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There is something special about purchasing items made by hand and especially items made in Arkansas. Explore South Arkansas artisans who handcraft home goods and accessories in our beautiful state.
Founded in 1955, Rowe’s Leather Goods is a third-generation family business offering custom handmade, hand-tooled American-tanned leather goods and many different exotic skin-inlaid leather goods. Some of those include belts, wallets, wristlets, holsters, knife sheaths, duck carrying totes, guitar straps, cell phone cases, tumbler wraps, notebook and bible covers. Basically, if it can be handmade out of leather, Rowe’s Leather Goods can make it. Neat tidbit: Accessories from Rowe’s Leather Goods were purchased by HBO, which ordered quite a few things to outfit the police officers on one of their shows.
Get in touch: Rowe’s Leather Goods is located at 3218 Hwy 29 South Hope, AR or can be reached by phone at 870-777-8216. They also maintain an active presence on Facebook and offer shipping options.
Michelle Hunt has owned and operated Rae-Tay’s Boutique in downtown Hope for 20 years, and decided to take her passion for clothing, accessories and home goods a step further by creating her own line called “Gypsy Laundry” with her daughter Taylor Jester. Gypsy Laundry designs and creates hand-bleached and custom shirts, and they also create Gypsy Laundry pillowcases, yard flags, greeting cards, jewelry, keychains and mugs.
Get in touch: See Gypsy Laundry goods inside Rae Tay’s Boutique at 208 South Main Street in Hope, or join their regularly-updated Facebook group.
Katherine Walters of Peck + Petal Farms in Mena, calls herself a “creative maker” – and that she is! Katherine sews bags, quilts, pillows and things for the house. She crafts aprons, doll beds, and creates bouquets and floral arrangements from flowers she grows on the family’s specialty-cut flower farm. The flower farm specializes in tulips, peonies, dahlias, sunflowers, hydrangeas and other unique varieties.
High Cotton is a collection of gathered goods both vintage and new. Featured among those goods are pieces of furniture that owner Carly Barnette has salvaged, repurposed and restored by hand including vintage chairs, dressers, and end tables. She takes an old piece, chooses paint color and texture and creates something new and unique. In addition to the furniture she remakes, Carly has handcrafted a unique shopping experience inside of Everybody’s Antiques – a 32,000 square feet antique shop in El Dorado. The High Cotton booth there is a collection of hand-curated paper goods, gifts, and home accents that Carly selects from some of her favorite small shops.
Hilary Solorio is a lover of leather jewelry, and she has turned that love into a creative outlet selling handmade, custom leather earrings. “I had an (un)healthy obsession with leather earrings, so I decided to start making my own,” Solorio said. She’s been making leather earrings since 2018, and those earrings can be ordered in various styles including stars, arches, leather studs, feathers and teardrops. Purchasers can choose their leather, choose their shape, and choose their size. Earrings retail for $5-18 depending on size and layers.
Get in touch: Hilary keeps the Wild Poppy Facebook page up-to-date, and that’s the best way to get in touch. Wild Poppy offers shipping.
“No fruit, no frills, no fuss” is the tagline for Twisted Lane Candle products which are made in Pine Bluff. Twisted Lane hand creates candles, air fresheners in a jar, firestarters, and wax sticks for wax warmers. Their basic tenants in creating products are: no-frills items that smell good and no one else has. For this reason, Twisted Lane Candles goods are free from colors and dyes. A few scents include Mud, Motor Oil, Denim, Gasoline, and Leather. Some scents that may sound a little more familiar include Coffee, Rosemary and Mint, and Antique Cider. Neat facts: Their standard candle jars are reusable when empty, and they use wooden wicks that crackle when they burn.
Stamped by K was created to offer handmade, stamped jewelry at an affordable price. Kalie Lacy started her handcrafted business a couple of years ago after shopping online for jewelry and accessories for herself. “One night I thought to myself, ‘It would be cool to have personalized jewelry that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.’ So, I started out taking custom orders through Instagram until I finally upgraded to Etsy. Coming from a small town in Southern Arkansas, I never thought I could make a cute hobby into a way of income and provide personalized items for my amazing customers, but the sky’s the limit!” Lacy said. Stamped by K offers metal rings, necklaces, keychains, bottle openers, and dog tags which are all personalized with words, sayings or initials.
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