Anyone who knows me knows I’m a fan of supporting small businesses whenever possible. Sure, I have my favourite local shops in various cities, and know where to find stuff online, but if you’re not as in tune with finding local goodies Etsy makes it super easy once a year. Meet: Made in Canada, a national grassroots initiative to support the artisans and makers in 36 cities across Canada. This year it’s happening nationwide on Saturday September 24th and last week I was able to catch a sneak peak of some of the Toronto goods.
(Full disclosure here. I wanted to be in the present moment so I didn’t bring my camera. Excuse these iPhone pictures. Totally wishing I brought my camera now….)
The event took place at The Great Hall on Queen West. Guests sipped wine and munched away on appetizers while the setting sun cast a beautiful light through the windows. I had the chance to chat with almost all the vendors from crochet jewellers, to hand letterers, designers, bakers and more. Obviously this was only a tease as there will be 130+ Toronto artisans and makers at real thang on Saturday!
I absolutely loved Shop Bread & Circus (my friend Marlissa is wearing her rings above). Elisabetta’s jewelry is made with the badassery of being a metalsmith with the grace of creating delicate feminine pieces. And she absolutely nailed it with her brand, which of course made me happy! Even her table set up and outfit were sexy and feminine just like her pieces! I can’t wait to check out more of her stuff on Saturday.
While I may not have a baby myself it seems as though the air is fertile (and I’m not getting any younger) and I’ve got lots of friends popping out tiny humans. This means I get to buy lots of cute gifts without the responsibility of taking care of said tiny human! I love these lasercut nursery mobiles, wall decor, and ornaments from Miloshka. I mean seriously, how minimalist but adorable are these?
So I totally loved the handmade lettering pieces and props by Love Lettering. Doris does hand lettering for weddings and events as well as making these totally adorable Photo Booth props she calls PoseCards. Her booth was set up right by the window and I just had to grab the streetcar PoseCard to snap a picture as the real streetcar came by! Clearly no fun to be at this event… 😉
I had such a great time and wouldn’t want to be at an event like that with anyone more than Marlissa of Mai Lin Jewelry (and one of my besties). We both have such an appreciation and love for passion makers and artisans. A huge shoutout to the 416 Hustler and Toronto Etsy Street Teams for putting together such an amazing event.
Don’t forget this Saturday:
MaRS Discovery Building
101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7
Saturday September 24th, 2016
10:00am to 6:00pm
And if you’re somewhere else in Canada, the event is happening in 36 cities. Learn more here. And don’t forget to support your local Etsy makers, especially with the holidays approaching!