Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Etsy Section at the Spring One of a Kind & Info Session

The Etsy section is back at the 2016 One of a Kind Spring Show (March 23-27, Easter weekend)!

The One of a Kind will be hosting 40+ amazing Etsy sellers in this popular tabletop marketplace and they would love for you to be one of them! Build your business with our audience of over 60,000 handmade-hungry shoppers and benefit from community support from fellow sellers, including a mentor to guide you through your first show.

Application Deadline: October 23, 2015

Hinkleville planter set
T.E.S.T.'s own Hinkleville, who was one of our Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto vendors won the One of a Kind contest for Etsy: Made in Canada Vendors to participate in the Etsy section at the One of a Kind Spring Show for free! Congratulations Hinkleville!


Join us on Wednesday, October 7th from 5-7PM for an info session at Etsy Canada HQ (MaRS Building, 101 College St, Suite 245). Our team will be on hand, along with an Etsy section alum, to answer any questions you might have about the section or the show.

Or contact Lynn at 416-960-5399 or lynn@oneofakindshow.com for more information.

T.E.S.T. around town! October 2015

This is the first post in what we hope will be a regular monthly series featuring our amazing Toronto Etsy Street Team members and where they are selling their handmade and vintage wares in and out of the city over the next month.

Come and check out your favourite T.E.S.T. sellers in person at these October 2015 events:

Event Date & time Location TEST Shop(s)
Craft Ontario Show
Fri. Oct. 9 12pm-5pm
Sat. Oct. 10 9am-5pm
Sun. Oct. 11 11am-5pm
Wychwood Barns
601 Christie St.
Toronto, ON
Heart's Haven
Lunata Felt
Sprouts Press
Bazaar of the Bizarre
Sun. Oct. 11 11am-8pm  Pia Bouman School
6 Noble St.
Toronto, ON
Namaste Freund
Trinity Bellwoods Flea
Sat. Oct. 17 11am-6pm 824 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, ON
Handmades Rovena
FlowerPot Designs
Port Credit Art Tour
Sat. Oct. 24 &
Sun. Oct. 25
Port Credit, ON Eyespot Designs
Etsy Marketplace
Sun. Oct. 25 11am-3pm The Pavilions
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, ON
Aren't you Fancy
Black Iris Design
Enfys Photography
Handmades Rovena
Heather Hird Design
Inspired Art Prints
Lynn's Lids
Papermuse Designs
Son of a Woodcutter
Wild Whimsy Woolies

Our apologies to our members who were out and about selling at the Toronto Antique and Vintage Market and The Baby Show last weekend since we didn't get this up in time to include you.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Toronto Etsy Street Team Pop-Up Market at Big Magic Book Tour

The Toronto Etsy Street Team was very excited to be a part of the Big Magic Book Tour, hosting a pop-up market when Elizabeth Gilbert, the worldwide bestelling author of Eat, Pray, Love, came to speak at the Isabel Bader Theatre on Monday, September 28th! The audience had a chance to shop the market before and after Gilbert discussed her highly-anticipated new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  

We love the idea of welcoming creativity into your life, and celebrating Gilbert's book with a handmade market. You can read more about what Elizabeth Gilbert has learned about creativity and shares in the book on the Etsy Blog. Our thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for the invitation and our hosts Indigo at the event!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Etsy: Made in Canada Media Event

Etsy Canada hosted a sneak preview of our Etsy: Made in Canada show, an intimate media preview cocktail reception in the Atrium of MaRS. The evening of Friday, September 25, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Etsy invited 20 MIC sellers (juried and selected by a panel) to join the media, bloggers, and our MaRS building tenants the opportunity to shop the event early!  Etsy: Made in Canada sellers included: BookhouDesign, A Mischievious Marriage, Handsome and Lace, Lisa Dene Artist, The Teeny Tiny Bakery, Green Bean Things, Sprouts Press Designs, Carolyn Draws, Akai Ceramic Studio, Senay Studio, Fold It Creations, Honey Thistle, Thorn and Needle, Lee Meszaros, Kiriki Press, Little Bellwoods, Ponchies for Kids, Tiny Brushstrokes, CG Monsters, refluff.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vendor Call: The Toronto Etsy Street Team present a crafty "Intervention" at the Gibson House Museum

VENDOR CALL - In NORTH Toronto; The Toronto Etsy Street Team is pleased to present a crafty "Intervention" at the Gibson House Museum.
Vendor application is here:

Details about the event; from the Facebook Event Page:

Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8th. 
11am to 4pm 

A weekend of Victorian crafts and local, handmade wares featuring 8 Etsy vendors in the historic Gibson House Museum. 

