Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pop-Ups in Portland

"A pop-up retail space is a venue that is temporary — the space could be a sample sale one day and host a private cocktail party the next evening. Pop-up retail is specifically an idea or mindset that allows a company to create a unique environment that engages their customers, as well as generates a feeling of relevance and interactivity. It can also be for the duration of a peak in demand anticipated to be short.
The trend involves “popping-up” one day, and disappearing the next. These stores, while small and temporary, can build up buzz by consumer exposure." (Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop-up_retail ). 

I'll have to give my thanks to Wikipedia for the general overall definition of a pop-up shop.  I know what they are, but didn't necessarily know the exact definition.  Definitions are great on paper, but when you want to shop a pop-up shop, you need to know much more about it, no matter how temporary it might be.  OK, I'll start you with a little tease:

This is where the pop-up shop will be located.

Here is a sampling of the jewelry that will be available.

These beautiful pictures (and photo notecards) will also be available

OK, I think I've teased you enough, so let me give you all the particulars.  Several local artists have gathered together to have the Broadway Pop-Up Christmas Bazaar this coming Saturday and Sunday, November 27 and 28 from 11 to 6 p.m. each day.  The address of this fun bazaar is 3109 NE Broadway Street in Portland, Oregon.

This group of artists and friends would love to have you come down and see what we have to offer to you for your holiday shopping needs.  Forget QVC.  Forget Black Friday.  Forget the stores that stay open on Thanksgiving Day and don't give their employees a chance to relax with their friends and families.  Take your time, enjoy yourself, talk to the artists about their products, and find some really unique and lovely handmade and reasonably priced gifts for your friends and families (and perhaps a nice little treat for yourself).  

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Back on The Block

I lost track of time and haven't posted here since late August.  I'll plead the usual excuse, being too busy, and not bore you with the details, except to say that I moved to a new apartment here in my building and suspect you'll understand what happened.

OK, enough about the busy life, and let's move on to the bazaar life. Yes, it is the season for bazaars.  My friend, Cari (a wonderful photographer), invited me to join her in participating in her company's employee Christmas Bazaar at the ODS Tower in Downtown Portland.  We've been promoting it nicely on Twitter, but another friend, Jan, suggested we post a link with directions to help folks out in getting there and having a look at our wares.

The ODS Christmas Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 17th floor of the ODS Tower in downtown Portland, Oregon at 601 SW Second Avenue.  There is excellent access via Tri-Met buses and MAX trains.  Bus and MAX schedules and times can be figured out by using the convenient trip planner here at http://www.trimet.org/index.htm  Here's a map of the area http://www.pacwestcenter.com/ods_maps.html  I'd recommend riding the bus or using MAX, but if that's not an option, you can use http://www.mapquest.com/  to plan your driving trip.  If you drive to downtown Portland for the bazaar, it's probably the best idea just to find any of the nearby parking structures and use them rather driving around and around to find an on-street parking spot.  On-street parking spots are nearly impossible to find any day of the week, but Fridays can be particularly difficult to do so.

Armed with the information above, now you can come on down and shop at our table for jewelry and photo notecards and prints such as these:

Here is but a brief sampling of some of Cari's photos that are made into notecards and also prints:

We both hope that you can come down and find some unique and beautiful gifts at our table at the bazaar.  Kerri (Earringopia) makes her jewelry from all repurposed baubles and beads, and Cari (Wahkeena Exposure) takes all her own photos and fashions them into notecards and prints.  Prices are extremely reasonable ($3 to $30), the items handmade and one of a kind, and something wonderful you can enjoy for yourself or give as a gift with pride.  If you can't come down to the bazaar, we'd also like to have you visit our stores to see the beautiful items we have available.  Kerri has an Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop/earringopia  and can also be found on http://www.twitter.com/ as @Earringopia and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/earringopia  Cari's photo fashions can be found at her Zazzle store, http://www.zazzle.com/wahkeenaexposures , and she can be found on Twitter as @WahkeenaPhotos and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/WahkeenaPhotos

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below, contact either one of us on Twitter or through Facebook, or send us e-mails through the links in our online stores, and your questions will be answered as quickly as possible.  We hope to see you at the bazaar!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Up On The Roof

I'm getting excited about my upcoming jewelry show.  The date is set (Thursday, September 16), the flier is in the final design phase, and I've started a to-do list.  It's often the hardest thing when planning an event to find a venue, but this turned out to be the easiest thing and literally right under my nose (or perhaps more properly over my head).  Anyhow, the venue is up on the roof of my apartment building, and I wanted to share some photos to show you why I'm particularly excited.

