The holidays are approaching, and so is Black-Friday (or Black Week, since the sales seem to have already started) so it’s time to figure out who and what to support with the holiday dollars we spend.
Amazon Prime is oh so alluring, especially way out here in the country with three children (there is no such thing as a “quick” drive to the store to pick up diapers), but I cringe every time I hit the “place order” button – who I am supporting when I do that?
My children and I love to sew, paint, craft and build – we are a family of artists, with a history of artistic people in our extended family. My little sister is a professional artist (disclaimer: she sells her artwork at the Portland Saturday Market, which I am about to shamelessly promote!) and, along with hundreds of other talented artists in Portland, she works hard to craft her product and sell her goods. My goal this year, as I know so many of yours is, is to support local business owners rather than large corporations.
So along that line, I thought I would head down to the Portland Saturday Market’s Holiday shop last week and check out their temporary store front. While the Portland Saturday Market is open every weekend, rain or shine, March through Christmas, this pop-up shop sells artwork from select market vendors in an indoor setting. It is open November 16th through Christmas Eve, in addition to the regular Portland Saturday Market hours.
I took a handful of pictures of the store, but I by no means got photos of all of the vendor’s work (including my own sister’s!). You can see how talented these local artists are:
Here is detailed info about the Pop-Up shop’s hours and location.
If you are interested in perusing a list of vendors who have regular booths at the Portland Saturday Market (not all of whom are featured at the Pop-Up Shop, but all of whom sell their wares every weekend at the Waterfront), you can check out member profiles here.
A number of my personal favorites include:
A Little Sun (my sister’s shop, but also the first in my alphabetized list!). A Little Sun is currently offering 20% off when you order $25 or more at her Etsy shop. Just use the code BLACKFRIDAY2017:
AJJA Wood is a talented team of woodworkers. Over the years, I have bought numerous cutting boards through these folks and they hold up incredibly well (plus they are gorgeous):
Bonus Pants specializes in handmade boxer shorts, oven mitts, dish towels and more. I’m not sure what man in Portland could say no to those unicorn flower briefs:
Curiosity Cabinets makes cabinets and other furniture out of reclaimed wood. They are willing to work with customers to match wood finishes to home decor, etc.:
Glass Drops makes blown glass teardrop shaped jewelry:
Hoo Hats makes the cutest and coziest owl hats ever for kids of all ages. The picture below is of my daughter wearing her first Hoo Hat:
MugWump designs amazing purses and wallets entirely out of books and other recycled materials. They are one of my all time favorite Portland Saturday Market vendors, and I’ve seen their products in shops all the way in California:
3 Sevens Pottery makes some of the most unique ceramic items I’ve ever seen – wine corks, wall hangings, ceramic bowls, small figurines and more:
Hopefully some of these images will inspire you to check out the pop-up shop (located at 900 SW 5th Ave. Portland, OR 97204, at the corner of SW 4th and Taylor in the Standard Insurance Center) or the Portland Saturday Market, or both. Or perhaps it will inspire you and your children to come up with your own products to sell as well 🙂
When I was a child, my grandparents organized a Christmas Sale every year – a miniature Portland Market that fit into their Venice Beach backyard – and my siblings and I sold our artwork to passersby right alongside my grandparents and their artist friends. My grandparents made enough money selling their artwork to travel each year, and the tradition of creating and selling homemade creations is one I am consciously attempting to pass on to my children. Frequenting the Portland Saturday Market and seeing professional artists selling their work make my children feel that their own artwork truly counts.
And on a final note, this year our personal “market” is a table in our living room where my children are prepared to sell jewelry they’ve made to our Thanksgiving guests. They are saving for a trip to Australia, and they are also earning money to donate to Heifer International before Christmas:
I’ll let you know when their Etsy shop is up 😉 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.