Independent holiday shoppers take it outside malls
- Portland Tribune - Features
For those who've decided to go local, organic or otherwise anti-establishment with gifts this year, this is the weekend to do it (and next weekend's not too shabby, either).
Crafty and creative events are sure to keep shoppers feeling good about dropping hard-earned cash on others by buying locally, all in the spirit of giving.
Crafty Wonderland Double Trouble Holiday Extravaganza
Oodles of handmade goodies await at this all-ages holiday shopping event. Grab a snack upstairs, then head down to the lounge to find more than 40 artists selling everything from creative kids' clothes to handbags.
The first 100 shoppers through the door will receive a free goodie bag. Bre Pettis, of the new Craft magazine, will take the reins at the DIY table to demonstrate how to make shadow puppets.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUNDAY, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., www.craftywonderland.com, free
Winter Handmade Bazaar
Support the DIY community and get the holiday shopping done all at the same time.
This Sunday and next, the bazaar lays on an array of affordable, hip gifts for everyone on the list, including cookbooks, stationery, silk-screened T-shirts, wallets and belts made of bike tubes, faux fur animal hats, ceramics, soaps, reconstructed clothing, calendars, homemade cake mix and more.
Noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., www.handmadebazaar.org, free
For the Love of the Hunt
A new holiday festival debuts in the inner East Burnside Street neighborhood with 15 participating businesses. There will be one-day sales, and discounts go to those who donate a can of food to help the Oregon Food Bank. Feel free to bring a can to each location.
A scavenger hunt offers a chance to win prizes such as a night at the Jupiter Hotel or a haircut from Burnside Proper. Hours vary by location.
Noon to 7 p.m. (approximate shopping hours), 5 p.m. to close (restaurants and bars), SUNDAY, Dec. 10, East Burnside Street between Sixth and Ninth avenues, 503-234-2807, free
- Suzie Ridgway