The One of a Kind Show & Sale is in full swing at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Until Sunday December 7th, you can browse, sample, and shop locally handcrafted goods. We all have that one friend or family member who is impossible to buy for, and the One of a Kind Show is the best place to find a unique and sentimental gift that they will love. Not only will you feel good once you’ve found something perfect, but supporting makers, artisans and designers from across Canada is pretty awesome, too. Tis the season of giving and supporting Canadian merchants brings that good feeling full circle. When you #shoplocal, your money stays local and helps build up your own community. Read on to find out why you should attend the show this year and share some good spirit.
Tons of selection
Variety is at your fingertips with over 800 artisans to choose from. At the One of a Kind Show, there are goods from almost every category you can imagine including body care, fashion, jewelry, Christmas decor, and fine art, just to name a few. Every vendor offers something unique. It was difficult to choose, but some that really stood out for their creativity were Krazy Kitty (catnip filled accessories guaranteed to make your furry friend go crazy), Pietersma Tinworks (decorative punched tealight shades), Artech Glassblowing Studios (upcycled beer bottles transformed into glasses, coasters and decanters) and Candiware (handmade miniature scented food jewelry).
There is an entire section (about three rows) of the One of Kind Show that are dedicated to “flavour” exhibitors. These vendors showcase everything from baked confections, toffee and chocolate, jellies and dips to fresh Ontario meat and poultry. It is understood that walking around a trade show works up an appetite and these exhibitors are armed and ready with tons of free samples. A few cycles around the flavour block and you’ll be full until dinner. Many of the flavour vendors we spoke with are veterans of the One of a Kind Show. Milesan Shoppe (famous for their butter crunch) and Bruce County Fudge (specializing in handmade candy apples) have attended for over 10 years!
One of a Kind Show Limited Edition
These handcrafted goods really live up to their name – all are truly one of a kind. For some vendors, the show is their opportunity to get out of their studio and display their work to the public, and because of this many offer discounts. We also learned that some items are exclusive to the show. Denial, a spray paint art collective from Windsor, informed us that they use their stencils only 10 times. They also only sell their larger paintings online, so the One of a Kind Show is your best bet on picking up some of their smaller pieces and prints. Also, buying in person saves you shipping costs.
Meeting the artists
When you admire a work of art, it’s nice to get to know the artist behind the work. At the One of Kind Show you can ask them questions and find out what inspires them, what makes them tick. If you are really crazy about their work, find out if they’re participating in any future events.
Get on board and #shoplocal
If you aren’t able to make it out to the One of a Kind Show before Sunday, don’t worry, it’s a biannual event with the next show in Spring 2015. You can also browse the artisans who are at this year’s Christmas show now. Many do have an online store, but if they don’t and you love their work, we recommend reaching out to them by email and inquiring about custom orders. The #shoplocal movement helps your own community flourish. Keep the spirit of giving alive and continue this cycle by buying handmade and unique gifts from the artisans at the One of a Kind Show. There are many ways to spread good cheer.
What do you do to get into the giving spirit?
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