Quirky Toronto

Toronto, possibly the greatest city on the planet, isn’t just known for happy hookers, timbits and crack-smoking mayors. Toronto is known for our creative merchants that do strange and wonderful things like plant seeds that grow shocking violet tentacles.  Every Torontonian is blessed with a delicious face and to further our vanity we proudly sport cantaloupe hats upon our pretty domes.  Toronto also has an insatiable love for cats – where even the fellas are self-proclaimed “crazy cat ladies“.QuirkyToronto

If you are shopping during the dog days of summer, show your fellow Big Smoke merchants some love by shopping local.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto. So grab yourself an Ice Capp and peruse through these charming creations from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.  To view a clickable version of this treasury, click here.

Local Mother’s Day

Show your Momma some love by shopping local this Mother’s Day.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  So take a short peruse through these charming Mother’s Day gifts from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.

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Cat’s Cradle Ceramic Dish – $45.00 CAD

Local Father-Daughter Team, Una and Aleks, from Whistle And Work created this amazing hand-painted, ceramic dish.  The illustration is an intricate game of Cat’s Cradle, which my Momma taught me how to play at a very young age.  We certainly did spend a lot of time futzing with the Cat’s Cradle string.  This ceramic dish is perfect for any nostalgic Mother-Daughter pair.  The dish is very versatile and can be used to store soaps, jewelry or candies.  I can picture my Mom eating a big piece of chocolate cake off it.  Whatever Mom will use it for, it will always remind her of her babies.

Leather Statement Necklace - $65.77 CAD

Leather Statement Necklace – $65.77 CAD

Kostimusha is such an amazing Etsy shop – it’s impossible to pick a favorite piece.  Kostimusha’s pieces are often asymmetrical, rough and purposely imperfect. They celebrate individuality, uniqueness and creative freedom. All items in the shop are handmade with an emotion and with great attention paid on detail.  I love the idea of a leather statement necklace as a gift for Mom as these types of necklaces are rare and instantly upgrade a look to edgy chic.  My Momma is a motorcycle biker and a school teacher.  This statement necklace is edgy, feminine and unique – just like Mom.  It would also compliment her everyday clothing like jeans, leather or even a little black dress.

Mother's Day Card - $7.88 CAD

Mother’s Day Card – $7.88 CAD

Mom makes life more beautiful.  Why not reciprocate her pretty ways and send her a little bouquet of beauty?  I’ll be sending Mom a card this Mother’s Day and I am especially loving this sweet and savvy greeting created by Rovena at Handmade By Rovena.  The handmade card features a gently raised bouquet of pink cherry blossoms and sweet white flowers. The bouquet is wrapped up with baker’s twine for a nice finishing touch – perfect for Mom.  Be sure to check out Handmade By Rovena for all of your stationary needs. Rovena has a heap of quirky cards that reflect her life as a mother, a scientist and a creative paper artist.

Setting Free the Bears - Silkscreened Cotton Tote Bag - $22.00 CAD

Silk-screened Cotton Tote Bag – $22.00 CAD

My Mom is a total sucker for tote bags.  She uses them to carry school work, as a plastic bag alternative and to haul around her usual stack of library books.  This grizzly bear tote bag is designed and screen printed by Heart’s Haven.  The tote is called “Setting Free the Bears!” which is named after the famous John Irving novel.  We know book-loving Momma would adore this tote.  And who in their right mind could resist the grizzly bear?!  This strong cotton tote bag is also perfect for Mom as it can probably carry 100 times more than she can carry.  Go check out Heart’s Haven shop you for more awesome handmade accessories.

Vegan Seaweed Salt Scrub - $11.88 CAD

Vegan Seaweed Salt Scrub – $11.88 CAD

Does your Momma love bubble baths and beauty products?  It’s certainly the case with my Mom and I.  As a fellow bath and beauty lover, I feel like I have the authority to tell you not to miss out on this local ‘n’ lovely organic beauty shop called The Basic Elements.  The best part about The Basic Elements is that their products are 100% safe for Moms skin!  Their products are free of chemicals, detergents, dyes, synthetics and preservatives.  This restorative seaweed scrub is perfect for pampering Momma.  The scrub will detoxify, polish and massage her skin.  But wait, there’s more!  The seaweed scrub contains nourishing grapeseed and essential oils that condition and soften the skin.  Check The Basic Elements Etsy Shop frequently as they are often rolling out new products every few weeks.

Vintage Potato Masher - $8.00 CAD

Potato Masher – $8.00 CAD

Because our Momma makes the best mashed potatoes!  I love, love, love the Coco And Bear Etsy Shop.  Coco And Bear is full of unique vintage finds for your home, office or business.  It’s really well merchandised and we love their style of photography.  This farmhouse style potato masher is simply amazing.  I remember a similar masher in my Mothers kitchen.  Just looking at this photograph, I can picture Mom rattling those pots and pans during a long holiday weekend.  Often she would pass the wirey potato masher to me over a pot of steaming potatoes and say, “Have at it!”  If your Mom loves that shabby chic style, this would be a great lil’ addition to her home.

So there you go Toronto.  Local homegrown goodness for the coolest lady in your life.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local Mother’ Day gifts.  Nothing could make your Momma more proud than buying products absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!

January Markets

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The Leslieville Flea
SUNDAY, JAN 19TH 2014
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
http://leslievilleflea.com/
At the Leslieville Flea you will be able to shop from over 50 vendors selling vintage, salvage, up-cycled, handcrafted designs and food vendors to keep you fueled.  The cost is free, which is always nice on our pockets.  The flea is held at the Distillery District’s historic Fermenting Cellar located at 28 Distillery Lane.

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Kensington Krawl
SATURDAY, JAN 25 2014
11:30 AM – 02:30 PM
www.savourtoronto.com
Cost: $50.00
Taste your way through Toronto’s most unique and eclectic neighbourhood on an afternoon winter excursion. As we stroll, you will learn about the history and heritage of the market, view interesting sights and landmarks, meet local shop owners, and indulge in variety of delicious and flavourful foods. Hot beverages included.  For way more information that you can ever want on this event, click here.

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JUNCTION FLEA!
Sunday JAN 12, 2014
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
http://junctionflea.com/
Cost: $2.00
Held on the second Sunday of every month, The Junction Flea features a mix of select independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft+design, food, vintage clothing, records and more. Check out their BLOG to keep up!