Guess what - I finally made it out of the house!! What a day!!
I was lucky enough to be invited to the media preview of the One of a Kind Show. I had never been to the preview before and I was super pumped to go. Not only would I get an insider's view of of the show, but I would get said view while eating delicious doughnuts!
Alas, it wasn't meant to be. I couldn't get a sitter for Luca so I wasn't able to make it. Instead, I hit the show up yesterday and learned something very interesting.
Going to the OOAK show during a weekday is TOTALLY different than going on a weekend or an evening. First up, it isn't as busy (however it was still busier than I would have expected). More importantly, it is seriously built for moms (and filled with them!). I can't believe how many strollers and babies and well dressed mommies were cruising the show. They even have a changing/feeding room set up that had something like 6 change tables and stacks of diapers. This show definitely understands its market!! It is actually really nice being somewhere with Luca where I'm not getting cut-eyes from people for getting in the way.
Anyhoo - this year's show is fantastic, to say the least. I've always enjoyed looking at all of the jewellery on display, but this year my eyes were drawn to some new artisans :-)
Booth L-29 was the super cute Patouche! I instantly fell in love with the adorable clothing and accessories for kids. I could totally picture Luca wearing the owl hat.
And look at this adorable outfit!
Booth T-36 is one that you really shouldn't miss! If Luca were older, I betcha I wouldn't have made it past this booth without picking up at least one of these little guys from the Monster Factory...
Another favourite was Booth I-22 - Lovell Designs. The set up was gorgeous - I would love to have storage filled with those beautiful bins! Plus that carpet is pretty sweet as well :-)
I stopped at Heidi Van Veen (Booth H-11) as soon as I saw those stockings. Of course, I'm on a stocking hunt and these were gorgeous!
Him Creations at Booth D-05 was such a fun place to stop! Rows and rows of these itty bitty creatures - it was hard to pick a favourite!
And finally, a crowd favourite at Booth B-59 - Velvet Moustache. These pillow creatures were soft and cuddly and kind of hilarious at the same time. I didn't take a picture myself, but they also sold these really funny eye masks that seemed fitting given how tired most of the moms probably were!
So there you have it! Just a small representation of the amazing artisans that are at this year's One of Kind Show. If you haven't been yet, you should definitely go. The show is open late on Thursday (until 11 p.m.) so if you work during the day, try to go then. It is massive, so you definitely need a few hours to see it all!
So tell me - did you go to the show? What was your favourite booth and did you buy anything?