On February 28, the Portland Saturday Market opens once again to showcase Oregon’s best handmade products for the 42nd year.
PSM will feature:
• Instagram Contest “Why I love handmade” Post pictures of products purchased from PSM. Win a $25 gift card. Stay connected socially with #handmade happiness
• Five give-a-ways of $25 gift cards per day
• Main Stage entertainment is serving up local music with the likes of John Twist and Jeremiah Barkman.
• Kids’ Korner featuring Amazama Circus Arts Team will teach kids to juggle, balance things and much more
• Flamebuoyant’s Circus entertainers will meander Saturday with their stilt walkers, jugglers and musicians.
• 21 Food Carts featuring original recipes of local favorites like Angelina’s Greek Cuizina -chicken gyro, Jalisco’s vegetarian burrito and Tim’s Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce.
• 250+ talented artisans selling their original handcrafted wares.
Ninety-four new artists completed their trial period last season and have been selected to join the market this year which increases the artisan memberships to over 350. Three of these new artists include:
One Fork Farm- Small batch artisan caramels made at David and Jessica Herzog’s family farm in Carlton, Oregon. Recipes use local ingredients and every piece is hand cut and wrapped.
Lolivia Gifts- Unique succulent gardens, living wall dioramas, and scenery terrariums that are built by Brando and Tiffany Benaway with repurposed items including bird cages, window shutters, and vintage lamps.
1920 Shoppe- Frankie Welk gives wood from fallen barns and old pallets new life by transforming them into inspiring and heartwarming home decor.
Each piece sold at the market is required to be handmade by the artist selling it. For many of the artists their sole income is generated by selling their art so being involved in
the Portland Saturday Market is crucial to their livelihood.
“Portland Saturday Market has provided us with so much more than a simple sales outlet. The exposure we get is truly phenomenal and since joining the market, our caramels have reached every corner of the United States and twelve other countries,” said David Herzog, owner of One Fork Farm. “I feel that Portland Saturday Market is
like our base camp, where we are sure to have immense traffic and great sales, but it also helps to propel our business forward through exposure to retail representatives, bloggers, critics, tourists, etc. I love that my business and family are part of the Portland
Saturday Market community.”
As the largest continually operating arts and craft market in the United States, the Portland Saturday Market has over one million visitors annually and provides artists a unique opportunity to get their art in the hands of locals every Saturday and Sunday from March - December.
“For 42 years we have provided an environment where artists can connect with their local community and sustain a living by selling their art,” said Portland Saturday
Market's Marketing Director, Reid Decker. “In today’s digital age, artists can sell online but there is something powerful about seeing, touching, and experiencing the art in person. We are so thankful for the support we have received from local residents and we are very excited for the upcoming year.”