Know Before You Go
Editor’s Note: Check back in November 2020 for information about this year’s holiday season. If you’re interested in learning how to participate in future programs like PDX Pop-Up Shops, contact Lisa Frisch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For finding holiday gifts as usual, head to a big box store. For shoppers on the hunt for something out of the ordinary, however, PDX Pop-Up Shops in Pioneer Place was a perfect solution.
In 2019, featured brand Alshiref and Friends paid special holiday homage to the Rose City’s 12 bridges, selling posters of the St. Johns Bridge, Tilikum Crossing and Marquam Bridge (which were also printed on tote bags, pillow cases and shirts).
PDX Pop-Up Shops was a temporary program that took over unused storefront space, inviting in small businesses and locally based artisans to sell their homemade goods. Inside, shoppers discovered curated gifts made by more than 20 local designers and crafters. With products ranging from tea towels and handcrafted earrings to wooden wall signs and blown glass, shoppers were pretty much guaranteed to take home a uniquely Portland find.
PDX Pop-Up Shops had its final year in 2019. For a decade, this tradition helped small, local businesses find new customers and assisted in Downtown Portland’s economic revitalization. We’ll have to wait until the 2020 holiday season to see the newest project on tap. (We’ve heard whispers it will continue to provide space for Portland-based designers and artists with a renewed focus on diverse entrepreneurs.)
Made-In-Portland Gift Guide
Ready to shop? Everything in this guide comes from Portland-based makers, and most of these goodies can be found at Made Here PDX. Happy holidays!
Portland Saturday Market
Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S.
Shop for Made-In-Portland Goods
These companies churn out consistently cool made-in-Portland products, from fashionable swimwear and accessories to leather goods and lighting.
Luxe Local Leather
Portland artisans are using high-quality, beautifully tanned and sustainably dyed leather for their goods, crafting pieces that will last for decades.
Portland Jewelry Designers
Shop these Portland jewelry designers for beautiful, wearable art that exudes personal expression with a local touch.
Portland Designers of Color
Ready to upgrade your wardrobe, Portland-style? Turn heads with the latest fashions from these celebrated Portland designers of color.
Do your holiday shopping for locally made gifts at hip parties, makers' fairs, sprawling sales and garden grounds filled with handcrafted items.
Portland's shopping scene offers colorful bazaars where you can score locally-made goods at unbeatable prices. Better bring an extra suitcase!
From shop-lined streets to expansive malls, you'll find great spots for tax-free shopping all around town — and beyond.