Workshops Workshops Workshops!

Monday, April 24, 2017

We have some fun events coming up in the gallery!!

Thursday April 27th - 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Etsy Newbie Bootcamp with Ele; Captain of the Toronto Etsy Street Team

Complementing our wonderful blog series "Etsy Newbies Bootcamp" we are happy to present an in-person 90 minute bootcamp! If you are new to Etsy, or thinking about opening an Etsy shop, then this is the workshop for you!

Tickets on Universe here:

Saturday April 28th - 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Miniature cupcake pendant/ring workshop with CandiWare!

Come join us for a miniature making workshop with Candice of Candiware
We'll be making miniature cupcakes out of polymer clay! Good for kids of all ages and adults! Participants will make and keep a cupcake ring or pendant!

Friday May 5th - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Craft & Cocktails with Emma of Landfill Designs!

Whats better than crafting with friends? Crafting with friends with cocktails! Bring your unfinished project or make your own map pendant! Either way grab a glass and join the fun!
Tickets on Universe here:

Saturday May 6th & 7th
The first pop-up of May!
Check back here for full vendor list!

Vendor call: Evergreen Brick Works

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Evergreen Brick Works are recruiting artisan vendors for both their weekend markets this season. Saturday is the famers market with 6 full-time artisan vendor spots, and Sunday is a much more food-and-artisan focused market with 15 spots for full-time or rotating artisan vendors each week.

The Saturday Farmers market:
Every weekend from May 6 to November 4, 2017
Hours 8:00am – 1:00pm.
3 Full-time (only) openings available
Full-Season Cost: $1243.20

The Sunday Artisan Marketplace and Beer Garden:
Every weekend from May 7 – November 5, 2017
Hours 10:00am – 3:00pm
Multiple full-time and rotational openings available (date dependent)
Daily Cost: $88.50 (discounts available on seasonal, bi-weekly and monthly commitments)

Prospective vendors should contact with the subject header: “ETSY VENDOR INTERESTED”. We will follow up with vendors who are a good fit for the market community.

Also, they will be hosting an Etsy sponsored market on Sunday July 30th, open exclusively to Etsy sellers (more to come on that soon!)

3rd Annual Bees & {the Birds} Show at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

We are very pleased to announce that team leader Christine Pensa of Art That Moves will once again be hosting her Bees {& the Birds} show at the TEST Gallery (Graven Feather Gallery) 906 Queen St. W., Toronto from JUNE 7th to JUNE 20th, 2017!

This year, as with previous shows, 10% of hanging fees go directly to fund the David Suzuki Foundation's bee program. New this year: as well as fine artists and 2D works, the call is open to craftspeople! Please see Art That Moves blog for details and to apply to the show!

Pop-up this weekend! Sat April 8th & Sun April 9th!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sat April 8th & Sun April 9th

Featuring the wares of: 

Hand-made items for you and your home.

High quality vegan bath and beauty products.

Quality Quilts and Fun Fabric Designs

As well as the wares of; The Toronto Etsy Street Team
Prints, Fabrics, Jewellery, Miniature Foods, and Plushies!

Landfill DesignsMaking something out of Nothing

Pikelet WorkshopBeautiful Australian design handmade in Canada


Things from secret minouette places

ThunderpeepIndependent publisher for the adventurous at heart

CandiWare JewelryHandmade Scented Miniature Food Jewelry

Art That MovesOM for your home - original art, printmaking & textiles

Etsy Small Business Contest

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Share what makes your Etsy shop one of a kind to enter to win funding to help scale your business. Is it something unique you sell? A memorable story about how you got your start? Or a special approach you have to business? Submit your entry and then champion your business to collect as many votes as possible. There’s a different story behind every shop on Etsy, and the world is just waiting to hear yours. It's up to YOU!
Deadline to create your entry and collect votes is 11:59:59pm EST on April 6, 2017. Most votes wins  $13,000 CAD (for Canadian sellers outside Quebec). First runner-up wins $4,000 CAD.

Find out more and apply here.

Toronto Etsy Street Team 8th Annual Mid-Summer Market

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Toronto Etsy Street Team are hosting our 8th annual Midsummer Market - handmade & vintage! This promises to be our best show yet!

