I told you we had shows every weekend in December, and this weekend, we have TWO. Portland, we are so very spoiled. Enabled, really. It is possible to postpone the mere thought of holiday shopping until mid December and still be successful. Not that I would ever be one to take advantage of such last minute buying. Nope, never (hi, family!).
First – only because it starts the earliest (10am) – is The Makery Winter Market. So this event is bound to be memorable. Not only is the lineup stellar, but they are issuing free drink tickets at the door (courtesy of Dig A Pony), Portland Roasting Co. will be selling coffee, aaaaand there’s a hot tub. Like, a real one. Bring your money, your thirst, and your swimsuit- totally normal for holiday shopping, right?
Of course, the extracurricular activities are optional. Those seeking a more traditional shopping experience will be over the moon at the diverse selection of “Oregon’s finest makers” and be treated to the sweet spins of DJ Bad Wizard. The hashtag for this event is #makerymarket so please share any photos you take along the way (pro tip: don’t take your phone in the hot tub).
Betsy will be working this show, so make sure to stop by and let her know how awesome she is, mmmmkay?
Over at the Convention Center, Matty & Alyssa will be working/werkin/werqin it at our booth at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale. If you’ve never been , get the heck ready to be overwhelmed with awesomeness. The vibe at Crafty – yeah, we’re on a nickname basis – is truly special; well-established brands sell alongside emerging designers in perfect handmade harmony. Those who go every year can expect much of the same quality of goods this year, plus scheduled craft activities from Collage, gift wrapping courtesy of SCRAP, and goodie bags to the first 150 shoppers on each day. Set your alarms, wear comfy shoes, and get ready to score like the retail pro that you are.
Urban Craft Uprising Update: Booth Babes Kelly & Lacey took Seattle by storm and had a blast at UCU. Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and stopped by to get your shop on.
Double the love, Portland! Hope to see some of you out and about this weekend. Statistically speaking, there’s a good chance we will.
Sometimes in order to look effortless you’ve got to put as little effort as possible into the outfit. Go figure. Once again, I found myself with only 5 minutes to get dressed so I pulled out my trusty UZI hoodie, jeggings, cozy socks, and flashy boots, put my hair in a top knot and I’m out!
In an effort to arm you with information that’s pertinent to both your holiday shopping list and your bank account, we’ve created gift guides arranged by price point. That way, it’s easy for you to budget according to person you’re shopping for (all gift recipients are not created equal, let’s be honest) and stick to your list. We’ll be featuring a broad range of options, all available in our brick & mortar shop. If you aren’t local to Portland, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shop at 503-227-5482 for more details or to place an order.
Items under $10: (from top left, clockwise)
Prunella Flavor Bar soaps – in festive scents like ” Cinnamon + Walnut” – $4 each
Multicolored bracelets made out of recycled plastic $3 each
Chymia Foot Gelée $7 – a treat for tired treads that includes arnica, calendula, and St. John’s wort—time-honored herbs noted for their anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and circulatory-boosting properties
Vintage bangles $1 each (!!!!!)
Burkina Faso Bracelets $9 each
Voz Collective rings $9 each
Items $25 & under:
Desk/Table top terrarium $22
Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay exfoliating face mask $19
Laura George “You Are a Magical Unicorn Pony” print $25
Our holiday show train is rolling north this weekend for Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle’s largest indie craft show. With a mission “to build a fun, successful showcase for indie crafters and to nurture a supportive DIY crafting community,” UCU is now in its ninth year of providing shoppers with a thoughtfully selected line up of vendors at no cost to attend. And thank the retail gods because from what I’ve heard, you’ll want to save your pennies for what awaits you inside.
Lacey & Kelly will be reppin’ betsy & iya, so please stop by to say hi, ask questions, and of course, see our jewelry if you’re in the city. Here’s a sneak peek of our new & improved booth sinage, painted by Miss Lacey herself! Woman of so many talents.
Hope to see some of you this weekend! If you attend the show, please tag us in your photos so we can follow along —-> @betsyandiya. Happy shopping!