Sunday, August 17, 2014

Etsy: Made In Canada, Toronto edition sneak peek!

Check out our Etsy:Made In Canada page for a sneak peek of some of the vendors and lovely wares you can find at
Etsy: Made In Canada, Toronto Pop-Up at MaRS!

September 27, 10 am to 4 pm, MaRS Discovery District
101 College St, at University Avenue 
(adjacent to Queen’s Park subway) 

Vendor Call: Toronto Indie Arts Market Fall Fashion Festival

Calling all fashion artisans – Toronto Indie Arts Market is now accepting applications to take part in our October 18th Fall Fashion Festival at the Gladstone Hotel.

We have approximately 50 spots for local, independent artisans of clothing, jewellery, accessories and cosmetics/bodycare products. We are looking for cool and unique wares for men, women and children. For clothing vendors, preference will be given to designers who are able to bring the widest range of sizes (petites to plus sizes) to sell off the rack (not custom ordered).

Sorry – no vintage (except for upcycled items), no resellers, no importers and no mass-manufactured goods. All items sold must be created locally and be handmade by the person running the table.

Table prices range from $20 (2ft table) – $60 (6ft table). Garment vendor spots that will accommodate racks are $60. Payment is via PayPal only.

This event will have a $5 admission at the door with 40% of proceeds going to Windfall Basics, an organization that supplies basic clothing necessities to those in need.

To submit an application, please visit – full FAQ and schedule are posted under the Info For Vendors section.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Call for Artists: In the Round II at Graven Feather

IN THE ROUND: A Group Show! Hey artists and art lovers! This November will be our second annual IN THE ROUND group exhibition. Last year turned out to be an extremely exciting and successful venture, as we were able to feature over a hundred artists ( including T.E.S.T's own Carolyn Eady of Sprout's Press Designs, Christine Pensa of Art That Moves and Ele Willoughby of minouette) in the creation and exhibition of hundreds of circular art pieces! In the same vein, this year's IN THE ROUND group show offers each participant a number of lovely wooden supports to work upon. We encourage artists to express themselves in any media, from drawing or photography to textiles and sculpture. The result is a beautiful and varied accumulation of gorgeously graphic 'rounds' filling the walls of the entire gallery!

Any one can participate! Register today! For details and to be part of the show, please keep reading:

REGISTRATION Open Now! (See form)
DROP OFF DEADLINE Saturday, November 1st 2014
RECEPTION November 6th 7-10 pm 2014
EXHIBITION November 6 -29th 2014
PICK UP OF UNSOLD WORK Sunday November 30th 2014

Fashion Friday at Scadding Court Market 707 vendor call

The next Market 707 event which will be showcasing up and coming Toronto fashion designers. Fashion Friday will give local Toronto talent a chance to promote their products, companies/stores and sell as well. All types of designers are welcome clothing, accessories, jewellery, footwear etc. There will also be a fashion show portion of the event for designers to show their designs if they wish to participate, spots for the fashion show will be limited and will be no longer than 10-15 mins long. We plan on having live performances as well and of course of Market 707 food vendors will be open throughout the night for some delicious international street food. If you are interested in participating in our Fashion Friday event please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Event Details:

What: Fashion Friday
Where: Market 707 (707 Dundas St.W.0
Date: August 22nd 5-9pm (first fashion show starting at 6pm)
Table Fee: $25 (we will provide a table and chairs) all other promotional materials and signage must be provided by the designer
Facebook Event Page

Vender Call The Weekend Venders Market

The Weekend Vendors Market*

WHAT: The Weekend Vendors Market is an open-air market featuring the creations of 30+ local small business owners.

WHEN:  Every Saturday and Sunday during the months of August-end of October 2014.(10am - 5pm)

WHERE:  1630 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Just west of Dundas St. West and Brock St.

We are seeking:  handcrafted quality items made and produced in Canada by yourself as well as flea/vintage items. Ex: accessories, new and vintage clothing, jewelery, paper goods, art, knits, vintage homewares, natural beauty products, baby goodies, DIY kits,natural makeup etc.

 PRICING: Please make sure that your products are priced and or that your signage clearly states your pricing.

COSTWe can offer you 2 types of spaces. $40/day for a small (4 x 3ft) and $80/day for a large (8x 3ft). Displays can’t exceed 10 feet in height.
**We have limited tables available for the show and they are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Promotion The Weekend Vendors Market will be publicized via various media outlets, the local BIA, social media, as well as through a poster & flyer campaign and paid advertising.  Vendors will be provided with e-vites to distribute to their own contacts, pdf’s and jpg’s.

