The One of a Kind Craft Show is one of my favourite shopping events in Toronto. It has unique gifts and crafts from jewellery, art and hats to clothing, food and pottery. It happens twice a year at Christmas and in the Spring, and is the best place to look for gifts or if you’re like myself, lots of gifts for me!
My sister has what she claims is a tried and true system to get through the One of a Kind. Start at the Food aisles and eat your way down sampling anything and everything from shortbread cookies, chocolate covered blueberries, lemonade and tea to fudge, pies and crab dip. It becomes a feeding frenzy once the show gets going, so I think I might agree with her strategy.
Many of the vendors are local but there are quite a few from across Canada. One of my favourites is Shi Studio from Victoria who make accessories with Chinese silks displayed under glass. My sister bought my first piece a necklace, at the One of a Kind and since then, I now own a cuff and 2 belt buckles. www.shistudio.com
The big thing this year seemed to be recycling and environmentally friendly products. I found Precocious Boutiques that likes to categorize themselves as Environmental Couture. They revamp vintage findings into one of a kind fashion. For me, I fell in love with their repurposed vintage cashmere cardigans so much, I had to buy one. They sell in shops around Toronto and at craft shows but you can also check out their website at www.precociousboutique.com
Another cool thing at the show was from This Little Pig. If you ever wondered what to do with your old propane gas tanks…would you have ever thought of making them into piggy banks or coolers or my favourite, mailboxes?
Or if you have a good little doggy that will actually put up with you dressing him up, why not get him a pea coat for those long lazy days walking by the lake. The expression on his face says it all. www.theroverboutique.com