In March, I was lucky enough to attend the Spring One of a Kind show on behalf of Toronto Beauty Reviews. Always a good time and a fabulous way to find unique treasures, the One of a Kind show boasts 100% Canadian talent.
Held at the Direct Energy Centre, I went down on a busy Saturday that was full of fun, food, and shopping. Read on for some of my highlights – including jewellery, handmade bath products, fashion, and around the house items.
This was waiting for us upon entry to the Spring show! Love the Cherry Blossom-esque feel of the tree, and the surrounding products.
Above is absolutely beautiful jewellery from J.R. Franco Designs. Beautiful aluminum jewellery at affordable prices! I love how all the pieces are unique, and shiny.
These watch necklaces are divine. So unique and chic! It’s a statement piece that starts a conversation. From Love Nail Tree, these pieces are created from actual watch parts. Talk about a statement necklace demanding attention. Furthermore, Love Nail Tree has some amazing tops and sweaters with great graphics.
Sugar Bush Fairies is a cute little company with a simple concept. Handcrafted doors for that tree in your backyard! I think it’s positively adorable. It’s whimsical and straight out of a fairy tale. Have youngsters at home? What a great piece to get their imagination running.
Hailing out of the Horseshoe Valley, these little stores stand approximately 6″ tall. You have a choice of a variety of colours, for a variety of creatures. Think fairy, elf, hobbit, pixie, goblin, or leprechaun. Spark up a conversation within your family with this whimsical little doors!
One of my favourite booths of the event – This Little Piggy! These little propane piggies are SO CUTE. These little piggies are made from 100% scrap metal and spare parts. Every single pig is unique – there aren’t two that are the same! These piggies can be used for hundreds of different purposes, including planters, mailboxes, decorative, utensil holder, etc.
What’s even cuter is that each one of these pigs have unique names. Every pig has it’s own name, and once that name is used, it’s never used again. How innovative!
Froosh Bath and Body is birthed out of Toronto. A cute little shop that sells bath and body products, these bright soaps come in various different aromas. But, they don’t just sell bath products! Manicure and pedicure sets, lip balms, foot care, face care, and scrubs are all in their arsenal.
These are their soaps – aren’t they just an amazing pop of colour? Glycerin soaps that are 100% vegetable based, are intensely moisturizing and gentle on the skin. Currently, they are available in 8 different scents: Blame it on the Rain, Cocoa Mango, Green Tea, Jojoba Jasmine, Kiwi Connection, Lemon Drop, Oats & Goats, and Pretty in Pink. I picked up both the Pretty in Pink and Blame it on the Rain – both clean scents!
For those of us with little kiddies, these PoPo Poncho’s are so adorable! These comfortable and stylish little ponchos are great little accessories for your kids during the spring months. Kids love wearing them, you’ll love how easy they are! Launched in Vancouver, currently stock includes Traditional Ponchos, Reversible Ponchos, and Rain Ponchos. One for every season!
The most packed booth in the hall was Hug & Kiss Design Co. I had to swoop in and see what all the fuss was about! Warning: this booth and company are not for people without a sense of humour! This company, based out of British Columbia, provide humourous cards, shirts, buttons, and calendars that are adorned with cute pictures of animals. The sayings are often overtly sarcastic, outrageous and scandalous, all while tricking you with cute little animals. Sneaky!
In fact, the majority of the cards are R rated, so it’s hard to give you a peak at the sayings! Be sure to check it out, if you’re interested. You won’t be sorry.
Green Bijou Jewelry is a jewellery store that’s reinventing ‘raw vintage’. It’s a blend of couture jewellery, vintage materials, and modern adornments.
Made with vintage silver brass, silver, Victorian rhinestones, buckles, brooches, pantina pearls, antique charms, etc, you’ll be sure to find a piece that strikes your fancy. Since it’s so difficult to resurrect old jewellery, a lot of the pieces are one of a kind. You’ll find a lot of inspiration pulled from 18th to 19th century France. How regal.
So, these were my favourite booths of the show! What were yours? Let me know my leaving a comment, or tweeting me at @AshleyMcKernan.
NOTE: All photographs courtesy of Ashley McKernan