Milk & Bones - Caitlyn Cordova

Artisan:  Milk & Bones
Facebook: facebook.com/milkandbones
Instagram: instagram.com/milkandbonesllc
Website: milkandbonesllc.com
Email: milkandbones7@gmail.com

Sewing has been in my family for generations. For the longest time, though, I thought the ‘sewing gene’ skipped me. My amazing aunt tried to teach me but I was always hesitant, and mostly watched instead. I always loved it but I didn’t know where to start. When I attempted to make clothing items for myself, I’d sew sleeves inside out. It was a disaster. Sewing took a backseat for a while until I was preparing for my newly adopted Spanish Greyhound to come to our home. I consider myself very stylistically picky, and could not find a bed perfect enough to complement her elegant beauty. I decided to source some beautiful fabrics and put together a sweet dog bed for her. That is the beginning of my story.

At that time, we were living in Germany because of my husband’s military service and surprisingly there were almost no fabric stores. I was planning a road trip to the Netherlands and discovered a weekly fabric market in a city called Utrecht. That fabric market changed my life. I came home with tons of beautiful and fun fabrics, but without plans for them. I browsed around and started making small plush toys and dog bandannas. Simple things. Friends and family loved them and began requesting other items. Thus Milk & Bones was born! I kept learning how to make new things, discovered a traveling version of the fabric market, and kept on making.

My products have evolved since those early days. Before my daughter was born I learned how to make baby items like bibs, hats, and burp cloths. I have since added many baby and toddler clothing items to my sewn product line. Customers love the bright, colorful and playful fabric choices that I use to create adorable bloomers, rompers, dresses, shirts and more. My best sellers are my super durable and absorbent baby bibs and my bloomer outfits.

I love taking opportunities to exhibit in craft fairs so people can shop, see, and feel my products in person. Creating new items and finding fun prints I know other moms and their little ones will love is what keeps me going. Creating will always be a part of me. I’m also excited for the possibility of expanding my business adventures through Marketspace Vendor Events while I’m in the exploratory phase of a brand new clothing line concept.

Milk & Bones will be at this upcoming event!
May 18, 2019 - Hackettstown Maifest 2019 in Hackettstown, NJ

Linda Lowery - LYL Apparel

Artisan: LYL Apparel
Instagram: www.instagram.com/a_mazing_apparel
E-mail: willow1665@yahoo.com

Hello, my name is Linn and I am the owner of LYL Apparel, a New Jersey based clothing designer. What sparked me to start a business was my passion for clothing and creating unique and motivational apparel. In addition, I became part of a group called Phenomenal Women Empowerment Alliance. With the love and support of these women who I call my sisters, I was able to start my business.  

I started my business making T-shirts. I would create T-shirts with motivational sayings and it was immediately a hit. Currently, I have added embellished denim pants, hats and jackets to my shop. My favorite items are the hats and I love to glam them up with pearls and rhinestones. Each one is stitched by hand.  My best sellers are my shirt.  However, when you see these hats, you will love, love, love them!

I plan on rebranding my business soon and possibly starting my own website. You can see some of my designs on Instagram. Please don't forget to follow me to see my new items! In addition, I will be vending at the Pop-up Market at Fort Dix and hope to participate in other vendor events offered through Marketspace Vendor Events. I hope to see you soon!  

LYL Apparel will be at this upcoming event!
April 7, 2018 - Pop Up Market in The Exchange at Fort Dix in McGuire AFB, NJ

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!

Courtney McKenzie - Oh Rexy! Threads

Hi! Hello! Hey! My name is Courtney and I’m the creative mastermind behind Oh Rexy! Threads. My husband is active duty army and therefore we move around constantly. My mind decided that it was time to become my own boss and do what I can do to help out no matter where we go! I’ve always been a bit creative and so I decided to see what I could do! I started creating and did my first set of kids clothing for my best friend last year. It was so much fun and seeing the joy it brought to her face to see her kid decked out in custom threads made my heart so happy. So….Oh Rexy! Threads was born.

