Just in time for Mother’s Day gift-buying, a group of local female artists and makers are hosting the second annual Tosa Pop-Up Shop event tomorrow, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Little Red Store in Wauwatosa. Shoppers are invited to purchase magnets, homemade sweets, ceramics, vintage jewelry, glass art, and other crafts they have in stock.
This pop-up event is a result of Milwaukee’s growing enthusiasm for products made by local artisans. All eight artisans represented at the event started their craft as a side hobby and now are selling their work at stores around the county.
MagNutty Mighty Mini Magnets maker Lisa Balcerak, for example, only started making her now signature magnets a year-and-half ago upon request from family members. She’s now selling her colorful and creative magnets at local stores, while still working full-time at her own marketing agency. She hopes to pursue her craft full-time and knows that events like these are catalysts for helping make that happen.
“This event is really gathering interest and helping us get our names out there,” Balcerak said. “It’s also important because we are eight independent female artists coming together to support each other and our work.”
Some of the artists are already able to go full time, like Julie Terwelp of SnapHappy creative, who supports herself by selling her own upcycled art and hand-made pottery. That’s another plus for environmentally-conscious moms – all of the art for sale is upcycled and made from locally-sourced materials.