It’s back! The One of a Kind Show is where Canadian designers and local makers gather to showcase and sell their artisanal goods. Whether you’re looking for jewelry, food, apparel, or home goods, you’ll find it all under one roof at the spring edition of the semi-annual show.
Back for its 44th year, the spring edition runs from March 27-31 at Enercare Centre in Toronto.
I was super excited to get a sneak preview at what’s in store. And with countless vendors to shop, it can be hard to decide where to start, but I’ve narrowed down a few of my favourites to help you pinpoint where to begin!
Creations Ropes and Wood
I’ve been following Ropes and Wood for a while and have become really obsessed with her paddle designs. Based out of Quebec, Annie makes every paddle by hand using complementary colours that can suit any space and feel. She’s been featured in a number of magazines like Oprah’s O Magazine and her work is frequently used in interior design editorials. Check her out in in Booth E07.
Abeego is an eco-friendly product because it replaces the need for wax paper or plastic wrap. Abeego is made of beeswax and helps keep food fresher for longer by acting as a peel that helps food breathe while protecting it from air and moisture… Plus it smells awesome! You can check it out in Booth M13.
There’s no shortage of really great jewelry at this year’s show. If you’re into more eccentric, elaborate, and original jewelry, you can definitely find them all there. I’m personally into minimalist jewelry and Laughing Sparrow not only stood out on having really easy to wear pieces, but also tasteful and timeless ones. Rachel Hatala, the owner of Laughing Sparrow, has been making her jewelry since she was a child and sold her first piece at the age of 12. Check her out in the Marketplace along row Q50.
Artifact Skin Co.
At Booth F19, you can find Artifact Skin Co. with their array of masks and other natural products. Each product is inspired by the memories, aromas, and beauty traditions from various places around the world. You’ll find these “artifacts” captured in every mask. The basis of the brand are masks, but everything they make is always around 99.5-100% natural.
Amalusta & The Marketplace
Be sure you stop by the Marketplace to support emerging makers who have never been at the show before! You can find anything from hand pressed stationery, beauty products, and jewelry!
Be sure to check out Amalusta, a Toronto-based beauty brand that was founded by Joana Coman who worked in the industry researching and working with ingredients before setting out to start her own brand. She named it Amalusta, meaning chamomile, known for its calming effects, which can be found in every product in the line. Having the scientific approach to beauty, she knew what she wanted and didn’t want in her products. Everything is free of parabens, phthalates, drying alcohols, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, and artificial colorants.
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