Let’s Shop: 5 Sales That Let You Shop Local This Holiday Season

The Healing Muse will be at the Etsy Christmas Marketplace
The Healing Muse will be at the Etsy Christmas Marketplace

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Holiday shopping time! And well sure, I do buy some items at the mall and from Amazon (it’s useful for shipping gifts), I try to shopping locally as much as possible. And you know what, so should you. Besides supporting your community, shopping locally can result in some amazing gifts that you just can’t find at the Eaton Centre. Here’s a look at five places where you can find that someone special that perfect something special.

Vendors Queen
This very thorough BlogTO article gives the lowdown on this pop-up shop that’s set up at Queen and Dovercourt. While it’s only open on weekends, it is open from now until the end of the year, offering plenty of shopping opportunities. There will also be three Thursday night sales, which you can read about here. I plan on checking this new addition to the Toronto craft market scene this weekend.

Bit Bazaar
This city offers dozens of different craft sales but I think this is the only one that describes itself as a “video-game-and-comics themed holiday marketplace.” Held at the Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace, at 862 Richmond Street West, this event features an opening party on Friday, December 7 and then a full day of shopping on the following Saturday. There’s no cost to get in and food will be available in addition to vendors who you won’t find anywhere else.

Toronto Etsy Street Team Christmas Marketplace
What’s better than Etsy? An Etsy marketplace where you can see all of those pretty and clever products in person. This event is scheduled for Saturday, December 14 at Church of Saint Stephen-In-The-Field (Bellevue and College) and I have no doubt that it’s going to be popular. While I had planned on going, I’m now learning WordPress on that date so no shopping for me.

So cute!
So cute!

City Of Craft
This weekend-long sale runs over December 14 and 15 and calls Queen St. W’s Theater Centre home. I will definitely be checking this event out on the Sunday in part because I really hope that something is being sold that features the adorable fox that makes up this year’s logo. It looks just like my dog! Admission is $2 but for that fee, you’ll get access to over 50 local vendors and maybe even some workshops.

The One Of A Kind Show
And finally, how could I write about shopping local without mentioning the mother of all craft shows: The One Of A Kind Show. Okay, yes, this event doesn’t just feature local designers but whatever, its vendors are all independent, all talented and with over 800 choices, offer all kinds of variety. This year’s edition runs from November 28 until December 8 at the Direct Energy Centre. Be sure to buy your tickets online and save $2.

Want more craft/design/local sales? Then keep an eye on this page.

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