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!

Cassie Parker - CassandieCrafts

Welcome! My name is Cassie Parker, I am the muscles and brains behind CassandieCrafts! We are a new handmade jewelry shop that has an eye for unique accessories. All of our merchandise has had a past life; they were once stored in a pretty box, covered in dust, or in your grandparents’ basement, patiently waiting to be nestled up next to your holiday meal. If you haven't got a clue where I am going with this... we're making wearable, vintage flatware accessories: actual silverware shaped into unique designs. You'll never look at spoons the same way again!

We all know how much a stay-at-home mom can be inspired through Pinterest; anything seems possible when you "double-tap" to save a future craft!  My story begins on a day back in September, where I found stray pieces of tarnished silverware in my grandmothers’ china cabinet. My brain started racing and I knew I couldn't let them sit, I had to wash them up to shine! The details were beautiful, the strength of silver plated pieces is just remarkable… These little pieces of history were made to survive decades! I just had to recreate, repurpose, and bring these guys back to life. I was on a mission: flattening spoons on my cast iron skillet and carving into their silver-plated metal, all while juggling my two kids! My vision successfully came to life, a "Pinterest-win" if you will. My first bangle style will always be my favorite. I created the "sea tail" bangle, which will make a beautifully inspired gift for any Jersey native. Here in New Jersey, we're all mermaids washed ashore, and these cuff style bracelets emulate our coastal niche. They come in a variety of sizes and strengths to be adjusted perfectly on any wrist. Through custom orders, I have created whale, dolphin, and mermaid tails showcasing anyone's specific love of the sea. This fun little activity found via Pinterest has sparked some serious sale inquiries and, here I am today showcasing new designs with my medium being variety of forgotten flatware. The bracelets sold quickly to friends and family, then I flattened a fork... and wait until you see what I've done with them!

I am over the moon excited to have found Marketspace Vendors. It's even more exciting to debut with them locally this November. It really is a blessing to have found the opportunity to be a part of a group that encourages networking with other unique artists. My drive is channeled towards everyone's appreciation for eccentric style, especially the locals! Shaping flatware is not an uncommon craft, but what is uncommon, is the shapes and expressions able to image and create. Come find me at the CassandieCrafts table, and discover my way of giving antique silverware a whole new life. 

Marissa Rizzuto - The FashIN

My name is Marissa and my two loves are fashion and animal rescue.  After being a fashion stylist for several years and starting over after a divorce, I wanted to put my energy and experience into starting a business.  Being a bargain shopper myself, I came up with the idea of The FashIN, traveling designer outlet.  

As women we all love bargain shopping and sample sales, but sometimes going to outlet malls or sample sales is just a pain.  Not only do we vendor at events, but women can get together at a friend’s house and shop privately!  We also partner with charities and other businesses.

Best of all, our prices are extremely competitive!  I search every product we curate and make sure it’s the lowest price.  Our items are brand new and authentic.  We carry sunglasses, jewelry and handbags from high-end designers like Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Prada, Gucci and more.  Some of our items are currently sold full price or close to it, so we usually only get one of everything we carry.

We donate a portion of our proceeds to animal rescues and shelters!  That’s where my love of animals is intertwined with my love of fashion.  Rescue Animals Fashionably! We have some ideas for the future of The FashIN!  We are so excited to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events!