DECA art fair vendor call

Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) is excited to announce that their annual art fair is returning this September!


Our outdoor arts and crafts fair is held in East Lynn Park, a beautiful and bustling community destination located on the Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine.  This year – after a 2 year hiatus – the event is scheduled for September 17-18, 2022.


We are currently accepting applications, and the $225 entry fee, until April 30, 2022.  Review of applications and acceptance will be communicated by May 15, 2022. Full refunds will be issued to those we are unable to accept.


For more information, please visit


Click here to apply. Please review our event policies prior to applying.


Are you a student? Apply as an Emerging Artist! Two Emerging Artists will be awarded a FREE booth to share. Click here to apply as an emerging artist

You belong here

Friday, March 26, 2021


To those who have been speaking publicly about their experiences within the Toronto craft show community: we are inspired by your bravery. You belong here.

To our vendors and supporters, in all your beautiful diversity and intersections of identities: we promise to keep our spaces safe for you, and free from discrimination. You belong here.

If we make mistakes and miss the mark, we will listen to you to you and make it right.

You belong here.

Etsy Design Awards - Congratulations to Nominated Toronto Sellers light + paper and Omi Woods!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Anatomical Lungs Laser-Cut Papercutting Artwork by light + paper

Today, Etsy revealed the 100 finalists of the second-annual Etsy Design Awards, the global award program that celebrates the highest-quality items on Etsy, while spotlighting diverse sellers from around the world at a time when they need it most.

Selected from thousands of entries around the world, the finalists are now officially in the running to win the $15,000 USD Grand Prize or one of ten $1,000 USD category prizes, to be chosen by judges Drew Barrymore and Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson.

For the first time this year, the public will be invited to vote for their favorite finalist in the People’s Choice Award.

The Cowrie Infinity Necklace by OmiWoods

Congratulations to Toronto sellers lightpaper and OmiWoods who are both nominated! Check out their items and don't forget to vote!

Congratulations to the other nominated Canada-based shops: Adrian Martinus (Calgary), Scandinazn (Vancouver), noemiah (Montreal), Leminiateliermtl (Montreal), Kylasomething (Lethbridge), Dodoleather (Moncton), LulaFlora (Montreal) and Charles Etienne B (Quebec)!

To vote, shoppers can simply add the item to their favorites on Etsy. Just click that heart in the corner and your vote will be registered! The seller behind the product with the most new favorites during the voting period (Sept 22 - Oct 7) will be awarded the $5,000 USD People’s Choice Award.

To decide the winners of the Etsies, judges will be looking at the quality, creativity, utility and “wow” factor of the finalist entries.

Winners will be announced in late October. Read more about this year’s Etsy Design Awards here and see the full list of finalists at:

Craftivism and the Coronavirus

Friday, April 3, 2020

Some of the masks made by Adrienne of refluff for donation. (See here)

How are you doing? We hope you are healthy, sheltering in place, and practising physical distancing if you have to go out. Many of you might have a lot on your plate right now with extra worries and perhaps extra childcare or new remote working or job loss to figure out. Doing your part to stay home to keep you and your families safe is enough. Some of you are able to keep handmaking during the lockdown and we're proud to see TEST folks putting their skills to work for the greater good.

Many of our community are sewists and who jumped at the chance to do something to help the community at large at this time of crisis. Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital) has put out a call for hand-sewn masks:

"Calling all sewists! Do you sew or know someone who does? To keep our community healthy and safe, Michael Garron Hospital is issuing a challenge to all east end sewists to collectively make 1,000 masks a week. We want to see all east enders wearing a fabric mask when they need to be within six feet of other people, especially vulnerable populations and the elderly. Find out how you can help:"
 If you're able to help you can download simple instructions here or here and you can find answers from MGH at this link.

Makers using their skills, precious time and fabric stashes to help out: we see you and thank you. A smattering of posts from our local handmakers:

I'll be forever grateful to the midwives that looked after my pregnancies and births of my children. They were one of the first to come to mind when thinking about who I can extend a call to during this time. The midwives are still on call 24/7 and though the appointments have been reduced to lessen the risk of exposure, some patients still have to have their in-person checkups. Again, the handmade masks are only in place as a last resort measure and won't fully stop any viruses from spreading without proper use but it does help save the mandated surgical masks for frontline healthcare workers. These will be donated to my local midwifery clinic for the admin and staff so that the valuable resources can be saved for the midwives when they need to have direct contact with their clients. . . . . . #handmade #handmademasks #masks #facemasks #covid19 #healthcareworkers #midwives #torontomidwives #stayhome #makermovement #makesomething
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And making masks is not the only thing makers are doing to help the larger community! Are you offering free tutorials for those suddenly trying to homeschool their kids or grown-ups for cabin fever? Sharing recipes for those who are stress baking? Sharing your art to help people decompress a bit? Let us know below and we would be happy to share!

Take care everyone!

Update on 2020 plans

Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear Toronto Etsy Team,

We hope you’re all doing well, and staying safe and healthy. We wanted to give you a little update on our 2020 plans. Our first concern this year was that our volunteer team was understaffed, but now the coronavirus pandemic is everyone's biggest concern. The current best advice to keep communities safe is to avoid large gatherings and the safety of our community is the most important thing. We have not yet made any announcements or vendor calls for 2020. We have decided that we will not host our annual Spring Marketplace this year

We have yet to make a decision about other yearly events. It may be that we will not be able to host other events either. We are going to put off that decision as long as we can. With time we will be able to make better informed decisions. We exist as a team to help members connect with each other and shoppers, and to help grow local handmade and vintage Etsy sellers’ businesses, so we want to be hosting our events! But, if we need to take a hiatus, we will.

We’re going to use this break to regroup. We’re going to post some job descriptions soon of volunteer posts we’re hoping to fill for the future. We hope you’ll have a look and consider taking part so we’re able to come back stronger with great events in the future!

We know that this is a challenging time for artists, makers and small business people, and that missing markets means a financial hit. Please feel welcome to join online conversations and connect with our team; we can commiserate, brainstorm or just be a community support line while you practise social distancing. The most active online team communications at this time are on our private FB group. 

With best wishes from the Toronto Etsy Street Team leaders! 
Take care!

TESTy Gifts for Your Valentine!

Friday, January 31, 2020

For all your Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day) needs, TEST has got you covered. Find expressions of love from the romantic, to naughty to friendship variety, from your favourite handmade and local sellers!

You're my everything from MadeinBV
You're my everything card - Made in BV
Pharell Valentine by kokocards

Funny valentines from Naughty Florals
For your co-parent from CarolynDraws

Human ribs Valentine from CreepyChristine
Spider card from rainbow of crazy

Frabric heart bin from luuee
Sweetheart cross stitch kit from Diana Watters Handmade

Origami Heart Earrings from FoldItCreations
Valentine's Day Lingerie from WithLoveLingerie

Best friend or more card from natalieveryb
Sweetheart bra from Jordan de Ruiter

Custom Stamp from OwlPaperGoods
Pink Kimono from HowFetch

JRT Love print from minouette

Vendor Call: Junction Triangle Craft Show

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Are you interested in taking part?

Junction Triangle Craft Show
Perth Avenue Public School, 14 Ruskin Avenue
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Please email for further details!

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