Make It! is a Handmade Market located in Vancouver, St. Albert and Edmonton. It is the largest event of its kind in Western Canada. It gives shoppers the opportunity to buy directly from local top artists, crafters and designers.
I came here with a few friends to check out the local artisans and to find something unique to decorate my living room with.
The next Make It Vancouver will be on December 8 – 11, 2016, so make sure you don’t miss it.
A few of the vendors have online stores or sell mostly at local craft fairs. I love going to these things since I’m able to see some original and creative artwork from some of the vendors here.
Blue Trimble had some unique gemstone jewellery. They draw inspiration for their pieces from the natural beauty of the raw crystals, thus making each piece is as strong, unique and modern as the person wearing it.
Retro Repurposed takes used pallet would and turns them into homemade art and furniture. It give a nice rustic look to your home or office. I was considering getting one of these but I couldn’t decide which one I liked, but since they have an etsy store, I can ponder for a little while longer.
Reclaimed Print Co. has some coasters and wall art. They print their beautiful designs onto wood. Alternatively, you can also provide them with your own photos and they can print it onto wood for you.
Since I’m so indecisive, I decided to go home to see if I had any photos in my collection that I would get enlarged and printed on wood. Seeing that I mostly have food photos, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have food hanging in my living room. Nonetheless, it’s good to know there are some cool alternatives to print photos that aren’t on canvas or paper.
I’ll Know It When I See It has some very cheeky cards for all occasions. I’ve gotten a few of these from a friend and I just love them.
Emerson apparel creates unique, stylish and well-made clothing for free-spirited child who just loves to play and have fun. They use high quality materials that are mommy approved.
Thirsty Whale Elixirs are naturally concentrated raw syrups made with organic apple cider vinegar, fruit and cane sugar. They’re pretty good especially when you mix them with sparkling water.
Living Lotus creates plant-based desserts that are free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar and soy.
C Yarn Hut makes a lot of hand knitted accessories, amigurumi dolls, and other things.
Ebony and Sparrow creates cool wooden pendants that are minimalist and super pretty.
Coconama Chocolate is always a crowd favourite at any craft fair or food show. You can also find them at specialty stores around town or visit their shop in North Vancouver. They opened the first ganache chocolate shop in Vancouver.
Their chocolates are similar to the Japanese chocolate – Melty Kiss, but a lot better.
Art + Soul Creative Co also sells neat cards. Full of awesome puns and a cool artistic and fun look to them all.
Vancouver Candle Co has a series of premium soy-based candles names after popular Vancouver neighbourhoods like Mount Pleasant, Gastown and Kitsilano. All of the candles are made in small batches by hand. Soy candles tend to last longer too.
My friends at Craft’ed Van sells super cute bookmarks, magnets and cards. The dynamic duo – Erica and Diana started this company back in 2012 and have captivated many by their cute cartoon designs. Plus, their cards are full of awesome puns.
Of course there are so many more booths that didn’t cover, but everyone of them had something unique about them that you can’t just get at a big box store. Each vendor really showed their passion for what they were doing and creating.
If you haven’t been to a huge craft fair like this, you should at least check it out once in your life. I didn’t buy a lot of things from Make It, but I know what artists I like for the future when I’m ready to purchase.