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We are the premium destination for shopping handmade and the largest consumer craft show in North America. Our Christmas Show features more than 800 exhibitors, is attended by 140,000 qualified shoppers, and has seen over 5 million customers since it’s inception in 1975.
Our Spring Show welcomes more than 500 exhibitors and 60,000 qualified shoppers, and hosts exciting features like our tabletop Marketplace and our Craft Drinks sections.
At each show, we host an amazing group of top-notch makers who share our belief in quality, craftsmanship and small batch production and we’d love for you to be a part of it!
Our philosophy is to create a truly unique shopping experience that engages shoppers, maximizes artisan exposure and supports the local, handmade community.
So, in order to be eligible to apply for the show, you must be the designer and heavily involved in the production of your art or craft and you must reside in and produce your work in Canada or the United States
We also ask that you understand and embrace our mandate to provide customers with a curated collection of items that they can proudly say are One of a Kind. So, upon acceptance, part of your contract will include an exclusivity clause. We market and promote the fact that the artisans and products found at The One of a Kind Show are unique and cannot be found everywhere, especially in and around the Toronto area. Therefore, we embrace artisans who believe in our philosophy and whose product is not available in other consumer shows 30 days before, during and 30 days after the dates of our event within a 30-kilometre radius of the Show.
Your application will be reviewed by our selection committee who will jury it on a variety of criteria—including the quality, uniqueness and saleability of your products, a great booth display, and maintaining a good balance of categories and a good representation of provinces in the show.
Beyond that, we look for work that is cohesive, innovative and unique to the marketplace, and is presented in clean and well-styled application photos. We also love to see your personality shine through your application, so don’t be afraid to give us the details on how you came to your current path and what makes you and your products unique.
And as a note to applicants in some of our more popular categories—like jewelry, scarves and body care—be sure to highlight the aspects that differentiate yourself and your work from others within your category. The volume of applications we receive in these categories makes it absolutely impossible for us to accept all of the qualified applications we receive, so standing out is of the utmost importance.
You can send in as many images as you need to represent your work. If you have more or less than 10 images, that is perfectly fine. Just be sure that your application photos cover all the items you have listed in the “Items You Would Like to Sell at the Show” portion of the application.
As well, we often use application photos in our social media promotions, so make sure to send well-presented and styled images to increase your chances of inclusion
We begin to review applications in the month following the application deadline. After that, we begin the process of placing new applicants on the show floor plan. So, you should expect to hear from us about two months after the application deadline.
All applicants will be contacted via email or phone call with a jurying response. Payment for the $500 deposit will not be processed until an application is accepted. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide individual feedback to applicants who are not accepted.
Your booth fee covers your space in the show, including a pipe and drape structure, 6 exhibitor badges, 10 complimentary tickets to the show, and access to the Exhibitor Lounge with complimentary tea and coffee throughout the show.
You will also receive a complimentary membership to the One of a Kind Online Shop, where you can show and sell you work and connect with our loyal shoppers in advance of the show.
Our Show advertising and promotion always centres on our artisans, so select artisans will also be featured in our advertising campaigns, social media and press promotions. This exposure introduces you to our customer base and gives you the opportunity to expand your social media following in advance of the show.
Our Christmas Show attracts 140,000 qualified shoppers and our Spring Show 60,000—including buyers, bloggers, media, galleries and boutiques—who come to the Show to meet and shop from you. In addition to at Show sales, there are many other opportunities including future sales, wholesale orders, media and social exposure, and more.