I shop locally whenever I can. Being a blogger and in the know helps to keep tabs on my community and take note of enterprises built with love and dedication. There is something about businesses that are born local. I think it maintains the color and diversity of the streets and preserves our ‘corner stores’ for generations to come. Whenever I get a chance to support local business, I grab the opportunity. So when Craftadian approached me to showcase their Spring Market powered by local artisans and designers, I was thrilled!
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Reasons to Shop Local Powered by Craftadian Spring Market
Since 2011, Craftadian (formerly Made by Hand Show) has been a destination to shop for locally handmade products made and designed by Canadian artists, artisans and designers. The show features quality handmade exhibitors carefully selected by a jury. From original artwork, body products, candles, clothing, ceramics, fashion accessories, jewellery, photography, pottery, paper goods, toys, wood and a range of gourmet goodies, there is something for everyone. Craftadian produces unique events across Ontario.
This year, Craftadian is presenting 40 jury-selected local makers for the Spring Market at the First United Church on April 28th.
Craftadian Spring Market
What can you expect at the show?
Participate and shop locally made goods, learn new skills and go home with something handmade.
Earlier this year, 40 out of 200 applicants were accepted into Craftadian, focusing on local area makers that represent modern design across diverse mediums including art, ceramics, textiles, clothing, stationery, skincare, food and jewellery. The jury consists of, designers and crafters, of varying experience in order to stay current with trends in the art and craft event space. Each market is produced with an emphasis on keeping the environment fresh, connecting buyers with makers while elevating the shopping ‘small’ experience.
For many of these artisans and small business owners, it’s the only time they are able to interact with customers face to face. It’s a great opportunity to shop small and support the local community instead of shopping big box retailers or online. Everything from clothing, handbags, to home décor, will be on offer, as well as:
- Indoor food purveyors including Andrzejewski Perogies, Soup Girl, The Chocolate Lab, Peter Piper’s Pastry Shop, and Fantasy Cookies
- Free swag bags filled with handmade goodies for the first 50 people in line at 10 a.m., plus gift giveaways at 2 p.m.
Craftadian DIY Workshop Schedule
- 10.30 p.m.: Hand-stamped Cuff Bracelet Workshop hosted by Dream Willow Studio, $19.99*
Learn how to custom stamp your own mantra cuff, and take home your own aluminum cuff. For all levels.
- 11.30 a.m.: Mala Bracelet Workshop hosted by Up Close & Personal, $19.99*
Join designer Kate in this workshop to learn how to create and take home a custom beaded mala bracelet. For all levels.
- 1 p.m.: Create Your Own Wooden Sign hosted by Dove + Arrow Boutique, $19.99*
Learn the importance of layout as you transfer and paint a custom design onto a wooden plank. For all levels.
A portion of the proceeds go towards Crafting for a Cure, a not-for-profit registered charity that looks for opportunities to ensure children are having a positive experience when a hospital visit is necessary.
What: Craftadian Spring Market (formerly Made by Hand Show)
Where: First United Church
When: Saturday, April 28
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Admission: $3 (Under 16 years of age free)
*Free Swag bags to the first 50 families in line at 10 a.m. and special giveaways at 2 p.m.
Your Reasons to Shop Local
As I was checking out some of the curated goods from the show, I realized these would just make awesome gifts for Moms! If you are still in search of unique Mothers day gift ideas, Craftadian Spring Show should be a must-visit. These locally made items will make quirky one-off gifts that are guaranteed not sold anywhere else! I especially loved the lovely wine glass from Curly Ambition Co and the cute handmade gift box from Waxing Floretic.
Hope now you have reasons to shop local?
Small businesses create their products with love. Locally made goods are unique, of high quality and will make thoughtful gifts for loved ones on any occasion. Visit the Spring Show on April 28th if you are in the area to support local businesses. Also, enjoy the creations of our local makers. Happy shopping!
***Disclosure: I have received free products to test the quality so can facilitate a review and share my true experiences. Opinions stated are honest based on the same. Also contain affiliate links****