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Welcome to York Makers

Our goal at York Makers is to provide Artisans from across York Region, Ontario with opportunities to grow their businesses, showcase their products and gain exposure in the local economy. This goal is achieved by producing juried art markets, facilitating artist led DIY workshops and giving back to the community.

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VENDOR CALL – Handcrafted Christmas

Our first Market as York Makers is set for December 2, 2017!

In partnership with Etsy York Region, we are aiming for a great group of handcrafted artists to make the market a winter wonderland!

We have plans for DIY workshops, loads of gift giving ideas and even a visit with Santa! Located in the heart of Newmarket, the Handcrafted Christmas is sure to be a one-stop shop for all of your holiday requirements.

Apply to be a vendor today!

  • York Makers ~ Handcrafted Christmas Market

    SET UP:
    Set-up time is between 8am to 9:30am. Show doors open at for VIPs at 10am promptly. General public admission opens at 11am.

    Shop Owners agree not to pack up prior to 4:00 pm. Failure to do so will result in rejection from future York Maker's Markets. This is non-negotiable.We are also having a mini Vendors only market right after the public market (about 45 minutes-an hour) so that you can shop each other's products - this is not mandatory - but based on feedback from last year's vendors.

    Applications are open until August 31, 2017.
    Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than September 6, 2017.
    Payment is due upon acceptance. Payment can be made by Email Money Transfer or via PayPal (PayPal payments will incur an additional 2% admin fee). Details to Follow upon Acceptance.

    We will assume forfeiture of your spot, should payment not be received by the deadline. We reserve the right to fill any spots that are not paid in full by September 30th, 2017. You will receive an email confirmation once your payment has been received. There will be no holding of spots after this date without full payment, as we are expecting a higher than usual number of applications and promotion of our vendors starts as soon as they're accepted.

    We have a comprehensive plan for marketing and promotion that includes printed materials, paid social media and more!
    We expect all vendors to distribute information to their family and friends, and post on social media to assist in making this event great! Failure to do so may result in your table being revoked and payment being refunded.

    Vendors are required to include a small item of value in our Swag Bag! A minimum of 100 swag bags will be distributed to VIP Attendees and throughout the event. Vendors participating in the swag bag will receive extra promotion on social media. Information on Swag bags will be sent out to accepted vendors.


    We are looking for 8-10 volunteers that can help during the market. If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer, please email us at, with the subject line: Market Volunteer. Areas of help include marketing and promotion, decorations, set-up, photography, and event staff.

    A minimum of 50 market spaces will be available. The final number of spaces available will be determined during the jurying process.

    Please let us know if you need to cancel, by emailing Every effort to replace your space will be made, however, should your space not be able to be filled, you will forfeit 50% of your payment. Following September 30th, 2017, no refunds will be granted and we reserve the right to fill your spot.


Made In Canada 2017 Announced!

It’s an exciting day here at York Maker’s Headquarters! Our team is thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Etsy York Region to host their 2nd Annual Made in Canada Market!

We are returning to the beautiful Aurora Cultural Centre – but this year, we have more space & much more for you to see and do at the market!

This year we are featuring a DIY Maker Space where some of our makers will be hosting hands-on workshops so you can learn a new hobby! We have more space this year which means even more handcrafted goodies for you to discover!

Follow along on our Facebook Page or Instagram Channel to get updates and vendor sneek peeks and make sure you RSVP your attendance and share our FB Event page!!



Happy Days at the Foodbank!

053Our Country Christmas Market was so great and all of the wonderful people that showed up to shop were fabulous!060

We had a wonderful day and were so happy to be able to pay it forward to the community!

The admission from the Country Market was $2 or by food donation and boy did the community rally!

We delivered a skid to the foodbank and were they ever happy!

Thank you to all the attendees, with your help, we are making a difference in the community!




Country Christmas Market Lookbook

Once again, Karen has done it!! Our Country Christmas Market Lookbook is FABULOUS!!!

Take a look inside for a sneek peek of what to expect at the Market on November 26th!

See you there!!

Our Christmas Market is Starting to Sparkle!

flyerWe are SO excited that our Country Christmas Market Vendor Application process is over! We received so many great applications and it was EVEN HARDER to jury this market than it was the Made in Canada Market!

We have notified all the applicants at this stage and will begin the process of connecting with each Vendor and will start to share them with you and get you excited for the market in November!!

We will introduce you to our great Vendors, their shops and will get to know more about them, their wares and their process, so make sure you stay tuned!!

In the meantime, please like our Facebook Page and make sure you tell all of your friends and family to come to the show – We can’t wait to see you there!!

If you are interested in participating in the Country Christmas Market as a volunteer, please email There will be a range of volunteer positions such as marketplace decor, postering prior to the event, workshop instructors, greeters, etc. Please consider volunteering with us and in turn contributing to your local Etsy community.


Made in Canada 16 Wrap Up!

108-1Wow!! What a FANTASTIC day! Our market was a spectacular hit and we are thrilled that so many people chose to spend their day with us!

Our vendors were a wonderful selection of what York Region has to offer and we hope you take a look at our Vendor Look Book so that you can keep supporting them even though the market is over.

