Vendor Call: The Last Minute Market

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Last Minute Market
Craft fair and one of a kind art show.

December 24th
2pm until Midnight!

Get all your last minute holiday shopping done in one location!

The Tranzac Club; 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto

Located between Bathurst and Spadina, off of Bloor.

Show time is 2:00pm until 12:00 am (Midnight)

Set up time is between 12:45 and 2pm

The fee for a table is 50$.

Application deadline is December 3rd

To Apply to be a vendor:

Please send an email to:

List the following details;





What do you make/ plan on selling?

Please attach photos if you can.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Emily & Mel!

Shop handmade this Holiday Season.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

This holiday season, I am trying to buy as many gifts as possible from local and independent handmade artists. So I was thinking, why would someone buy handmade?  Here are my Top five reasons why I will buy handmade this holiday season.

1. SUPPORT - Buying handmade shows your support for local handmade artists. Most of us (including artists) are struggling with the economy the way it is, and by purchasing handmade gifts you may help a struggling artists pay for life’s necessities. I would much rather buy a handmade gift from a local artists rather than a supporting the big-box stores.

2. UNIQUE - Handmade artists make one-of-a-kind gifts, something truly unique. Just the other day I was wearing a handmade necklace from a local artist.  I got so many compliments and people asking "Where did you find that?"

3. QUALITY - Handmade artists pride themselves in providing quality with every item that they sell. For example, if I make a card and it's not perfect, I often discard the piece and start again. Another example is a handmade knitted hat that I recently purchased, you can feel the quality. Many handmade artists will ensure that every stitch, clasp or whatever is perfect. When I buy handmade I know I am getting a quality piece of work.

4. CUSTOM - I have purchased so many customizes pieces over the years. How many time have you been shopping and seen the perfect item and though "if only it was in another colour". When you buy handmade it's as simple as 'can you make this in pink!".

5. ECONOMICAL - Buying handmade is affordable (which I know is surprising to many). I would much rather spend $20 on a piece of jewellery that will last many years, then $5 on a piece that will tarnish or break in months.

So before you buy something that is in mass production, stop and think. So with the holidays right around the corner, and all the rush and fuss, don't forget about the little "gal" or "guy", the shops that are owned by local small business owners. There are so many reasons to shop handmade, I hope I have opened your eyes to just a few.

So this holiday season, shop with our fellow T.E.S.T members or view the list of over 150 handmade artists on my website; Let's shop and support local handmade shops this holiday season.

~ Jacqueline

Vendor call: 27th annual OCADU Book Arts Fair

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

VENDOR CALL: The 27th annual OCADU Book Arts Fair (show: December 3, 2011; deadline: November 25)

The Printmakers of the Ontario College of Art & Design are looking for vendors to participate in this year’s show. Read on for more details, and please contact with any questions and to request an application form.

The 27th annual Book Arts Fair will be held in the GREAT HALL at 100 McCaul St., on Saturday, December 3rd. It will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with the doors open for exhibitors to set up at 8:45 a.m. There will be a $40.00 table fee payable to the college. This year they are offering a limited number of half tables available for only $25.00.

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Vender Call: 19th Annual Beach Studio Tour

19th Annual Beach Studio Tour

NEW DATE: May 4th, 5th & 6th 2012
Application Deadline Thursday December 8th before 2pm

The Beach Studio Tour (BST) seeks artists and artisans with work of professional calibre and who are committed to creative, original expression. We are looking for artists from the Greater Toronto Area and the Beach in particular. We are particularly encouraging applications from artisans and other craft people. The tour is a joint co-operative effort with all participants contributing equally in time and effort. Our aim is to promote arts in the Beach and to build the Beach as an arts destination.

Find the Application Form at this link

Giveaway for Tickets to CRAVE Chat!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Check out this great giveaway! Two tickets for the next CRAVE Toronto Chat on November 21st (a $50 value).

Great opportunity to network with other women entrepreneurs and take part in a business chat that will get new ideas rolling for your business!

For more details visit Handmakers Haven Blog here.

Art Show: Savage

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Check out the Macho Man Savage tribute 'Savage' at the White House Gallery, November 12- 15, 2011.

Event: Toronto Waldorf School's Arts and Crafts Fair

Monday, November 7, 2011

You may recall we had a vender call for this event in June. Comment below if you are a TEST member who will be there!

We are passing on an invitation to Torontonians:

Please join us for the Toronto Waldorf School’s fantastic Arts and Crafts Fair! Visit us on Saturday, November 19th from 9 am until 6 pm. Shop for unique handcrafted items from forty nine juried artisans. Enjoy the Village Market - an organic farmers market which runs from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Children's activities also at the Candlelight Fair from 11 am to 4 pm. This is an earth friendly event so please bring your reusable shopping bag and refillable water bottle.

Toronto Waldorf School Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturday, November 19 from 9 am to 6 pm
admission $3.00 children under 12 free
9100 Bathurst Street, Thornhill, ON L4J 8C7

website: (url is case sensitive)
contact details: Leslie Peel, 9058816137, ext 711 or email

Happy Yellows

Friday, November 4, 2011

I recently joined the T.E.S.T team and decided to browse the team members' shops. I found some amazingly creative and talented artists/artisans in the GTA. Here are some of my favorite finds:

Have a great weekend.


HACE Workshops - Brampton Arts Council

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nov. 10, 11, 12, & 13 – 12th HACE™ Business of the Arts Workshop Weekend. Brought to you by the Brampton Arts Council. FREE to Bramptonians.

Develop skills, hear experiences and network with other artists. Whethere a crafter or musician, there are workshops for all. Workshops this year include, "FACEBOOK FEARLESSNESS-Building your on-line presence". "Creating a Start-up Financial Plan", "Go Global: It’s Easy as Etsy" and more. BAC is honoured this year to have as one of our featured speakers musician Cindy Church, a creative force in a number of musical groups and Ted Outerbridge’s who talks about his role as a magician in “29 Years of Survival – Magically”. At the Brampton Golf Club (7700 Kennedy Rd. S., Brampton). For more details and/or to register call 905-874-2919, email or visit
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