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Summer time is here and that means getting outside.
Visiting the Market is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. The Market is more than just an attraction or something to do, it is an experience. For many people it is a life style.
Whether you found the Market on your own or you came down with a friend or relative, this is your chance to interact with the person who made the products you are purchasing. Getting to know the artist will make you feel better about your Market buys.
The vendors you meet at the Market are more than happy to chat about their process and are proud of the labor and ingenuity that goes into making their products. Sharing their story is part of the process.
Remember to shop wisely. This isn't a big box store. These artists don't produce millions of pieces to sell at the lowest cost possible. They have put time and energy and the creative process into each piece they make. Now it is your responsibility to care about that process and give it value for yourself. When shopping at the Market you are supporting a local artist.
Print out this list as a handy tool:
- Money: cash is the preferred form of payment but, not the only method. There are three ATM’s that charge a $3.50 fee and the line can get long. Most vendors accept credit cards in their booths. For the vendors who don’t have their own machines; you can fill out a visa slip and take it to the Portland Saturday Market (PSM) Information Booth and they will complete your transaction for the vendor, sending you back to the vendor with a receipt to collect your merchandise. This is a very convenient method if you only have plastic.
- If you are traveling from a state with sales tax, this is heaven for you. Oregon has no sales tax and that entire savings stays in your pocket.
- Layers upon layers: having the right clothing can make the shopping experience better. Over 60 % of the Market is covered but, it’s an outdoor market in a beautiful park setting and the weather can change quickly. Whether the weather is hot or whether the weather is cold you’ll want to be prepared.
- Comfortable shoes: these puppies go a long way to keep your dogs from barking. Remember to pace yourself, this isn’t a marathon. Enjoy all the sights and sounds of the Market and especially the smells in the food court.
- Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses: this is especially important for the little ones.
- A tote or backpack: You’ll want something to carry your layers as you peel them on and off, and something to hold your purchases. Canvas totes are sturdy, roomy, and environmentally friendly and if you want a souvenir to remember your trip you can purchase a tote at the PSM Info Booth.
- Water/Food: These items can be purchased at any one of the twenty-two international food booths at the Market. If the lines are too long and you just want a snack, several vendors throughout the Market make wonderful treat like chocolate, kettlecorn and baked goods.
- Cell Phone: make sure it is fully charged because you may find yourself at the Market longer that you thought. With over 258 booths, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Sometimes it is nice to go your separate ways and purchase the person you are with a special gift. With a cell phone you can meet up at a later time.
- Notepad and Camera: sometimes it’s hard to remember what product belongs to which artist. Some simple notes will help you to follow up with a later purchase online. There are a lot of great moments to capture on camera and revisit years down the road.
- Glasses & Medication
- Maps: not all phones have GPS
- Toddlers & kids: baby bottles, snacks, diapers and strollers
- Man’s best friend: You love them and so do we. Make sure they are on a leash and that you are prepared if they make a mess.
- A good attitude: the Market has shopping, people watching, music to listen to and a plethora of food for you to sample. All the walking is great exercise. Looking at all the art feeds the mind. None of that works unless you come prepared. The Market is good for the mind, body and soul.
- Admission: FREE