Saturday, May 31, 2014

TEST Springtime Market is less than a week away!

 
We hope to see you at our 5th Annual Springtime Market, June 7 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Church of St Stephen-in-the-Fields at Bellevue and College, in Kensington Market.

Our Spring 2014 LookBook is OUT! 
Check out all our amazing vendors here
or peruse out Etsy Page


Our vendors include:

Artists, illustrators, photographers and graphic designers, making fine art, paper goods and handbound books: gotomago, minouette, GreenBeanThings, dothandmade, thunderpeep, SproutsPressDesigns, TanyaHarrisonPhoto,  and MarsDesignStudio

Fashion and accessories designers and makers, for women, men and babies: owlswakeup, DesignedToLife, jool, YourHeartsHaven, ShocoRoco, MashaApparelwintergarden and MaybeByCatalfo

Jewellery makers: CandiWareJewelry, LandfillDesigns, MicheleGuevera, DestellosGlassArt, LisaYoungDesign, folditcreations, and StrayandLinger

Soap and Beauty product makers: BakedSoapCo, aidebodycare, and Sudsatorium

Quilters: QuilterSteff and FabriArts

Organic seed purveryor: Cubits and Organic Pet Food Maker: HouseOfCat!
 

Workshops!
We are planning some fabulous FREE workshops suitable for all ages including Basic Knitting, Knitting Patterns, Debugging and Problem Solving and Button & Fabric Hair Barrettes taught by TEST's own Glenda of wintergarden and Steff of quiltersteff

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Get ready for Father's Day with TEST



Father's Day is June 15th! Looking for just the thing for the Dads and Grandads in your life? TEST has you covered. Check out our curated TEST for Father's Day Page and if you need more ideas, TEST Gifts for Him!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Spring Fling

Go ahead, have yourself a Spring shopping fling with some local Etsy shops.  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 take a peruse through Rebena's favorite picks from homegrown, Toronto Etsy Shops.
Tea Towels – $40.22 CAD
These hand screen printed tea towels are simply amazing.  The screen print is a sound wave which includes the sweet sounds of sizzling bacon and slurping coffee.  Would totally make a great hostess gift!  Check out KemptonJones Etsy shop for more super cool, screen printed housewares.
Invitation Set – $240.00 CAD
Paper lover Laura Velasquez is the owner and graphic designer of the shop Dreams On Paper.  If you are looking for invites or custom graphic work – she is a local artist you won’t want to miss!  Laura is a passionate graphic designer that is not only focused on design and typography- but designs every detail of your mailing process as well.
Hair Comb – $33.52 CAD
Eeep!  This handmade, flapper inspired hair comb is so wicked!  In all of our years, we have never come across curled goose feathers festooned with bats and eyeballs.  So creative and unique.  For more ghoulish hair accessories and rockabilly jewelry be sure to check out Jen’s amazing shop, Koffin Kitten.

Beaches Bracelet – $62.00 CAD
With it’s carefree attitude, this beautiful bracelet was inspired by the spirit of the Beaches neighborhood of Toronto.  Shop LianaMarieTO is full of handcrafted, timeless pieces that woman of all ages could wear.  Liana’s whimsical jewelry is inspired by popular locations in our beloved Big Smoke.
King T-Shirt – $25.00 CAD
It’s good to be king – king of the wrinkles and the World’s curliest tail!  This super soft, handsome t-shirt is created by shop H.W.B.P., a clothing label based out of Toronto.  The best part about this shop is that you get yourself a cute tee and 10% of your purchase goes to ElderDog charity, a non-profit organization.
Bear Hug – $22.35 CAD
Not much can beat a big, old bear hug.  Shop ZukZuk is filled with bright and beautiful hand drawn prints.  ZukZuk also takes inexpensive framing options into account as most of ZukZuk’s prints work will with Ikea framing options.  ZukZuk also gives back to one of the most important charities out there - $1 from each item sold goes to Amnesty International.
So there you go Toronto!  Local homegrown goodness just for you.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local products that are absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Vendor Call: Art Fusion FESTIVAL at Evergreen Brick Works

Artists of T.E.S.T. are invited to take part in the Art Fusion FESTIVAL at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, on Sunday June 22.

Artists can display/sell PAINTINGS for FREE or book a vendor spot for $20 here: www.artfusioncollectives.com/vendor.htm or go to: www.ticketscene.ca/events/10665

It's FREE to display/sell PAINTINGS. Artists can reserve a spot at NO CHARGE to display as many paintings as they want - as long as all the paintings are on easels - and there is no size restriction.To reverse a spot at NO CHARGE, Artists can go here: www.artfusioncollectives.com/display.htm

Artists who would like to bring a table to sell jewelry, craft, candles, prints etc, they can book a vendor spot for $20 here www.artfusioncollectives.com/vendor.htm.

Here is additional information:
-each vendor spot fits an 8 ft long table
-Artists must bring their own folding table
-There is a parking lot right outside the Pavillons area where artists can park temporarily to unload and setup.
-The Pavillons area is completely covered and lit up at night
- there is FREE Shuttle BUS to the event: www.artfusioncollectives.com/perform_files/EBW-BUS-Map.pdf
-The festival runs from 3pm to 9:30pm @ Evergreen Brick Works


Additionally, artists can post their Facebook pages on the FB event to advertise about their craft!

