Win $25 Gift Certificate: Holiday Shopping @ Portland Saturday Market | "Green Saturday"

We have another $25 Gift Card to give away for Portland Saturday Market! To win, comment on this post on why you like the market or want to buy, etc. Winner will be drawn and emailed on Friday, November 26 @ 3PM.

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From our partners at Saturday Market:

Green Saturday
By Hollyanna McCollom

November means different things to different people. Some look forward to family gatherings, football on the television and Thanksgiving turkey with all its trimmings. Some people begin a slow descent in to that eggnog-soaked, mistletoe-trimmed chaos known as the holiday season. For a few brave souls, November means one thing: Black Friday. Now, while we here at the Saturday Market respect their wherewithal, we present another more user-friendly option: Green Saturday.

What is Green Saturday you ask? Well,

it's not braving the super stores and fighting with a disgruntled mom in slipper boots over the last package of socks. It's not lining up outside a store for an hour in hopes that you will get a free doughnut before racing off to collect the doorbuster deals. We like to think of Green Saturday as an alternative to the traditional holiday shopping frenzy, an alternative which allows shoppers to buy locally-produced, eco-friendly gifts from the hands of the artists and designers who made them.

This season, the Market is chock full of artists who may not give you a free doughnut, but can give you a story to go along with that bowl, sculpture, or hat. Suddenly, it's not just a hat, but a work of art with a name and a narrative.

What's more, Green Saturday is a day to reflect on the abundance of beauty we are lucky enough to share in the Pacific Northwest; and buying locally-made, eco-friendly gifts, is just one more way to preserve that. Check out the cute garden accents at Comic Art (503.777.0741) where repurposed tea cups and plates become avian cafes that add color and personality to your yard.

After that, step over to Experienced Materials (experiencedmaterials.com, 503.772.5102) and check out Gina Nash's remarkable art panels, sconces and lamps made from recycled steel. They are pretty spectacular, but Nash also makes something that is bound to make the City of Portland rather happy: a very pretty, very practical rain barrel. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability recommends that homeowners explore the option of rainwater collection as means to preserve the water supply and reduce storm water runoff pollution. Nash is all for that, but of course, she means to do it with style.

And speaking of style, Terese O'Neil at Flower Pie (flowerpie.etsy.com, 503.471.7680) certainly has it with her custom-made upcycled clothing and accessories. Here, old sweaters find new life as a swingy coat, cozy arm warmer or funky hat. Pick up something warm and then add accessories from S. J. Mari Jewelry (sjmarijewelry.com, 406.579.0904) where artist Chelsey Clark uses upcycled vintage buttons and brooches to create unique rings, pendants and earrings that balance beautifully between classic and modern.

So, put down the ads, pour yourself a cup of coffee (in a reusable mug) and head to the Market instead of the mall. Meet some artists, hear a story or two and pick up some unique treasures. You can resume your usual madness on Cyber Monday.

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70 Responses to Win $25 Gift Certificate: Holiday Shopping @ Portland Saturday Market | "Green Saturday"

  1. kitty November 23, 2010 at 14:01 #

    would love to shop in the cold!

  2. Mama Gaea November 23, 2010 at 14:15 #

    I would like to have the $25 gift certificate because I would not be able to support the amazing craft artisans at the market otherwise. (unemployed, behind on all bills). I adore Saturday Market because it is a showcase of the amazing ingenuity and talent Portland has to offer. Portland wouldn’t be the same without it.

  3. jon November 23, 2010 at 14:25 #

    This would be a good excuse to start Christmas shopping. No better place to get some of Portland’s most unique stuff.

  4. Andrea November 23, 2010 at 14:27 #

    How can you NOT love the Saturday Market? I think if I had a $25 gift certificate, I would buy a fun warm shawl, or a sling bag. I love the Tibetan items, and all the wonderful and lovely smelling things – candles, oils, bath products too! Hmmmmm bath products, ? Perhaps I need those too!

  5. Hope November 23, 2010 at 14:31 #

    I would love to support all of our local vendors at the Saturday Market this weekend! This would be a wonderful way to spend the weekend..downtown PDX, delicious food, gifts & more.

