One of a Kind Show images

Now in its fourth year, the One of a Kind Show returns to Vancouver from December 8 to 11. Over 300 of North America’s finest artisans and designers will have their unique goods for sale, just in time for the holidays.

Dam Good Soap selection
[Paula Morimoto’s Dam Good Soap]

Love Jules leather belt
[Love Jules leather belt]

This show features One of a Kind Specialty Neighbourhoods, broken down into the following areas:

ONEOFAKIND FLAVOURS – Featuring delicious sweet and savoury treats
ONEOFAKIND RISING STARS – The best up and coming artisans waiting to be discovered
ONEOFAKIND GREEN – Shop with a conscience – the latest eco-conscious trends
ONEOFAKIND FASHION DISTRICT – For the latest fashion trends
ONEOFAKIND EMERGING ARTIST GALLERY – A new section showcasing seven up and coming visual artists with a collection of paintings and mixed media artwork. All pieces priced under $1,000.

Birds and bridge
[Photo credit: Eugene Knotty Knitters]

Author Leanne Prain will discuss the craft movement’s evolution to more underground trends such as Knit Graffiti and Alternative Embroidery, on Saturday at 2 pm.

Leanne Prain book covers
[Leanne Prain’s books, “Hoopla” and “Yarn Bombing”]

World famous ballet school The Goh Ballet will perform scenes from The Nutcracker for one night only, Thursday December 8 at 6 pm (fashion stage).

SmartCar will host a fashion show on Friday night at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 and 3 pm, and on Sunday at 1 pm.

The Orange Room Social Media Lounge – Relax with a hot beverage in the Orange Room. Visit their specialty tea bar, check e-mail, or get your second wind for more fabulous shopping (open daily).
ING Direct’s Orange Room is back with a twist this year! One of a Kind and ING Direct are proud to present “bINGo” in the Orange Room, every evening from 4 to 7 pm (excluding Sunday).

How to Make an Ugly Creature (and Why) on CRAFT!

Kim Werker of MightyUgly will be at the show this year with several workshop sessions. Build your own creation. “When the goal is to make something ugly, failure is kinda pretty“. No crafts experience necessary. Adults only; free workshop, but registration is required.

Students from Kwantlen University, Vancouver Island University, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver Metal Art School and other institutions will present their latest bodies of work, in ONEOFAKIND SCHOOLS.

Bangles by Lemonpark
[Bangles by Lemonpark]

Another great new addition to the show is The Paint Bar! Enjoy a glass of wine and make your mark, big or small, on a complimentary communal canvas provided by Raw Canvas. Smocks and coveralls will be provided.

If your kids are just a tad too old for the Daycare Centre (mentioned below), you can send them off to the One of a Kind Jr. area, hosted by DeSerres. A DIY arts and crafts space for kids 8 and up, it’ll be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Shoppers will also be able to check out the bistro and wine bar (new this year), making the event more of a day or evening out rather than a shopping excursion with a list in hand.

Handy to know:
– Daycare Centre provided by Nannies on Call, for kids 2-8. This service is on a first come, first serve basis with a two hour time limit.
– Complimentary gift wrapping, courtesy of Langara College’s Design Formations program students.
– A parcel check service where staff will check in your shopping bags and carry them out to your car, free of charge.

One of a Kind Show
Date: December 8 to 11, 2011
Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place
Time: Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Tickets: $12 Adults; $6.50 Seniors (65+) and students; Children under 12 free
*Order adult tickets online and save $2 per ticket

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