Bird earrings by House Of Hsueh, one of the vendors who will be at Crafternoon Tea on Saturday.


Crafty goodness

For those who appreciate locally produced fashions and gifts, Toronto’s indie talents will be showcased at several events this weekend.


Tomorrow night (Fri. June 22) is the second edition of the Sassy Little Craft Show, a licensed event at the Victory Cafe (581 Markham St., near Honest Ed’s) featuring over 20 local vendors selling craft kits, saucy soaps, limited edition jewelry, quirky home decor items and other cool stuff — seek out the fantastic vinyl bags by Anatomy Of A Skirt and subversive cross-stitch kits by Crafty Like a Fox. This free event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight. Handmade goods, booze and a DJ -— how better to kick off Pride weekend and the summer of 2007? See

If you’re hungry for more crafty fun, then pop by FF’s Mini Crafternoon Tea on Saturday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), an outdoor indie craft and fashion market accompanied by a tea-party in the back garden with proceeds going to the Woodgreen Community Centre’s arts initiatives for kids and adults with special needs. Expect all kinds of hip handmade wearables, eco-chic bags, clay and resin jewelry, LP journals, handmade paper goods, plus sweet eats, prizes and more.

WHERE: 1015 Queen St. East at Pape in Leslieville. Find photos and further information at

Local craftista-designers, including affordable and flattering chapeaus by Hat Mood, will also be selling their wares at Centre Island as part of the Viking Boat Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.vikingboatraces.comfor more details. And to close this crafty weekend with an injection of do-it-yourself spunk, don’t miss Ladyfest Toronto’s summer zine and craft fair at the Kapisanan Philippine Centre (167 Augusta Ave.), part of Kensington Market’s pedestrian-only Sundays. Expect live music, spoken word, art, funky vendors and more from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Info at

Preloved annual summer sale

Today through Sunday, make sure to hit the Preloved summer sale. As all stylistas know, this is the shop that kickstarted Toronto’s obsession with revamped vintage clothing — many would say they still do it best.

All kinds of goodies from the current collection as well as treats from the past catalogue of fetching frocks is slashed by 30 to 70 per cent off for four days only. Don’t snooze —you will regret it.

WHERE: Preloved, 613 Queen St. W. (near Bathurst) or preview items at

Want to recycle and make your own reconstructed wearables? Then, don’t miss the 50 per cent off sale at Value Village, Monday, June 25 only from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.;

Skate and snowboard sample sale

Sporty boys and gals would be wise to check out this blow-out of skate and snowboard gear as well as cool sneakers and accessories — worth checking out, even if you just like rocking the look.

As all bargain hounds know, the hotter it is, the deeper the discounts on winter merchandise. And, sale organizers promise these prices will be lunatic low. Boards from Burton, Ride, Forum, Nitro, Rome and Roxy have been marked down by 50 per cent or more, plus apparel and accessories from Billabong, Ambiguous, WESC, Etnies, DC, Circa, Obey and others. Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Interac accepted. Where: 639 Queen St. W. at Bathurst.

WHEN: Today through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

INFO: Call 416-871-4431.