Apparently, there’s this local craft sale that goes on near the holidays and in the spring. I don’t know how long it’s been going on, but what really baffles me is that I didn’t know about it. Well, it’s definitely on my radar now.
The sale in question is called Crafty Wonderland, and it takes place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. I wanted to check out the spring version last Saturday, so I invited my mom, two sisters and two of my nieces along. We arrived just as it was opening, behind a line of at least a couple hundred people, and in front of that many more. Note to self: next time, arrive fashionably late.
I realized after we started looking around that I forgot my cell phone, which is also the camera I intended to use to share a little of my experience with you. Luckily, my iPhone-carrying sister volunteered to snap some shots, which cleverly excludes her from any of the following photos. I’m a little suspicious about that part.
The organizers of this sale did a great job choosing vendors, many of which can be found online or on Etsy. In fact, here’s a list from their website. The merchandise all appeared to be excellent quality, and there was a lot of variety in the types and styles of items available. Between us, we went home with our arms full.
It was also clear that the vendors had thought out their booths well. Some were really beautiful.
We found moss to be a theme throughout many of the displays. Could that be because we’re in Oregon?
Mustaches and owls still abound, but we also discovered octopus (octopi?) and repurposed children’s books are having their moment. In fact, repurposing in general was a recurring theme we were all happy to see.
I really liked the fact that this didn’t mirror the typical church-bazaar style craft fair. I’m not knocking those at all, I enjoy visiting them around the holidays, although they do get harder to find as the years go by. But this sale was populated with vendors who clearly do this for a living. This sale might be once or twice a year, but they are creating and selling their art and crafts year-round. It just lends a different feel to the experience.
If you’re in the Portland area, I highly recommend attending. You’ll see me visiting the holiday sale. I’ll be the one walking really slowing and bumping into everyone in front of me because I can’t take my eyes off the pretty.