Similar to most brilliant ideas, the One of a Kind Show was born out of a simple desire for something more. Premiering at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Building in December 1975, the "craft show" was the brainchild of three like minded individuals -- a young entrepreneur, lawyer and artist. The three friends felt the city lacked a place where young artists and designers could sell their work during the Christmas season. Confronted with this, they decided to create their own holiday shopping venue. After a great deal of leg work and countless all-nighters, the trio launched the first One of a Kind Show, which encompassed 25 000 square feet and 80 participants.
The One of a Kind concept expanded in 1979 to include the One of a Kind Spring Show. Attracting over 200,000 visitors annually, our two Toronto shows have become a Canadian shopping tradition for those in search of the unique, the handcrafted and the fantastic. To further extend this inspired shopping experience, One of a Kind introduced its online shop in May 2014.
- The Christmas Show has been in progress since 1975, while the Spring Show has been in progress since 1979
- It is the largest consumer craft show in North America
- Over 5 million people have shopped at the show since its inception
- Everything sold at the show is made by hand in North America by Canadian and/or American artisans
- The Christmas Show features handmade designs by over 800 artists, makers, designers and craftspeople, while the Spring event showcases over 450 artisans working in various mediums like glass, ceramics, textile, and wood