With over 5000 products sold, Hemptingz has become a notable vendor in Hamilton’s art crawl community. In 2014, Hemptingz began as a way for Serafina Thoma to generate revenue while enjoying music festivals. She would bring all the bracelets and necklaces she could carry, put them on a carabiner clip and attach to her backpack. She would make her rounds through festivals such as Electric Forest – a four-day rave in Michigan – and sell or trade hemp jewelry to fellow patrons. In 2014, she made enough money to break even for the cost of her festival ticket, and in 2015 she made closer to $1,000 U.S. during that same event. She realized HempTingz had real potential to be taken seriously as a business, and came home to map out a plan.
In September of 2016, HempTingz got its first huge vendor experience by participating in the “supermarket” at Supercrawl, in downtown Hamilton. The supermarket is a first-come, first-serve space for artists who cannot afford the official vendors fees. HempTingz set up for the Saturday and Sunday of the three-day event. HempTingz came back to Supercrawl in 2017 in the same space, and saw double the revenue in sales. The founder decided it was time to take vending more seriously.
In 2018, HempTingz launched a new product: crystal bracelets. Although there was no hemp in these new bracelets, they complimented the hemp aesthetic while catering to a demographic looking for something more refined. The brand went through a process in order to locate quality, locally sourced materials. Once perfected, HempTingz participated in every single art crawl from April to October of 2018. Supercrawl occurred during the September art crawl, and HempTingz was accepted as an official vendor for the first time.
In the summer of 2018, Hemptingz was on the vendors lineup for festivals like Sound of Music, Punk Rock Flea Markets, Festival of Friends, and Supercrawl. Patrons can buy hemp and crystal jewelry, crystal pipes, and hand-sculpted jewelry boxes. In the summer months, the brand also offered handmade terrariums that had live succulents and cacti.
HempTingz continues to be active in the Hamilton arts community, and is currently expanding into holiday markets during the winter months. HempTingz aims to support local shops and collaborate with other independent artists. You can find their products online via Etsy and in local shops such as the Odd Spot in Burlington.