Our awesome team members will be selling at the amazingly fabulous Campbell House Museum on the corner of Queen & University! 

The Campbell House Museum:

There will be goods both indoors and outdoors, demonstrations, music, workshops and delicious foods to eat, and tours of the museum all day! 

Applications open until May 1st, 2017. No exceptions!

Toronto Etsy Street Team - Pop Shows

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hello all!

The dates have been selected for all the Pop-up Shows for this year happening in our awesome gallery on West Queen West! March to Xmas, we'll be popping up all year long!

Facebook events have been created for every single show, so for real, they're happening!!

If you're interested in being a part of one of the pop ups as a vendor please use the below link to apply!

Hope to see you all there!

LOVE YOUR BODY Show at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Toronto Etsy Street Team gallery are curating an art and craft show on the theme of positive body image and embracing your own form!

August 4 - 20, 2017: Opening August 5, 6 - 9 pm

Toronto Etsy Street Team gallery

906 Queen St W, Toronto

The Toronto Etsy Street Team gallery is curating a group art and craft show, about the human form, positive body image and embracing your own form. The show is open to all media! We welcome submissions from artists who think of themselves more as handmakers and craftspeople including but not limitted to sewists, quilters, textile makers, toy makers, clothing designers, jewellery makers, ceramicists, potters, woodworkers, and more, as well as fine artists.

This is a juried show but we encourage you to apply!

Artists will be charged a hanging fee of $50. The Toronto Etsy Street Team will retain a 10% fee to cover any processing fees of any sales and then all proceeds of art sales will go directly to the artist.

This application is open to Toronto artists and handmakers, with preference given to members of the Toronto Etsy Street Team. We especially encourage our team members to apply!

The DEADLINE is May 30, 2017. THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE. Don't miss it. APPLY HERE!

Consignment Call-out!

Hi everyone.

As you must already be aware we have taken over the lease of an amazing gallery space at 906 Queen St West in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood.

We are so completely in love with it!

Starting in Spring we will to carve out a consignment corner for Team Members. This is a great opportunity to get your product into the retail environment in a super trendy and busy part of town.

We are offering super reasonable terms and will rotate the stock every 8 weeks or so, giving new makers regular opportunities to get involved. The store will be divided into categories much like our craft shows are ie. homewares, fashion and accessories, kids and baby products, bath and beauty and paper products. 

Jen from Pikelet Workshop will be handling the consignment stock so please send her an email if you're interested in signing up!

And if you haven't been in to visit the gallery yet get to it!

WUNDERKAMMER: Cabinets of Curiosity Art Show at Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Toronto Etsy Street Team gallery are curating a science art show inspired by the eccentric, encyclopedic, natural history collections gathered since the Renaissance.

Cabinets of Curiosities featured treasured zoological, botanical, anatomical, fossil and gem specimen. Art and craft work depicting these specimen, cabinets of curiosity and the wonder of natural history are sought. Artists are encouraged to consider how their art might be displayed in ways which allude to the wunderkammer.

Artists will be charged a hanging fee of $50. The Toronto Etsy Street Team will retain a 10% fee to cover any processing fees of any sales and then all proceeds of art sales will go directly to the artist.

This application is open to Toronto artists and handmakers, in all media, with preference given to members of the Toronto Etsy Street Team. We especially encourage our team members to apply!


Also, we're very excited to announce a series of planned art shows on our newly revamped Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery page. We will be opening up more applications soon.

Craft Swap!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Time for some Crafty Spring Cleaning!

That is it's time to overhaul your craft drawers - you know all those supplies you bought, having every intention of using, but just never found the time (or inspiration) or maybe you just have lot's of extra pieces that you didn't end up using on your last project... whatever the story, we're here to help with it!

Bring us your new or gently used craft supplies, books - anything a fellow crafter could make use of and swap them for some new-to-you supplies.

The Swap will be happening on Saturday March 18th from noon to 6pm at the Gallery, and we'll have the Gallery open from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday March 16th and Friday March 17th so you can drop off your old items ahead of time (we won't be accepting anything on the day of the show)

Join the facebook event page to stay in touch with all the details and feel free to share pics of your swap items!

