Hello all! There is definitely that chill in the air. And the season for holiday shopping is upon us. Before going to the malls and big box stores with your credit cards and hard earned cash, I would like all of you to consider buying local and handmade goods instead. Why? Well…

  1. You are more likely to find something unique and better made for the special people in your life. Don’t you think grandma deserves more than the current rollback deals at WalMart?
  2. Help stop the recession. Small businesses employ about 50% of private sector workers (statistics about small businesses can be found here). And a big chunk of that is made up of local craftspeople and artisans. Help keep unemployment low. Keep us all employed 🙂
  3. Buying local and handmade is eco-friendly. Smaller scale production cuts down on energy consumption and waste.

So show us some love! And without further ado, here is MOSS’ November line-up…


Handmade NW Presents The 2nd Annual Downtown Holiday Artisans Fair 2009

Date: Friday, November 20, 2009

Time(s): 10am-6pm

Location: World Trade Center Plaza

121 SW Salmon St

Portland, OR 97204

Free pastries and coffee make this event the perfect break in the day for downtown employees looking to support our local economy. Conveniently located in the covered pavilion of the World Trade Center Plaza, more than fifty vendors offer shoppers quality handmade goods ranging from fragrant handmade soaps to personalized gifts, original photography, and much, much more. And, for those shoppers seeking a bargain, look for specially marked items for $5, $15 and $20 from participating vendors.

This event is also benefitting P:ear, a non-profit organization that builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth, ages 15 to 24, through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year their programs serve more than 350 homeless and transitional young people.


Secret Society Sale

Date: November 29, 2009

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Location: Secret Society Ballroom

116 NE Russell (next to the Wonder Ballroom)

Shop for unique, locally handmade gifts at the Secret Society Sale, an annual artist-run holiday sale.  All vendors participating in this sale will donate 10% of their profits to the Oregon Food Bank, because no one should be hungry.  On the day of the sale dine or shop with participating businesses, known as our community partners and 10% will be donated to the Oregon food Bank. Goody boxes will be given to the first 200 shoppers who bring non-perishable food donations to the sale, as an additional way to help the Oregon Food Bank.

Did I mention the free swag? Yeah, free goodies to the early birds. Yay!

And to close, this is the season of love and giving. Lets all remember to pass that on as we go about our holiday routines.

Peace and love,