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Celebrate the Maker
Every maker starts with a story. For more than 50 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated creativity and innovation in her food, her books, and the pages of her magazines. With the American Made Market on eBay, we introduce a new generation of great American makers -- people who are building a life out of their passions; people whose stories are only possible in America. We celebrate the people and the products, handpicked by the editors at Martha Stewart Living, that bring the essence of the American story to life.
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Former celebrity makeup artist Julie Nolan handcrafts her Brooklyn-based jewelry line alongside her husband, Pete. The pieces in her Mazzaroth collection of constellation jewelry were patterned after a Swiss calendar from the 1900s.
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While in pastry school, Adrienne Blumthal found herself in a sticky situation -- she suddenly (and frequently) needed to transport baked goods around town, but didn’t have a dependable, sustainable, and stylish way to do so. She and cofounders Carol Blumthal and Steven Metzer created PieBox, a reusable wooden pie carrier. Based in Chicago, PieBox designs, develops, and manufactures reusable wooden pastry carriers and accessories -- a more sustainable and aesthetically pleasing solution to the alternatives.
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Fueled by their passion for vintage Americana and a talent for crafting drinking tools to quench their cocktail thirst, Josh Williams and Eric Prum set up business in 2011 to share their mason jar cocktail shaker and their love of cocktail culture with the world. Their cocktail kit and carryall bag combines the best of their Southern heritage and their Brooklyn base.
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Elizabeth Archangeli founded her line of eco-friendly linen home accessories in 2011, and her designs are influenced by Indonesian batiks, vintage Americana, rural Vermont, and contemporary aesthetics. The diving-helmet linen hand towels, from the Montauk Collection, are hand-sewn and printed in Vermont.
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Maya Drozdz and Michael Stout, VisuaLingual’s VPs of Luck Management and Whatever It Takes, respectively, create housewares, apparel, gardening products, and more in their Cincinnati, Ohio-based design/print studio. The Cedar Sweater Savers are individually screenprinted Belgian linen sachets filled with cedar shavings.
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Dust Bowl Dry Goods
Tulsa-based Shon McKinley started his business while working as an oil rigger. He needed a change and started making accessories with the rugged materials he wore as a rigger: leather, canvas, brass, denim. The El Reno tote is made of natural cotton duck canvas (sewn on a vintage '40s Singer sewing machine) and features Red Wing Boot leather handles with hand-hammered copper rivets.
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Born and raised in Rome, Studio Carta founder Angela Liguori trained in bookbinding while completing her university degree. Liguori, who came to the United States in 1994 and now lives in the Boston area, imports cotton ribbon from Italy and also sells vintage stamps and the letterpress cards she creates.
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Angela Stewart prints her recipe cards, coasters, invitations, and more on the vintage Chandler & Price Letterpress, which is almost 100 years old. The Boise, Idaho-based graphic designer says she likes how letterpress creates an impression in the paper that is more tactile than modern printing.
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Black Dinah Chocolatiers
A tiny island off the Maine Coast is not where you’d expect to find artisanal chocolates. Kate and Steve Shaffer moved there for the rugged scenery and unique way of life, then began their chocolate business in 2007, creating truffles, caramels, barks, and, yes, frogs with single-origin chocolate from Venezuela and Peru, flavored with natural, often local, ingredients.
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Red Bird Ink
At Julia and Collin Farrill’s Atlanta art, design, and letterpress studio, the couple creates limited-edition art prints, stationery, and home goods with a mind for sustainable design practices.