shopping local guide

If the tried and true gift you always give the mom in your life is getting stale, it may be time to shake things up. I suggest shopping local and supporting small businesses this year. Grab your friends and family and hit one of the local vendor shows in the area.

Craft shows, makers markets and pop-up venues always feature small businesses from across Ontario. These events showcase one of a kind, curated and specialized products. The best part is having direct access to the maker or artisan. How often do you get to speak with the individual responsible for creating their product from end to end? Take every opportunity to support the local talent across Ontario, and shop local for Mother’s Day. You’re guaranteed to walk away with something truly one of a kind. 

Market Shopping Tips

  • Go Early – Nab the perfect parking spot and avoid the crowds
  • Don’t Hesitate – Pop Up Shopping means only a handful of items per maker is available. If you see it, scoop it up before someone else grabs it! Once an artisan sells out, they won’t replenish their stock for the day
  • Inquire – You get to shop from the artisan directly! Any questions about wear, colours, additional information or caring for the product is readily accessible – it’s right in front of you!
  • Bring reusable shopping bags – Tuck all of your gifts or items away in a larger reusable bags and keep your hands free 
  • Didn’t have time to get cash out? It’s probably okay – Most, if not all, artisans use a POS system like Square that accept debit tap, Apple Pay and Google Pay along with all major credit cards

Upcoming Markets

Mother of All Craft Shows

Saturday May 4th from 10am-4pm at the Travelodge Hotel, Belleville, Ontario

Girl's Night Out

Friday May 10th from 6pm-9:30pm at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario

On Your Radar

Doner Art Festival

June 1st and 2nd at Lower Brewers Dock (just outside Kingston)

If you see me at one of the makers markets, come say hi! I love to talk about everything tea. Shopping local is a great way to support your local economy while picking up items you won’t be able to find anywhere else. 

Don’t forget to give the mom in your life something truly unique, after all, she is one of a kind! 

2 Responses

  1. Great tips Erica! I always like to talk to the artisan directly to learn about their story. Thanks for sharing!

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