In case you missed the big news OMHG is tagging along with Etsy.com, the online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, on it’s first-ever road trip in a 30-foot custom AirStream to launch #EtsyRoadTrip, a four-city Canadian tour. From August 1 to 9, mobile marketplaces will pop-up in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto featuring Etsy sellers, musicians and local food trucks alongside concerts, product giveaways and more. This AirStream and the surrounding area it parks in will be completely ‘Etsy-fied,’with everything from a photo booth, decorated in bunting, gingham, balloons, handmade felt-cactuses and more!
Locals will have the chance to meet and mingle with some of their favourite sellers while shopping their one-of-a-kind pieces on the spot. Cruise along with us as we travel the open road by following #EtsyRoadTrip on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, or by visiting etsy.me/roadtrip for the full program schedule.
Adding to the fun Darice and I are meeting for the first time and travelling together without kiddos for 9 days meeting up with OMHG friends and makers along the way. Also Canadian personalities Dani Renynolds (MTVFora); Krystin Lee (Suburban FauxPas); Lolitta Dandoy (FashionIsEverywhere); and Hawley Dunbar (SidewalkHustle) will accompany Etsy on the road trip, staying overnight in accommodations provided by partner Airbnb and sharing our experiences via a travelogue.
Darice took the lead on planning our trip and found us so many sweet places to stay from a brownstone in Toronto’s Kensington Market to an urban cottage in Kingston! We’d love to have the chance to meet up with you at any of our road trip stops & hear your suggestions on where we should stop on our trip so be sure to comment here or let us know on social media so we can connect!
Montreal– Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2
On August 1 from 4 p.m.to 11 p.m.,catch Etsy at Olympic Park (4141 avenue Pierre-De Coubertin) as a part of Montreal’s #FirstFridays– the largest food truck gathering in Quebec. Sample tasty food and shop handmade clothing and statement accessories from Noemiah, grab a hand-drawn card or print from Kristy Boisvert,or pick a handmade sterling silver piece of jewelry from AngryWeather. A live performance by Corinna Rose will be the soundtrack to the party.
On August 2, Noemiah, Kristy Boisvert, and AngryWeatherwill travel with the caravan across town to Old Port (333 Rue de la Commune Ouest) to join the Divers/Cite “Fireworks night at La Ronde” from 1 p.m. to9 p.m. with music by Little Scream and Corinna Rose.
Ottawa – Monday, August 4
There will be no case of the Mondays in Ottawa on August 4 thanks to Etsy. At Lebreton Flats from 10 a.m. to 6p.m., Ottawans can enjoy a set from Kelly Sloan and the Claytones and snack on food from Bridgehead, The Merry Dairy and Streetside Curry. Meet local Etsy seller, Burrowed by Caryne and shop her upcycled clothing that has been resewn into fashion forward pieces. Visit Tangente,who specializes in stylish and eco-friendly clothing and who will bring her sewing machine along for demos on-site. Say hi to HelloYellow who will be selling candles from her recently launched company, Campy.Unique items from Infinite Purpose, Forestiere and LittlestBirdWorkshop will also be available for purchase.
Kingston– Tuesday, August 5
On Tuesday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., meet shop and mingle with Kingston-based sellers Here and Now Shop, who designs and creates one-of-a-kind jewelry; Nicole Tarasick, whose Canadian-themed prints, pillows and tote bags are a great way to show true patriot love; Salvage Jewelry Co,with jewelry that incorporates upcycled scrap metals and vintage components to create modern and trendy jewelry; and Ox and Victor,who creates unique silver jewelry pieces with an edge. Special musical guests: the Bernstein Band Trio and a free lunchtime yoga class from 12:30– 1:30 p.m. provided by Lululemon!
Toronto– Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9
The Etsy road trip will end its tour in downtown Toronto. On August 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at King St.W.and Brant St., pick up a festival-favourite flower crown from Jordan De Ruiter, check out show-stopping neckties and bowties by Handsome + Lace, grab a handmade nail polish, nail art and jewelry from Nail Kandy, and hunt down accessories made from found, limited edition textiles from Grace Design’s travels. BeaverTails, We Got Balls and Gourmet Gringos will bring the food to the party and tunes will be provided by Emmy Rouge and Michael Rault.
On Saturday, August 9 Etsy road trip will make its final stop at the historic Distillery District on South Trinity Street from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m.Watch Toronto seller Jordan de Ruiter craft a floral headband, check out Handsome + Lace’s handmade neckties and bowties, pick up your very own DIY handcrafted embroidery kit by Kiriki Press and stock up on Grace Designs’ accessory collection while listening to Taylor Knox Band. Eat a sweet treat from Choco Churros or have an afternoon snack from We Got Balls.
For the latest up-to-date info on #EtsyRoadTrip, please visit: etsy.me/roadtrip.
While we are on the road we want to hear from YOU-tell us your road trip stories and photos to be featured on OMHG by submitting them right here:
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Great adventure – wish we could join you. Looking forward to your reviews of those Airbnb accommodations you booked – we are planning a trip to all four of those cities, where we had many a good time in the ’70’s, ’80’s and ’90’s when we lived on the other side of the river 🙂
This is the most amazing kind of wonderful. How I would love to be in that little camper with you! Love you both so much!
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