The holidays are just around the corner. Hanukkah starts next Wednesday, for goodness sake! Which means that it’s time for Covet Garden’s list of local sample sales and art shows to help you plan ahead for all of your present buying and decorating duties.
Virginia Johnson Semi-Annual Sample Sale
Textile artist and fashion designer Virginia Johnson's sample sales are always a treat. Expect great prices on scarves and fabric remnants, but make sure you arrive early — fans of Johnson's colourful prints have been known to buy up everything in sight!
Original art is one of the best things to give and get. Buying art can be intimidating, which is why we love the Nook Collective annual Holiday Show. First of all, it’s fun, laid back and you can actually meet the artists behind the art. Secondly, the show features the work of Toronto’s top illustrators plus there are an insane number of artists showing here so you are bound to discover a piece that really reaches out to you.
The first floor of the 156 Augusta Avenue studio will be home to the Sock It To 'Em Sale, which showcases beautiful crafts made by illustrators. Last year, I bought a gorgeous pillow by Katy Dockrill.
Fri. Dec. 6th (Holiday Show opening only)
7pm to Midnight
Sat Dec. 7th
11am to 6pm
156 Augusta Ave.
Illustrator and designer Alanna Cavanagh is having an amazing sale of her amazing artwork. There will be prints, artists proofs and hot cider. Alanna's work has appeared in so many of the homes we've featured in Covet Garden and if you've ever coveted owning your own this is an excellent opportunity!
Sat Dec. 7th
12 to 6pm
38 Abell St., Suite 209.
We love Xenia Taler's wonderful ceramics (and we featured Xenia and Steven's place in our July 2012 issue), so we are very stoked about thei first studio sale in four years! Buyers on a budget will be able to find deals on hundreds of seconds, samples and discontinued items. There will also be snacks, some beverages,and cool tunes, so if you heart handmade gifts this is the party of the season for you!
If you can’t make it out to one of these shows, you can always find local artisans online in marketplaces like Etsy. Covet Garden has compiled a guide to some of our favourite Toronto-based shops (plus a few other T-dot-themed finds) to help you discover more homegrown talent. Click here to follow Covet Garden on Etsy.
And finally, a copy of Covet Garden Home makes a great gift for yourself or a loved one. Order now to ensure delivery before December 24, order by Dec. 2 (or Nov. 22 for Africa and S. America).