The summer yard sale of your dreams


Friday, July 12 –– Looking for chic, local art for your home? Debbie Carlos, ceramicist and pop-up market veteran, is opening her home studio tomorrow for her first backyard artisan market. Carlos’ deliciously minimalist photography, handmade pipes and jewelry will be on sale alongside other Lansing sculptors, painters and vintage collectors.  

 With a reputation for having a crystal clear eye for design, Carlos’ studio was featured on the colossal streetwear retailers, Urban Outfitter’s, blog. That interview, as well as her beautifully composed Instagram feed, generated enough buzz locally where she started to get requests for tours. In addition to having her home studio on display, she invited local “makers” to sell their work such as Sara Pulver of Dear Ollie, Gabby Marderosian, Emma Seiler and Lara Shipley, to name a few.  

 “It is a yard sale, but it’s also a mini craft market,” Carlos said.  

 The one-day sale will feature a variety of goods, spanning from vintage clothing to whimsical ceramics and paper goods. All items will be sold at a discounted price. 

 Carlos viewed the assembly of this market no differently than when she is curating an art show at Strange Matter Coffee. In addition to highlighting local creatives, Carlos aspires to use public art displays as a bridge to the Lansing art scene. Especially for women.  

 This might be the start of a woman or woman-identifying group of artists and have further conversations about how to be a woman and running a small business like ours,” Carlos said.  

 In the future, Carlos said she hopes to host workshops to help give aspiring female entrepreneurs the tools to be successful. But she added that’s all in the clouds for now.  

 The goal for tomorrow’s event is to boast the riches hidden inside Lansing’s neighborhoods while inspiring new ideas and relationships to sprout.  


“Open Studio & Makers Yard Sale” 

Saturday, July 13 

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

2001 Alpha Street, Lansing 



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