Welcome back to IRL!

Oh hey, it’s me, Mel!

After two years of constant shifts and transitions, I’d love to re-introduce myself.

I started in-person handmade markets in 2012, and instantly found my dream job! Over the course of a decade, I ran 50+ markets, learned a ton, made so many new friends, and saw the shop local movement explode in our region. 

But when the pandemic hit, everything changed. I had to pivot, fast.

Why Support Local Handmade


Over the last 11 years, Picks and Giggles has evolved as a gateway for local Canadian entrepreneurs to connect directly (in real life) with their local audience, and to spread the powerful message of shopping local.
Communities prosper when a local entrepreneur grows and can start employing local community members. This means re-investing and hiring other local businesses! Economic growth happens!
In a world full of digital marketing and online shopping, we’re committed to providing a space for you, the modern maker, to showcase and sell your business IRL to the communities around you.
Not your gramma’s bazaar

Not mass produced

Not a mall

Support Local Makers

Awesome show and so many high quality artisans!  You don’t want to miss this one!

Vicki S.

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