One of our favorite holiday traditions is the I Made It! for the Holidays market events between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. We love this nomadic indie craft marketplace! This year, they have two holiday events set up and the possibility of more. We always find something magnificent at these markets. I’m really glad that they are back at The Waterfront this year.
- I Made It! for the Holidays will take place over two days, December 1 and 2, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. Shoppers looking for locally handmade gifts will find 100+ artists in the former Macy’s department store building, located at 162 East Bridge Street, Homestead, PA 15120.
- Last Minute Shopping will take place on December 15 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Shoppers looking for locally handmade gifts will find 90+ artists in The Block Northway’s South Atrium, located at 8013 McKnight Rd, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237.
To celebrate how much we love these events, we asked a few of the vendors to complete a special edition of our Quick Q&A. We will publish them from now through the wrapping up of these holiday events (see what I did there?) Please note that I did not edit responses. Also note that this is not a formal promotional post even though I may receive products to review in the future. Just being transparent …
Next up is Pretzel Crazy …
Your Name: Sheri Powell
Your Age: 62
Your Pronouns: she/her/hers
Your Affiliation: I founded and own Pretzel Crazy in 2009, a local confectionary company specializing in Unique Chocolate covered pretzels, marshmallows and pretzel bark
How do you describe your identity? Straight
How do you describe your creative enterprise? Insanely delicious and unique chocolate pretzels in over 20 flavors for gifts, weddings, showers, and all chocolate cravings!
Tell us three fun/unique/quirky facts about your creation(s)? We make Bride and groom, groom and groom and bride and bride pretzels. We have a pretzel flavor that is caramel, dark chocolate and real bacon, We hand dip over 5000 marshmallows from October to December each year
Please tell us about the first LGBTQ person that you knew and what impact they had on your life. My best friend in college ( and still friend although we live in different cities) is gay. There is no one else on earth that I would have gone to during those 4 years with my joys, sadness, accomplishments or failures.
Are there any queer/LGBTQ creators our readers should know about/follow/support either in Pitts
burgh or beyond? I personally do not know any
Please share one bit of advice you would offer to customers attending an IMIM event. Please, please, please take the time to stop at each booth. These folks pour their heart and soul into their work ( and sometimes all their finances) Ask them about their craft and maybe their dreams for their business (if you have time!)
Where can readers find you on social media/online?
Gifts available at both events are all handmade by local artists, including 2-D art, clothing and toys for infants and children, bath and body products, ceramics, fiber art, glass art, homewares, jewelry, leather goods, pop culture and fandom gifts, pet treats, and wooden wares. Ready to eat and packaged food and beverages will also be available.
These family-friendly events are free and open to the public. Children’s activities will be available for little ones to create holiday gifts of their own.
Check out the I Made It! Market Facebook page to stay connected and learn more.