|Row A - Stick Man Creations|
Lovely and delicate segmented silver and mixed metal jewellery. A few years ago I bought a necklace with a stick girl with copper curls that looks eerily like me. I still get compliments whenever I wear it.
|Row B - Créations Li :)|
Ceramics that are perfect for those who either see faces in everyday inanimate household objects or who really wish they did. Adorable!
|Row C - tresnormale|
Screen-printed t-shirts that are perfect for the Torontophile on your shopping list. My personal favorite is the view of the CN Tower, slightly obscured by power lines. Bought it for my husband last year (in green).
|Row E - BBJ|
One of the most colourful and sparkly vendors, you can find an accessory for every music artist and pop culture obsession you might have. My 'Revolver' album cover necklace is a prized possession.
|Row F - Milsean Shoppe|
Watch out for the smiling faces with free samples of Demerara Butter Crunch. It's the food equivalent of crack-cocaine. Less dangerous, sure, but just as addictive. I never escape without buying a bag. YUM.
|Row G - Odile Chocolat|
Speaking of food with evil powers, you know who "Odile" is, right? The Black Swan. And this chocolate is just as beautiful and even more delectable.
|Row H - Nutra-Fruit Cranberry|
I admire that these vendors have dedicated themselves entirely to a single berry. The noble cranberry. I also applaud their decision to coat it in delicious dark chocolate. It really does make for a perfect holiday treat.
|Row I - L’Atelier du Presbytère|
A beautiful collection of linens and house wares made from vintage/recycled French fabrics. Every item is one of a kind, making great gifts for those with unique tastes.
|Row J - Patrick Lajoie Photography|
I get that art should be aspirational to a certain extent, but it's also nice to see something you like and be able to afford it. The solution? Small photographic prints on a wall-ready wooden base.
|Row K - Kelly Grace|
Another in the category of affordable art! I spent a long time looking at these works, feeling like the mirror that each subject was looking into as they primped and preened. An interesting and almost intimate feeling.
|Row L - Biko Jewellery|
For those who believe that heavy metals and chunky jewellery need not sacrifice femininity or colour in favor of edge. Their modern "friendship bracelets" are a personal fave, it was hard not to buy a second!
|Row N - Velvet Moustache|
The best thing about these plush animal cushions is that their expression is open to interpretation. Are they mad? Skeptical? Unimpressed? Sleepy? We may never know and that's exactly why I found them so charming.
|Row P - Cate & Levi|
Because buying toys at the mall is lame. These one of a kind plushies and puppets are perfect for capturing the imagination of a child and are so wonderfully interesting they appeal to adults alike.
|Row Q - Hug and Kiss Designs Inc.|
There is something very satisfying about opening up a lovely greeting card and being offended by the message contained within. Perfect for very close friends and loved ones who "get" you.
|Row R - 1% Talent|
Not recommended for those who don't want to draw attention to their t-shirt area. These designs are so remarkably irreverent and odd (compliments both) that they will certainly attract stares.
|Row T - Jamie Brick Studio|
Admittedly some of my tastes are a little out there. But clearly others see the appeal of a plush teddy bear body with a wooden troll-like visage. Couldn't Care Bears. That's such a clever concept it almost hurts.
|Row V - Freshly Printed|
I fell instantly in love with this hand-printed cushion cover of migrating Canada Geese. Sometimes beauty really does lie in an item's simplicity and this is a perfect example of that fact. Lovely.
|Row W - Katkaland|
Oh yes. You are seeing that correctly. Monsters with 3-D plastic doll arms protruding from their mouths. Maybe don't get these for your kids, but the grown-ups will love 'em. Sometimes whimsy is also scary.
|Row X - Atalier Éclisse|
These wooden vases appeared to have been made without any attempt to cover up natural imperfections in their material and I think that's what I found most appealing. Wood should look like wood, knots and all.
|Row Y - MoonRox|
The maker of one of my favorite necklaces (a gold saltine with a salted-top), their jewellery is very on-trend (chunky metals, oversized items) without ever feeling heavy or cumbersome.