National Women’s Show in Toronto (Nov. 5 – 7, 2010)


The National Women’s Show is coming to Toronto on Nov. 5-7, 2010 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. According to their website:

The Ultimate Girl’s Day Out!
Shop ‘til you drop at over 450 exhibits and find everything from food and wine sampling, fashion shows, celebrity guests, free makeovers, health, wellness & beauty secrets, cooking demos, home renovation advice and travel ideas!

Bring your friends, sister, daughter or mom and be entertained doing everything you love. Enjoy great deals and show specials, shop for well-known brands or find a unique piece of clothing or jewellery at one of the many boutique exhibits. Experiment with a new look, ask the experts for advice about hairstyles, make-up and fitness and see fashion shows for the latest style trends for night, day, work or play! Experience all the fun!

Click here for more information.

Have you been to one of these before? If so, please share your experience and let us know whether or not it’s worth it to go.

Thanks to me@t k@tie for posting about this event on the forum!

24 responses to “National Women’s Show in Toronto (Nov. 5 – 7, 2010)”

  1. Jessica says:

    Went to this a few years ago. It was AMAZING. They gave me a black cloth bag with freebies in it to start then all the booths were giving out freebies. By the end the bag was so heavy I could barely carry it. I won tickets, but totally worth the 12$ admission (I think it’s something like that). They also have wine and cheese tasting, but you need to buy tickets (not included in admission).

  2. Jessica says:

    I forgot to add: People attended with rolling backpacks (obviously theyve been in the past) because all the freebies were so heavy. I got lots of full size freebies too, and coupons. They also had hair and make up consultations and a hairdresser who would make you “fresh” shampoo on the spot to suit your hair type.

  3. Gourmetsue says:

    Absolutely LOVE the Women’s Show! already bought my tickets when they were 2/$20. I’ve been the last few years and I’m always stunned with all the freebies and coupons that I end up leaving with. They have super deals on stuff too. Like Jessica said there is wine tasting too. Tickets were $1 each for a sample and the money is a fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Canada.

    Trick is to get there early, there will be a line to get in! If you don’t like crowds, this isn’t the place for you. It is well worth the time and admission though.

    I’m pretty sure I read they aren’t allowing rolling totes in there this year. Yup, here it is “For the safety of our attendees and exhibitors, no wheeled carts, wheeled bags or luggage carts will be allowed on the show floor – NO EXCEPTIONS. “

  4. Jessica says:

    Yes I saw that. No rolling bags haha I found it funny because when I went a few years ago SOOO MANY people had them that it was CRAZY!

  5. Kal says:

    May be it’s a dumb question,is it for women only?

  6. thea says:

    No, not for women only – always a few men floating around and many of the booths geared to both men & women, especially the FOOD booths! Lots of free tasting samples & great pricing if you want to buy! I usually drive down & bring several bags (thermal refrigerated for some of the food). When the bag(s) get full, I take them up to the car then go back with an empty one! Have bought lots there — not just the freebies. Definitely worth going to!

  7. frankiew says:

    Kal – I’ve been in the past and while there are a few odd men here and there, it looks mostly like the women dragged them there. It really is geared more towards women with all the things that they sell.

    The event is a good one, but I agree with Gourmetsue – if you don’t like crowds, then it’s not the place to be… as there are many, many people, however, the upside is getting all the freebies.

  8. Catherine says:

    I’ve been a few times and I agree with all prior posts- it is definitely worth going- Provided they still have generous samples and full size product giveaways- I haven’t been in a few years and I could see with the economy going down that they may not have the same quantity/ quality/ size of freebies. Other than the giveaways it’s really just one big advertising venture for the vendors to show their stuff and drum up more business. If you do go and it’s like it was before- bring A LOT of patience with you! There will be big crowds and lots of lineups to get the freebies- just be prepared to stand in line and you’ll be fine! I do NOT recommend bringing children- for obvious reasons- it would NOT be a wise idea. I doubt I’ll go this time but I’d love to hear about it from those that do go.

