Thursday, April 06, 2006

ask crafty times four

Last week I introduced a new feature called ask crafty, where you can send in questions related to Toronto, craft, and DIY, and readers with advice to offer can do so. Thanks to those who responded to Mishka’s question about paper and ribbon shops in the dot!

I am glad to see that people dig the idea and have burning craft questions that need answering. Here are four for your consideration – pretty please post a comment (or send an email if you prefer) if you have any words of wisdom. ask crafty needs answers to work!!!

Without further ado:

x“I'd love to have a list of stores in Toronto that take handmade things on consignment” - Laural aka Thimble

x“Where do I find lovely machine embroidered cloth labels or tags the kind with "made with love from grandma" but personalized to use with my products?” – Kim

x“Does anyone know a place in Toronto that sells button (badge) makers? I have seen some on the internet, but I wanted to avoid the shipping costs etc. and just buy one in person. – Robyn

x“Where in Toronto can you find CHEAP purse handlesbut also in a variety of styles, colours, and materials ie. wood, plastic,metal etc.? I have been searching everywhere for this and up and till now I can only find good suppliers online.” - Jill


Blogger studiostelle said...

This one's for Kim:

Are you looking for completely custom labels? I had printed labels done with Laven Industries in Markham ( They do woven labels as well and I was fairly happy with their turnaround time and pricing.



1:57 p.m.  
Blogger Lala said...

Hope you don't mind, but I added a link to your blog on mine!

2:04 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

lala: of course i don't mind! the more the word spreads the more info gets shared and disseminated making us all that much more successful in our crafty quests.
in fact there is an invitation for anyone to add a TCA button to their site on the side bar.

p.s. i linked to your lovely blog earlier today - we have many of the same daily visits...

2:16 p.m.  
Blogger Sparkle & Shine Design said...

I just wanted to say hi and thanks for the great blog! I am constantly searching for local businesses to feed my craft supply jones, and am paying close attention to this thread because I'd love to find some local shops that accept consignment/wholesale of crafty wares!

Looking forward to reading more - and I'll add your link to my blog!

3:03 p.m.  
Blogger krissy said...

re: thimble's query about stores that accept consignment...

there's a new store opening in parkdale in may called "it's made". i brought some of my jewellery to her today and she's super nice! it's at 1604 queen west and the website is

10:24 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I checked out
the 40% consignment fee is very high. Standard in the industry is 25%

3:40 p.m.  
Blogger krissy said...

really? i thought 60/40 was pretty standard. i've never found a place that only takes 25%. would you be willing to share the names of some of those places? it would probably be really helpful to have some of those stores listed here.

9:04 p.m.  
Anonymous Laural said...

About the button makers - not really an answer to your question, but I bought my button maker online and I don't think it would be that much cheaper if you found one in Canada. I bought it from and they have good customer service and ship using USPS, which is important. UPS and FedEx charge huge brokerage fees. All I had to pay was shipping, then GST and PST to customs, no duty. Just thought I'd offer that info, in case you can't find one locally!

10:33 a.m.  
Anonymous Sew Be It Studio said...

You can find amazing purse handles and other fabulous findings at John Bead. To shop there you have to have a business number though, and there is also a minimum purchase amount (about$200). Once you get in there its not hard to spend $200. If you are just looking for yourself and you do not have a business number, you can find handles at the usual fabric stores and craft stores. With Lewiscraft going out of business, they are sure to have them on sale.

Another really good resource for purse handles are places that specialize in leather. You could try Leather & Sewing Supply Depot at 7 Vanauley Street or Capital Findings at 160 Tycos Drive. These places are great if you aren’t able to get into John Bead’s.

As far as consignment stores, there is Freedom Clothing at Bloor near Dovercourt. Freedom is run by Ryerson fashion students but they accept consignment as well. I'm not 100% on their agreement though. And there is always Fresh Collective, but I’m not sure if they are currently accepting new designers.

Hope that helps!


12:24 p.m.  
Anonymous sweetie pie press said...

a) in toronto, i sell on consignment in these stores:
- tellulah twig
- mothership
i'm sure there are more, but that might get the ball rolling. also, if you have a large amount of stock you can apply to the fresh collective. but this is not consignment, it is quite a different set-up.

b) as for button makers, ordering from the states is a crap shoot. you may be charged duty or you may not. but every dealer that i have found in canada is selling them for more than you would pay online from the states, anyway.



2:43 p.m.  
Blogger ShanghaiCowgirl said...

Button makers - If you only need a few, they sell kid-friendly button makers at your local Toys R Us. Otherwise, I would try craigslist or that local indie network (I'll find the name, it escapes me at the moment) and ask the same question of some local indie bands. Everybody's got a 1" button these days.

Purse handles - Cheap wood and bamboo ones at Plaiter Place on Spadina & Baldwin. Lewiscraft @ Yonge & Bloor definitely had some opaque coloured plastic ones at 30% two weeks ago.


3:12 p.m.  
Blogger viki said...

Great Blog...regarding thimble's query about stores that accept consignment, there are so many, and not limited to just Toronto. I sell to quite a few out of town as well as some great online stores. STORM on Queen West is always looking, she is great. Toronto Woman's bookstore carries various pruducts, there is cool store in Ottawa called Soho Betty (not sure if she is still there)


11:44 a.m.  
Anonymous Sew Be It Studio said...

The aforementioned local indie network can be found at, good thinking Miche.

3:03 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the purse handle information everyone. I will be sure to check the mentioned places out!

Thanks so much!


10:10 a.m.  
Blogger Michele said...

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1:04 p.m.  
Blogger Michele said...

I was just in Fabricland at Yonge and North York Centre and all their purse handles were at least 40% off. Quite a good selection and some pretty beaded ones.

1:05 p.m.  
Blogger viki said...

I am trying to find out more information on how to solder; I make jewelry and REALLY wanted to add that to some of my styles but NO idea what it entails. Is there a simple variation of this technique? Any help would be appreciated.


9:25 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: soldering - I took a great class through the toronto school board at Central Tech. I think it's called Jewelry II or III that was great for learning how to use the equiptment. Most people seemed to be using it for cheap studio time, although they've since tripled the price so I'm not sure that it's worth it anymore.

6:50 p.m.  

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