Etsy Canada to host offline pop-up market at Robson Square

Love My Local will be selling their province-themed cheeseboards at Etsy: Made in Canada

Love My Local will be selling their province-themed cheeseboards at Etsy: Made in Canada

When it comes to online shopping for homemade, vintage and offbeat goodies Etsy has the internet market cornered.

Part virtual craft fair, part uber-searchable catalogue, Etsy the internet home to artists, crafters, collectors and artisans around the globe, including Canada.

Founded in 2005 and calls Brooklyn, NY home. Etsy has over 1 million active shops, 26 million items listed and had $1.35 billion in sales in 2013. If you search for ‘Made in Canada’, Etsy says there are 17,072 items labelled such. Small batch crafts, it seems, are a big deal.

On September 27, Etsy vendors from the Vancouver area will go offline at the Etsy: Made in Canada pop-up. The event takes place at Robson Square from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The pop-up marketplace is part of a cross-Canada celebration of the Canuck Etsy community. Similar markets are popping up in 23 cities from Quebec to B.C. More than 65 vendors are selling everything from honey to jewellery to kids clothes  at the Robson Square ice skating rink September 27.   Continue reading:
Etsy Canada to host offline pop-up market at Robson Square

End of an Era: Canadian Tire Money Going Digital

5c_aSandy McTire’s days may be numbered.

The tam-wearing Scotsman, with his bushy moustache and toothy grin, is featured as a mascot on some of Canada’s most beloved currency – Canadian Tire money.  Since 1958, shoppers at Canadian Tire stores have received Canadian Tire money as a form of cash back (.4 percent per dollar spent) on their purchases.  The distinctive paper bills come in a variety of denominations – from five cents to $2 – and can be redeemed at Canadian Tire stores.

But after 56 years, Canadian Tire money is finally going digital.   Continue reading:
End of an Era: Canadian Tire Money Going Digital

Vancouver’s Not-so-Secret Neighbourhood Shops Part II

The Found & The Freed is is tucked into a residential area on Victoria Drive

The Found & The Freed is is tucked into a residential area on Victoria Drive

They’re tucked beside small walk-up apartments. Some are located on corners. Others are on busy through streets. Corner stores and neighbourhood shops are everywhere in Vancouver.

Last year I blogged about some of Vancouver’s best, tucked away shops and markets. The sweet little corner stores that reflect an ethos of days gone by – markets that sell fresh food, fashions and gifts. Where shop owners live in the neighbourhood they operate in, know customers’ names and goods are not mass-produced.

From found industrial antiques in East Vancouver to latte and bike mechanic cafe in the Cityhall hood, Vancouver has a range of sweet stops for folks looking to caffeinate, collect antiques, go sailing or stock up on whimsical kitchenware.  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Not-so-Secret Neighbourhood Shops Part II

High-Tech at The Bay: New smartphone app tracks shoppers in Vancouver store

8200317902_04cd2c4801_zShopping at The Bay may never be the same.

Hudson’s Bay Co. is rolling out new smartphone technology at five Canadian stores, including a Vancouver location, according to the Vancouver Sun.  The location-sensing technology will blast special offers to consumers depending on exactly where they’re standing in the store.  The special sensors can also track the overall location of shoppers to better understand buying behaviours.

The Bay joins American Apparel as one of the first Canadian retailers to embrace the new location-sensing technology.   Continue reading:
High-Tech at The Bay: New smartphone app tracks shoppers in Vancouver store

What a Weekend to Buy a Bike!

Vancouver Bike Swap 2014

Image courtesy of Kris Krüg | Flickr.com

As the sky turns blue and the days get warmer, the season of bike riding is slowly coming upon us! With Vancouver’s extensive selection of bike paths, sea-side trails, and greenway networks, it’s no secret that our bike culture is thriving and well.

This weekend, there are two great sales happening in Vancouver for bike lovers or for those of you who just want to save a few dollars buying a bike.

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What a Weekend to Buy a Bike!