2012 Portland Bazaar: Dec 8 + 9th!

by Grace Bonney

Of all the projects I worked on last year, the Portland Bazaar was my favorite. It started as a small idea discussed over coffee and ended as a wildly successful holiday market packed with incredible local handmade goods and more shoppers and supporters than I could have possibly hoped for. As I looked through the crowd last year and spoke to sellers who’d never sold that much in a single weekend, I knew it was a project I wanted to continue. So I’m thrilled to announce that, along with my friends and Bazaar partners Greg and Matt, the 2012 Portland Bazaar is happening next weekend, December 8th + 9th! It will be the best local one-stop shop for gift ideas, food, drink and an entire weekend full of art and design inspiration.

To kick off the second annual (I’m so excited to say that!) Portland Bazaar, we’ve curated an incredible selection of handmade goods (all locally made) that will be sold on December 8th and 9th at Sandbox Studio in Portland, Oregon. Our goal is to celebrate the high-quality handmade work being produced in Portland’s creative community and highlight new artists and designers from the area. In addition to offering a curated selection of vendors in a wide range of categories — clothing, accessories, home goods, books, vintage wares, fine art, food and spirits — the Bazaar will also offer unique demonstrations and book signings (stay tuned for those details later this week!).

To complement the excitement happening inside the Bazaar, the street in front of Sandbox Studio will be closed to traffic and lined with some of Portland’s finest food trucks. There will also be fresh coffee and espresso drinks inside the Bazaar served by Heart. We aim to provide each and every guest with not only great holiday gift options but also delicious snacks and drinks.

To get everyone started off right on their shopping day, Design*Sponge will be buying the first 100 guests on Saturday free coffee from Heart and the first 100 guests on Sunday a free Pine State Biscuits! Come early and grab some free extra energy to get your shopping going!

Details are below. We hope to see you there!

The Portland Bazaar
December 8th + 9th, 2012
Saturday: 9am to 5pm; Sunday: 9am to 4pm
Located inside Sandbox Studio (420 NE 9th Avenue, Portland, OR)
More info (full vendor list, maps, etc.) at the Portland Bazaar website

Vendors will include: Boys Fort, Solabee, Beam & Anchor, Wood & Faulk, Antler & Co., Ampersand, Beam & Anchor, Phloem Studio, Alder & Co, Frazier & Wing, OLO, Bridge & Burn, Satsuma Press, Sketchbook, SeaworthyJulianna Swaney, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., stone and honey, Little Otsu, Walnut Studio, Reading Frenzy, Shwood Shop, Beckel Canvas Products, Confectionery, Grove, Maak Soap Lab, Egg Press, Una, Kim Boyce, Eric Trine, Laura Irwin, Caravan Pacific, Favor Jewelry, Draplin, Summerland, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Good Flock, Woonwinkel, xobruno, Riding the Hermes, Woodblock Chocolate, Kinetic Creatures, Chop Butchery, Hand Eye Supply, Megabolt, New Deal, Beacon Sound, Heartwood, Nice Work, Spacecraft, Btwn Wind + Water, Capricorn Bicycles, Revive, Floyd + Francess and more . . .
Events: There will be live DJ music from Beacon Sound, demonstrations, book signings and food/drink tastings each day. Stay tuned for the full schedule and sign-ups!
Food + Drink: The street in front of the Bazaar will be shut down for food trucks and coffee carts serving delicious local treats.

Suggested For You


  • I attended last year and it was great! Looking forward to stopping by this year, but would have loved to have had the opportunity to be considered as a vendor.

    Good luck to everyone!

  • Wow, same weekend as CraftyWonderland in Portland. I may have to start training to get my stamina up for the big indie shopfest!

    • lisa and the sauce

      yep- it’s the same weekend. it was the same weekend last year as well and we were thrilled to hear about people popping back and forth between both. portland is a city full of talent and i think it’s definitely capable of producing enough great work for several holiday shows. just fyi- we don’t do our selections until after crafty’s app period closes, just to make sure we’re not “taking” anyone from their group.


  • It’s great you’re doing this again. I went last year and was impressed by the quality of the vendors’ items. My only issue is how you posit it as having “all locally made” items, when the vendors that you feature state–on your own website–that their items are from Europe, Asia and all over North America. I find this to be misleading.

    • nicole

      the vast majority of sellers are 100% local (design + manufacture). there are 2-3 shops that will be curating other goods that are handmade, but not necessarily all local. but they represent 2-3 sellers out of over 50, so i think it’s accurate to say it’s primarily local.


  • Wish I could be there, I’m sure it will be amazing! Picky point, but it is “Heart” Coffee Roasters, not “Hart”. And they make fantastic coffee :)

  • Sorry, I see you fixed it in the post, it came through as Hart in my email. You don’t have to post that comment!

  • Grace, where do I sign up to volunteer? would love to be part of the action!
    thanks, Donna Esposito

    ps. So pleased to see my hometown of Greenpoint rocking so hard in the food and
    design world!

  • i love this event, so glad it’s back! when will the demo info be posted? will there be a wreath making class like last year?

    • hi emily

      we won’t be having classes this year (we don’t have access to those side rooms this year) but there will be food demos throughout the day :)


Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, that comment on people's physical appearance, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.