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:
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!
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.
Coiffette $20 & Lip Balm $8
Staycation Pack (includes: hand refresher, lip balm, and geo oil moisturizer) $11
Whiskey After Shave $16 & Wood Hand Cream $19
Chymia Body Butter $8
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!
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!