The Onslaught of Holiday Sales Begins Now

The full blast December calendar kicks in this week with samples sales, open houses, and shopping-centric activities.

By Eden Dawn December 2, 2016

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Pop into the Thompson Building Open House to see Modern Macrame studio, as well as the launch of their DIY kits.


Thompson building residents Sara Barner, Emily Katz of Modern Macramé, Wood & Faulk, Minoux Jewelry and Le Cou will also host special guests Caravan Pacific, LLC, Ginew, AK Studio, UniJewelry and Women’s Studies at their collective open house.

Shop for a wide array of  holiday gifts, enter a giveaway for $1000 of amazing merchandise, and get a behind-the-scenes peek into the workshops where some of your favorite local pieces come to life. Plus delicious drinks from Union Wine and Merit Badge Co.

In the easiest giveaway ever, enter online. Follow the link for one entry and earn a bonus entry by attending the Saturday event and snag giftcards and items from all the residents.

When: Saturday, December 3, 12–5 p.m.
Where: Thompson Building, 533 N Thompson Street


In a silver lining moment, we lost longtime boutique Parallel this week, but before a speck of dust could settle in the empty space, another local shop snapped it up. Adorn, already holding down locations in both NE’s Beaumont neighborhood and on SE Division, opens their third location in the old Parallel grounds. Kicking it off right away, owner Nicole Whitsell opens the doors this weekend for a Prairie Underground Sample Sale.  The sale offers past-season samples and factory seconds at 50–85% off retail prices, including hundreds of jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts, tunics, and leggings, among them items never produced for retail.

When: December 3 & 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Adorn, 1016 SW Washington St


The team at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art culled some of their favorite artists to create exclusive, limited-edition, never-seen-before garments to sell at their favorite West End shops. For this weekend only, pick up a holiday gift, have a drink, and know that your purchase goes to support PICA's mission.

Participating artists: A.K. Burns, John Blasioli, Jordan Domont, Kristan Kennedy, Lynne Tillman, Mark Searcy, Philip Iosca, Ryan Noon, Shannon Fuchness, Will Bryant, and more. 

When: December 3 & 4
Where: Multiple locations, including Ace Hotel Lobby, Backtalk, Chrome Industries, Frances May, Poler, Radish Underground, Tender Loving Empire, Woonwinkel


Coalesce is an every-once-in-a-while shopping event gathering together an all-over-the-place mix of Portland designers, artists, and makers of pretty things. This round is their biggest yet, with over two dozen designer in NE Killingsworth's North Star Ballroom.

Vendors: VAVA Lingerie,Piper Dalton, Martha Grover, Wolfchild, Katie Guinn, Winters Design, Portland Bloem, Stonedwares, Gem and Point, Bohemian Salt, Happy Handmade, Blue Lotus Henna, Jean And Joy, Monica Drake, High Society Collection, Morgaine Faye, Ghost Eye Adornment, Theeth Jewelry, Roots and Crowns, Essie Day, Stockus, Tarot by Erin Aquarian, Michelle Lesniak, Rogue: Minx, Craft Brew Bouquet, West Daily, Microcosm Publishing, With Love From PDX, This is Folklore, May and Mary, Edelholz, and Essance.

When: Sunday, December 4, 12–6 p.m.
Where: North Star Ballroom, 635 N Killingsworth St. 

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