Give the Gift
For years, the annual Saxapahaw Holiday Market has been the place to meet dozens and dozens of local artists face to face, and to find unique holiday gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s also a major source of annual revenue for these local artists, and without a Holiday Market this year due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, it puts a strain on the artisans in Saxapahaw and all over North Carolina who depend on the income, and it just makes the holidays less exciting.
For in-person shopping, you can find some of this and more at Freehand Market in Saxapahaw. If you’re an artist who wants to be featured here, contact us at saxgeninfo [at] gmail [dot] com. You can also keep up with local holiday artists by joining the Saxapahaw Virtual Market Facebook group here!
King Cobra Apiary
Located between Saxapahaw and Chapel Hill, King Cobra Apiary not only provides some of the best local honey in the area, but they’ve also got a great selection of beeswax candles and beeswax ornaments. Grab a jar of honey for a gift, and top it off with a beautiful handmade beeswax decoration.
Cocoa Body Co
Make every day a spa day! Based out of Raleigh, Stephanie from Cocoa Body Co makes exquisite handmade, all-natural self-care items to elevate your daily routines. These soaps, bath salts and bath bombs have quickly become very popular at local pop-ups and farmers markets, and now you can give the gift of local relaxation to someone on your Christmas list this year!
Graham artist Katie Cassette makes unique jewelry, decorative home items and paintings, many of which have graced the walls of the Saxapahaw General Store. You can browse her work and contact her through Instagram.
Citrine Dreaam Co
For several years, Emily King was the General Store’s baker in residence. She currently lives in eastern Tennessee with her husband Brack, where she rekindled her love of visual art and design. She makes stickers, t-shirts and home decorations.
Earth & Iron Pottery
Earth and Iron Pottery mugs can be found year-round at the Saxapahaw General Store, but you should check out their Etsy shop to see their full range of wares. Their famous mugs, wine cups, plates, bowls and more are sturdy, beautiful and long-lasting works of art made from clay from the heart of North Carolina.
Milestone Bag Co
Julia Greenwood works with upcycled leather and linen, making one-of-a-kind handmade leather bags and wallets as well as super comfortable linen clothing. The bags come in a range of sizes to fit nearly anything that you’re hauling on a regular basis, and they’re incredibly rugged, durable and beautiful.
From Brazil to Saxapahaw, print artist Ely Urbanski uses everyday experiences and everyday materials to create beautiful, evocative prints.
Since 2008, Benevolence Farm has been helping women negatively impacted by the criminal justice system, building new lives. From the land and their own labor, Benevolence creates high quality body care products.
As it gets cooler, you’re going to need some well-made accessories to keep your body warm. Crystal Squirrel, based out of Durham, makes beautifully crafted wool and cashmere gloves, mittens and scarves made from upcycled materials. They not only look great, but they’re sure to be around for many winters to come.
Nox Caelo Co
Originally from Washington state, artist Cece Leonard now lives with her husband in Saxapahaw. You can find some of her concrete succulent planters down at the General Store, but for a wider view of what she has available, you should really check out her Etsy store for more of her wilderness inspired art.
Funny name, serious flavor. That’s what North Carolina based Cackalacky brings to the table, with hand-crafted sauces, spiced nuts and coffee that’s perfect for holiday gift-giving or for a little something year-round. You can find many of their products in the General Store, or shop their full online store below.
Soulshine Natural Products
Scent sets the mood. It makes memories and turns a boring room into a place for living and enjoying life. Soulshine candles are 100% soy candles, meaning they burn cleaner and last longer than paraffin candles. A long time customer favorite at the General Store, you can find more on their Etsy store.
Papermill Creative’s collection of hand-drawn and watercolor prints, cards and stickers sell quickly whether it’s the General Store or the Holiday Market, and there’s a good reason. No matter where you live in North Carolina, there’s probably a Papermill Creative print to represent your city or town. Show your love for where you live this holiday season!
Roberta Marasca Jewelry
Based out of Hillsborough, Roberta Marasca is a long-time vendor at the Saxapahaw Holiday Market, and one vendor that people come to the Market looking for. She combines beautiful gems with amazingly detailed hand-hammered metal to create unique pieces that just about everyone can enjoy.
Cat Haus Designs
From leather and metal bracelets, to earrings, to hand-painted insect-themed ceramics, Cat Manolis of Cat Haus Designs makes some amazing, unique and eye-popping creations (and some legendary hot sauce!). See her full shop on Etsy by clicking the button below.
Thomas Graham Art
Since the late 90s, Thomas Graham has been a prolific local artist, showing up at many arts and craft shows around the state, where his found tin art, made from upcycled sheet metal, old tobacco cans and spice containers continue to delight folk art fans, and he’s developed a bit of a following.
Little Homestead Farm
Gina-Marie of Little Homestead Farm makes a wide range of amazing sustainably produced handmade soaps, lotions and salves, perfect for self-care gifts for moms, dads, and even moms and babies! Made right here in Alamance County.
Bourbon Dogs & Art
Artist Steve Durland and his wife run the Woodland Banner Poetry Walk in Alamance County, and they also make beautiful printed home accessories with a rural flair. Their pillows are a great addition to any home yearning for a country touch, and their all-over-print leggings are functional and comfortable.
Little Bee Drinkwater
Deborah and Robo of Little Bee Drinkwater have been a staple on the ground floor of the Holiday Market for years, selling all kinds of handmade soaps in incredible designs as well as beautiful gemstone jewelry. Catch all of their latest offerings on their Facebook page!
Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Paperhand Puppets has entertained and educated audiences all over the state, and is one of the pillars of the creative community in Saxapahaw. Donovan Zimmerman’s artistry extends way beyond just puppets, and you should check out the store below, but also order the Paperhand book here.
Copper Key Photography
Alexandrea Lassiter is a local photographer with lots of amazing stock photography for sale. High quality digital photographs, perfect for web or print use. Great for marketing, graphic design or artistic projects!
Penny Palettes makes handcrafted home decorations made from repurposed wood and pennies. Shop from their large selection of pre-made decor, or order custom wood and copper art for any occasion! We’ve even got a Penny Palette creation right inside the General Store if you want to see up close how well made these pieces are.
Blawesome is a socially responsible micro enterprise that uses the beauty of locally grown flowers to promote a message of community connection and kindness. Lots of handcrafted locally grown dried flower art and arrangements for any time of year or any ocassion.
CQ Musical Treasures
CQ Musical Treasures are “Capturing Rhythm in Wood” with art. They create, renew, and refurbish musically inspired art. Paintings, wall decor and furniture with a musical flare.
Dianne Starr Leather Co
Based out of Mebane, Dianne Starr Leather are leather artisans living in the Piedmont of NC, specializing in heirloom quality leather goods. They work out of a small garage, creating each piece with care and love.
Kindred Seedlings Farm
Lashauna Austria of Kindred Seedlings Farm not only has fresh herbs for sale year round, but she has some amazing hand-crafted products from her herb garden, including teas, infused vinegars, body scrubs, soap and more.