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From our partners at Saturday Market:
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.