On Friday, November 26th at 10am we opened the doors to Out of Hand Modern Market! Over 100 incredible makers, designers and artists are onsite with their fantastic pop up shops in the magical Crystal Garden.
Friday was an amazing day. Our makers were thrilled with the response from shoppers. And our shoppers have sent many lovely messages and told us in person how much they enjoyed their market shopping. We loved watching everyone leave with bags of holiday treasures!
We are very appreciative of the cooperation of all the shoppers who came prepared to show their proof of vaccination. On that note, under the Public Health order proof of vaccine is required. Vaccine QR codes are being scanned upon entry. Masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 5. Our beautiful venue has high ceilings and wide aisles with hand sanitizer available throughout the venue and at the makers pop-up shops.
We are so very grateful to be back for our 32 Out of Hand Modern Market.
Thank you to everyone for shopping local, supporting small business and loving handmade!
The Out of Hand Modern Market will be back in person for our annual holiday market! Taking place November 26 to 28th at the beautiful Crystal Gardens in Victoria, this much anticipate market will feature over 120 designers, makers and artisans from across BC.
Over the course of the last 15 months, Out of Hand has had to put its in person markets on pause. Sadly cancelling three events, our first Spring Market in 2020, our Holiday Market in 2020 and our Spring Market in 2021. So it is with great excitement we are busy creating a market to remember for this Holiday season.
Thank you for supporting Out of Hand and the many makers that we have the privilege of partnering with over these challenging months. Thank you for shopping local, supporting small business, and loving handmade. We look forward to reconnecting in person in November!
Our Summer Ooh La La Box arrives at the end of June. While its still two months away, the makers we are partnering with have already started working on their gorgeous goods.
This box, our fifth seasonal subscription box, reflects our easy, breezy Westcoast Summers. Sunshine, the beautiful outdoor playground we call home, and spending time with friends and family. While we are limited in where we can go and who we can do things with, there is so much about living in BC that we are thankful for especially in these unprecendented times. And if everything goes the way it is planned, Summer may be when we get back some of our old normal. Fingers crossed. In the meantime your Ooh La La Box will be delivered and bring some summer to your door.
In this box there is a fabulous selection of items. Your teaser for this box – we have included a jewellery designer that our subscribers requested, who embraces our Westcoast way of life and cherishes our environment and her work reflects this conscientious beauty.
Subscribe now for the summer box. Don’t miss out. This box will sell out! Visit our Ooh La La Box page to subscribe. www.outofhand.ca/ooh-la-la-box/
Its officially Spring and as the days get longer and brighter there is both optimism and trepidation in the air as we continue to navigate our pandemic lives. The Ooh La La Box was not part of my plan for 2020 but I now regard is at a pandemic plus, an idea that came to be because of the times we were living in.
This is our fourth Ooh La La Box and completes our first year of seasonal subscription boxes! Each box has represented the season and brought a selection of products different from the last. With your support, we have been able to partner with 48 different makers all from BC.
This season, in addition to bringing items for your home and for you in this box you will see a daisy theme. I am a little daisy crazy, white gerberas are my favourite. White daisies were my mom’s favourite flower too. I love daisies because of their simple cheerful beauty, and because they remind me of her.
Once again we are bringing you eight fabulous items and this time three of the them are exclusive to this box and were made in collaboration with the makers. It’s been a privilege and a joy to work with such amazing makers this past year, curate these boxes, and send them to you. Thank you for subscribing!
Creator, Ooh La La Box
Owner, Out of Hand Modern Market
Here is a list of the items in our Spring Ooh La La Box
Daisy Pillow Cover by Emma Pyle Art and Studio on Tenth
Victoria www.studioontenth.com Value: $30
This item is where this box began. As I said in the intro I am a little daisy crazy. I reached out to Emma Pyle and her mom Andrea, a mother daughter maker duo, to create an exclusive daisy design for this box. The daisy that Emma painted is so beautiful. I think it’s perfect! It’s printed on a linen pillow cover by Andrea to add some flower power to your home. It’s a standard size pillow cover that fits an 18” insert.
