Crafty Wonderland

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.

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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.

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It was also clear that the vendors had thought out their booths well.  Some were really beautiful.

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We found moss to be a theme throughout many of the displays.  Could that be because we’re in Oregon?

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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.

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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.