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2023 One Of A Kind Winter Show

We Hope to See You There
November 23 - December 3, 2023


One Of A Kind is a platform for sales, exposure, business development and community-building for makers of all kinds. With our year-round digital platforms, and anchored by our two flagship events, we help creative small businesses chart their own path to success!

Below, we've outlined the basics to help you craft your One Of A Kind business plan for the Winter Show--including application guidelines, exhibitor resources and pricing guidelines. It is up to you what you make of the OOAK experience, so we encourage you to read through each tab below. After that, if you have any questions, we'd be happy to help!


Application Deadline: April 24, 2023

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WINTER SHOW DATES +INFO

2023 One Of A Kind WINTER SHOW

NOVEMBER 23 to DECEMBER 3, 2023

ENERCARE CENTRE, EXHIBITION PLACE


5 Day Section: November 23 - November 27, 2023
6 Day Section: November 28 - December 3, 2023


HOURS

WEEKDAYS + SATURDAYS: 10AM-9PM
WEEKENDS: 10AM-6PM
LATE NIGHT: Thursday, November 30: 10AM - 11PM


WHAT YOU'LL GET

  • A booth space to show and sell your work.
  • Exhibitor badges for you and your staff.
  • Complimentary tickets, discount codes and incentives to encourage your fans and followers to shop the show.
  • A dedicated digital profile on the One Of A Kind website, with links to your website and social channels.
  • Pre-show resources including an exhibitor Facebook Group, newsletters, a digital Exhibitor Kit and more.
  • Exposure to our loyal, qualified shoppers and craft enthusiasts, plus opportunities for market research and customer insights.
  • PR opportunities, when applicable, prior to and during the event
  • Year-round media opportunities (featured emails, social posts, online/offline contests) to build and nurture your marketing funnels
  • Show your work among top-quality makers who share your belief in creativity and small-batch production
  • Expand your community—learn from show mentors and small business pros, connect with fellow makers to swap tips and create opportunities for collaborations, and so much more!


WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR

As we continue to navigate and scale the return of our events, we always aim to maintain the signature One Of A Kind experience. We are always adding to our programming throughout the year. We are excited to announce the return of our Theme Competition and Main Stage at this year's Winter Show!

Apply to Winter

Before you submit your application, you will want to have prepared the following:

  1. Your Participation Preferences. You are asked to submit your top 3 choices in order of preference, including booth size, and request to be included in any of our special sections. 
  2. Your Business Name. What is your company name? Is your legal name the same as how your exhibiting name? Are you consistent across platforms? Ex. If your name has an "and" in it, do you always write out a-n-d, or do you sometimes use "&" or "+"? Make it consistent and conscious for your application. 
  3. Samples.  Be prepared to send in your product samples if you are required to do so.
  4. Supporting Materials. Other materials as laid out in the Application Checklist below. 
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APPLICATION CHECKLIST

WHAT TO SUBMIT

Once you’ve determined that our show is the right fit for you, it's time to start your application!

Below, we've outlined all of the support materials you will be asked to submit with your application. Each one will help the jury learn about your business and how we can make the most of our partnership together, so take care to show personality and detail wherever you can.

We receive an overwhelming number of Winter applications, and our jury reviews each one to create an exciting mix of vendors and products at our events. Applications are reviewed in relation to their category, production methods, existing products in the show and geographical representation. We encourage everyone- especially those in our more popular categories, like jewellery and apparel- to take the time to let your brand and story shine!

  • BOOTH DESIGN
    Include a photo, sketch, inspiration board or rendering of your booth display. Your design should include plans for signage, lighting, merchandising and the structure of your booth. Your plans should also consider how your booth will tell your brand story. Not Sure Where to Start? Visit our Best Booth Pinterest Boards or get to know our friend, Ani Nersessian of VM ID, who can help you create your best booth design. NOTE: To maintain the show's professional look, using grids to hang and display your work is not permitted.

  • 10 PHOTOS OF YOUR WORK
    Submit 10 well-lit photos that represent each type of work you would like to sell at the show. We cannot stress the importance of good photos, as they will be the jury’s introduction to your work and may be used for marketing and PR opportunities if accepted to the show.

  • STUDIO PHOTO
    Show us where you make the magic happen--whether it's your studio, a maker space, a commercial kitchen or a dining room table! This helps give the jury a sense of the scale of your production.

  • BIOGRAPHY
    Tells us about yourself, your brand, what inspires you, your business goals, your education/training (if applicable) and other shows you have participated in.

  • STEP-BY-STEP DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PRODUCTION PROCESS(ES)
    This is probably the most important document in your application package. Each item you wish to sell at the show must be made by you or your company and fit within our production criteria. Take care to walk us through your production process(es)--tell us how you design, where production takes place, how you are involved and when you are getting help. This information will not be shared with anyone outside of the jury.

  • PRICE LIST
    This will help the jury get an idea of your pricing and how it compares in the marketplace. Pricing and photos should be present for each type of item you list under Items You Would Like to Sell in the application.

SOUND GOOD?

START YOUR WINTER APPLICATION


STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?


Read the 2023 Winter FAQ

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Reach out to our recruitment team at: 


apply@oneofakindshow.com

@ooak_toronto on Instagram

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Ready to Apply?

Submit your application to join us at The 2023 One Of A Kind Winter Show

FAQ's about The Winter Show

Read The One Of A Kind Winter Show FAQ Here

Additional Resources

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