ONE OF A KIND

by cheryl santa maria

My mom hates Christmas and in my old age, I’m starting to hate it too. The shopping. The crowds. The snow. The slush. The horrid carols. And the cold. Don’t even get me started on that. Last year I bought a plastic tree ($7.99 on clearance at Wal-mart, baby) and decorated it with skulls and black tinsel. Mom loved it. We sat at the kitchen table and mused about how edgy and creative we are, while eating the burnt cookies I had just pulled out of the oven.

NO CHRISTMAS WHILE I’M TALKING BY THE WALKMEN:

WE WISH YOU A LOUSY CHRISTMAS BY SPACE NEGROS:

LISTENING TO OTIS REDDING AT HOME DURING XMAS BY OKKERVIL RIVER:

Yeah, my family celebrates Christmas even though we find it pointless, but we do it on our own terms - capiche? All that aside, there is one thing that gets me excited about this time of year. The One of a Kind (OOAK) show is coming! Yay!

This is where you get to see the best of the best. The OOAK is like a giant craft sale, featuring hundreds of vendors spread out over a (seemingly endless) space. OOAK has been around for over three decades and they’re expecting to receive 140,000 visitors this year. Vendors come from all over Canada and the US to sell their wares, and they are all ridiculously talented.

Be advised: this is not a church basement craft sale. You aren’t going to find saran-wrapped brownies and cookies here. What you will find are cutting edge fashions by up-and-coming designers, incredible art installations, glass sculpture, exotic foods and, well, just about any product you can imagine -but a million times cooler.

Check it out, OK? I’ll see you there.

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