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I've always loved going to craft fairs, makers markets, and bazaars. I have fond memories of both visiting and slinging my own goods at holiday craft fairs or events. This year it feels more like something to be thankful for, it’s so good to hear of various shows and events going on around town. There are also a ton of ways to shop local handmade online, from the comfort of your home.
Handmade is the best, isn't it? Shopping local artists and supporting them always makes the best gifts. We love to connect others in the community and promote local makers markets and arts festivals. I am working on compiling a list of current places you can shop local online this year. I will list some options below, but I know there are so many more than I have listed. Feel free to email me things to add or comment them below. I'd love to highlight local shopping for the next few weeks and any other fun ways to support local artists. Even if you do not live in Portland, some of these options can be applied to anywhere that you live.
Shop Small PDX is a great resource. If you have not checked this business directory out- DO IT! Looking for BIPOC, woman, minority, or otherwise awesome owned businesses? This list has it all clearly marked. It's incredible to go through this list and find new things to check out. I highly suggest looking at this list for finding small shops you don't know about. Not going to shop in-person this year? no problem! All of these have unique creative ways to shop local from the comfort of your own home. They also have a markets & events page with some upcoming things. Click the button below to check out this cool new resource:
Pop-Up shop with a curated group of minority owned local small businesses doing a 6 week shop that also includes local entertainment and food vendors. Located in the Alberta Arts area, that also has tons of galleries and local shops to support.
Crafty Wonderland is back this year! Lots of local vendors to check out at their show in the convention center, or shop their list of vendors online. Crafty Wonderland has 2 brick-and-mortar stores and does 2 local shows a year. It has become the largest handmade crafts show in the Northwest. Shop their stores online or visit the show coming up.
A highly curated community vending event focusing on cult/ offbeat/ fringe interest materials- records, clothes/ accessories, books/ printed matter, deep dive vintage ephemera, art, and dead things!
Portland Night Market, Sewing Festival, Scan fest, and so much more! Check out Travel Portland's list of holiday shows and festivals. This is a great list of many local festivals, fairs, maker's spaces, and shows. It is also updated regularly.
Etsy is a great place to find handmade goods, local shops, and discover local artists. You can use their filter button to locate your local area, like Portland, OR. Find Etsy shops here locally and shop local handmade right from your phone or computer. I have had fun using the filters and search to find local makers that make the things I am looking for.
Shop Small in FOPO at Winterfest and celebrate the season with your favorite Foster stores, restaurants, bars and services. Do your shopping and enjoy yourself while supporting your local community, all while collecting chances to win gift cards to your favorite businesses. check out this link for more info
I'm sure I am missing a ton of shop local or handmade options. Feel free to comment here with anything you know about that's going on or email me suggestions for my next shop local spotlight. Shopping local and handmade is always my favorite! I wanted to spotlight some options and resources you can utilize to find new small businesses to support this holiday season.
Thanks for shopping local! It means the world to all of us little shops that make up the landscape of our beautiful city in all of its creative innovation and small businesses. I love how diverse and amazing our city is, and all of the awesome small businesses there are out there to support.
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