Thursday, February 26, 2015

One of a Kind Spring Show

It's that time of year again! Handmakers are gearing up for the  One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale! Shop for your handmade goods in-person at the #OOAKS15 from March 25th-March 29th you can meet and shop from over 450 artisans, makers and designers across Canada, including, of course, local favorites.

There will be once again be a vibrant marketplace of Etsy sellers at the One of a Kind Show this year. To find out more about the Etsy section at the show, click here.


The incredibly talented Etsy sellers at OOAK this year include many of TEST's own sellers!

Leslie Fruman of ClayShapes will be selling her decorative and functional pottery at OOAK in enthusiastically brilliant colours! Visual artist and illustrator Kelly Hu of L2R Studios will have her fun and lovely art for sale. Alexandra Harrison of light & paper will have her delicate and gorgeous papercuts and laser-cut wood pieces. Jamie Bennett of Little Bellwoods will have her charming and wonderous miniature stuffed animals. Find handmade soaps and candles by Heejin Kim of Malee By Nature. Get adorable poppets from Jen Moffat-Hallam of Pikelet Workshop. Get unique textile, leather and metal jewellery by Michèle Guevara. Anthony Kentris of Route 401 puts license plates to great use with his maps and home decor. Shannon Smith of Salvage Ink offers screenprinted textiles and housewares. Find nostalgic photography by Charlene Precious. Find the letterpress paper goods of Carolyn Draws. Get your eco-friendly hand-stitched goods from stitch & spoke. Find upcycled bags and purses by jool. Embroidery kits, screenprints and more are handmade by kiriki press. Screenprinted scarves and pouches are available from the new season by fionnahanna. Honest and quirky hand lettered greeting cards, art prints, journals, and various paper goods offered by sea & lake. Get your handmade nail polish and decals by beyond the nail. Find hand-lettering and whimsical paper goods from Doris Wai of LifeLongLove.


You can find more of your Etsy favs selling at #OOAKS15 here!



Ginkgo Leaf dish, small bowl, Salt Bowl, Mothers day, Ring bowl, coaster, Jewelry organizer, Emerald green, aqua, spoon rest, ring holder

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

9 Tips to Create a Perfect Customer

You made a sale - Congratulations. Before you send the customer their purchase, make sure you have the tools to effectively contact the customer again. Get your customer's information!
Customers buy from people they like, know and trust. The customer already likes your product (and hopefully you).
Step back and get to know your customer, so they will trust you and come back for more.
Did you know that your BEST customer is an EXISTING customer.
Here are 9 simple ways you can create a perfect customer, build a relationship and keep them coming back for more.
1) Get their information: Ask for their email address
2) Get their information: Ask for their mailing address (you'll find out why ... see point 6)
3) Get their information: ask for their birthday (see point 7)
4) Note their purchase (listen): write a note for yourself (Ms. Smith, purple necklace for her sister)
5) Follow-up and make it personal. It takes 30 seconds, and will make your customer feel good (and potentially come back for more). Hi Ms. Smith. Thanks for visiting my etsy shop, I hope your sister loves the purple necklace as much as you do. Sincerely Sarah
6) send a handwritten thank-you... our mailboxes are full of bills - treat your customer to a hand-written card. A short simple note is perfect.
7) You know your customer's birthday ... and send them something special on their birthday. This could be months from when you initially met them, but this little interaction will keep you fresh in their minds.
8) Be an expert. You have their information, send them something interesting. Trending colours, new jewellery techniques. Maybe even a how-to or DIY.
9) Special Occasions. Remember your customers year-round. Mother's Day is coming up ... what a perfect chance to wish your customers a Happy Mother's Day, or send a sample or gift.
Written by Jacqueline Hunter (Show Director, Craftadian)
Image courtesy of imagerymajestic /

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What to get the maker? TEST has you covered.

Raccoon - DIY Embroidery Kit

Ever found yourself stuck for a gift idea for the maker in your life? That person who always has the perfect, handmade gift, just for you? Changes are, she or he is a fan of fellow makers and would love a beautiful, handcrafted kit to try something new. Plus, you cannot go wrong giving them more supplies (there is never too much craft supplies)! Well, the Toronto Etsy Street Team has you covered. Check out our  TEST Gifts for the Crafty! You'll find kits, tools, supplies, patterns and more. Everything from hand-spun yarn, to origami paper, to bookbinding kits, beads, washi tape, stamps and sculpting tools.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Polymer Clay DIY

Hi everyone! Happy Valentines Day!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

In this video I will teach you how to make miniature heart cookies just in time for Valentines day. Thank you for all the support everyone.

Need to know how to make icing? See the video here.

Did you make your own? I'd love to see it! Share with me photos by using the hashtag #candiwarehowto on Instagram and Twitter!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Photography Classes - Special TEST-Member Only Rate!

Toronto Etsy Street Team members can now receive 40% on GTA Photography classes anytime!

Vendor Call: Beaches Artists' & Artisans' Spring Market

 Vendors Wanted for the 

Beaches Artists' & Artisans' Spring Market


at Beaches Presbyterian Church, 65 Glen Manor Drive,
March 28, April 25 & May 30, 11:00 - 4:00

Unique Gifts
Spring Fashions for You & Your Home
Creations in wood, metal, glass, pottery, paper,
leather & textiles

 If interested please contact

M. Livingstone

Monday, February 9, 2015

Vendor Call: Signatures 2015 Fall/ Winter Shows

Find all you need to know about the Signatures 2015 show here.

Good luck everyone and happy vending.
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