This weekend I'm hosting my FIFTH annual Etsy Made in Canada event here in the 613.
It's being held at the Carleton University Fieldhouse at 85 University Road, Ottawa and will host 193 Etsy sellers under one roof.
And a real map!
Just thinking about all those amazing makers (they're all listed below) gives me heart palpitations.
Both from excitement and anticipation but also just a leeeeeetle bit from "oh my god that's a lot people to disappoint".
I know it'll be great. It's probably healthy for the organizer to be a little nervous right?
Certainly fuels me to work harder anyway.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share everything you need to know about this event, and how to have the BEST possible experience attending.
Let's tuck in to some basics.
WHAT IS ETSY MADE IN CANADA?
Etsy Made in Canada is an event that features Etsy.com sellers and is held all across the country on the same weekend. This year (it's 5th anniversary) the show will be held in 37 cities nationwide.
WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?
The Ottawa show takes place at the Carleton University Fieldhouse Friday September 28th from 6pm to 9pm, Saturday September 29th from 10am to 4pm AND Sunday September 30th from 10am to 4pm.
IS THERE ADMISSION?
Admission is $15 (in advance only) for our Friday Night event. (Limited tickets still available and more information about our Night Market HERE). Admission on Saturday AND Sunday is $5 at the door each day. Kids under 16 are FREE.
WHO IS YOUR CHARITY THIS YEAR?
We will be donating $5000 to an awesome local charity called highJinx. If you have a charity you'd like to propose for a future event, we'd love to hear about them! Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Free tote bags will be given to the first 100 shoppers in line each day.
IS THE VENUE WHEELCHAIR + STROLLER ACCESSIBLE?
Yes! Our event is on level with the street and is easily accessible and navigatable (I know that's not a word, but you get it) by wheelchair or stroller.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
We LOVE pets, but due to the nature of this space (it's astroturf) only service animals are permitted.
WHAT ABOUT PARKING?
Parking is available for free in Lot P5 (you can spot it on the map) and for $3.50 (according the university website) per hour in Lot P7. Street parking is also available.
WHAT BUS DO I TAKE TO GET THERE?
Here is a SUPER handy link with all the public transportation routes that access the campus. The bus stops right across from our venue!
WHAT VENDORS CAN I EXPECT TO SEE?
Here's an alphabetical list!
DO THE VENDORS ALL ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
The majority of our vendors accept Mastercard and Visa, many accept debit and ALL accept cash. We have rented 2 additional ATMs (there's one inside the university concourse as well) for your budget blowing convenience.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN A FUTURE EVENT?
Hmmm...that's all the questions I can think of right now.
If you have more PLEASE feel free to post them in the Facebook event and I'll get back to you stat!
Also, if you check in there you'll see some posts from our makers with special show offers and more details. OR follow me on Instagram where I'll be spamming the internet with sneak peeks. Search #etsy613.
And now...without further adieu, and at risk of leaving people feeling like I'm not giving them enough attention (I can't realistically share 193 pictures in one blog post!) I'd like to share a small, itsy bitsy sampling of some of the incredible makers you can expect to see here in Ottawa this weekend.
Ask Yo Mother
Hey Sugar Candy Co
Pip Robins Accessories
FRANK + HOUND
Simply Steph Ko
Blossom and Sweetpea Critter Co
Thimble and Bee
Pure Colour Baby
I have to stop now. It's too much. That's only FOURTEEN vendors I just showed you.
So, like, you get the picture right?
193 amazing vendors showcasing handmade goods from all categories from home decor and fashion to bath and body, kids and baby, edible goods and more.
Join us THIS WEEKEND and tell us you're coming over on our Facebook Event page!
Hope to see you soon.