Although it was drizzly outside, the warmer temperatures ensured that people continually came by the fair to check out the goods. As such, we wrapped up the first weekend on a high note.
There were a number of exhibitors who were available again and a few new faces as well.
The range of items to select from was a good balance of food, clothing, jewellery, art and useful or fun items to make life simpler or more enjoyable.
'Sparkplug' was a great booth to stop by and see. Not only to see, but to 'sniff' out. They offered three types of coffee - Dark Sparks, which is their darkest coffee, a medium blend called Winter Tuneup, and then my personal favourite, Ugly Christmas Sweater which was a perfect Christmas season blend that included ginger. This coffee was quite fantastic, and if you're as big of a fan as many were that came to the show, you can sign up to have it delivered to your house on a regular basis. Sparkplug's prices ranged from $14 - $18.
This booth's products were quite remarkable and unique. At first glance, it appears to simply be an attractive assortment of jewelry, and yes, indeeed it is; however, 'iSOLA Jewelry' also strengthens your body against radiation, which now, more than ever, is extremely useful and important. You may be wondering how this is possible. There is a lengthier explanation than this, which is why you should come by the show and talk to Veronica personally, but essentially, by wearing these pieces, you shield and neutralize electromagnetic radiation within the vicinity (as found in cell phones, computers, WiFi and microwaves). iSOLA's prices range from $20 - $300, making it possible for anyone to own one of these beautiful items.
New to the fair on Sunday was 'Divining/Designing'. This exhibitor offered a stunning selection of treasure bags, pendulums, jewellery and fine art. The range of colour in the bags was impressive, as well as the quality of the fabrics used. In addition, the jewellery was fascinating in that each piece was thematic, with a story associated with it, inspired by goddesses of many cultures. Prices ranged from $25 - $85.
Seeking a new stuffed toy for the kid who has it all? Or simply looking to add to your collection of exotic pillows? These adorable owl pillows from 'Tudaz Trendz' can certainly serve as both. Each one is made from reused high quality fabrics - so extremely eco conscious, and comes with their own name. A true collectors item, and since each one is one-of-a-kind, you could create your own owl family with each member distinctly different. We hope you had a chance to come by the show since there was a show special - owl ornaments, only available for sale at the Artisans' Gift Fair. The owl ornaments were $11.95 and the owl pillows were $39.95.
Unique is a great word to describe the jewelry designed by 'Simone Collins Jewelry'. A picture does not do these justice. Inspired by animals, plants, and/or fossils within nature, each piece is designed to compliment the subject matter with appropriate beading and adornments. A guaranteed conversation starter and a wonderful collector's item. Prices were extremely affordable, ranging from $8 - $35.
We were fortunate to have 'Very Vanilla Food' at the fair again for 2013. At this booth you could find a wide selection of vanilla flavoured goods that are all made by hand. There were extracts, sugars, powders and mulled wine mixes. These items would make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for the holidays. Prices ranged from $6 - $14.
Also with us again this year was 'E & A Jewelry'. Their collection of jewelry was suitable for all ages and tastes. I particularly liked these two pieces that had exquisite colours and shapes. E & A Jewelry is the perfect final touch for any casual or elegant outfits and will definitely draw attention. Their prices were remarkable, ranging from $15 - $60.
A show is not complete without a great selection of artwork. 'Catherine Orr' took her beautiful photographs and transferred them onto cards, suitable to send for Christmas or other special occasions. You could also obtain a larger print to frame for your house or to give to a friend/family member. Prices ranged from the affordable price of $4 up to $75.
Interested in staying calm over the holidays? or awake? Perhaps 'Butterfly Aromatics' is just the solution you're seeking. They offered a selection of aromatherapy necklaces, reed diffusers and sachets that all offer to help you concentrate, keep you calm or wake you up. As an added bonus, each item was aesthetically quite impressive - a great addition to the decor in one's home. Scents included lavender or Egyptian dried spearmint and were affordably priced from $3 - $15.
This exhibitor was extremely popular. Little girls and adults alike gathered around to see demonstrations on how 'Cool Combs' work. You can fasten a french twist, secure your hair half up, secure a bun, use it to hold a pony tail, or create other hair-do's with this funky little clip. They came in many different colours to suit different tastes and outfits. These simple yet effective hair accessories are made extremely well and guaranteed to last a lifetime. We hope you had a chance to swing by as they offered a show special - purchase 2 and get a 3rd one for free. Each comb was $15.
We'll wrap up today's post with the goods from 'Broken Images', who joined us again for 2013. These beautiful stain glass ornaments, necklaces, pendants and mosaic mirrors were delightful. I was particularly fond of the mirrors and could envision one up in a sun room or enclosed garden area. Prices on these products ranged from $5 - $40.
This only covered a small section of who exhibited at our show this past weekend. We hope you had a chance to swing on by. If you didn't, take a moment to pop by next weekend to see some of these exhibitors or to view a new selection of products to choose from.