  6. Janie Scott November 23, 2010 at 14:32 #

    I would love to get this gift certificate because I an’t afford to buy any presents AND eat this year. Please, please,please pick me.

  7. Lori November 23, 2010 at 14:39 #

    Shopping green
    is ALWAYS keen.
    I’d love to go buy Mom that locket,
    But wouldn’t you know,
    I’ve a cashless pocket.
    If you helped me out,
    I’d jump and shout.
    Mom would have a great big grin.
    Everyone involved would win!!

  8. Hannah November 23, 2010 at 14:42 #

    Love the market, haven’t been since they moved locations. Give me a reason to go!

  9. Katherine November 23, 2010 at 14:49 #

    $$ is tight this year, so anything would help. Especially some $$ for the Market=)

  10. julia November 23, 2010 at 14:50 #

    i was just at the market last weekend and fell in love with the spoonman! i’d love to be able to support his business and get a fabulous gift for my wonderful sister-in-law. his earrings are beautiful, and there’s something sweet about the history of the pieces as well as the recycling part of it. i’d also love to get my nephews a new spinning top from the delightful man who crafts them. the magic of the colors makes the simple toys he creates so fun and timeless!

  11. Lisa November 23, 2010 at 14:52 #

    I went to the market for the first time last Sat. and loved it. The food, the hand made pieces…it was great. On my list; local honey and those funky little garden gnomes that are made from clay, based on a person’s pic! I would love to get my nephews this for a present….the gift certificate would surely be nice to offset the cost, can you help!?!? PLEASE?? :)

  12. JOSH November 23, 2010 at 15:08 #

    Saturday Market will be awesome this weekend! An extra $25 would be FAAAAANTASTIC!

  13. Serra November 23, 2010 at 16:43 #

    I am simply loving all the media this year that echoes how I have always felt about shopping and gifts. I had already planned on purchasing my holiday gifts locally this year, and this post only strengths my enthusiasm.

  14. CB November 23, 2010 at 17:40 #

    I enjoy giving my friends useful things that are made by local artisans and where else can you find such an abundance then at the Sat Market. This would help jumpstart my giving.

  15. Dave Taube November 23, 2010 at 18:53 #

    Since it’s better to give than to receive, I would like to get the gift certificate so someone I care about can receive something nice. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Celina Hernandez November 23, 2010 at 22:41 #

    I would love to with the $25.00 it would go to my favorite Saturday Market soap place Bella Mi truffle soaps. They are so cute and make great gifts!

  17. Jen November 24, 2010 at 10:46 #

    Would love to have an extra $25 to spend at the Market this weekend!

  18. Tania Porter November 25, 2010 at 14:22 #

    I told my daughters I’d like to get a tree this year (for the first time in nearly ten years) and they said, “why, there wouldn’t be any presents under it and that would suck!”

    I’d love to be able to prove them wrong!

  19. Ann November 25, 2010 at 14:32 #

    I am hoping to find something fabulous at the market this year for my mother and sister-in-law. The live in NC and NM so it would be great to buy a local gift!

  20. Jessie November 25, 2010 at 14:49 #

    I want to get my grandma NW made earrings for christmas!

  21. Kim November 25, 2010 at 14:54 #

    We love the Saturday Market for the Art, inspiration, and friendly people. I would love to win this to not only get a unique gift for my husband, but to support local Artists.

  22. Josh C. November 25, 2010 at 14:54 #

    I’d love to win the gift certificate because there’s nothing like spending money directly at the source.

  23. Bud Khuth November 25, 2010 at 15:02 #

    Because without indy artists pedaling their crafts, Portland would be dumb.

  24. Josh C. November 25, 2010 at 15:07 #

    What a great event. Support local and environmental products! Double good! Hope I win!

  25. Stuart Kemp November 25, 2010 at 15:07 #

    I love Saturday Market and usually forget to bring enough money with me to buy the things I want. having this “safety net” would ensure that I get what I want…and then some!

