Craft Show Survival Tips

On the heels of my trip to the One of a Kind Spring show, I decided to jot down a few tips for anyone who isn’t familiar with the craft show experience. It can be overwhelming and I encourage any newbies to keep the following tips in mind.

  1. Go early! Especially at smaller shows, the good stuff can disappear pretty quickly. Bonus: most shows offer a gift at the door to the first batch of shoppers.
  2. If there is a show guide or program, make sure to grab a copy. This will list all of the vendors and will save you so much time later if you want to remember a specific booth or business name.
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One of a Kind Spring Show

A few days ago I enjoyed an evening at the One of a Kind Spring show with some lovely friends. I haven’t been to the show in years, opting to hit up the local, indie craft shows instead. And although this show did feel more corporate than the smaller ones I’m used to, it was a fantastic experience with lots of familiar makers and I will definitely be returning for the next one.

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Chatting with Women Entrepreneurs

Some of my favourite makers are women and many of them are rockstar business owners as well. Creative businesses all across Canada like Paintlounge (featured on the blog HERE) are owned by women and these business create jobs, build our communities and support the Canadian economy.

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Visiting Paintlounge

This past week, I finally had a chance to try the social painting trend everyone seems to be into. With much anticipation, my mom and I headed to Paintlounge on College St. to take a Lawren Harris inspired workshop. For those unfamiliar with Canadian art history, Lawren Harris was a member of the Group of Seven, a famed group of Canadian landscape painters. Beyond his art, Harris was a rather interesting figure. An heir to the Massey fortune, his life straddled Toronto high society and the backwoods of Canada. This Toronto Life piece paints an interesting picture of Harris (Yup! That’s a pun. You’re welcome) and is certainly worth a read. And if you are unfamiliar with the Group of Seven, I urge you, no, beg you to spend some time at the Art Gallery of Ontario enjoying their Canadian collection.

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