Missed the market? Take a look at our gallery of photos taken by and Ophra Alexandra

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PRESS: Etsy: a global marketplace for artisans

Originally Posted in the Aurora Banner – Author Amanda Persico, Photos by Steve Somerville/Metroland


Etsy captain Ariane Griffiths shows off some of the merchandise for sale at the Aurora Cultural Centre, Sept. 13 to 16.

Many artisans sell their unique handmade items at fairs, markets and trade shows.

But registration or booth fees can be costly and traveling to and setting up can be time consuming.

“Artists want to make a living off their work,” said Samantha Rodin, executive director of the York Region Arts Council. “Being creative is a passion, but it doesn’t pay the bills.”

Etsy – established in 2008 as a marketplace for handcrafted goods, vintage items and craft supplies – is bringing the world of craft markets and artisan fairs to a global market.

The grassroots platform allows artists to sell their one-of-a-kind creations in a one-of-a-kind shop online.

Last year, the company reported more than $2.49 billion in worldwide online sales.

But that’s not to say Etsy doesn’t host markets, where shoppers can touch, feel, see and smell handmade items.

Each year, Etsy hosts national Made In markets, featuring items made by artists from a particular country.

The Made in Canada Etsy market is Sept. 24 with locations in more that 40 cities across the country, including Toronto, Mississauga and for the first time York Region.

Etsy is all about the creative arts industry, going beyond pictures, paintings and sculptures.

Etsy sellers include graphic artists, jewelry makers and sewists who make a range of handcrafted items from macramé plant hangers, jewelry, typography art, greeting cards, blankets, dice bags, game character pegs, baby toys, pocket watches and home décor – all at affordable prices, too.

“Etsy makes art accessible for the everyday person,” Rodin said. “Handmade pieces are not for the upper echelon of society anymore.”

A bouquet of flowers, made of clay and painted, is one of the many items for sale in the upcoming Etsy York Region sale at the Aurora Cultural Centre.The global marketplace connected more than 1.6 million active sellers with more than 24 million shoppers.

“Etsy allows me to reach a market I would not normally reach,” said Ariane Griffiths, York Region Etsy captain and owner of Etsy shop La Petite Stitcherie.

Griffiths makes and sells handmade, custom stuffies, blankets and taggies for babies and children.

“I’ve sold items to people in the United Kingdom, Australia and California from my little house in Keswick.”

Not only is it a marketplace to purchase rare treasures custom made for each purchaser, Etsy is also a place where shoppers can meet the makers, each with their own story.

“Many big box stores by the rights to a piece of work and sell prints or copies,” Rodin said. “Most times the product was not created by an artist at all.”

Etsy is the reverse of mass marketing, where each product and shop is unique to it’s creator. And each product is unique to the buyer as a majority of items are customizable in terms of colours, names, initials or sayings.

Not only do patrons connect with creators, but also with the creative process.

Many artisans post product pictures as well as artsy process pictures of the item being made by hand.

Similar to the farm to table craze, Etsy is about craft table to table, said Mississauga resident Iva Ouzounova, owner of Dream Willow Studio, a hand-stamped jewelry and accessory Etsy shop.

“Artists are excited to make their products, knowing someone will enjoy the piece,” said Ouzounova, who is part of the Craftadian Made in Canada market. “There is a positive energy that comes with each piece, from the maker to you.”

Etsy York Region is hosting a Made in Canada market Sept. 24. This pic shows some of their merchandise for sale at Aurora Cultural Centre, including jewelry. Sept 13, 2016The relationship to the artist extends beyond the product. It’s knowing the purchase will help support a local artist, a small household or a child’s hockey season.

“You’re contributing to a local artist and most likely it’s a stay-at-home mom who is trying to make money or save for a family vacation,” said Griffiths, a mom of two, who falls into that category, selling her latest creation of ceramic and wood coasters to fund a family trip.

While Etsy makes it easy for sellers to sell, what makes a particular shop successful is treating it like a business, said Ouzounova, who comes from an accountant background.

“You can’t just set up shop and wait,” she said. “You’re a crafty person, that’s why you’re on Etsy. But you also have to learn how to be a businessperson. Etsy organically teaches that.”

There’s a word for artist turned entrepreneur – artrepreneur.

Etsy operates on a shared success business model, meaning company revenue is contingent upon having successful artists.

As such Etsy shares in the responsibility of turning artisans into artrepreneurs by offering how-to courses and workshops such as how to: post a listing, take product photos, benefit from search engine optimization, use social media, ship products, understand copyright and intellectual property, process payments, and grow your business.

There are fees associated with selling on Etsy – a listing fee of about 20 cents and a small percentage fee on each item sold through the online shop.

With a supportive entrepreneur model, Etsy allows crafters to make a living without the risk, Griffiths said.

“There’s no monthly payment or rent,” she said. “The sky’s the limit with your shop.”


Artists Featured

Pic 1 – Sign by Rustic Hustle, Stuffed Animals by Sew Shenanigans, Crocheted Iron Man by Via Hand, Purses by Luuee, Greeting Card Kit By PaperPlusCloth, Flowers by The Flower Girl, Blanket & Cloud Pillow by La Petite Stitcherie

Pic 2 – Blanket by La Petite Stitcherie, Flowers by The Flower Girl

Pic 3 – MCH Creations