Crafty Things to Do This Weekend – August 23rd – 24th

event headerLots of stuff to check out this weekend, with markets, fleas are more!

The Weekend Vendor’s Market
Saturdays & Sundays, until the end of October (10am – 5pm)
1630 Dundas Street West

Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Pavilion at the CNE
daily until Monday, September 1st (10am – 10pm)
Queen Elizabeth Building, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds
admission: free with paid CNE admission

Barns Art Market
Saturday, August 23rd (9am – 2pm)
Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street
admission: free

Roncesvalles Flea
Saturday, August 23rd (10am – 6pm)
Emmanuel Howard Park Church
214 Wright Avenue

MRKT Square
Saturday, August 23rd – Sunday, August 24th (11am – 8pm)
St. Patrick’s Market
14 St. Patrick’s Square (Queen St. West at John)
admission: free

Annex Flea
Sunday, August 24th (11am – 6pm)
Honest Ed’s parking lot
581 Bloor Street West
admission: pwyc


Featured Vendor – August 21st Sunset Market – Sister Valentine


Sister Valentine

Artisan: Francie V.

Main products: Small batch production ccessories and toys; pillow monster friends, baby and toddler safe wolf pup stuffies, patchwork zipper pouches, sewn bracelets, snap wallets, knit hats, sewn scarves, ready to hang wolf portraits.

Price Range: $5 – $100

valentine3About: Everything about creating and crafting makes my heart race a little faster. No, but I mean everything; taking an idea from my brain to a making it a real, tangible thing in my hands – and each step getting there makes my heart go kaboom.

I’ve been making since my childhood, experimenting and playing around in nearly every medium from mixed media collage and photography, to crochet, knit and sewing, but my craft heart really took off to the moon and back while majoring in Textiles.

I try to use vintage, reclaimed or recycled materials as much as I can to extend them into a new life, as well as using naturally based materials or dyes to keep things as eco-friendly I can.

I’m heavily influenced by my daydreamed universe, the moon and the human heart. If it can put a smile on someone’s face or tickle their heart some, then I consider it a successful finished product.


Featured Vendor – August 21st Sunset Market – Arlumizú Designs


Arlumizú Designs

Artisan: Arlette M. Garcia

Main products: Handbags, clutches and belts

Price Range: $20 – $200

arlumizu3About: My interest in fashion began at an early age. I took my first course in sewing in high school, and became fascinated with beautiful and rich textiles. I then enrolled in Fashion and Interior Decorating studies at George Brown College and the International Academy of Merchandising and Design in Toronto.

As the owner, designer and maker at Arlumizú Designs I design and handcraft one-of-a-kind fashion accessories such as handbags, clutches and belts. I use leathers and high-end luxurious European designer fabrics, and by saving the fabric scraps from ending up in a landfill site, my creations are environmentally conscious. I am proud to offer my clients top craftsmanship, charm, elegance, functionality and durability in each of my products.  I hope that they will be delighted to wear and love my creations through the years.


Featured Performer – August 21st Sunset Market – Isaac Eng

eng1We’re excited to be trying something a little different for this market – throughout the evening, violinist Isaac Daniel Eng will entertain us with his live-looped orchestral pop covers as a one man string band!

Isaac hails from Mississauga and studied music at Western University. He is an active performer in Toronto, London and throughout the GTA at all types of events and venues. He is available for wedding, parties and corporate functions.

To learn more about Isaac, check out his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.

Featured Vendor – August 21st Sunset Market – Veelightful



Artisan: Vanessa Smith

Main products: Bath bombs, cuticle balms, and lip balms

Price Range: $1 – 6

veelightful2About: I grew up in a very crafty and creative household, and always enjoyed creative and DIY projects. I’ve dabbled in many different types of art and crafts, but had never quite found my niche – until I started making my own bath & body products. My family frequently gives handmade items as gifts, and I received rave reviews when I started giving family members baskets of my new handmade goods. With such positive feedback, Veelightful soon spiralled into existence! I love knowing what all of the ingredients in bath products are and where they come from. I feel very strongly about keeping my products free of any unnatural fragrances and colours.

I also feel very strongly about keeping my products FUN! It’s been so nice to combine my creative side with my geeky side as I work to create different scents and shapes, not to mention punny copy. I’m always on the lookout for new molds and new ideas. I think I might have even more fun than the customers… almost every Death Star is “flight-tested” around my apartment before being packaged up! I like to think that people will stage mock-inter-fandom battles after purchasing different things. I can’t be the only one who wants to know what would happen if the Death Star ran into some Daleks!


Crafty Things to Do This Weekend – August 16th -17th

event headerThe Grand Old Lady by the Lake is back with us for the next few weeks and while there’s lots of junk and fried crap at the CNE, there’s also a great selection of artisans in the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion. Yes, some manufactured stuff, but also some great local artisans selling their wares.