White Planter by Kay Ceramic and Design
Uclulet www.kayceramics.com Value: $34.00
I find there is much beauty in simple white well-made items. This soft white planter with its contemporary design by Karla Strickland is just that. Perfect for a 4” plant, mine holds a sweet little succulent. It sits on my kitchen windowsill and I love it. Kay’s work reflects the colours and textures that surround her home in the Uclulet and Tofino area.
Daisy Chain Luxury Moon Cake by RavenSong Soap and Candle
Campbell River www.ravensongsoap.com Value: $7.50
Throw your hair up in your new scrunchie, draw yourself a bath and set this exclusive Daisy Chain Moon Cake in the water. Watch the hypnotizing cloud of colour as it unfurls in your bath radiating skin loving oils and a lovely scent. Created by award winning soap maker Valerie Lamirande this moon cake design was inspired by our daisy pillow cover with fresh spring scents. Enjoy some relaxing time to yourself with this little gem.
Silver Charm Bracelet by Shi Studio
Victoria www.shistudio.com Value: $79
I have been wearing pendants by Shi Studio for years. Luscious silks fused with shining glass pendants and charms are owner and designer Cory Judge’s signature creations. This simple but elegant silver bracelet was an exclusive collaboration for our Spring Ooh La La Box. The silk in this bracelet features simple white spring blossoms. So pretty
Moss Scrunchie by sloane west supply
Cowichan Bay www.sloanewestsupply.com Value:$10
Made with the principles of slow fashion and sustainability in mind, this scrunchie is a favourite for those that scrunchies are a must have item of survival and style. Katie Royce designs clothing for children and adults, one of the great things about her scrunchies are that they are made from the leftover fabric from her clothing line so that no piece goes to waste.
Heart Chocolate from Denman Island Chocolates
Denman Island www.denmanislandchocolate.com Value: $3
What’s better than handmade organic dark chocolate? Handmade dark chocolate that is heart shaped! This little piece of goodness is from Daniel and Annika at Denman Island Chocolate. Made in their factory overlooking the ocean and mountains, Daniel and Annika create a delectable line of chocolate with a variety of flavours
Collagen from Good Life Juice
Nanaimo www.goodlifejuice.com Value: $49.99
So many people swear by collagen in terms of improving their skin, hair and nails but the benefits go beyond that as Andrea Dershin of Good Life Juice outlines in her blog about Collagen.
Bergamot Liquid Soap from Steele & Co.
Victoria www.steeleandco.ca Value: $15
We have all spent months diligently washing our hands many times per day. My hands are looking a little worse for wear and I wanted to treat them to a soap that was would be kinder on them and made with quality ingredients. This premium soap made by Michelle Roberts is certified organic, it is vegan, biodegradable and scented with essential oils. This versatile soap with its citrus scent and spicy floral notes can also be used for more than just your hands, it’s also a body cleanser, shampoo, mild dish soap, stain remover.
Thank you for all you support this year. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to reconnecting in 2021.
We don’t know yet about the Spring but our annual Holiday Market is booked for November 26 to 28, 2021 at Crystal Garden!
For the first time in 32 years, the shoppers and makers of Out of Hand Modern Market will not fill either the Victoria Conference Centre or Crystal Gardens. But while these spaces remain empty the holiday shopping must go on!
From Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29, shop many of the artists and makers that you would normally see at Out of Hand Modern Market and check out some new ones too.
While very different from an an in person market, shopping in our holiday online market still gives you direct access to the makers and their beautiful handmade goods.
AND…For these five days take advantage of the market offers and discounts available through each makers online store. The participating makers and their offers will be listed on our website. Beginning on November 25 at 10am you will be able to link to their website through our site and use the promo code “OOH2020” to save!
In addition to these great offers and direct access to some of the best makers in BC and their beautiful goods, shopping our online market has some other great benefits, here’s our top 5:
- Shop from home from your favourite chair
- Shop in your pajamas (not required but recommended)
- Shop with a glass of wine or a festive cocktail (also not required but recommended)
- Shop at midnight or 5am or anytime of the day, the market is open 24 hours a day.
