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It’s rare when the One of a Kind Show falls on a long weekend, so there’s no better excuse for you to get up and go support some local Canadian businesses! I hit up the show yesterday, and despite me feeling like total garbage, I managed to snap some pics of some new vendors, new products and pretty things.
My plan of attack is always to start at the end of the alphabet (East wall) and move towards the beginning. The food vendors are usually Aisle B & C, so I’d rather end my trip with food (and so I don’t have to carry around a bag full of cookiesfor the whole time … I mean… if I had to buy cookies for review purposes?). To help you navigate, I’ve gone alphabetically though.
I featured this brand on the blog during the Spring 2014 OOAK show, and again at the holiday show that year and at last year’s Spring show. And there’s a reason I keep going back, their products are just that good! What’s new at Lovefresh? Their natural deodorant now comes in twist-up stick format instead of a pot!
MONSILLAGE PERFUMES (G51)
I’ve never seen a fragrance vendor at OOAK before, so I spent a good amount of time at Monsillage. My favourite was called Aviation Club, a blend of wood, amber, leather, tobacco and coffee notes.
FROM THE BLUE HOUSE WITH LOVE (G11)
Another regular stop on my OOAK tour, I love their shea butters and grabbed Lavender Vanilla this year.
LIV SIMPLE FARMS (J49)
I’m happy to see Liv Simple Farms has returned again. These goat’s milk products are so good for your skin and this year, they’ve released some amazing scented natural deodorants. They sold about four of them as I was standing there!
CARBERRY SOAP CO. (K49)
And the award for cutest products goes to…
There is always such a buzz around this booth because the products look good enough to eat (and truth be told, they are made with natural ingredients so you probably could eat them).
SKINLICIOUS SOAPS (M52)
Another long-time show favourite! I spent a good amount of time sniffing their “designer inspired” soaps and kind of fell in love with Love Spell (their take on the famous Victoria’s Secret perfume). And did you notice on the left… Chanel No. 5!
Wait… do you see what I see? CAT PRINT!
You’ll be happy to know the black kimono/shawl with the cat prints came home with me.
DALISH COSMETICS (O07)
I pick something up from Dalish at every show, and this time was no different. They’ve recently moved their Lip and Cheek balm to tiny jars instead of roll-up sticks so the original packaging was on sale for like $6! I bought… a lot.
GUILD EYEWEAR (P29)
I am digging those circular lens shades, very Iris Apfel.
Now I could not NOT stop at this booth. These little clay creatures are adorable, and the artist running this booth was so full of energy! My fave was the green moustache man and an overfilled “burping” burrito.
If my memory serves, this vendor always has the very first booth on the East Wall. It’s always the first one I visit, and I grab something almost every year. They specialize in jewelery made from vintage pieces, such as hair clips made with antique buttons or necklaces made from repurposed chains and finishings.
WATERSHED NATURALS (Q09)
I tried out their herbal facial peel (a liquid gommage) on one hand and I am pretty sure that one hand still looks and feels better than the other. They have a Show Special where you can get the peel and facial oil for a good price. But I fell for this goopy gel masque that smelled divine.
The Etsy neighbourhood was back again. This is great because there are so many wonderful businesses just starting up for you to discover!
At first I was like “awww sloth” and then I was like “yes, swears!” I also love that Oh Shit monkey.
HOW CUTE ARE THESE? My one regret of the show is not picking up a few little trinkle plates. Good for storing jewelery and great for photo layouts!
I don’t know what it is about this necklace, but I am almost positive it is made of magic.
MALEE BY NATURE
I am pretty sure her company name was inspired by Naughty by Nature, right? Either way, soy wax candles that look like macarons!
Other notable vendors:
Monkey Butter (B33) – white chocolate pretzel peanut butter, you’re welcome
Shut Your Pie Hole (B50) – pies in a tiny mason jar, I bought two
The Fishery (C52) – I spent an obscene amount of money on smoked salmons in a can
Moss Creek Wool Works (E19) – use wool balls in the dryer instead of sheets!
Matter Company (F14) – the best natural sunscreen I have ever used
Noujica (G19) – beautiful silkscreened clothes and handbags (I own one of her backpacks)
Crywolf Clothing (L32) – super cute silkscreened clothes (I own several pieces of theirs)
Poetic Blend (027) – delicious oils for body and face
Almost all vendors take Visa, MC and AMEX using Square. There’s a small food court in the back for some (mostly greasy) grub and a small “restaurant” that serves wine in the centre aisle. Bring a water bottle because there’s an H2O fill station against the back wall, and if you’re thirsty hit up the SodaStream Hydration station! (Full disclosure: they’re a client of mine).
The One of a Kind Show & Sale is on until this Sunday at Exhibition Place in Toronto.