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The Coolest Things to Shop for at the One of a Kind Show + Sale

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One of the ultimate shopping events of the year is back for its fifth annual spring event, as the One of a Kind Show + Sale takes place April 24–26 at the Mart. While not as enormous as the holiday show in December, it’s nothing to scoff at, with more than 300 designers, artists, and indie retailers from across the continent selling their wares. Here’s a preview of what’s coming to the show this year, from leather necklaces to moose antler chew toys.

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Whether you’re in the market for a striking flower vase, a colorful tiki mug, or a bright bowl that’s sure to liven up your breakfast cereal, Andrew Iannazzi Studio Glass Design has the goods for you. The Cambridge, Massachusetts–based company does it all, with plenty of color and intricate design detail.

“Ancient elements transformed into modern jewelry” is the tagline of Beth Clark, a Chicago-based designer responsible for some of the most whimsical, enchanting, and individualistic accessories I’ve ever seen. She has an eye for balance, color, and shapes that really comes through with each piece.

The shirts and sweaters sold by Avalove are as comfy and cozy as they are brilliantly original. The poet and artist behind the brand silk-screens her garments with symbols, poetry, and soothing imagery of things such as trees.

Out of Fredonia, Wisconsin, comes Home, a fashion company with a penchant for leather. Notably, it creates unique handbags, accessories, and garments, each one carefully and meticulously crafted by hand. Highlights are the necklaces, which look equal parts chic and badass.

For those of you with dogs, be sure to stop by the Acadia Antlers booth. Based in Ramsey, New Jersey, the company sells moose antler dog chews, which is honestly pretty hard-core. But also a healthy and fun treat for your pup! As the brand name suggests, antlers are sourced from the Maine woods, directly from folks who forage and craft them into chewable snacks. By the way, these things won’t splinter and they’re hypoallergenic, so they’re totally safe.

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Don’t be alarmed. The Green Beetle Shop, which sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind insect displays, isn’t as creepy-crawly as it may sound. The Indiana company does a beautiful job transforming nature into intricate art, like ornate framed boxes of preserved butterflies and colorful beetles. They’re almost zenlike in their stillness, like a form of tiny taxidermy.

In Evanston, just north of Chicago, Mark Towns and Stephen Pearlman craft some of the most intoxicating candles you’ll ever smell. Edgewater Candles, so named for the Chicago neighborhood where the business got its start in 2016, specializes in handmade soy candles with scents inspired by nature, the seasons, and botanicals. For example: ginger-saffron, tobacco and tonka, and wood smoke.

Not to sound cliché, but the pieces at Armando Pedroso Fine Art are truly one of a kind. So it makes sense why this Fennville, Michigan–based gallery is exhibiting its works here. Made from found objects like metals, along with acrylic colors, the artist creates stunning art pieces that often highlight scenes of serenity and the natural world. Your walls will thank you.

Barrel-aged maple syrups is the name of the game at Burton’s Maplewood Farm, an Indiana-based, family-run operation that has built quite a staggering reputation not only for its naturally delicious maple syrups but especially its versions aged in whiskey barrels, rum barrels, and brandy barrels. The syrups aren’t alcoholic, but lingering flavors from the barrels come through nicely, and the farm also occasionally prepares specialty infusions, like bacon-infused maple syrup.

In other delicious news, go beyond Skippy with Cheryl’s Nut Butters. The Minnesota-based company creates delightful and tempting flavor combos like almond butter with dried cranberries, honey, and cinnamon; peanut butter with dried apples; and almond butter with rosemary and garlic. There’s also pistachio butter, cashew butter, and sunflower butter, and all of it is preservative-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free.