The roof didn't start out looking this way.  This apartment building was originally built in 1964,  and before that was once the site of the childhood home of John Reed, Portland journalist and author of "Ten Days That Shook The World"  (and for you movie buffs, "Reds" starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton was based on Reed's life). Forty-four or so years of Portland weather had taken its toll on the roof before the current owner completely renovated the building a couple of years ago and did a really gorgeous job with the roof. 


I'm trying hard not to get too far ahead of myself, keeping the to-do list close at hand, but I don't have too much trouble envisioning a jewelry show up on the roof, although I hope people won't be so distracted by the fabulous Portland views that they will forget to look at my jewelry.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

And The Winner Is

Good morning! After using a random number generator (random.org), the winner of the jewelry giveaway is (drum roll) lucky #5, Saphyreplatypus. Congratulations! Be sure to e-mail me at earringopia@q.com with your address, and I'll get your necklace and earrings sent out to you as soon as possible!

Monday, August 2, 2010

How Earringopia Got Started

A few months ago, probably in April or May, I was browsing in a Goodwill store and found a candleholder festooned with streams of autumn-colored chandelier-like beads. The candleholder by itself was not to my taste, and I understood why it had been donated to Goodwill.  However, the strands of chandelier-type beads set off something like a photo flash in my mind, highlighting the caption "there are 12 good pairs of earrings there" that popped up.   I was a little bit startled at first, but without hesitation grabbed the candleholder and ponied up $2.99 to the cashier. 

The funniest thing was that I had taken jewelry-making classes in high school and also made and sold earrings in college for mad money.  However, I didn't even think about those two facts until I got home because I was just wrapped up in deconstructing this candleholder to get at those beads.  I then realized I had zilch in the way of jewelry-making supplies (pliers, earring hooks, jump rings, etc.).  I found a crafter's pliers set at Walgreeen's for $3.99 (Walgreen's???, who knew!!), which warmed my money-saving heart to no end.  I also ordered the earring hooks and other accoutrement from an onsite jewelry supplier based here in Oregon (Fire Mountain Gems). 

While I was waiting for the supplies to arrive, I deconstructed the candleholder for the beads, no mean feat I can tell you, but like a dope I didn't take pictures of that process.  Finally, everything came together, and I made 12 pairs of earrings.  This was entirely a creative outlet for me until I showed a pair to my best friend, Vangie, who immediately said, "you should sell those."  Of course, that set off another photo flash in my head, but I let it float out into my idea-mulling thought stream to jostle around and show me what to do.  This also all occurred while I was signing a new lease on my apartment, and as a thank you to my really wonderful apartment manager, Hearther, I gave her a pair of those earrings.  She then immediately went on to buy three more pairs and recommended me to friends and family.  It was then apparent I should open an Etsy store and at least have that out there where I could get some exposure and sales. 

Here is a photo of the famous first pair of earrings:

As thanks for reading all about me, I want to turn the spotlight on you and have a jewelry give-away of this prettty matching necklace and earring set in colors just in time for autumn:

The necklace chain is about 11.5 inches long and has a lobster claw clasp and can be made shorter by moving the clasp up or down the portion of extender chain.  The pierced earrings are post style.  This set has lovely deep rich autum colors of gold and deep amber red.

All you have to do to enter this jewelry set giveaway is to leave a comment on the blog until midnight Friday, August 13 (we'll make Friday the 13th a lucky day).  The winner will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail, so please be sure to leave the e-mail address you use most commonly for ease of contact.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.  Any questions about this giveaway? I can be reached through my Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop/Earringopia or on Twitter at @earringopia