Thursday, March 26, 2015

Vintage Swaps!

All you vintage lovers, vendors and collectors will want to mark
Thursday, April 9 at 6:00pm - 10:00pm on your calendars. Etsy Canada is hosting a Vintage Swap at the Gladstone hotel (1214 Queen St W). Join the Event Page here to stay abreast of details. Vendors who want take part or network with other local Toronto Etsy vintage sellers can join the Toronto Vintage Swap 2015 Etsy Team.

Also, TEST's own Kyle of riceandpotato writes:

Join local vintage lovers at Arts Market for the first edition of Vintage Exchange, a vintage clothing and goods exchange event! The swap will include vintage home décor, kitchenware, barware, clothing, accessories and more. Bring a vintage item, take a vintage item! If you do not have items to exchange but want to attend the event, that’s great! You can still purchase items on the tables. Save-the-date & please help spread the word by sharing with other vintage lovers. See you at Vintage Exchange on April 23 for some eco-friendly fun!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Vendor call: The Mom Show

The Mom Show is taking place at the International Centre in Mississauga on May 10th from 10-6. 

This event is a Mother's Day focused event geared towards families with cooking events, crafts, a fashion show hosted by CBC's fashion stylist, Jenn McConville and over 50 vendor spots.  The event is anticipated to draw in between 1000-3000 people.  

They are inviting any Etsy vendors who might be interested in booth space to sell Etsy items in a booth during this fun event.   The early bird space/prices for booths are as follows:

10 x10 $595
5 x 10  $395

NOTE: You can choose to split a booth with another vendor!

You can find the Exhibitor Application here which will need to be confirmed by March 30th to confirm a vendor spot.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Field of Dreams Annex Market

NB: All places have now been filled! Come out May 2 to support the Jays Care Foundation

Friday, March 20, 2015

Are you thinking of opening an Etsy shop but maybe didn't have the motivation or were unsure?

Well how about $5,000? Would that motivate you to get started? :)

10,000 cups of coffee is holding a competition for new creative businesses and the winner gets a $5,000 grant from Etsy!

Application here:

This is a great opportunity for all of you that have been on the fence or dragging your feet on starting your Etsy shop!

This is also a great opportunity for those starting out to join the Toronto Etsy Street Team and get the camaraderie and support of all of members! (Once you have your shop up and running come and find us on Etsy and click the "Join this team" button)

Full rules and conditions can be found here:

And good luck!

PS - if you're still apprehensive be sure to check out the newbie bootcamp series on this blog!

Vendor Call: Vacantful - The Everyday Collective Pop-up

Here's an interesting vendor call on Queen West from Vacantful:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

5 TEST Member Spring Trends

New season?  New wardrobe inspiration!  Spring is on its way and it’s that time of the year when we can indulge in color, break out of the routine dark monochromes and experiment with interesting silhouettes.  Spring 2015 is bringing an array of fabulous possibilities.  Keep your eyes peeled for light yet rich fabrics, new colors and interesting prints.  Here are some great Toronto trends from your TEST Members to inspire you to get playful with your wardrobe this Spring:

Floral Crop Top – $40.00 USD – BetterStayTogether

Flowers have definitely blossomed as a spring essential. This season they adorned catwalks both boldly and subtly. Be on the look out for special embroideries and appliques that will create a rich botanical experience.  No layers or further embellishments are needed when sporting floral prints as flowers add major boost of panache to an outfit and simply make you feel more into the season.  As an ever joyful and spring print, the flower trend might have just turned into a classic that everyone needs.

Upcycled Denim Jacket – $68.00 USD – Jool
Ahh, the resilient denim!  Denim has made a full force comeback this spring, adding rustic and urban character to ensembles.  It’s all about mixing, matching and revamping your style with new and old denim pieces.  Pick what makes you comfortable, washes that work with your skin-tones and have fun with it!
Gingham Cat Collar – $20.00 USD – TheRoverBoutique
These tiny checks, once considered a vintage print, are certainly one of the biggest buzzes for spring 2015. Seen everywhere, (even on cats) gingham is the statement of the season!  Impeccable giant pastel checks can show a soft, preppy look. If you're looking for a daring style, enhance your checks with pops of color.  For a sophisticated look – wear the print on a easy, light dress.

Custom Bohemian Wrap Dress – $649.00 USD – SimonesRoseBoutique
Romantic Bohemian
Romantic prints on an airy maxi dresses are so hot this season.  We love this look from Simones Rose Boutique - a sheer, busy-patterned, deep v-neck, with major bohemian flavor.  Earthy tones, intricate appliques and feminine shaped dresses are super trendy and perfect for this time of year.  If you're looking to steal gazes and inspire deep sighs, bring this trend to your wardrobe.
Leather Fringe Bag – $209.00 USD – karenkalashnik
This season’s fringe is all about standing out.  Fringe can powerfully embellish your wardrobe as it adds amazing texture and movement to garments.  Fringe can be small, medium or long strands - whatever you're most comfortable with.  While often thought of as bohemian, fringe shows sophistication and elegance.  We'd love to go dancing with Karen's leather fringe bag pictured above!

Show your fellow TEST Members some love by shopping local this Spring.  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.  Happy shopping and happy playful Spring wardrobes!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Vendor Call: HandMade Market Spring Fair

HandMade Market Spring Fair, June 11 or 12 at Swanwick & Main.
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