- Have the items delivered to your door.
The holidays are fast approaching giving us lots of reasons to shop – its also a good time to shop for ourselves as we all deserve some presents right now. Buy direct from the makers of beautiful handmade goods. Jewellery, pottery, bodycare, food, home décor, fashion and more.
Save the date and time and get ready to shop. Be sure to shop early for limited items.
Just a week after we sadly announced the cancellation of the 32nd annual Out of Hand Modern Market, we were uplifted by the enthusiasm of the many subscribers of our Ooh La La Box who received a small representation of our market in their fall box.
Thank to all of the subscribers of this box – I hope you love your box!
We worked with ten amazing makers to create the fall Ooh La La Box. Some of these goods have been exclusively designed for this box. In anticipation of the cooler, uncertain weeks ahead that this season will bring, my hope is that the eight incredible products in this box help you to feel cozy, calm and cared for.
Here is a list of the beautiful goods in our fall Ooh La La Box:
Stacker Bracelets by Woven Stone Co, Saanich
An Ooh La La Box exclusive, designer Jillian Schumarcher created this pair of stacking bracelets exclusively for this box. Just about every single day, I am wearing stacking bracelets, my wrist feels naked without them. These bracelets are pretty special as they are not only stylish but calming as well. Both have Flower Amazonite, a stone of courage that promotes hope, truth and connection and one has porous lava stones that we recommend you add the Bilston Lavender Oil to and enjoy the diffusing benefits. Value $70
Cardamom or Lavender Honey by Mellifera Bees, Vancouver
This honey is unbeelievable 😉 I love it in my tea and my husband loves it in his coffee. Lately I have been loving it drizzled over cheese! Beekeeper Melissa Cartwright harvests her honey from happy hives in BC and suffuses them with a bouquet of aromatic flavours. Last year at Out of Hand, Melissa’s honey sold out and she won best booth design! Value $11
Black Lavender Tea by Westholme Tea Company, Duncan
I am a devout tea drinker. This tea is a personal favourite of mine. Margit and Victor of Westholme are the first (and only) commercial organic tea grower in Canada. If you have not tried a truly good cup of premium tea you will find there is no comparison between the quality and flavour hand selected, organic small batch tea and the mass produced tea most of us drink. Pour this tea into your yunomi cup, add a little of the honey and enjoy. You may just join team tea! Value $17
Lavender Essential Oil by Bilston Creek Farm, Metchosin
Bilston Creek Farm is a gorgeous lavender, apple and honey farm in the heart of Metchosin. It is also a very popular weeding and picnic venue. Bilston produces and distills all its own lavender to creative a beautiful line of lavender products. Use the essential oil in this box with the lava stones on the stacker bracelet and wear the calm of lavender as you navigate the coming months. Value $17.50
Beau TEA Ful Silver Teaspoon by Olds Cool Designs, Kelowna
Unbeknownst to me when Olds Cool Designs was selected for Out of Hand, Wendy Yates its creator is my cousins’ cousin and we had on occasion to vacationed together when we were young. Fast forward a few years (I won’t tell you how many) and I am delighted to include this little treasure in this box. Wendy uses found silver pieces to create very cool new pieces. Use this Beau TEA Ful Silver Teaspoon with your tea and honey. I hope it makes you smile each time you use it. Value $21.50
Infinity Scarf by KOME Designs, Vancouver
Exclusive to this box, designer Kjaer Pedersen designed this beautiful scarf. Adding a scarf to any outfit gives another dimension, it can dress it up or dress it down. This infinity scarf can be worn many different ways. You can see my preference in the attached photo – one tight loop, one long loop. Years ago, I had a favourite scarf very similar to this one that I wore so much the people in my life begged me to retire it. This one may end up in the same category! Value $40.00
Orange or Mint Melts from Rock Coast Confections, Saanich
Chocolate goes with just about everything. Made by confectioner Amber Isles these chocolates are melt in your mouth good. Handmade with 54% ethically and sustainably sourced dark chocolate, these are all vegan and free of artificial flavours and colours. Eating these melts is good for the body and the soul. Value $6
Yunomi Pottery Cup
Pottery takes time to create. For the Ooh La La Box order, three potters were asked to create a Yunomi Cup. They have created three distinctly different designs. I chose a Yunomi style cup because in the coming days and weeks, wrapping you hand around a of your favourite hot drink will warm up the day. The other reason I chose this style of cup is for its versatility, it can be used for many other things – as a vase, succulent planter, a toothbrush holder, desk organizer, etc. Value $30 to $40.