We specialize in putting vinyl and screen printed designs on textiles. Everything from baby bodysuits, canvas bags, hoodies, and pillow cases even! My favorite items are actually usually the custom ones I’ve been asked to create. Being able to bring someones thoughts to life is so much fun! If i had to name one item that’s been my favorite so far it would be a pillow case designed for an amazing friend. I traced signatures from her mother and grandmother, both who passed within a few months of each other. I partnered with her wife and had her get me notes that they had written to her and did a perfect trace of each. Then
put them on a pillow case and sent them to her. A top seller lately has definitely been my IT inspired tee that says “We all float down here.” That one is a consistent sellout on line as well as at events! Oh Rexy! Threads tend to be unique because not all items are ever the exact same thing. I like to take clothing I can find and put random designs on it. One design could be on 6 different shirts but none of those will look the same as it could be a different color shirt or a different color print.

I just want to continue to grow! I’ve already worked with movie directors, cosplay stars, and local businesses and just want to continue to do the same! I want to bring more ideas to life and more smiles to faces. I want to continue to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events because I feel like they know what it’s like to be the little guy - to find events to go to and places to get your name out. I want to help set up future events and participate in them as well! I will be at Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company on October 29th!

Melissa Quijano - Simply Melissy

“Simpatica Melissa” was the first iteration of Simply Melissy, a name coined by my sister, Jessica (namesake of my first skirt design), for an 11th-grade Spanish Class project. My “business proposal” was, of course, a fashion boutique selling camisas and faldas. However, I didn’t go right into clothing- for years, I used my budding handmade brand name for jewelry, doll clothes, stuffed animals, dolls…

Aside from designing, I am also a fashion design teacher to kids ages 9 and up. The idea to transition Simply Melissy from a sort of hodge podge of crafty items to quirky children’s wear came from them. Kids, especially pre-teens, have a foot each in childhood and adulthood. They want to be grown up, but still appreciate quirky figures like unicorns and narwhals. They want to run around and climb trees, but still express their fashionable selves. This was the inspiration behind my summer and fall lines. I wanted to create clothes that girls could truly live in. Nothing restrictive, fabrics that are sturdy, well-constructed, and mostly easy to clean, and high levels of twirlability. Plus, I offer customization, so if a girl wants a longer or shorter skirt, or something entirely different, I am always 100% ready to make a girl’s fashion dreams come true.

I love to sew, and appreciate so much that my skill enables me to stay away from a traditional 9 to 5 job. One day, I want to see Simply Melissy garments sold in small boutiques and manufactured within a network of makers who are striving to become independent crafters themselves. I'm excited to work with Marketspace Vendor Events at the October 14th Woodbridge Center Mall event. I have never brought my designs to a shopping mall before, and I am eager to meet a new (to me!) type of customer. 

Melissa Nagy - ThinLineUS

Hi, my name is Melissa. ThinLineUS was created with the idea that when all HEROES come together as one, WE can achieve a positive impact on the great citizens of our communities. I am a proud female Police Officer in New Jersey and have served my community for over twenty years. I believe, with the teamwork and intelligence offered by all community first responders, along with those within the protective service professions, together WE can maintain a safe environment.  

Each stripe on the ThinLine represents a particular figure in our community. For instance, the thin "blue" line graphic indicates the following: the top black line represents the community while the bottom black line represents the ones who create fear and disorder within a community. The thin "blue" line represents the law enforcement officer(s) that stand between "good vs. evil" and protect our citizens from the situations which put them in harms way. The ThinLine is intended for all protective service professions with the same community safety mindset. When one of our community HEROES is killed in the line of duty, WE proudly wear the thin line "colors" with honor and respect for our fallen brothers and sisters. 

Please know that at least 20% of the proceeds will benefit the families of fallen HEROES through various charities associated with their immediate families.  ThinLineUS supports our community protectors:

Law Enforcement - BLUE LINE
Fire Fighters - RED LINE
Federal Agent / Military - GREEN LINE
Corrections - SILVER LINE
Dispatch - GOLD LINE
Search and Rescue - ORANGE LINE
Security Officers - YELLOW LINE
EMS - BLUE w/ WHITE LINE
Wounded Warrior - BLACK w/ WHITE LINE