Little Boxes 2014: Nov. 28th & 29th!

Posted by Anna

Little Boxes Portland, OR

Here at betsy & iya, November = Little Boxes, the two-day shopping event and raffle founded by Betsy & Will in 2011 that happens the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving – aka Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Little Boxes is all about community; pooling the resources of our city’s vibrant independent businesses and using them to encourage Portlanders to shop small during the busiest time of the year in retail.

Consumers have incentives – like, a Grand Prize travel package – to support the participating businesses, as well as discounts, raffle prizes, and the overall feel good attitude that comes with supporting independent shops.

For more on “how to play Little Boxes,” we teamed up with our friends at Good Kid Pictures to make this informative video:

SO good, right? I “LOL’d” the first time I saw it, and I don’t just throw around that acroynm.  Now that you’ve watched the vid, there’s only a few things left to do before you head out on Nov. 28th & 29th:

- iPhone users: download the FREE Little Boxes app; if you have it from last year, make sure you’ve updated your apps before the event

- Start planning your route & drooling over prizes at:

- Follow us on Social Media for gift inspiration, shop owner profiles, and a whole lot of small biz love: FacebookTwitter, & Instagram #littleboxespdx

- BONUS: I highly suggest reading up on the history of LB, beginning with The Love Affair For Portland that tells the whole story, written by Betsy in 2011.

Additional reading:

Little Boxes 2012, Recap of 2012

Little Boxes 2013, Recap of 2013

Alright, you have everything you need to dominate holiday shopping this year. Wherever you go & whatever you find, please share your photos with us using #littleboxespdx.




***Song of the Moment: I’m Gonna Make You Love Me by Diana Ross & The Supremes***

Impress the Hostess with the Mostess.

Posted by Ashley Viberg

The holidays are creepin’ up which means it’s time for dinner parties and potlucks. I’ll be honest, a few of my own Pinterest-inspired dishes have become failed experiments. I resort to bringing a bottle of wine (by the way, I know nothing about wine) and I end up feeling self-conscious about my contribution to the party.

After talking to a couple of girlfriends and commiserating about the pressures of a potluck, I decided it’s not worth the extra pressure. These evenings spent with friends and family are meant to be joyful!

Why not bring a gift that is thoughtful, useful, and personal?
Here are some of my favorite unique and lovely items that I can promise any hostess/host will enjoy!
Hostess Gifts 2014_betsy and iya
  1. Laura George Note Card $4.95
  2. 100 Best Places to Stuff Your Faces $14.95
  3. ANK Ceramics Small Vase $52 (each)
  4. Maple XO Coney Containers $49.50
  5. Maple XO Bottle Opener $20
  6. Schoon Soap (Herkimer) $8
  7. Clove Planter $29
  8. Opinel Knives $17
  9. Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Recycled Wool Throw $65-$175
  10. Sydney Hale Candle (Tobacco & Sandalwood) $28, Jen Pearson Design Apothecary Matchstick Bottle $24, Ghana Basket $19


If you have any questions about these items, feel free to call us at 503-227-5482, option 5.



***Song of the Moment: “O’ Be Joyful” by Shovels & Rope ***

New in Shop: Boomin’ with Body Care at b&i

Posted by Ashley Viberg

It always seems like Christmas on the days we get shipments of new items. Lucky for me, we receive new products frequently each week and it feels like I am celebrating the holidays most of the year!

Currently our shop is fully restocked with some of our most beloved products by Portland General Store, Chymia, and Modern Radar. We also just started carrying a body care line by Jao Brand. 

Jao Brand’s products are multipurpose, natural, and healthy; keeping you smooth, clean, and herbally uplifted. Coiffette is a “bomade” that tames frizzy hair and moisturizes dry locks. I have started using the Coiffette on my hair, as well as my hands and cuticles and I am pretty impressed. As the weather has shifted to being colder, it feels soothing and moisturizing on my hands. Coiffette has a light herbal scent derived from essential oils of frankincense, patchouli, and fir that contributes to its therapeutic feel.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetCoiffette $20 & Lip Balm $8

Jao travel pack

Staycation Pack (includes: hand refresher, lip balm, and geo oil moisturizer) $11

Portland General Store

Whiskey After Shave $16 & Wood Hand Cream $19


Chymia Body Butter $8

modern radar!

And to carry all of your body care essentials: Modern Radar Pouches & Bags $12-$66

If you have any questions, please give us a call at: 503.227.5482, option 5 or better yet, drop by the shop!



***Song of the Moment: This Must be the Place by the Talking Heads***

First Thursday Nov. 6th: OOAK Pieces!

Posted by Anna

news and events first thursday

November, 6, 2014: 6-9PM

2403 NW Thurman St. Portland, OR 97210


We’ll be open till 9pm offering out of season sale items, drinks, and a selection of one-of-a-kind betsy & iya pieces.

Over the summer, Betsy led our production team in a Maker Playday, a dedicated amount of time when they reviewed sketches, experimented with new materials, and were free to make whatever pieces they could. I captured some of the action on our Instagram; you can revisit those photos here: #MakerPlayday.

As you can see, some pretty spectacular pieces were produced during this time. We decided to make them available to shoppers and can’t wait to see who they end up going home with!

See you Thursday,


***Song of the Moment: Capture the Flag by Broken Social Scene***