Vendor Call: Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival


Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival offers artisans and craftspeople an opportunity to join our two-day yearly festival, which celebrates dragon boat racing and brings members of the community together. This year the festival is the weekend of June 21-22, and it will be held at Toronto's Centre Island. The cost of the booths are $350 + 13% HST and it covers both days of the festival. There is more information available at our website:
http://dragonboats.com/be-a-sponsorvendor/
and our facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toronto-International-Dragon-Boat-Race-Festival-TIDBRF/101073523267185

Monday, May 12, 2014

Call for vendors: Annex Flea

Call to Vendors!
May 9, 2014 - No Comments - Events

Hello vendors!

The Annex Flea is back for the first of our summer markets, and we want you to be there! This market, on Sunday, June 8th, will be especially exciting, as we’ll be running it in conjunction with the Annex Fest, one of the first of the city’s summer street fairs. If you haven’t been, they shut down Bloor from Bathurst to Spadina, and have businesses with booths and such. They have few to no vintage/handmade vendors however, and we will be around the corner in the Honest Ed’s parking lot. You may know this space as where Fringe Festival sets up their tent in July. We will be collaborating with the Annex Fest with our collective marketing, so our reach will be that much farther.

The details: 10’x12’ spaces are going for $90. There are half booths (5’x10’) for $50. Please note that we will not be providing tables or chairs, and it will be outdoors, so you may want to bring canopies/umbrellas. The Flea’s (and the Fest’s) hours will be 11am-6pm, so set up will start at 9:30am or so.

This is our official call for vendors. Post it online, if you’d like, or forward it to your vendor friends. We always like to meet new people. If you’re interested, send us an email to

info@annexflea.com

including:
- your name
- your business name
- a contact phone number
- your website and/or relevant social media sites
- what size booth you want
- a photo or two of your wares

Please be sure to include all of these, so we can contact you easily. If you’re an Annex Flea veteran, perhaps new photos. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 23rd 2014, but don’t delay! It’s going to be a good one. We hope to speak to you all soon!

John & Diana
The Annex Flea

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

More Mother's Day Finds from TEST!



Peruse our Mother's Day collection and find the perfect item for your favorite mom!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Test Captain's Summit and Etsy: Made in Canada!


This has been a busy week, here in Toronto! On Monday and Tuesday, Etsy Captains and Leaders from teams from coast to coast got together for an exchange of ideas. We were joined by Etsy staff - both local and from Brooklyn (including Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson), and some great sponsors who will be helping us reach our goals for our exciting plans for this September.

We are excited to announce we're working on a pan-Canadian extravaganza!!!  
September 27, there will be simultaneous marketplaces in 30+ cities from coast to coast, called  

'Etsy: Made in Canada' 

This is be a big, national event! Here in Toronto, We will be partnering with our fellow local team 416 Hustler to host a juried marketplace for Etsy sellers at MaRS, at College St and University Ave - including a selection of brand new sellers. Are you a handmaker or vintage seller? Looking for more venues and high-profile shows? If you've been toying with the idea of opening an Etsy shop, this is the moment. In fact, if you sign up now, you can have 20 free listings. Just follow our link and enter the code: TorontoStreetTeam.

https://www.etsy.com/promotions?promotion_code=TorontoStreetTeam


Those listings can be used at any time, just be sure to open your shop by September 27. If you want some help getting started, we've got you covered! Sign-up for our Etsy Seller Newbie Bootcamp and read our series so far. We're here to help.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

INSPIRE! Book Fair


INSPIRE is an inclusive and poly-cultural event which celebrates mass public enjoyment of print and digital books and reading in all forms, and embraces all facets of the writing and publishing industries. The inaugural Fair takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Timed to kick off the holiday shopping season, the inaugural Fair opens with an immense celebration on the show floor on Thursday November 13, 2014 and continues November 14 -16. See: www.torontobookfair.ca

An aspect of the Fair floor we are working to develop is an area called the INSPIRE! Hub. The Hub is a 2,000+ square ft.,multi-disciplinary area that will bring together a variety of influencers, and early adopters, who are on the frontier of the publishing world.

The Hub is an exciting destination for visitors interested in true indie innovators. Created as an affordable, beautiful, and fully built-out area. This is a place for Zines, micro-publishers, emerging illustrators and publishing artisans exhibit and sell their work, where fair-goers can interact with and learn about the multitude of alternative publishing mediums, and emerging talent in the publishing world.

At the centre of The Hub will be the Soapbox, an intimate presentation space (with seating for small groups). This presentation area will provide a platform for participating exhibitors to showcase their disciplines, and for publishers and authors to present to, speak and interact with Fair goers.

Space in The Hub is moving quickly. We are thrilled to have a number of fantastic self-published authors, small presses, and illustrators who will call this place home. INSPIRE! is also collaborating with a number of studios interested in showcasing the work of their members and a number of colleges interested in taking out swathes of space in The Hub to showcase their students Fourth Year work.

Below are links to a general floor plan (The Hub can be found in the southeast corner of the map), and a Hub specific floor plan.


If you are interested in learning more about the INSPIRE! Hub, discussing pricing, or booking a space please email me at jesse@torontobookfair.ca or call at 416.566.4502.

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