I'm not a big fan of "buy nothing day," despite my sentimental attachment to the idea of protesting the commercialism of the holidays. Instead, I'm a big advocate of buying locally
during the holiday season. That is, instead of blowing a huge wad of cash at the big box stores on the latest electronic doodad, I think we should blow huge wads of cash at local small businesses, on locally made products, and on local artists. It has the same effect of denying cash to the big box stores, with the added benefit of helping to support those institutions that Keep Portland Weird.
To this end, here's one chance to buy from local artists: the Oregon College of Art and Craft
Friday, November 28, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (Special event with hors d'oeuvres and music $3 cover charge)
Saturday, November 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225 (map
All proceeds from this sale go to support local artists and the Oregon College of Art and Craft (they split the proceeds).
See you there!