Join Gibson House Museum and the Toronto Etsy Street Team for a weekend market of Victorian crafts and unique handmade goods.

Vendors will be located throughout the historic house offering their hand-crafted wares for sale and providing demonstrations of their work. Get your holiday shopping done early while enjoying the warmth and comfort of the historic house.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto 2015

Our enthusiastic fans began arriving at 5:30 am for a chance at getting a swag bag! This is the line outside MaRS at 7:30 am, when we already had 69 lucky people who would get one of the 100 swag bags. (photo: Ele Willoughby)

Incredible bounty of the swag bags! (photo by @aznswti)
I think like other organizers, volunteers and vendors I may still be recovering from our incredible show! We just can't say thank you enough to everyone who was a part of our Etsy: Made in Canada day, this last Saturday, September 26 - from our fabulously talented vendors, to our wonderful patrons, generous sponsors, Etsy Canada and our hosts at MaRS. At 5:30 am, the first enthusiastic fans showed up in hopes of winning one of our fabled swag bags. There was already quite the line when we arrived. We couldn't believe the generosity and creativity of our vendors; those swag bags were swelling with fabulous loot, well worth the wait!

photo credit: Peter Power
This year's show was designed to be more spacious and accommodating for our shoppers. We had a juried selection of 140 vendors spread throughout the entire MaRS Centre Atrium from University Ave in west all the way to Elizabeth St in the east. Thousands of visitors came out and showed us that they "shop from Torontonians" and value what our handmade and vintage Etsy sellers have to offer right here in Toronto (and also a shout out to the Canadian sellers from farther afield who came all the way here, just to participate in our show).
photo credit: Peter Power

photo credit: Peter Power
photo credit: Peter Power

Arounna from Bookhou Design teaching her paper flower workshop
(photo credit: Peter Power) 
Throughout the day, there were eight workshops, free to the public. We offered DIY classes including the Big Magic bookbinding workshop (with thanks to Sprout's Press Designs and Graven Feather, and our sponsor Penguin Random House Canada), make your own map pendants with Landfill Designs, make your own leather coin purse with Fitzy Design, paper flowers with Bookhou Design, paper tree ornaments with Salt Cellar Paper Co, crochet amigurumi dolls with the Purple Lilac Amigurumi,  and handmade macrame bracelets with Mai's Jewelry. We also were very happy to introduce a vintage workshop for the first time, thanks to Ian Drummond and Marla Good who shared their expertise and showed artifacts from the IanDrummondCollection.

photo credit: Peter Power
photo credit: Peter Power
photo credit: Peter Power
photo credit: Peter Power
photo credit: Peter Power

photo credit: Peter Power
photo credit: Peter Power

Photo: Peter Power
We love being able to bring together such a great selection of local, creative, Etsy small businesses: artists, designers, craftspeople, makers and vintage mavens. We love seeing the reception we receive here in Toronto and letting buyers meet their Etsy sellers in real life. You can still check out the thousands of photos shared on Instagram with our hashtag #EtsyMICToronto, before, during and after  the show, or the national hashtag #EtsyMadeInCanada. We had simultaneous sister shows at OCADU here in Toronto, and in 33 other cities from east to west. It's great to be part of a nationwide movement, this pan-Canadian extravaganza. We hope you were there to share in the fun and had a fabulous day!

Thank you and congratulations to our vendors! Thank you to our workshop teachers and our volunteers! Thank you to Etsy Canada, MaRS, and our generous sponsors Penguin Random House Canada, Chitchats Express, Chatime, The Printing House, and Friday's Off. Thank you to all our shoppers and supporters in Toronto! Thank you all very much for helping to make this possible.

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