May Is Upon Us: Top Style and Design Things to Do

Boutique birthday-bash sales and launch parties and pop-up shops, oh my! Kick off May with two weeks of stylish entertainment.

By Claire Colby April 29, 2016

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Mercantile May Day Sale 
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday–Saturday, April 29-May 1, Mercantile
Get 40-80 percent off select merchandise at Mercantile’s celebration of the first day of May. Don’t miss out of the chance to get a discount on all of your favorite spring denim and linen! 

First Thursday Open House Party 
5–8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, Moods of Florence
Get your spring wardrobe off on the right foot at Moods of Florence’s shopping event. Munch sip while you peruse their new spring inventory and mingle with some of Portland’s most fashionable.

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Image courtesy of Backtalk.

First Thursday at Backtalk 
6–9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, Backtalk PDX
Come checkout a variety of unique jewelry, ceramics, and sustainable design during Backtalk’s trunk show. Featuring three artisans: mixed media artist and feminist activist, Leah Ballis; fashion and jewelry designer of Cities of Dust, Meghan Lorenz; and Portland native and sustainable clothing designer, Lauren Winter. Enjoy the new lines, sales, and meeting with the artists all while partaking in some adult beverages.

First Friday pop-ups with Hazel Cox, Continuall, and Anna Joyce 
4–8 p.m. Friday, May 6, 811 E. Burnside St
Hazel Cox: The pop-up at Oko will feature jewelry by Portland jeweler and designer Hazel Cox. Incorporating hand-dyed silks, pounded metals, and vibrant fibers, pieces will cover a variety of aesthetics and styles.
Continuall: Housed inside of Haunt, the vintage shop Continuall will showcase an array of appareling spanning the last ten decades. The curation focuses on natural fibers, earthy colors, simple silhouettes, and unique detailing. 
Anna Joyce: In celebration of new newly opened studio shop, Anna Joyce will display her hand-dyed and painted jewelry, apparel, and textiles. 

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Coalesce: A One Day Shopping Experience 
12-6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, American Legion: Post 134 
Composed of more than a dozen contributors, the event is a curation of some of Portland’s finest makers. Featuring vintage, books by local authors, handmade apparel, jewelry, hats, and art from the likes of Machine Apparel, This is Folklore, Sparkle Press, Copper Union, Wear Moore, Elysium Jewelry, State of Wellness, Katie Guinn Designs, writer Daniel Elder, Becca Grace Design, and more. Don’t forget to try Wild Roots Vodka’s signature drink, too.

FOLLY Turns Eight! 
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, Folly
Get in on the three-day bash celebrating Folly’s eighth birthday, boasting a raffle with eight rad gift packages. Also, be sure to check Folly’s Facebook page for daily deals and extra goodies.

Street Fair and Parade 
Saturday, May 14, St. John’s Bizarre
Kick off Portland’s summer street fair season the right way. Come be a part of the crowd and enjoy local music, more than 70 craft vendors, food carts and stalls, a beer garden, and family-friendly activities. Be sure to also wander over to the 54th annual St. John’s Parade. 

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