  26. Kelly K. November 25, 2010 at 15:10 #

    I am an artist who used to sell at the Market and would love to have an opportunity to support my friends who still tough it out there every year. I don’t have much, but I would like to turn in the certificate to one of the artists who are struggling week after week out there in the cold and not take anything in return. It’s what the season is all about, giving. :)

  27. Darcy B November 25, 2010 at 15:27 #

    I love the Saturday Market–would be great to have a little extra to spend on yummy things at the market.

  28. Mark Fields November 25, 2010 at 15:41 #

    I love the saturday market but am having financial difficulties which prevent me from getting anyone presents this year!

  29. Miranda Hansen November 25, 2010 at 15:49 #

    I visit the PSU market every Saturday, bringing whomever I can along with me. If they’ve never been before, they usually end up bright eyed and belly full. On my non-profit salary those extra bucks would certainly go to good use. Thank you!

  30. sarah dunlap November 25, 2010 at 16:23 #

    I am poor. I would love to win so I could buy Marion berry jam. They’ve got the best there is. I would keep a jar and give the rest away for Chritmas.

  31. Erika November 25, 2010 at 16:39 #

    I love the market. It takes me back to my college days in Bellingham, Washington when I truly believed that we could make a difference by shopping locally and buying from our neighbors. I don’t know how we lose sight of this once we enter “the real world” and start working for “the man.” Help me get in touch with my better self this holiday season.
    Thank you :)

  32. Shelley November 25, 2010 at 16:56 #

    I love the Saturday market for its local artisan items. My resources are very limited this year, so I’d like to use the gift certificate to buy gifts for my family. Thank you.

  33. cherie November 25, 2010 at 18:41 #

    haven’t been to the market in a few years. would love to go experience it this season.

  34. Liz K November 25, 2010 at 18:44 #

    I broke my roommate’s handmade bowl. I feel like I should replace it.

  35. Desiree November 25, 2010 at 20:10 #

    I love Saturday market because I can support the local artists down there. I am a knitter and I know how good it feels to have someone buy one of my pieces and how hard it can be to create new works if people aren’t interested in my work. If I won the gift certificate I would use it to get a jump on my Christmas shopping by finding my little niece a one of a kind toy or outfit from the market.

  36. Minda November 25, 2010 at 20:22 #

    Portland Saturday Market is the best place for holiday presents! And to know they are locally made is an extra bonus, often meeting the creator while there. Fun!

  37. Kym November 25, 2010 at 20:29 #

    This is the only place I shop for the holidays! For 10 years. Hmmm. An extra 25.00 means a little something for santa!

  38. Amanda November 25, 2010 at 20:32 #

    I love the market because you can find just about anything there, and I want to buy Christmas gifts!

  39. sue November 25, 2010 at 21:01 #

    Saturday Market is THE ONLY place to shop if you want something unique, special and from the HEART of Portland…and bonus – elephant ears!

  40. Deni E November 25, 2010 at 21:05 #

    I’d love to visit the Portland Saturday Market for some of my Christmas shopping. It’s been a while since I’ve gone there.

  41. Elle November 25, 2010 at 21:09 #

    I’d like to win because it’s my mom’s birthday and it would be nice to give it to mom and take her down to the Saturday market :)

  42. jaimie November 25, 2010 at 21:17 #

    I would love to buy a couple of gifts this year from the market!

  43. Kim November 25, 2010 at 21:34 #

    It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the market and this would give me a great excuse to check it out in it’s new (to me) location!

  44. Chaz November 25, 2010 at 21:42 #

    shop till you drop.

  45. Jax November 25, 2010 at 22:02 #

    PDX Saturday Market is fun and full of amazing stuff, I’d like to kick off my Christmas shopping there!

  46. Lisa November 25, 2010 at 22:46 #

    I love Saturday Market!! All those unique gifts that you can’t get anywhere else! The best place to get those holiday gifts for my kids and friends.

  47. Albert Ellenich November 25, 2010 at 23:05 #

    I’m a visiting artist from Chicago and would love to take a piece of local beauty back home with me.

  48. Deanna November 25, 2010 at 23:14 #

    I always hit the Saturday Market before X-mas to buy locally made art and marionberry jam to take back east to my family. That gift certificate would reallyhelp me out this year.

