Spend on Trend 2011 (Sept 16 to 18) – Win a Pair of Tickets Through MMV

MMV Contest: Win a pair of tickets (worth $10) to Spend on Trend 2011 at Heritage Hall.  Comment below and let me know why you think it’s important to shop local.  One winner will be randomly drawn to win a pair of tickets at will-call at Spend on Trend.  Contest ends on Monday September 12th, winner will be notified on the 13th.


Spend on Trend was one of the more memorable articles I wrote in my first year of running Modern Mix Vancouver.  It was one of my first times actually working with a PR company (Nicole Stewart PR) to get relevant, local information about an event to my readers.  Because of this, I always try to make an effort to write a few lines promoting this great local arts/fashion/design market and support the Vancouver artists who will be participating in this fair.

This September, Spend on Trend is back for its 8th edition show at Main Street’s Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street).  “Our designers really wanted the show to return to Heritage Hall,” says Fiona Louie,  one half of Spend on Trend’s two-person production team and also the owner of Filou Designs. “Main Street is the stomping ground for many designers and we love the Main Street crowd. We are very happy to be back!

This fall event is a great way to preview the collections of over 25 local artists, before upcoming collections hit the retail stores.  This shopping event will include fan favourites like Elroy, Filou, Toodlebunny, and Clutch Jewels, along with noteworthy newcomers like Bueno Style, Brooklyn Designs, L’arbre Love, and Piknic Designs. For a full list of designers at Spend on Trend this September, click here.

So get ready to shop the latest collections at Spend on Trend on September 16 (5-9pm), September 17 (11am-6pm), and September 18 (11am-5pm). Admission is $5 and tickets can be pre-purchased at spendontrend.com or at the door. Be sure to get there early! The first 25 people in line each day will receive a stylish swag bag. A portion of proceeds benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.


4 Responses

  1. I was born and raised on Salt Spring Island. I was brought up with a focus on shopping local. 10 years after leaving the island, I now shop local because I like to give back to the community and foster growth. Every $ you spend in the community helps to generate business and increases the likelihood of sustainability. Proud to live in Vancouver. Proud to have a community that understands the importance of ‘local.’

  2. I love to shop local because local artists have their own unique style and it’s important to support them and foster that creativity. Shopping local helps increase the number of local businesses and generate greater variety for shoppers like me!

  3. To me, shopping locally is an effective way to cut down on the carbon footprints of the products that we buy. Locally grown produce and locally crafted products made from locally obtained raw materials are less harmful to the environment than products that have been shipped/trucked/air freighted from hundreds and thousands of kilometers away.
    Furthermore, when we buy things that are locally produced, we can be reasonably assured that ethical manufacturing processes and labour practices have been adhered to. (Imported products that are not certified fair-trade and conflict-free can often be exploitative of the people who produce them and of the countries from which the raw materials originate.)
    For these reasons, it’s important to support our local economy and industry as much as possible by buying things that grown, made and sold close to home.

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