This past Saturday I stopped by Whole Foods on the Alameda in San Jose to check out the SJMADE popup market. It was so fun! It always feels great to shop small and support local handmade artists. I really enjoyed walking around, meeting the vendors, and I picked up some great items. The size seems perfect for the venue they have in the Whole Foods breezeway. There’s enough variety to keep it interesting, but it’s small enough to stop at all the booths without feeling rushed.
As a previous vendor at SJMADE (I’ve done two of their holiday markets), I can say firsthand how much work it is to sell in person. I got there late in the day and didn’t know what to expect, but everyone I met was still energetic and enthusiastic about their products. Yay!
My first purchase was this ADORABLE little kitty necklace from Le Animalé. I’ve been slowly building a little collection of Le Animalé totem necklaces, so when I got to see so many of them in person, I had a hard time choosing. I ended up going with the cat because I thought she looked a lot like my own little grey tiger tabby Sahara. Also, I was so thrilled to finally get to meet Laura in person! I’ve been following her work for a little while now and not only is she super talented, but super nice as well. I hope we’ll be able to get together again soon!
My next stop was at the Back Porch Bakery booth where I sampled and then immediately purchased a bag of their specialty treat: Back Porch Cookies. I bought them to enjoy with coffee, but I might have to hide them from myself because they’re so good! Really, I’m surprised they lasted long enough for me to get a photo ;)
Finally, I stopped at the Steamy Tech tent where they were handing out these neat pins for Silicon Valley Beer Week, which was going on near by. I also picked up this kit to make a gorgeous pendant with real moving gears! Once again, I had a hard time choosing which kit I wanted to get, but settled on this rose window design because it reminds me of the Gothic church rose windows I loved so much in my university art history classes. I’m definitely looking forward to putting this together.
I hope I’ll get a chance to go to future SJMADE pop up markets! They’re scheduled for all the Saturdays in August. It’s really great to see what all the local makers are up to and get an idea of what’s going on in the area.