  9. sweetcupcake says:

    Hello, can somebody tell me where can i find the 2/20 tickets?

  10. Rosie says:

    I don’t think they have the 2/$20 any more. It’s 2/$23 now if you order online. If anybody knows any promo code, please share. Thanks.

  11. IRefuseToPayFullPrice says:

    Thanks guys for all the input 🙂 and yes please share the promo codes if you know of any.

  12. Susan says:

    Just wondering where can I buy advance tickets for lower price??? and what are the hours of the show???

  13. starbaby55 says:

    Hours of the show are listed on the website posted above. Click “more information” in blue under the picture.

  14. cherios says:

    I’ve been going for years and years but this year I decided not to go. I’ve noticed in the last couple of years pushy people with rolling suitcases are taking over the place, butting into line and taking several samples each and just being generally obnoxious. Plus last year there was extremely minimal freebies and coupons, which is what I’m most interested in so it makes it not really worth the price of admission.

    Last year they said you couldn’t go in with a rolling bag but there was plenty of people in there with them anyway.

  15. frugal.tea says:

    I’ve never been. It sounds awesome though. Where do you buy the tickets?

  16. Linda says:

    I go every year and look forward to it. Great samples and vendors. The trick to to go early in the morning to void the crowds. Bring cash since some vendors ask for a small donation for a sample. Some samples are full size products. Vendors have deals and no tax sometimes. Always buy my tickets online to get a discount.

  17. patty says:

    This will be my 3rd time going to the National Women show, its amaizing love all the free samples and full size product giveaways. =D
    Ladies here’s a tip to save a few bucks…Don’t forget to bring a friend and get a $5.00 off with coupon. Here’s the link:


  18. Lisa Hallman says:

    I have went every year it’s been there I think. I preferred the life fest, but that doesn’t run anymore. There were a tonne of samples last year as well. You just need to go on Friday, and go early. If you go on any other day there isn’t as much. I like the deals and the sampling. One the first days vendors are overzealous at giving things away. Also they time their samples to, so remember to revisit the booths. I’ve seen them give away something later on that they didn’t do earlier in the day. Towards the end of the day, they also get rid of stuff. Since I’m in Kitchener, I bring my rolling bag and tag it with my coat since we can’t bring them in. I just fill it when necessary. I spend the ENTIRE day there. So from 12 to 9 or 8 or whatever i’m there. You can get seconds on samples if you go after they rotate their staff, so after 4 or 5 you get new people who give you new stuff.

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  20. Rebbekka says:

    I have attended each year since 2006. One year I attended on both Sat and Sun. Last year (2009) I felt that it was not worth the admission price of $12. The goody bag was minimal, the free samples were minimal, the food and drink samples available for purchase were nothing new or different, and the show prices were no better than I had been offered in stores or on the websites of the exhibitors. I realize it was a bad economic year but it was disappointing. My friends and I are really hesitating on paying even 2/$23 this year based on last year’s experience. Our work days prevent us attending on Friday unless using a vacation day. It is absolutely not worth doing that.

  21. Melissa Q says:

    Definitely worth the admission price!! This show is so much more than free samples – Joshua Morrow from Young and the Restless will be there on Saturday. Plus they do really fun things like Vasanti Cosmetics is trying to break a Guinness Book of Worlds Records and is giving away free lipsticks on Friday. I may go both days!

  22. Deej says:

    I find it is worth it to go…especially if you have been before and there is something specific you are looking for. There is always something unique to get and tons of stuff to see. Great day to spend with family, friends or both.
    You can still bring wheeled suitcases/bags, but you have to check them at the coat check. Just too tight to walk around in the aisles. (not to mention you keep getting bumped into or rolled over!)


  23. Suzy Q says:

    This will be my fourth year going. We always make it into a girl’s weekend, so much fun & sooo many freebies!!

  24. CP says:

    Curious to know how people feel about actually shopping at this event? Would people buy items or do most go just for samples or deals?


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