Katy Fogg, Living Earth Pottery, Comox – Tall Yunomi Cup
Ann Coleman, Yunomi Studios, Victoria – Cream Yunomi Cup
Vincent Fe, Dirty Dragon Studios, Sooke – Heart Yunomi Cup
Fall is almost here and so is the fabulous Fall Ooh La La Box!
This beautiful box will deliver at the end of September and feature eight items all made by hand by an incredible array of talented BC makers. The Fall Box themes are cozy, calm and cared for. The items represent some of our most popular Out of Hand market categories.
Subscribers loved our sold out Summer Box. For our Fall Box we have added additional boxes to accommodate new subscribers. New subscribers can subscribe through our website. www.outofhand.ca/ooh-la-la/
Once subscribed to the Ooh La La Box, a box will be delivered each season and renew automatically until cancelled by the subscriber. Each box will reflect the season and contain a curated collection of hand made goods by BC makers.
Our first Ooh La La Box seasonal subscription box was a sell out!
Thank you so much to everyone who subscribing to the Ooh La La Box and have sent us such amazing comments and feedback!
The Ooh La La Box was an idea developed after our Spring Out of Hand (Ooh) Modern Market was cancelled. It’s an entirely different way to bring makers and shoppers together. I am excited the idea is now a reality and so glad our subscribers love their boxes!
We worked with eight amazing makers to create the first Ooh La La Box. It’s a small representation of the beautiful hand made goods found at Out of Hand Modern Market. It is inspired by summer fun and sun, the colour pink, and a few personal inspirations and preferences – raspberries remind me of my grandmother’s backyard, the scent of plumeria transports me to Maui, I love sweet treats and cocktails, gorgeous jewellery, and being in the company of family and friends on warm summer evenings.
With all the boxes now delivered I am thrilled to reveal what was inside our Summer Ooh La La Box:
Gold Tinsel Earrings by Leah Yard Designs, Vancouver
These have to be one of the sexiest pair of hoops ever. When dressing to (finally) go out these earrings will be the perfect finishing touch to your outfit. Jewellery designer Leah Yard has created these gorgeous curved hoop earrings and made them by hand with 14 Karat Gold Fill. Value$70
Ooh La La Summer Candle by Cordova Candle Co, Saanich
Ooh La La Box Exclusive: This candle was created just for the Ooh La La Box. Inspired by my love of the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui, our Ooh La La Summer Candle is scented with plumeria, used in the iconic lei flower. The richly scented plumeria flower is blended with lilac, jasmine, gardenia and guava. Value $34
Pink and Gold Coasters by jmp flow + design, Victoria
Every one of these gorgeous resin coasters are a small work of art by Jocelyn Pransky. They look fabulous under any summer cocktail but especially something with bubbles in a tall elegant glass. Value $25
Summer Love Body Scrub by Salt & Seaweed Apothecary, Lanztville
Summer skin needs a little love. Using this sugar crush body polish with natural goodness of petite sugar crystals, decadent butters and a zesty blend of refreshing essential oils, will leave your skin luminous. Created by Nicole Sullivan a skincare guru who is a holistic aesthetician, clinical aromatherapist and a naturopath. Value $30
Pretty in Pink Jewellery Dish by Driftwood Pinchpots, Victoria
Ooh La La Exclusive: This super sweet little dish was created just for the Ooh La La Box by Tanya Lee of Driftwood Pinchpots. It’s pretty pink glaze with a hint of gold along with the unique design make this dish adorable! Use it for jewellery, soap or perhaps gumdrops 😉 Value $20
Tropical Palms by Goldilocks Wrap, Victoria
In addition to the eco-friendly essence of these wraps, one of the things I love about Goldilocks Wraps is that each of the beautiful designs are created by founder Amy Hall. Large flora and fauna make up this trendy tropical palm set perfect for taking along on a summer picnic. Value $30
