By Sara Baldwin
Keri Bishop and Bridget Corbett have been organizing fundraisers for the past four years to help raise money for the Noblesville Youth Baseball team that both of their sons are on. This year, they were ready to try something new.
“We thought we could do something fun for the community this year,” Bishop said.
Both women are artisans with their own businesses, and have participated in local markets and craft shows in the past. Bishop owns Keri Bishop Designs, featuring handmade children’s items like bibs, burp cloths, dolls and more. Corbett’s business is called The Painted Pallet. She makes custom pallet signs with hand-lettered designs.
“We were already in this world, and thought that hosting an event would be such a great way to showcase other awesome local artisans,” Bishop said. “We chose to do handmade only, focusing on people who create and design.”
Thus Indy MADE Market was born. The event will feature 55 makers selling jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, and more. It will be held inside the Llama Barn at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds on March 18.
“I’ve had my business for over eight years. I’ve been in and out of craft shows. The Llama Barn was my favorite venue that I’d ever been in,” Bishop said. “It has a rustic feel, but it’s also heated or cooled, depending on the weather.”
The event will be a non-profit, with proceeds going directly to the baseball team. The other 10 team-members and their families will be providing supportive help during the event, working parking, admissions and snacks.
“The team is only taking exactly what they need. If we have an overage, that will go back to the community,” Bishop said.
There is a $5 entrance fee. Tickets can be purchased in advance online through the VIP program. VIPs will get to bypass the entrance line, as well as receive a VIP wristband and special discounts from the vendors. Kids 15 and under are free.
“We’re proud of this event and we’re excited for everyone to come and see,” Bishop said.
For more information, a complete vendor list, and to purchase VIP tickets, visit indymademarket.weebly.com.