The Portland Bazaar
I went to a lot of bazaar’s as a kid. Mostly church bazaar’s where old church ladies would bake pies to sell or make little characters and animals out of candy. There were old, God fearing men who would whittle log trucks, bird houses and shelves made from the coniferous trees they found in their back yards. This was a small town way out beyond the reaches of suburbia… and even the city. When Jade told me about the Portland Bazaar, I was skeptical on going since my only experience with bazaars were that of the aforementioned small town variety. She assured me it was much different… how right she was.
The bazaar was held in Northeast Portland at Sandbox Studios, a large gentrified warehouse with plenty of space for booths and stands of all kinds. Okay, okay, this bazaar happened back in December, when Endlessly Enraptured was still an idea floating around in our heads, so please excuse the delay in sharing! There were several food carts parked outside and a small art gallery across the street we peeked into, but the best was yet to come. Once we entered the Sandbox Studios space I was pretty taken aback with how different it was from the church bazaars I attended as a kid. This bazaar was essentially a place for small, up and coming or even more established businesses in the Northwest to share their artisan wares and goods with the public in a way that they might not be able to otherwise. It was pretty awesome. I got to meet and greet some of the owners of places I had only been able to admire via their Instagram feeds or online shops.
There were booths for artisan and organic chocolates from Woodblock Chocolate, preserves from Three Little Figs, cured meats from Chop Butchery, and micro-brews I had never even heard of. The rest of the event was dedicated to hand thrown stone wear and ceramics from Pigeon Toe, original handcrafted furniture designs from Beam & Anchor, woodworking in a way I had never experienced up close from Phloem Studio, leather-smiths, organic and fair trade clothing and accessories from Bridge and Burn and Boys Fort, as well as camping gear and floral arrangements from SolaBee. The list goes on and on. The bazaar really had everything, we just can’t wait for the next! We love finding new businesses, makers, and crafts people to get to know, support and admire. We are looking forward to sharing a closer look at many of these businesses and the artists behind them in the coming weeks…