101 Markets combines craft beer and retail therapy
101 Markets made its debut last year at 3030 Dundas West and now takes place on the third Sunday of each month. The vintage and handmade marketplace created by Erin Edge and Christa Waters has managed to draw a crowd thanks to its eclectic mix of local artisans in a venue that has quickly become a neighbourhood favourite. If nothing else it presents a good excuse to enjoy some craft beers and a little retail therapy.
Here's a rundown of the vendors and people that participated in 101 Markets last Sunday. The next one goes down on March 17th.
For now, Gin Murray is selling her great selection of vintage and handmade wares online and at sales and markets around Toronto, but she'll be hitting the streets this spring. Murray is currently prepping her 1960 'General' travel-trailer, which will soon be all around town and stuffed with vintage goods for sale.
Carte Blanche Creations
Carte Blanche Creations is the perfect solution for personalized home decor. Owner Alessandra Cardarelli can take any image and turn marble coasters into customized pieces of art. I'm especially fond of Cardarelli's new magnetized pieces, and with prices so affordable, I'm tempted to grab a set for my coffee table and my fridge.
I highly suggest stopping by the Club Sandwich table immediately upon arrival at the next 101 Markets because Genna Gingerich's tasty treats don't last long. Her goodies, like Double-Blueberry Upside-Down Cake, made me circle back to her table wanting more.
Tunes for the day were courtesy of DJ Clear from Toronto-based label Sweet Sensi Records. He kept the energy level high throughout the event, and he always has several crates of vinyl for sale.
Emily Woudenberg's jewelry packs a punch. Although minimalist in nature, all of her unique pieces make a statement thanks to her use of unusual materials like copper piping and cement. Best of all, thanks to her affordable pricing, making a statement doesn't mean breaking the bank.
Erika Knits and Specialty Soaps
It's chilly outside, and Erika Atos has scarves, wrist warmers and other hand knit creations to keep heads, hands and necks cozy. When it's time to retreat inside, her glycerin soaps are a great addition to any bath. The Apple Cinnamon soap, in particular, smelled good enough to eat!
Whoever said that dolls are for kids is mistaken. I took one look at Aleisha Chapman's Lazy Voodoo dolls and I was immediately charmed by her one-of-a-kind creations. They may verge on creepy, but there was something about them that made me smile. Who knew monsters could be so cute?
I was immediately drawn to Rozaneh vintage because of owner Marilyn Hartley's selection of colourful goods. Hartley is known for her fabulous selection of clothing and textiles, and her vintage offerings certainly brightened up the market on this gloomy winter day.
Being spice-adverse, I was delighted to discover Saha Cuisne's line of tasty sauces and marinades. Finally, a sauce that doesn't leave my mouth on fire! I highly recommend the Thai Green Curry sauce. It's got a flavorful punch without the overwhelming heat.
Co-organizer Erin Edge's Stacked boutique offers up quality leather goods at affordable prices. Her stellar selection of vintage accessories reflects her love of buying and selling treasures.
The Straight Stitch
I've been brown-bagging my lunch for as long as I can remember, but I've never been able to find unique, adult-appropriate lunch gear. Luckily, the Straight Stitch has got me covered. This line of litter-less lunch supplies finally lets me wrap my sandwiches in style, and with tons of fun fabric to choose from, packing lunches will never be a bore.
The addition of Wes Misener to the lineup of vendors now means there's something for the guys at 101 Markets. Misener's line of sustainable menswear makes a strong first impression with its clean lines and minimalist aesthetic. He uses natural fabrics like organic cotton and recycled polyesters to create his line of underwear, t-shirts, and jackets.
Wild Thing Vintage
Wild Thing Vintage taps into the adventurous side of vintage fashion. There's nothing boring about the clothing and accessories from this boutique. Whether it's a 1960s shift dress or a 1980s secretary blouse, it will be the brightest, boldest piece out there.
Zazou Bisou knows vintage. I was impressed with her stellar selection of clothing and décor, which was carefully curated thanks to her keen eye for a vintage aesthetic. I must admit, I was sad to leave without her porcelain cow creamer in tow, but I'm sure this treasure found a good home.
Writing by Erin Lucuik