shopping small at one of a kind holiday show

Did you attend the 20th One of a Kind Holiday Show? If you didn't, you really should next year. The show had 400 artists and makers this year. In non-pandemic times they have about 600 artists. It's was an impressive mix of goods. Seriously. You could easily do all your shopping there. They had everything. I was fortunate to have a couple hours Friday and Sunday mornings to wander the aisles, talk to makers and shop for gifts. And boy did I! Gifts to give and several to keep. It's the largest retail show we've ever been part of. I saw an amazing variety of art, sculpture, home goods, pottery, beauty products, clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, culinary delights, pens, and all price ranges too. It was impressive and a little overwhelming at first. Below is a roundup of the goodies I invested in. I also had some amazing trades with vendors. I'll do a separate post with those. Be sure to visit the artist page on the One of a Kind Holiday Show.


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People's Garment Co. - these shirts are beautifully designed and based on forgotten history. I got my Mr. a "made in Chicago" shirt, he's the only person I know actually made in Chicago.
Soap Distillery - the best soaps based off everyone's favorite cocktails. I love taking baths on my day off and got the Tonic Mineral Salt Soak. It smells of woody citrus and relaxes me completely. My skin feels nourished for the entire week. Pure magic and the stuff bath time dreams are made of! You won't wanna leave the tub.
Katherine Anne Confections - I have a thing for caramel. I can't resist the buttery deliciousness. Every time I do an event with Katherine Anne Confections, I get caramels, this time was no different, except I also got truffles, drinking chocolate and cinnamon sugar marshmallows. Merry Christmas to me!
Yellowcake Shop - this dress is so damn flattering and feminine. I got it in black and am sure it will be a staple. It has pockets and I absolutely adore it! Check out their Chicago boutique on Western Avenue. Beautiful, flattering clothing in extended sizes!? Yes, please!

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Dave's Coffee Cake - another vendor I can't resist! I buy Dave's triple cinnamon coffee cakes every, single time I see them. Seriously, they're perfect for family gatherings or Sunday brunch.
Six Point Pet - Every year Scooby-Doo gets a new Six Point Pet collar. He just looks so good in them. The Mr. prefers the Chicago flag but this year, I changed it up to a Chicago style hot dog - because he is truly a hot dog.
Transit Tees - I saw these Chicago dog socks and had to get them for my Mr. We visited Superdawg weekly during 2020, it was the only restaurant that works during a pandemic - an actual drive-in. While we cut back on our hot dog consumption this year, we still visit Superdawg monthly for the best dawgs in Chicago. A perfect stocking stuffer for Mr. Favorite.
Old Salt Merchants - I have foodie friends who love grilling. What a perfect gift - a Custom Sampler Gift Set of six delicious salts. I also got a Cocktail Kit Gift Set, which I'm very excited for my personal spirit guide (aka bartender) to make drinks with.

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Bonnie Skincare - as mentioned before, I'm all about relaxing baths on days off. Cloud Bombs by Bonnie Skincare have become a staple. They slowly release the most dreamy scents while dissolving into a soft cloud on top of bath water. My skin feels amazing after and bonus - my tub isn't left slippery. Perfect for our long Midwest winters.
Lila Barn Clothing - this top is so incredibly soft and comfortable. I fell in love with the hand-dyed pattern and magical colors. Truly spellbinding and perfectly named - Witchy. Bergen insisted I try it on, I think she knew I couldn't resist. Once on, I didn't want to take it off! Each item in the Witchy Collection is hand-dyed and one of kind. Better hurry, they sell fast.

I had such a wonderful time shopping One of a Kind and meeting new artists, as well as catching up with old friends. What a great reentry to in-person shows. I got lots of gifts checked off my list and loved being part of the show. The artist page is still online, be sure to check it out for more amazing artists.

shopping small with Show of Hands

Were you able to take advantage of Show of Hands virtual Holiday Show? I was! I got lots of goodies. Some to give, some to keep. I loved the exclusives several vendors offered and defiantly blew my budget the first day. It was great. Here's a little roundup of the goodies I got. You can still shop all the vendors through the Show of Hands Online Directory and be sure to follow them all on Instagram. That's where all these beautiful images came from.

shopping small with Show of Hands

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5one7 designs - amazing jewelry! I purchased one to give and one to keep
Soap Distillery - the best soaps based off everyone's favorite cocktails. I buy the soap shot bags for the print shop. Everyone loves how well they clean and how delicious they smell.
Wild Botanicals - very excited for the full moon bath bomb! I also love their detox face masks and anything and everything pink Himalayan salt.
Squasht - this dress screamed my name. Soft, cozy but looks dressy. I adore it! Check out their Chicago boutique on Chicago Avenue.


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Lila Barn Clothing - hand dyed napkins that look and feel good. Got a set to give and one to keep, these were SOH exclusives.
Starshaped Press - I have a hard time resisting Jen's amazing letterpress prints. Each one is typeset, one character at a time and lovingly printed one color, one sheet of paper at a time.
Jack & Joie - these mugs are so frickin' festive and cute! I snatched up the SOH exclusive with two mugs and a matching tea towel.
Edgewater Candles - my most favorite candles just got even better! Their new line C&LE is a collaboration of beautiful handmade vessels from artists filled with delicious smelling Edgewater Candles. Just when you thought you had enough candles, they go and create these beauties that we all NEED.

As you can see, I had a whole lotta fun shopping Show of Hands this year. The directory is still online, be sure to check it out for a great selection of handmade goods.