Here's how it works:

  • clean out your craft closets and shelves and set aside all the items you are no longer using, that another craft enthusiast will be able to use
  • bundle up your items into packages worth approximately $5 in either a clear baggie, box or elastic (if they are not already packaged items. Your items MUST be bundled beforehand. We won’t bundle them for you. We have the final say on the worth of your bundles and we also have the right to reject any of your items. We will have a freebie table that you can leave these items on if you don’t want to take them home with you.These items will be free for the taking on swap day.
  • each bundle will be worth 1 ticket. You will receive a receipt for your drop off, which you will have to present on swap day to receive your tickets, so don’t lose the receipt!
  • your items must be dropped off BEFORE the swap. We’ll have the Gallery open on Thursday March 16th and Friday March 17th between 4pm and 6pm for you to drop off your items. 
  • There is a $5.00 fee to participate in the swap to cover the cost of the use of the Gallery space for the day.
  • on Saturday March 18 the swap will open at 12 noon and participants will be let in on a first come basis, we do anticipate a line up and we can only allow a certain amount of people at a time. Bring your own shopping bags and exchange your tickets for new-to-you supplies. If there are still lot’s of supplies leftover we will open the swap to non-participants in the last 2 hours, for a $10 charge worth 10 tickets.

Types of items we’ll be accepting (but not limited to): beads and bead findings, paint (up to half empty),  pens/pencils/markers, paint brushes, books on art/crafting, decorative papers, sketch pads/books, paper crafts, crafting tools, fabric, textiles, sewing tools, batting, wood, wax, gift boxes, unused packaging, mannequins/busts, frames.

We will accept larger, more expensive pieces for more than 1 ticket

Vendor Call: Toronto Spring Festival

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring Boutique Call for artists and designers

Toronto Spring Festival
March 18, 2017, noon-6:00 pm
192 Spadina AvenueSubmission deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Submission fee: None

Greet spring with essentials; a curated boutique of stories, design objects and experiences that equip you for the arrival of spring.
Submission categories:
Greens: flower, plants & seeds
Vessels, with the following materials: cement, copper, wood, paper, ceramic, fiber, glass
Illustrations: greeting cards, posters, stories, painted eggs
Edibles: baked goods
Herbs: detox, cleansing
Fill out the form to apply and press 'submit', and send us two pictures to the email address below that best represents the experience and/or product you are offering in the boutique. Successful applicants will be notified no later than March 7th, 2017.
For questions and sample of work contact:
For more info visit:

Vendor call: Spring MRKT

The MRKT is a public shopping event produced by The Toronto Creative Entrepreneurs. 

Open to members of the community, The MRKT features up to 50 vendors including fashion, beauty, art, handmade goods, home décor, food merchants, live entertainment, on stage demonstrations, and much more.

The MRKT is west Toronto’s largest holiday destination for local shopping enthusiasts.

This April, Holiday Inn Yorkdale Toronto, will host The MRKT. Vendor spaces are now available for the two-day event.

*** Please read the vendor package before filling out an application ***

1) View Vendor package here --->
2) Apply online here ---->

Email: Instagram: @TorontoCreativeEntrepreneurs

Vendor Call: Scarborough Museum Celebrate Canada 150

Celebrate Canada 150!!
Scarborough Museum
Saturday July 1, 2017
10 – 5 pm

Join Scarborough Museum's Canada Day Celebrations!

Inviting all interested vendors who create one-of-a-kind artisan items!  

Scarborough Museum brings the past and present together with local artisans, square dancing, Canada Day cake, and hands-on arts and crafts. This event attracts thousands! Additional activities take place in the park, making this a fun, high traffic, family-friendly celebration!

Tables are free!  This outdoor event runs rain or shine.

Interested vendors may contact:

Elaine Kemp
Museum Coordinator
Scarborough Museum

The museum is located in Thomson Memorial Park, 1007 Brimley Road
(just north of Lawrence Avenue, on the east side of Brimley)

Vendor Call: Artisan Market on the Mews

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Applications are open for The Regent Park Artisan Market on the Mews Mother's Day market on Sunday May 14th. This exciting market is the perfect place to bring Mom after brunch or treat her to an afternoon out.