**NOTE: It's expected that ALL Weekend vendors actively help spread the word about the event through your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest), mailing lists, websites and blogs. The more buzz we can build up the higher turnout of paying customers.

Want to Apply?

Please send ReFluff* (Adrienne) an e-mail that includes ALL of the following:

1.  CONTACT INFO & WEB LINKS - Your name,  the name of your business & your contact details: e-mail, website/Etsy address & tel. number.

2.  YOUR PROFILE -  Provide 1-2 short paragraphs describing your wares & process ~ what you make and how you make it (with which materials).  Also, list your price range, where you currently sell (shops, on-line, other shows), and outline which specific items you would like to sell at the market.

3. Dates that you would like to apply for (single days are accepted as well)
August 2&3, 9&10, 16&17, 23&24, 30&31
September 6&7, 13&14, 20&21, 27&28
Oct: 4&5, 11&12, 18&19, 25&26

4.BOOTH PREFERENCE - Identify which size booth you'd prefer (small or large)

5. Up to 3 photographs that can be easily uploaded onto facebook/ instagram/twitter as well as images that you feel confident being used for advertising. If you would rather not have your images used for advertising or sent out to media or bloggers please indicate and enclose images for judging only. If you can't send images we will refer to your website.

Deadline: Spaces are booked on a first come first served basis and are limited. The earlier you apply the more likely you are to get what you request.

NOTIFICATION: We will be sending out acceptance letters every Monday, and Friday. If you want us to send your letter to a secondary email address please include it in your application.

PAYMENTBooth fees must be received within 5 business days of being accepted. Payment is to be made PRIOR to the event and can be made by e-transfer, paypal or credit card or in person (August 1stth onward). Payment particulars will be given out if you have been selected for the market. ***Failure to pay within the 5 business days will result in loosing your space(s). All payments are final and non refundable. ***

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Quirky Toronto

Toronto, possibly the greatest city on the planet, isn't just known for our maple loaded poutines, space age bicycle actuated signals or our illustrious 1993 World Series win.  Toronto is also known for our creative Etsy merchants that do strange and wonderful things like plant seeds that grow shocking violet tentacles.  Every Torontonian is blessed with a delicious face and to further our vanity we'd proudly sport cantaloupe hats upon our pretty domes.  Toronto also has an insatiable love for cats - where even the fellas are self-proclaimed “crazy cat ladies“.  Toronto's creative culture has so much beauty to offer and it's showing no signs of slowing down.
If you are shopping during the dog days of summer, show your fellow Big Smoke merchants some love by shopping local.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto. So grab yourself an Ice Capp and peruse through these charming creations from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.  To view a clickable version of this treasury, click here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

#EtsyRoadTrip Essentials
We're getting excited to see Etsy's first ever road trip in their 30-foot custom AirStream. They're planning a four-city Canadian tour called #EtsyRoadTrip. From August 1 to 9, mobile marketplaces will pop-up in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto featuring Etsy sellers, musicians and local food trucks alongside concerts, product giveaways and more.

Be sure to follow the fun at and come out for the Toronto events August 8th and 9th. Their Toronto pop-up features TEST's own Nail Kandy, Grace Design, and Kiriki Press amongst others! Don't forget to use their #EtsyRoadTrip hashtag too! 

We thought we'd gather our TESTy road trip essentials from some of our newbies! Cause our TEST sellers have you covered for all your summer adventures. We have things to wear, things to make your trip cozy and nostalgic goodies from your time on the road.

 For riding with the top down:

Handmade 100% Tie Dye Silk Scarf by OrderEthans

Show your love of la belle province
Silver Medallion Amour Necklace from ShawnPattDesigns

For starting your day off right:

today will be great - typography arrow print by lovelittlepaperco

Check out these shoes

Vintage 80s ankle boots, purple suede from BremenBlue

For riding in beachy comfort

Sea star pillow cover from AvantguardStudio
and style

Bohemian Boho Chic Smock Tank Top by KooCooCarrillo

If you like to gather pebbles, or petals and other little, natural souveniers, this might be the necklace for you:

moss and petal skinny pear shape necklace by flowersandmoss

For celebrating the #EtsyRoadTrip's arrival in Toronto!

Toronto Streetcar Card - Warhol Inspired by scotty2naughty


A little Toronto nostalgia, for those road trips of yore

Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto: Vintage Photo Magnets - Set of Four by GertsGreetings

The perfect thing to remember your Canadian road trip

Handmade Rustic License Plate Canada Map Decor by Route401

Have you got road trip essentials, or a favorite road trip memory to share? Connect with us on twitter! We're @TorontoEtsyST and be sure to mark your tweet #EtsyRoadTrip !

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