Steals & Deals

Skip the Big-Box Stores on Black Friday (and Shop These Local Options Instead)

This is the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Do it the right way with non-profit pop-ups, indigenous marketplaces, and local mega sales.

By Eden Dawn November 20, 2018

Little Boxes

Fri–Sun, 200+ locations
The concept is simple: Every year, more than 200 Portland shops band together for a city-wide shopping party. For each store you visit, you get another entry in a giant raffle that includes dream vacations, gift cards, and other flat-out cool stuff. But not only do you walk away with great finds, it’s also good for the local economy. “In Portland, where 98 percent of neighborhood businesses have five or fewer employees, shopping small is really big," says Heather Hoell, executive director of Venture Portland, in a press release. "And Portlanders can feel good knowing when they shop local, their money stays home for the holidays—for every $1 spent at a local business, 70 percent stays in the local Portland economy.” Download the Little Boxes app (available both for iPhone and Android), which acts as a shopper’s digital passport to find participating stores by category, proximity, or neighborhood, and enter the raffle to win a variety of prizes. Each visit and purchase from a Little Boxes participating store earns a raffle entry and each purchase unlocks additional entries. The more entries received, the more opportunities you have to win big things. You know what they say: you gotta spend money to make money.

Indigenous Winter Marketplace

10 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Rockwood Center, 17805 SE Stark St
Indigenous Come Up and Rockwood Center unite for a marketplace showcasing the talents of the local indigenous community. Explore the free craft area and vendors selling Native painted pottery, Navajo jewelry and crafts, hand-sewn crafts, and Native Mexican Jewelry.

Gather – A Local Pop-Up

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat, Leftbank Project
The Cupcake Girls is nonprofit that provides confidential support to people in the sex industry and those affected by domestic sex trafficking. They offer services like medical and dental care, domestic violence and safe house support, counseling, and career coaching. The Portland chapter hosts a fundraising holiday pop-up party at Leftbank with over a dozen vendors, including Yo Soy CandlePigeon Heart Designs, and Hand & Fire Ceramics

Vegan Holiday Pop-Up

1–3 p.m. Sat, Sunrise Center
Take your animal-loving friends to this one-day pop-up from Snackrilege, NW Animal Foundation, Veganville Sanctuary, and Driftwood Magazine. Munch on special vegan holiday sandwiches as you shop for books, clothes, and jewelry—all while supporting little furballs.

Project Pop-Up

1–4 p.m. Sat Project Object
Happening Sandy shop Project Object knows all about being a small biz, so they're hosting a one-day pop-up as part on Small Business Saturday with other fledgling brands. Find jewelry, homewares, art, and ceramics, from lines like Side Hustle Designs, Glossy Tanlines, and Dora Lou.

Warehouse Mega Sale

9 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat, 522 N Thompson St, FREE
Pigeon Toe, North of West, and Altar bring back their über-popular warehouse sale. It's simple: seconds, samples and discontinued product, all up to 90 percent off. Yes, 90. Because it gets crazy each time, they're doing two back-to-back openings this year, with a one-hour closure at 12:30 p.m. to replenish product. First 50 people in line for each opening will be entered into a vendor giveaway.

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