  49. Rob A. November 25, 2010 at 23:45 #

    Because “Green” is good, and “Local” ain’t for yokels.

  50. Mickie November 26, 2010 at 00:15 #

    I LOVE supporting local artists at Saturday Market; like the Spoonman, the Cat Tree Folks, all of the potters, the makers of baby mobiles, amazing photographers…

  51. Amelia Santaigo November 26, 2010 at 00:24 #

    I have my eye on a hand cut metal hanging lamp. I would use my $25 gift certificate towards that. I would also stop for a chicken souvlaki from Angelina’s. They are the best in town and I never skip having one while at the market.

  52. Ben November 26, 2010 at 04:48 #

    I want to win not only because I love the Saturday Market but also because everyone I will be buying gifts for loves it too, and they would be thrilled with something extra from there.

  53. Terry November 26, 2010 at 06:17 #

    i’ve got my eye on tie-dyed long underwear @ Mkt…and this conversation is just fun! Happy Friday to all!

  54. heather November 26, 2010 at 08:27 #

    I always do some of my holiday shopping at Saturday Market, and I avoid Black Friday like the plague. Go Green Saturday! And I’d love to win that gift card, too.

  55. Tracy November 26, 2010 at 08:37 #

    I would love to win, so I can buy local gifts!!!!

  56. Tracy November 26, 2010 at 08:38 #

    wanna win

  57. Kevin K November 26, 2010 at 08:38 #

    Pick me! Saturday Market gifts are much more memorable than Target gifts!

  58. JenNifee November 26, 2010 at 09:03 #

    Saturday market is the quintessential Portland experience. I love this place. Every person that comes to visit me gets a trip to Saturday market. With money tight this year, would love to be able to support the local vendors.

  59. Stacy November 26, 2010 at 09:23 #

    I often go to the market and ‘window shop’ but don’t buy anything due to a tight budget. i think the store owners get nervous with all of the looking and not buying. it would be nice to get the gift certificate and be able to purchase something so they don’t think I’m so creepy :-)

  60. Ben November 26, 2010 at 09:42 #

    Driving to 20 different stores — bad for me, bad for environment. Shopping at Saturday Market — win for everybody.

  61. Kacy November 26, 2010 at 10:23 #

    I would love to be able to get a local, environmentally friendly gift for someone special in my life this holiday!! It would be sweet to be able to give them something of quality that is personal and supports local artisans!

  62. Cristopher Dillard November 26, 2010 at 12:06 #

    Long live saturday Market. The best place to buy local on the planet! I always want so much when I go and my pocket book tell’s me “No!”. Darn that pocket book.

  63. Marita November 26, 2010 at 12:57 #

    I have not been to Saturday Market in years and would love, love, love to go…this would be a real treat to win this gift card…had a lonely Turkey Day so this would help… :)

  64. michael israel November 26, 2010 at 13:58 #

    i like shopping and the market is fun too ;o)

  65. Mego November 26, 2010 at 14:19 #

    The last few years, I have tried to buy only locally-made gifts or make them myself. Saturday Market is one of the best places to find them, too! From jewelry to pottery to spices, it’s a great spot for holiday shopping. And I’m all for supporting the idea of Green Saturday!

  66. free November 26, 2010 at 14:20 #

    i want to buy my mother a nice present for christmas. this seems like a good place for it.

  67. Lee M. Tague November 26, 2010 at 14:23 #

    I’m always trying to buy local and green but it’s not easy. Especially when you’re unemployed and living off of -cough- savings, eek! Still, I do my best to support the local economy and would love the opportunity to give back while indulging my karma :)

  68. Melissa November 28, 2010 at 09:33 #

    I love the market! I love the food, the performers and handmade goods. Last year was the first year my daughter bought Christmas gifts of her own for the family. First place she wanted to go….Saturday Market ;)

  69. erin December 16, 2010 at 21:38 #

    I would buy some local portland flavor to give to the family. Love the natural wood hanging plantholders, funny t-shirts, etc.

  70. Emily November 8, 2011 at 15:05 #

    This would come in very handy!

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