Markets and pop-ups in Toronto this November signal the busy retail days to come. Holiday shopping kicks off around the end of the month, but before then there are some creative and unique events worthy of your dime and your time.
Here are my picks for the top markets and pop-ups in Toronto this November.
BBJ Pre-Holiday Pop-Up Shop (Nov. 3, Eleven)
Barbie's Basement Jewelry presents this one-day pop-up in collaboration with Jason Oord's photography opening Life Through the Extraordinary Lens. BBJ's glittery, handmade goods offer super super cute and unique takes on pop culture.
Lucia Rose Jewellery x Chance & Fate Pop-Up (Nov. 4-6, Souvenir)
Souvenir is a lovely little shop on College near Landsdowne, so any excuse to visit is a good one. This weekend-long pop-up will feature jewelry from Lucia Rose and cozy clothing from Chance & Fate.
The World's Best Tuque (Nov. 4-6, 12 Ossington Ave.)
Frontier, a Toronto-based creative exploration company, tried to create the perfect Canadian winter hat. This adorably Canadian pop-up shop is completely dedicated to functional and good looking tuques. Issues of Frontier magazine will also be for sale.
EcoFair (Nov. 6, Artscape Wychwood Barns)
Entry is free to this eco-market at the Wychwood Barns. Explore greener life options at this event with eco-car test drives, clothing repair stations and a pop-up adventure playground for kids (sorry adults).
Really Really Free Market (Nov. 5, Campbell Park)
This one happens once a month, but it's worth mentioning because, duh, it's actually free. How does it work? "Share, Take, Do Both or Neither; No Barter, No Money." Okay, there are some ground rules for this mostly-clothing market; you can fill up only one small IKEA bag.
Tabasco Hawker Market (Nov. 10, Wychwood Barns)
This one-night-only market for the food-obsessed is happening in partnership with Tabasco hot sauce and Canada's Group of 7 Chefs. Sample hawker-market inspired dishes, hangout with the chefs and stuff your face.
Evening at the Market (Nov. 10, St. Lawrence Market)
Tickets are $75 for this night market experience, but how cool is it to be able to hang out in the market from 7 to 10 p.m? Your ticket includes food from all 64 of the food vendors, plus drinks and entertainment.
Etsy Market (Nov. 12, Gibson House Museum)
The Gibson House in North York welcomes Etsy craft makers on November 12. There's also an adorable tea room where you can grab treats and tea and think about how your next DIY creation.
Craftadian Christmas pop-up (Nov. 12, First United Church)
Go west to Port Credit in Mississauga for this pop-up market on the Lakeshore. Get a head start on your holiday shopping with local goods ranging from natural skincare to personalized stationery. Arrive before 10 a.m. to receive a swag bag (while quantities last) filled with handmade goodies. Admission is $3.
Trinity Bellwoods Flea pre-holiday market (Nov. 19, Studio Bar)
Studio Bar regularly hosts the Trinity Bellwoods Flea, but it's the pre-holiday edition of this market that steals all the spotlight. The organizers have curated a group of 75 vendors over two days to give you a jump start on your holiday shopping. Admission is free and there's always cocktails and music.
Meet Bua pop-up (Nov. 19, Nuvango)
You know that painting of a DJ spinning that you've probably seen in so many bars and coffee shops? It's called The DJ and this pop-up shop features the artist! He'll be giving a talk, teaching a drawing seminar and then you can check out his art show. Admission is free and Nuvango will be giving away free prints as well.
Toronto Christmas Market (Nov. 18-Dec. 22, Distillery District)
One of the city's favourite early-winter events is this Christmas Market at the Distillery District. Organizers recently announced that you can pay $20 to skip this line, which might be worth your time if you want to do all the shopping and eating and carolling you can while you're down there. It's free during the week and $6 on weekends.
Gladstone Flea: November Market (Nov. 20, Gladstone Hotel)
Enough of this holiday shopping business! The Gladstone flea is still keeping things all about fall, and why not enjoy this beautiful season more? Sweaters! Vintage stuff! Local crafts! All right next to the Gladstone cafe where you grab brunch before you shop or after.
Holiday Shopping Social (Nov. 23, Toronto Yoga Mamas)
This holiday shopping social from 1 to 7 p.m. features vendors, sweet stuff and most importantly, champagne. The entire retail boutique is on mega sale during this afternoon hang out.
One of a Kind Show (Nov. 24 - Dec. 4, Enercare Centre)
This is perhaps the biggest and greatest "pop-up" this month. The mammoth arts, crafts, clothing, etc. sale is the ultimate gather of vendors in one spot so you don't have to walk the chilly streets looking for something unique. Head to their website for a list of vendors and ticket info.
Pixel & Bristle Design & typography market (Nov. 26, Drake Underground)
This is one of the coolest markets every time it comes around. It brings together the work of some of Toronto's most talented designers, illustrators and typographers to show off and sell their prints, cards, gifts, signage, coasters, wall art, mobiles, bags, banners, textiles, mugs, and a lot more.
Country Christmas Market (Nov. 26, Elgin West Community Centre)
This cozy market in Richmond Hill will be packed with York Region-based artists and Etsy vendors. There's a $2 entry fee, but it's free with a food donation.
Did I miss your favourite market or pop-up you think we should all know about? Let us know in the comments.
Photo of Souvenir by Hector Vasquez.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO