Creative Crafters Sell Spring Goods at the Hip Handmade Market

Creative Crafters Sell Spring Goods at the Hip Handmade Market
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Local artisans sell their goods at an Indy craft fair in downtown Joplin called the Hip Handmade Market.

52 vendors from across the Four States sold everything from crochet collars, to ornate jewelry, and even miniature fairy gardens. This is the first time the group has held the event in the spring. The selection process for this year’s market was five years in the making.

Artist Sarah Menge breathes new life into old books, turning them into things like picture frames and clocks. She was a visitor the past two events and is excited to be able to sell her creations this year.

“I really wanted to be in it this time, especially since I started making the stuff. And so I was so excited to find out that I actually got in! But it’s just so fun to be with so many creative people and so many artists and you really get to know people that love the same things you love,” says Menge owner of “Old Books, News Stories.”

A portion of the $2 entry fee will be donated to the art feeds organization. The Hip Handmade Market will be taking applications again soon for their next fair in November.