Sunday, May 14th - 11am to 3pm
The Mews - Regent Park Blvd
deadline to apply April 14th
10x10 space with 8' table - $30/vendor

For more information or to apply contact Heather Lloyd directly at or 416.591.2944

T.E.S.T. Interview: BZMW

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

We hope to introduce you to all the great etsy sellers to be found right here in Toronto. Here at the T.E.S.T. blog, we plan to interview them all. This is the 110th in our series and is with Brett Willemson of BZMW.  

How long have you been painting?

I've been painting since I was a child, but only in 2016 did I start doing it as more of a regular hobby. I probably paint once a month now. I live in a really small apartment so doing a painting takes a lot of effort. I have to cover up much of my living room with a drop cloth which makes my apartment pretty much unusable for the weekend.  

Do you have any artistic training or education?

Other than taking a few art classes in high school I have no artistic training. A lot of trial and error and youtube has helped me figure out a lot of things like how to mix paint, what different types of paints are good at, and most importantly for me: What is a painting "Medium"  

What made you decide to open an Etsy shop?

I never really intended to get to the point where I had an Etsy shop but eventually I noticed that I had a bunch of unsold painting sitting in my bedroom so I decided that one of the best ways to sell them would be to drop them on something like Etsy.  

Have you had any challenges in opening your shop? Anything you’ve learned so far that would be helpful for others starting out as Etsy sellers?

I haven't really had any huge troubles with my shop, getting those first sales is difficult but def possible. I would recommend also having an Instagram or Twitter account to get a bit more exposure of your pieces.

Do you sell your paintings in person or at markets at all, or only on Etsy?

I prefer selling paintings in person, there's just so much more connection when you can see and hold the painting. I have yet to attend any markets but have been looking to attend one, I just need to find one that's appropriate for my work.  

Anything else you want to add about yourself or your shop?

I mentioned instagram before. Checkout my instagram! @bzmwillemsen

Interviewed by Kayla and Aline of Slabstract in Toronto, February 5, 2017.

T.E.S.T. Interview: Slabstract

We hope to introduce you to all the great etsy sellers to be found right here in Toronto. Here at the T.E.S.T. blog, we plan to interview them all. This is the 109th in our series and is with Kayla Patchett and Aline Taillefer of Slabstract.

How long have you and your partner been creating pieces?

We have been painting and creating since 2013. We decided to take an abstract art class through the TDSB and haven't stopped since. It hasn't been until recently that we've really begun to create pieces for others. We participated in the Etsy Resolutions program in January 2016 and opened up shop.  

Do either you or your partner have any training or education related to your store?

Aline has a university degree in business which was super helpful in opening and running our shop. I have been painting and taking school and extra-curricular art classes since I was a child. Aside from these courses, we don't have formal training but trial and error seems to be working out well for us.  

Why did you choose Etsy and do you sell anywhere else?

We both have shopped on Etsy and love the idea of supporting local people in the cool stuff that they make. It seemed like a great choice and somewhere our abstract and wood creations could fit in.  

Have you had any challenges in opening your shop? Anything you've learned that you'd like to share with others starting out?

Opening the shop itself was quite easy - especially with Etsy's help. Getting your first sales and customer base is challenging with so many other talented people selling their pieces as well, but we've realized you just have to jump in and start somewhere. So far we have a few sales, however, we are working hard to get known so that people will seek our shop out and start purchasing.  

Do you sell your pieces in person or at markets?

In December we entered two craft shows and started selling our pieces in person. Being able to see & touch a piece and have a conversation with the buyer has definitely led to more sales. We've also gotten a lot of feedback that way, which is lovely.  

Do you have a workshop or do you create out of your home?

Our dream is to have a permanent workshop! Right now, we create out of our homes, which are both very small apartments - it takes over! We have definitely spent many weekends with one of our living rooms covered in a drop cloth; it's not something that can be done here or there. It's a commitment for sure, since we need to finish to get our living spaces back!  

