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 9 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!