This Saturday I ventured into the city to attend a much anticipated Holiday Market hosted by a familiar vendor in the wedding industry, Crown Flora Studio. This two day event showcases some of Toronto’s local handmade makers that specialize in uniuqely crafting textiles, knits, jewelry and soaps (to name a few), as well as spread cheer for the holidays!
These markets are a great way to bring people together to celebrate not only the holidays but to also celebrate small businesses and shopping locally. My favourite vendor at this event was Korinne Vader who handcrafts goods that “reflect the beautiful imperfection of nature and humankind”. From hand sewn clothing to ceramic accessories (which I bought!) her goods are timeless pieces created from a love for the homemade. Her booth at the holiday market was a huge hit among shoppers and I’m so glad I was able to support her small business! Click on the link below to be directed to her site where you can shop all her handmade goods!
Shop Corinne Vader
Participating along with Korinne Vader were the following vendors:
// If you have a love for handcrafted goods and support small businesses please check them out, they are all incredible //
BAD SEED COMPANY
ELLINGWOOD SOAP CO
TOP DRAWER CANADA
Crown Flora Studio
Bad Seed Company
“Small Biz Sunday” will be a continued weekly posting simply dedicated to recognizing small businesses in Toronto and California. I’m not going to lie to you, I used to be one of those people that would ONLY shop at the big-chain retailers without giving local, unique businesses a chance.
All that has changed, and I’m so glad that it has. Over the past 8 months (thanks to my internship with Love by Lynzie) I have been introduced to a handful of local businesses and entrepreneurs whether it be working, sourcing or partnering that really opened my eyes to the benefits of small businesses.
Small businesses are a big deal and if you don’t support it yet you should definitely get on board. These businesses, whether it be your local coffee shop, craft store, Etsy artist or florist are fueled by passionate individuals that essentially serve as the “backbone” to your community. These businesses return more to your community by creating and providing more job opportunities than big chain retailers do, not to mention they thrive on building relationships with their customers with a personable and passionate approach.
Support the community you live in and celebrate small businesses. Shop locally and give back, it just makes sense!
The feature small business of this week is Marley & Alfie, a handcrafted style and accessories line based out of California by Cindy Tung. What started out as a strict jewelry line passion quickly catapulted into full-time career and business in May of 2014. Her line ranges anywhere from lush texturized “lucky” horseshoes to vibrant and bright pompom necklaces. I discovered her line while here in California and quickly fell in love. You can find her line in various local mercantile shops around California or her very popular Etsy page. Every piece is handcrafted with love, care and attention to detail with a very reasonable price tag. Access to her social media accounts are listed below as well as a direct link to her Etsy page.
Marley & Alfie: Marley & Alfie Website
Marlie & Alfie Etsy: Etsy Website
A few of my favourite pieces…