are my baby bibs. For outdoor shows, I have a vast display with many different fabrics which are all really eye catching.

My goals for the future are to be able to keep on doing what I’m doing, increase sales and hire a seamstress to help with the workload. I am currently in the process of developing my own website which will enable me to break away from my Etsy shop and become more independent. I’m so excited to work with Marketspace Vendor Events and their upcoming events, such as Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing on November 11th. It’s a totally fresh, young, and modern way of dealing with craft shows and the fact that they are bringing craft shows to breweries, well it doesn’t get much better than that (maybe the wineries next year???). I wish them much success in the future and look forward to partaking in more of their shows.

Mike Bender - State Plate Signs

Hello all, I’m State Plate Signs.  Actually, I’m Michael Bender, but it seems that more people know me by my license plate craft business than my name.  Everyone says “I’ve seen your stuff”, so it must be true.  I am a relative newby in the craft world, starting in 2015 making clocks from vinyl records and bike cranks.  License plate signs seemed to be what people liked more, so I concentrated on this.  I’ve since expanded to other crafts made from license plates, such as key chains, stars, boxes, birdhouses, necklaces, and cutouts of the shape of the great state of New Jersey.  I currently sell my crafts in eight stores in three states, and can be found most weekends working craft fairs or similar events.  The question I’m asked most, is where do I get my license plates from.  That’s easy.  All I need is a parking lot, screwdriver, and darkness.  Just kidding.  Maybe.

All of my products are made from used license plates.  The biggest draw to my table is my extensive collection of unique key chains.  There is something unique about each and every one.  The license plate signs are the most customizable item I sell. Each sign is as unique as the buyer.  I can make any sign with any words you’d like, so you’re in control of the end product.

Marketspace Vendors is making it possible for a whole other audience to experience the uniqueness of State Plate Signs.  I’m hoping to be a regular vendor with Marketspace Vendor Events, which will help grow my audience even farther than I’ve been able to do on my own.

*Editor’s note: Michael is becoming a regular on our Crafts and Drafts lineup.  We first met him at our River Horse Brewing Company event in Ewing, New Jersey on October 29, 2017 and will be welcoming him back on November 12, 2017 at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, New Jersey.  He is a pleasure to work with and his work is even more impressive in person!