Merchants, artists and customers mingle at Raleigh’s Pop-Up Sunday

CorrespondentAugust 14, 2013 

An open-air market in the Glenwood South area of Raleigh pops up on the third Sunday of each month to give merchants and artists a chance to mingle with customers.


For several months, local artists and designers have gathered on the third Sunday of each month in the parking lot of Ornamentea boutique in Glenwood South for the city’s newest open-air market, Pop-Up Sunday.

Conceived earlier this year by Ornamentea owner Cynthia Deis and the shop’s purchasing manager (and local designer) Tracey Johnson, the market’s mission is twofold: providing an opportunity for local designers to sell their wares to the public, and raising awareness and funds for local charities.

“Raleigh already has a great art scene and tons of thrifty flea markets, but there was a gap in the middle,” says Johnson. “We want to provide a place where someone interested in selling their handmade goods or vintage collection can do so without a professional business plan or tons of experience. And we want to raise the sense of community by partnering with a local charity.”

The market has an ever-changing lineup, along with a few regulars, that also includes food trucks and local beer (all proceeds from beer sales benefit that month’s charity partner). Vendors sell everything from handmade jewelry to vintage clothing to repurposed furniture. A special children’s section, Indie Kids, allows pint-sized artists to sell their creations at a reduced booth fee of $5 (which also goes to charity).

“Each Pop-Up has had a slightly different feel, which is nice and keeps people coming back each month,” says Johnson.

The market also includes booths from local boutiques, such as Cary’s Peachy Keen, which will be at this Sunday’s market.

“It allows local boutiques and shops the chance to get out of their brick-and-mortar for a day and really talk to people in the community who might not know they exist,” says Johnson.

Other August vendors include Patina South (owned by Johnson), Darling and Dear, Kate Pierse, and Wanderlane Designs, among others. Admission is free, and the market is open noon-5 p.m. Beer sales and donations this month benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County. For more info, visit

Trunk shows

After a short summer lull, trunk shows are ramping up for fall. Here’s a sampling of upcoming events:

• Vermillion boutique gets back to basics with a jeans-and-tees show by Rag and Bone, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The shop will have new styles for fall from the premium denim label. Vermillion is at 4321-102 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Raleigh. Info: 919-787-9780 or

• Joint Venture Jewelry will host a collection of sterling silver pieces from Israeli designer Hagit Gorali from Thursday through Aug. 31. Joint Venture Jewelry is at 250 Grande Heights Dr., Cary. For more: 919-678-0092 or

• Saks Fifth Avenue will give shoppers a sneak peek at the new fall collection from St. John from Sunday through Aug. 24 in the designer salon. For more information, call 919-792-9100, ext. 5395.

Bridal Open House

Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique hosts its bridal open house from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Brides-to-be can check out the latest in invitations, gifts, accessories and more. Cute Buttons is at 115-A W. Chatham St., Cary. More info at 919-462-9618 or

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