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2013 Portland Flea Dates + Other PDX Sales

Fellow Portlanders! I have my hands on this year’s upcoming Portland Flea dates and wanted to share the official flea calendar with you. The first flea of the year will be this Sunday, Jan. 20. As for the rest of 2013, here are the dates: 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17 & 12/15. Per usual, the flea is held at Union/Pine on 525 SE Pine Street in Portland. For minute-by-minute vendor and item updates, follow Portland Flea on Facebook here.

Word on the street is that there are a number of new vendors in the mix this year, and plenty of vintage finds to be had. I took a break from bargain hunting to focus on the remodel, but now I’m back in action. I’ll be at Sunday’s flea looking for some  comfy new sitting chairs for our living area.

In other Portland happenings, WoonWinkel is kicking off its expanded furniture collection with an upcoming furniture sale! From February 1st-17th,Woonwinkel will offer 15% of all custom and in-stock furniture by Hay and SCP and 20% off select home accessories.

Rejuvenation is also having it’s attic sale this weekend. Save more than 75% on lighting and other decor items. We’ve picked up numerous goodies from these sales in the past and they are great to check out if you are flexible in terms of colors, shades, and sizes.

And, Grayling Jewelry is also having a sample sale this weekend. Katy Kippen is the queen bee of jewelry design, and I can guarantee you there will be beautiful jewelry and good deals at her darling shop.

Happy shopping and, cheers to a cozy winter weekend!

Portland Happenings

Portland friends….here are a few events in town this week that I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention!

Firstly, if you haven’t been to the Portland Flea this year, GO! It’s super inspiring and there are so many amazing items, both new and old. Have a coffee, stroll through the space, and then finish your flea tour with a delicious bloody mary, served right there on site. Sounds like a perfect morning to me:). The next flea is this Sunday, August 19th, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at SE 6th and Pine. For more details and sneak peek photos, find Portland Flea on Facebook here. Kyle and I will be stopping by on Sunday, so hopefully we’ll see a few of you folks there!

Also, Rejuvenation has teamed up with Live Wire! Radio to host Wave of Light, a benefit for the Portland premiere radio variety show on Thursday August 16th, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at it’s SE Rejuvenation store. Host Courtenay Hameister will be the ringleader for the evening, with spectacular performances by Faces For Radio Theatre and other live performances. Admission is $25 and includes appetizers from Lardo, sweet treats from Cupcake Jones, beer, wine and one specialty “Live Wire” cocktail provided by New Deal Distillery. There will be live and silent auctions featuring amazing prizes along with a grand prize raffle at the end of the evening. Looking for tickets to tomorrow’s event? Purchase them online here or call 503-548-4920.

Events like these make me love living in Portland. This place is full of inspiring peeps!

Coming this Saturday: Portland Flea

This weekend, another lovely season of Portland Flea kicks off. This makes my heart happy for many reasons.

  1. I love old stuff.
  2. I love supporting local businesses.
  3. I love good food.
  4. I love Portlanders.
  5. I love that I can find all of these items in one spot on a handful of Saturdays this spring/summer/fall.

To kick of the begining of flea market season, Kate from Portland Flea is stopping by to give us the low down on all things flea this year! Take it away, Kate.

What’s the story/inspiration behind Portland Flea?
I have always been drawn to dependable, well-loved goods that have stood the test of time. “Stuff” just means more when it has a story and a soul. I grew up in Portland and moved back not too long ago after a stint in London. My husband and I bought an old house in NE, and while restoring and furnishing it, we found ourselves yearning for the convenient, one-stop access to antique and vintage goods that the markets in London provided, in addition to their energy and charm. Portland has such a great vintage culture – so many incredible shops – but it takes time to visit each one! Why not bring everyone together?
 What vendors will be at the flea?
We’ll let the postcard take this one:
What can shoppers find at the flea?
Well, I’ll start by telling you what you won’t find: anything new. Well, not brand new at least. Like many Portlanders, we are passionate about re-use and have made it the guiding light of the market. Our 20+ vendors specialize in items that have old industrial, vintage or antique appeal. This typically rules out anything manufactured within the last 25 years, but does not rule out handmade or refurbished items made from recycled antique/vintage materials. We have phenomenal furniture dealers (mid-century especially), clothing, jewelry, ephemera. A little bit of everything.
Flea logistics – schedule/place/time/ect?
 WHEN: Third Saturday of the month. May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15 & October 20.
WHERE: We’ll kick off the season on May 19th indoors at UNION/PINE and, permit pending, we’ll move outdoors in June!
Any spring design trend predictions?
Heather Joy just did a photo shoot in my house about decorating with neon. She brought all of these great accessories over and the vibrant pops of color were so energizing! Think Portland folks could really benefit from this trend given all of the gray days. I bet fewer people suffered from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in the 80s!
Flea shopping tips?
Of course!
First, it’s all about negotiation. Don’t be afraid to make an offer that is lower than the asking price.
Second, cash is still king. I know everyone takes Square these days, but always bring cash to the Flea. A great negotiating tactic is to hold up a set amount of cash and say “this is what I have to spend. Take it or leave it.”
Third, don’t forget, you have your own little Antiques Roadshow appraiser in your pocket! Read the tags/labels/engravings on Flea finds and look them up on your phone before you purchase. You can usually find some indication of what a fair price would be.
Favorite item you’ve ever found at a flea market?
I found an old Picasso print when we lived in London nestled in a dirty pile of horrible art and frames. It is one of his lesser known paintings and the frame was filthy so you couldn’t see the signature and edition number. I grabbed it, paid next to nothing and literally ran away from the market before anyone could ask any questions. Thinking I held my retirement in my hands, I immediately looked it up when I got home. It was a fake and not worth a dime. I still love it though.
Where do you see the PDX Flea in 10 years?
Hoping it will continue to be a destination spot for members of the community. Have a cup of coffee, meet your friends, walk around. A place where people can find quality one-of-a-kind goods that will last forever. I’d like people to think twice about heading to Ikea if they can find what they need at the Flea. The Brooklyn Flea guys have been really supportive of Portland Flea and have offered some great advice. I hope I can foster something similar to what they have created, but keep it uniquely Portland.

You bet your bottom me and my crew will be at the flea on Saturday. Hope to see you there:).

P.S. Get sneak-peeks of Portland Flea goods by following them on Facebook and Twitter.


2012 Portland Flea Dates Released

Fellow rain-soaked Portlanders!

Portland Flea has released official dates for 2012. Mark your calendars for…

April 21st

May 19th

June 16th

July 21st

August 18th

September 15th

October 20th

The market is held outdoors on SE 6th Ave between Belmont and Taylor. Vendors will be there rain or shine every third Saturday of the month from April through October; 10am – 5pm. What can you expect? Lots of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing and collectibles as well as a selection of food carts. And fun people too!

The first flea market is less than three months away…start making your wish list!

P.S. Stay updated on new vendors and sneak-peak photos by following Portland Flea on Facebook, Twitter, and of course, the official PDX Flea website.