I have a confession to make – up until last weekend, I’ve never been to the One of a Kind Show. Ever. If like me, you have yet to visit the lovely local artisan booths, don’t walk…run to their Christmas show and sale at the Direct Energy Centre this week. There’s definitely something for everyone: Christmas gifts, handmade postcards, unique jewelry, clothes, and accessories, home decor items, and so much more!
I was really impressed by it all! And since a picture is worth a thousand words – here are a few of the artisans that really stood out. Make sure to stop by their booths and say hi (and perhaps buy something one of a kind).
Toodlebunny by Trudy Wynans (Booth S-48)
Lovely earrings, gorgeous handmade necklaces – different and original. Loved it all.
Marmalade by Kate Singer (Booth R-52)
Russian dolls, flowers, and anchors…oh my! Kate Singer is a woman after my own heart with her adorably whimsical Toronto-made/handmade jewelry! I got the Matryoshka pendant, and am still lusting after the anchor/heart bracelet.
Avril Loretti (Booth L-21)
Hockey-printed totes, mustache-printed hankies, and lovely tea towels all would make perfect stocking stuffers this Christmas. And the fact that they are Toronto-made? Even better.
Mally Designs (Booth B-32)
For the little ones on your shopping list, these reversible leather bibs with magnetic clasp are guaranteed not to stain, and come in a variety of super cute designs. You can also ask for a customized version, selecting your own color, print, and adding a child’s name to the bib pocket.
Laura Kapp (Booth T-10)
Fab Siwash sweaters for the coldest of winters.
Hoi Bo (Booth S-19)
As soon as I caught a glimpse of a beautiful leather jacket, I knew that the Hoi Bo booth would be something special. And it really was. Shapes, textures, and structural detailing are all very intriguing in most Hoi Boi garments – bags, dresses, accessories. There were so many things I liked in that booth, I could’ve spent days oggling them. Perhaps a trip to their Distillery District store is in my near future.
SK Art (Booth N-34)
SK Art is another booth worth visiting, if you have a little one to shop for. Absolutely loved their original Robot artwork. Got the blue one to frame and give to my cousin, so that my nephew can have something lovely (and unique) hanging in his bedroom. Oh, and they also make beautiful postcards too!
These sock-toques seem to be pretty popular. And though I wouldn’t want one in my stocking, I do think these Pook hats (judging by le boyfriend’s ecstatic reaction) would make a good gift for the little ones…or a hockey fan in your life, as the toques also come in your team’s signature colors. Oh, and they are also reversible.
As for the last two photos…Unfortunately, I have lost their business cards…boohoo! But if you check out this year’s One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale, I am certain you’ll be able to find something to tickle your fancy…and make this year’s Christmas shopping a lot more fun! Let me know if you end up buying anything. Would love to hear about your OOKS experiences!
One of a Kind Show runs from November 25th – December 5th at the Direct Energy Centre.