Fleas abound as well, and for fine art, head north to Mel Lastman Square where Artwalk North sets up shop for two days.

The Weekend Vendor’s Market
Saturdays & Sundays, until the end of October (10am – 5pm)
1630 Dundas Street West

Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Pavilion at the CNE
Friday, August 15th – Monday, September 1st (10am – 10pm)
Queen Elizabeth Building, Canadian National Exhibition Grounds
admission: free with paid CNE admission

Art Walk North
Saturday, August 16th – Sunday, August 17th
Mel Lastman Square, North York
admission: free

Junction Flea – Brickworks
Sunday, August 17th (10am – 4pm)
Evergreen Brickworks
550 Bayview Avenue
admission: $2

Leslieville Flea – Ashbridge Edition
Sunday, August 17th (10am – 5pm)
Ashbridge Estate
1444 Queen Street East, across from the streetcar yards

Vendor Call – October 18th Fall Fashion Festival

October_vendor_callCalling all fashion artisans – Toronto Indie Arts Market is now accepting applications to take part in our October 18th Fall Fashion Festival at the Gladstone Hotel.

We have approximately 50 spots for local, independent artisans of clothing, jewellery, accessories and cosmetics/bodycare products. We are looking for cool and unique wares for men, women and children. For clothing vendors, preference will be given to designers who are able to bring the widest range of sizes (petites to plus sizes) to sell off the rack (not custom ordered).

Sorry – no vintage (except for upcycled items), no resellers, no importers and no mass-manufactured goods. All items sold must be created locally and be handmade by the person running the table.

Table prices range from $20 (2ft table) – $60 (6ft table). Garment vendor spots that will accommodate racks are $60. Payment is via PayPal only.

This event will have a $5 admission at the door with 40% of proceeds going to Windfall Basics, an organization that supplies basic clothing necessities to those in need.

To submit an application, please visit – full FAQ and schedule are posted under the Info For Vendors section.

Featured Vendor – August 21st Sunset Market – The Otter Potter

otter1The Otter Potter

Artisan: Leora Israel

Main products: Jewellery and ceramics

Price Range: $10 – $100

otter2About: Though my professional background is in marketing and PR, I found myself accidentally falling in love with ceramics and jewellery-making. It has become the passion that drives my artistic sensibilities. As my family is spread out all over the world, I have been able to draw inspiration from all reaches of the globe, as well as those closest to home. My jewellery is a mix of classic, Victorian aesthetics with recycled, modern materials we see and use in our every-day lives.

When I’m not making ceramics and jewellery, I am usually playing or writing songs, painting, or baking pies. I love to build things and to create and I am thrilled to have found a passion that allows me to do both.


Crafty Things to Do This Weekend – August 8th – 10th

event headerA bit of a quiet weekend coming up, but there are still a few things worth checking out. Small press folks, don’t miss Zine Dream on Sunday where you’re sure to find some great reads.

The Weekend Vendor’s Market
Saturdays & Sundays, beginning of August until the end of October (10am – 5pm)1630 Dundas Street West

Toronto Entertainment District Art Crawl
Friday, August 8th
David Pecault Square
215 King Street West
admission: free

Junction Flea – Sterling Road
Sunday, August 10th (10am – 5pm)
Sterling Road
admission: $2

Parkdale Flea
Sunday, August 10th (10am – 5pm)
1266 Queen Street West
admission: free

Zine Dream
Sunday, August 10th (12pm – 5pm)
Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Street
admission: pwyc

Marketing for Artisans – Resources

Welcome! This is part 5 of our Marketing Tips and Advice Series for art/craft fair vendors. To read previous posts, please visit:
Part 1 – Marketing Advice For Makers
Part 2 – Using Your Mad Skills to Apply For Markets – and Get Accepted
Part 3 – Being the Best Vendor You Can Be
Part 4 – Maximizing the Visual
Part 5- Knowing Your Place – Selling Niche Items
Part 6 – Pricing & Follow Up

For our final instalment – some suggestions and links to help you get started, run your business more efficiently and sell more stuff.

Setting Up Your Business
Even if you don’t expect to make much money, even if your business starts off as a hobby, it is vitally important that you register your business with the government of Ontario. Yes, this means doing paperwork, but it also means being able to write off business expenses, avoid paying sales tax on materials for goods that you make, not to mention that whole legally claiming income at tax time thing. Fortunately, the Ontario government has a (mostly) easy to navigate website.

Most craft businesses don’t need a municipal license (other than food vendors), but if you expect to make more than $30,000 per year at your business, you also are required to register with Revenue Canada for GST/HST. Again, even if you don’t make that much, there are benefits to this if you buy a lot of materials for your business, as you are likely to get a refund on the tax you paid.

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