Raspberry Vanilla Syrup by frostbites syrup co, Squamish
Created by Chef Peggy Speir, this Raspberry Vanilla Syrup is so delish! Lush, tart, raspberries are given a decadent twist with bourbon vanilla beans, that can be used for many things (soda, dessert, trifles and more). My choice though –a summer cocktail! Make yourself a Pink Lady and enjoy. Value $10
Raspberry Vanilla Gumdrops from Tout de Sweet, Victoria
I admit it – I have a weakness for sweet treats. And these sugar coated chewy gumdrops are irresistible. Created and made by hand by Tout de Sweet owner Jeanette Miller using real local raspberry and classic vanilla bean these Raspberry Vanilla Gumdrops are so, so yummy! Value $8.25
If you missed out on our Summer Box and want to become an Ooh La La Box subscriber, please sign up for the waitlist on the Ooh La La page of our website. Subscriptions for the fall box will be available in early August. The Fall box is going to be fabulous!!
Creator & Curator, Ooh La La Box
Owner & Producer, Out of Hand Modern Market
Out of Hand has partnering with some amazing makers and created a one of a kind, seasonal subscription box – the Ooh La La Box!
The Ooh La La Box contains beautiful handmade goods, made only by BC makers. Thoughtfully curated, packaged and shipped from Victoria by the producers of Out of Hand (Ooh) this box is for everyone who loves quality handmade products, beautiful goods and supporting local makers. For those of you that love subscription boxes, here is one that is local and supports small businesses in your community.
The first Ooh La La Box is our Summer Box, full of products that are inspired by the fun and sun of summer. We are excited and delighted with the products that this box contains and in awe of the makers creativity and quality of their craft. The price of the box is $135 with a value of $229!
Each season the Ooh La La will be available through ongoing subscriptions. Note, you control your subscription – enjoy the Ooh La La box for as long as you like and cancel it at anytime.
Because the Ooh La La Box contains only handmade goods, the quantity is very limited. The Ooh La La Box is on sale now and will delivery in late June. Subscribe now and get the summer box. www.outofhand.ca/ooh-la-la-box
We can’t wait to for the Ooh La La Box to reach your doorstep!
Out of Hand Modern Market
Out of Hand Modern Market has partnered with some of our makers and artists and created five beautiful signature gift boxes.
These gift boxes were created for the ladies in your life. To bring some joy and smiles during this time. They all contain hand made goods by makers from Greater Victoria, Vancouver, Salt Spring, and other parts of Vancouver Island
If you are shopping for Mother’s Day, we will be making local deliveries on Friday, May 8th. We will also deliver on Mother’s Day, May 10th for a $10 donation to the Victoria SPCA.
These boxes are available through on our shop page.
Thank you for shopping with us!
We are moving our Spring Market from the big barn to online!
From April 29 to May 1, you will be able to shop many of the artists and makers that would have been at our Spring Market. For these three days the makers will be offering discounts and deals through their online shops. The participating makers and their offers will be listed on our website soon. Link to their website through our site and use the promo code “oohspring” to save!
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. While we are all staying safe by staying home, we can still surprise the moms in our lives. This market is the perfect time to shop for and have the items delivered for Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day isn’t the only reason to shop though – we all deserve some presents right now. Buy direct from the makers of beautiful handmade goods. Jewellery, pottery, bodycare, food, beverage, home décor, fashion and more will all be part of this online market.
