So, you’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice, and now it’s time to go forth and shop. May we humbly suggest skipping the big-box stores and mega-online-retailer shipping delays this year in favor of some of the many pop-up shops and holiday markets, happening throughout the city between now and New Year’s? (Lots of these come from businesses that are usually online-only, so here’s your chance to check out the goods in person.) 

Here are some holiday markets and pop-ups around the Portland area that shouldn’t be missed this season. 

 

Holiday Collection for Women-Owned Businesses at Mimi's Fresh Tees

222 NW Davis St #420
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday through Dec 23; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday, Dec 24

Kamelah Adams has invited some other women-owned companies to show and sell their wares in the Mimi's Fresh Tees fourth-floor space in Old Town, from Essance Skincare and Crystal Ball Botanicals to Vietnamese sauces from Tân Tân in Beaverton to art and handcarved instruments from Atrum Arte. The guests join Adams's house line of antiracist, pro-social-justice T-shirts, stickers, and more. 

 

Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art & Craft Market

Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
5–9 p.m. Friday (sold out), 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday–Sunday, timed tickets required

Hundreds of vendors pack the Oregon Convention Center for this 15-year-old event, touted as "the largest handmade craft show in the Northwest." If you can't make it, Crafty Wonderland's shops on SW 10th Avenue and on NE Alberta Street are there for you, too. 

The Pachacutek gift set. 

Indigenous Come Up 

719 SW Morrison St 
11 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday thru Dec 31 (closed
 Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)  

Indigenous Come Up was founded in 2018 by Lluvia Merello, who was born in Calca, Peru, with Andean/Inca heritage. She grew up going to marketplaces throughout the world, as her parents were artists and jewelers, and now also organizes the nonprofit Portland Indigenous Marketplaces. Her goal, Merello says, is to create a barrier-free space focused on uplifting Indigenous businesses. 

Products include stunning handcrafted jewelry, an array of messenger and zipper bags, enamel pins, and clothing. Get your artsiest friend a pair of Eagle and Condor drop earrings, or if you can’t choose one product from the store try the Pachacutek gift set that comes with a necklace, ICU beanie, and T-shirt, and other pieces, including a small journal.  

 

The Mt. Hood candles at Grate Co. 

Grate Co 

1101 SW Washington St 
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday thru Dec 31 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)   

Business and life partners Greg and Nate Soliven, the cofounders of wedding design firm the Grate Company, are hosting this pop-up at which you can find their handmade luxury candles that include scents like Mt. Hood (described as earthy and smoky) and Neroli (orange blossom and teak), as well as room sprays and soapsAlso on offer: incredible wreaths and bouquets (or take a workshop to learn how to design your own) as well as goods from other Portland makers.  

 

The mantles modeled by the cutest model in the world (the one in the middle). 

Makers Outlet 

133 SW Second Ave
11 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. Sunday, thru Jan 31 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) 

Since starting Baby Wit clothing company 18 years ago, Rosalee Rester often found herself left with unsold stock that was cluttering the inventory and "gumming up my psyche." Her solution? This pop-up and online store sell clothing, stationery, and one-of-a-kind art from her own and other companies at a discount. It's a chance for local makers to sell off their old stock without anything ending up in a landfill, part of Rester's interest in zero-waste production. Do you have a friend attached at the hip to their dog? At Makers Outlet you can get them matching mantles by Mystic Chili, inspired by the short cloaks worn by emperors, kings, queens, and other royalty.  

 

The pop-up display for R&Arie with a peek into some of the goodies offered. 

R&Arie 

215 SW First Ave
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday thru Dec 31 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)    

Reeba Daniel, the owner of R&Ariegrew up suffering from a painful chronic skin condition that ate into her confidence. When her infant started to experience the same condition, she'd had enough. That's when she started her own business, focusing on wellness, self-care, and Black, Indigenous, and POC makers who specialize in natural products with recognizable ingredients. Products include small-batch skin-care items like body butter and exfoliating scrubs, teas, and candlesHer space will be shared among many small businesses, making for a wide range of gifts to choose from. Our pick: the "awakening" self-care kit, which includes a coffee face mask, coffee body oil with ginger, vanilla, and cardamom essential oil, and a coffee sugar scrub. 

 

Some of the selection of socks.

Tabbisocks 

875 SW Yamhill St
11 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, thru Dec 31 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) 

Maarlie Wada came to the US from Japan in 2001, then started her sock company five years later. In Japan, socks are considered a way to express your individuality, as it’s a societal norm to remove your shoes when you come indoorsTabbisocks currently has a specific line of socks called “Replant Pairs,” where $1 from each pair of socks will be donated to the buyer’s choice of environmental organizations, including the Santiam campaign for Oregon's State Forests Wildfire Restoration Fund, California’s National Forests Foundation, or Washington’s Nisqually Land Trust.  

 

Ceramics Northwest 

300 SW Yamhill St
10 a.m.–6 p.m. 
Tuesday–Sunday, thus Dec 31 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

The nonprofit Oregon Potters Association will be selling handmade ceramic creations from more than 40 artists at its first retail gallery, called Ceramics Northwest. The pieces include Kim Hui-Yong’s stunning vases that can get as small as a dime and as big as your torso, Joung Pak’s kitchenwareNatasha Irvine’s mugs, bowls, and unique vases, and so much more.  

 

Some of the goods you'll be able to find at Makers Union's pop-up

Makers Studio by Makers Union PDX and Lonesome Pictopia 

820 N Russell St
9 a.m.–2 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday, thru Dec 24 (closed Thanksgiving) 

As stores closed, markets were canceled, and businesses began to suffer overall because of the pandemic, local creatives Jubal Prevatte, MC Lemay, and Christopher Dibble (a Portland Monthly contributor) set up an online market space for Portland creatives as an attempt to help their community. Their Makers Union PDX donated 15 percent of all 2020 sales to the Black Resilience Fund and works with Portland Made to showcase local artists and makers via vacant window spaces 

Now they’re holding an in-person pop-up with Lonesome Pictopiawhich sells hand-painted wallpaper and murals, to host more than 70 different makers, rotating in and out each week. Special events are held every Friday and Saturday—look for demonstrations, classes, and product tastings.  

 

Cooperativa Saturday Market

1250 NW Ninth Ave, Suite 100
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays, thru Dec. 18

Cooperativa is a large Italian market that has a café, paninoteca (sandwich shop), pastaria, pizzeria, gelato shop, bar, and lounge. On Saturdays through December 18. in addition to the usual goodies the space will host have multiple vendors selling their products. Keep an eye out for Coy & Co florist, Evans Farm Produce and Provisions, and Tails and Trotters, specialists in anything and everything pork. 

 

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