Anything else you want to add about you and your partner or your shop?

Through our shop we are hoping to bridge our love of abstract art and woodworking. The wood is especially important to us as it's a reminder of our childhoods and ties to small northern Ontario towns.

You can check out more on instagram @slabstract and keep an eye for Kayla and Aline at Toronto's spring craft shows!

Interviewed by Brett Willemsen of BZMW in Toronto on Feb 5, 2017.

Call for volunteers: Mentors for Girls' Hackathon

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The "Hack for Craft" Hackathon for girls ages 10-13, Sunday March 26th 2017, 1-4pm, is seeking volunteer mentors for the participating girls. The focus of this hackathon is on arts, crafts, handmade goods and local artisans.

Details of the event are found here. Email:

This weekend! Saturday & Sunday! C'mon down!!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Join us for the 1st Toronto Etsy Street Team
pop-up show!!

Just in time for Valentines Day!
Saturday February 11th & Sunday the 12th
 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

In our amazing gallery at 906 Queen Street West

Featuring the amazing wares of :

Terra Soap Co - Natural handcrafted Vegan Soaps & Skincare Products.

FoldIT Creations - Original Handmade Origami Jewelry

Clayshapes Pottery - Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Purple Lilia Amigurumi - Amigurumi Crocheted Toys and Plush

PaperTurns - Handmade greeting cards for all occasions


VINTAGE & RETRO VENDOR CALL: Fab '40s Day at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site - June 18, 2017 - 12-4pm

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hey all you vintage & retro Etsy shop owners, this is a vendor call for a fun show happening at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site on June 18, 2017.

The event is called Fab '40s Day! They are looking for vintage/retro vendors with the 40s theme in mind. You are even encouraged to dress 40s style if you'd like, there's going to be a costume contest for attendees - so fun! Wear your best pin up outfit and victory rolls or bring your sweetheart.

Tables are FREE and the event is June 18th, 2017 from 12-4pm. It's going to be a day filled with live band, swing dance demos, fashion presentations with Q&As, and tours of the historic 1940s cottage with samples of wartime recipes.

It's going to be swell!

If this event sounds like it's up your alley, please contact:
Lori Zuppinger
Program Officer at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site

Toronto Etsy Street Team Valentines Weekend Pop-up Show!

Join us for the 1st Toronto Etsy Street Team
pop-up show!!

Just in time for Valentines Day!
Saturday February 11th & Sunday the 12th
 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

In our amazing gallery at 906 Queen Street West

Treats will be available and amazing presents for your loved ones (or for yourself, we won't judge!)

Featuring the amazing wares of :

Terra Soap Co - Natural handcrafted Vegan Soaps & Skincare Products.

FoldIT Creations - Original Handmade Origami Jewelry

Clayshapes Pottery - Handmade pottery always makes food taste better...

Purple Lilia Amigurumi - Amigurumi Crocheted Toys and Plush

PaperTurns - Handmade greeting cards for all occasions



Come out and see us!
You won't be disappointed!

And if you're interested in a being a vendor for future pop ups, or running a workshops or looking for an event space, check us out! Links in our blog:

Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

We had a great time showing off the space to our members, friends, family and the public this Saturday! Thank you to everyone who came out.

Missed your chance to see the space and learn more about opportunities for members to participate in art shows, pop up markets, lead or take workshop classes? Want to see the space and talk with TEST leaders about what you can do or pitch ideas? Stop by 906 Queen St W this Saturday, February 4 from 12-6!
A photo posted by Emma Smith (@landfilldesigns) on

Etsy Resolution! Let 2017 be the year you launch your online business

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

We here at the Toronto Etsy Street Team ❤ Newbies, so we're happy to point out that Etsy will be hosting Etsy Resolution to get you started on that new Etsy shop you've been planning. Learn more and sign up for four emails complete with expert advice and feedback before January 27!

We've been building an online library of TEST Etsy Newbie Bootcamp classes over the last few years, which you can work through at your own pace.
  Read our TEST Etsy Newbie Bootcamp Series

and subscribe to this blog... where we will be announcing real-life, in person TEST Etsy Newbie Bootcamp classes throughout 2017!
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