Please note your purchases will support artists and makers who, like many small businesses, have been hit particularly hard by the current COVID-19 crisis. In addition to all of the market cancellations, their retail contracts have been put on hold due to the closure of most retails stores. These makers are seeing a drastic reduction in their sales and their ability to sell their items has been greatly diminished. Your purchases will be so appreciated and will help keep these makers going during these difficult times.
Thank you in advance for your support.
It is with sadness and disappointment that we announce that our Spring Market has been cancelled in response to the recommended suspension of all mass gatherings over 250 people due to COVID-19.
We were excited to add a Spring Market and to be creating a new tradition for our market shoppers – an opportunity to shop for, or spend the day with your mom, on the Mother’s Day weekend. After months of planning, this market was to take place in the big barn at Saanich Fairgrounds featuring shopping, eating, and making, with over 70 artists and makers, food trucks, coffee cart, live music and a floral workshop all onsite.
While this market is cancelled we strongly encourage you to shop these artists and makers direct or through the stockists they partner with. Please visit our Makers Page to view the list of artists and makers and link to their websites. Please continue to support local businesses during this difficult time. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook as we will be featuring these makers in the coming weeks.
Looking forward we have booked the 2021 Spring Market. It will take place in the big barn at Saanich Fairgrounds on May 7th and 8th with all the same features as we planned for this year. We look forward to presenting this market and all of the participating vendors.
The 32nd annual Out of Hand Modern Market will take place November 20 to 22 in the Crystal Garden. We look forward to seeing you then and wish everyone good health in the meantime.
Out of Hand Modern Market
Out of Hand Modern Market is pleased to announce our first annual Spring Market on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 2020!
Just in time for Mother’s Day, the market takes place in the RCMP Barn on the Saanich Fairgrounds. In Out of Hand style this big barn will be transformed into a wonderful Spring Market with an incredible array of beautiful goods made by local makers and artists plus live music, a coffee bar and food options.
Tickets go on sale through our website on April 1, 2020 for $5. Tickets will also be available at the door for $7.
Artists and makers interested in applying for the 2020 Spring and Holiday Market can complete our online application form available on our website.
The 31st annual Out of Hand Modern Market has been a wonderful event so far. Sadly its our last day tomorrow, Sunday, November 24. We will be open at 11am until 4pm. Come by and check out the amazing group of Artists and Makers that are all under one roof at the very festive Crystal Garden.
Out of Hand is full of talented makers and artists. For just an hour why not join them and make your own beautiful holiday wreath. Coming home during the holidays is made even more special when a wreath adorns your door.
Sarah from You Floral will lead this workshop and help you create a stunning wire frame wreath decorated with an array of greenery resulting in a contemporary take on a holiday classic.
The workshop takes place at 3pm on Saturday, November 23 on the upper level of Crystal Garden near the Gourmet Market.
To register for this workshop please visit our event page. Note your workshop fee includes entrance to the market. You will be emailed a ticket with a QR code that will be scanned at the door.
Over 100 incredible artists and makers will be taking part in the 31st annual Out of Hand Modern Market. Check out the the first 25 of this amazing group we are proud to present this year in our makers section.
For some, like Adhesif Clothing, Gordon Hutchens, June Hunter Images, The Wooden Forge, Treats Designs, You + Me Candles and more this will be the only time they will be in Victoria this year. Make sure you save the date and don’t miss out.
Applications are now being accepted for the 31st annual Out of Hand Modern Market taking place in the Crystal Garden from November 22 to 24, 2019
Out of Hand is a much anticipated holiday market featuring some of the best artists and makers in Western Canada and attracting shoppers from across Vancouver Island. Showcasing the incredible work of over 100 renowned artists and makers, Out of Hand carefully curates the market for a premium shopping experience.
If you are an accomplished Canadian artist or maker that designs and/or creates your work by hand consider applying to Out of Hand 2019.
Bigger and better than ever, Out of Hand Modern Market takes place Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Out of Hand, the Victoria Conference Centre will be transformed into a wonderful holiday shopping experience with beautiful goods made by 125 artists and markers from across Western Canada.
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