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Bargain Hunting Summer Sale!

Time flies when you’re having fun and this summer seems to be zooming past us already! We wanted to make sure you knew about the upcoming Bargain Hunting, in case you missed any of our earlier posts.

Photo credit: Portland Pulp

Above: Amy Wing Designs selling half off everything at the last Bargain Hunting.

The next Bargain Hunting is slated for August 26th, 2012 from 12-5pm and we’re excited to convene in a new venue! In many ways we’re the same old Bargain Hunting you’ve come to know and love, but this time we’re offering a few new fun features:

• We have a new venue: Castaway – Located at 1900 NW 18th Avenue, PDX, 97209 – near The Pearl District
We’re hosting a Dress for Success Accessories Drive.
• This time, we’re offering sponsorship packages for the general public and for our vendors.
• We will not offer a full bar this time around, so have your cocktails before or after you come to Bargain Hunting, but we’ll offer lemonade, iced  coffee and a snack or two at the event.

We hope to see you at the next Bargain Hunting!


Marketing Materials for Bargain Hunting by Julz Nally

Did you know . . .

the next Bargain Hunting is exactly a month away? Well it is!

Bargain Hunting – August 26 – 12-5pm
Castaway – 1900 NW 18th, PDX
Unique*Collaborative*Indie Clearance Sale
Free Admission

We are so fortunate to have Julz Nally as an organizer and as our graphic designer.

When you come by the sale she’ll be the little red head with the enormous blue eyes.

See you at the Next Bargain Hunting!



Artist Spotlight with MOSS handmade

Moss is a collection of clothing, jewelry and cute little objects inspired by romantic ideas and sweet little grannies. Everything is lovingly made by hand. Just like your grandma would but we try very hard not to smell like musty old attics.

1.  What are you most excited about selling at the next Bargain Hunting? 
What’s the price?
MOSS will be offering last year’s designs for 50% off retail (some could be more!). I will also be bringing one of a kind items, designs that I worked on but never quite made it to the production line. Aaaaand I will also be showing off new spring items.
2. What inspired you and keeps you going creatively?
Any tips for staying on track when you’re in a creative slump?
I think being around other creative people and bouncing off ideas with each other helps a lot. I also keep a clip file of pictures, materials and ideas that I come across. Some of them I use right away, some I save for later. I get inspired a lot by materials and colors, so I like going to fabric stores, thrift shops, art supply stores, etc.
3. What fashion era do you love best and why?
Although, for my personal style, I adore the 30s and 50s but for jewelry, it would have to be the Victorian era. Just because of the sheer number of accessories men and women wore. And everything was so ornate and well made.

Artist Spotlight with Piper Ewan

Piper Ewan is a couture fashion design company that was started in 1998 by Kirsten A. Moore. Her focus is on traditional sewing techniques in modern style. All of her designs are drafted in pencil on paper, hand cut, sewn and finished using traditional couture finishing techniques with strict attention to detail. The flowers are made from pieces of ribbon or fabric, and hand sewn with a needle and thread. Piper’s designs are inspired by vintage fashions of the 1920′s – 1960′s with bits of Victorian, 1890′s Paris, Japanese street fashion, costumes, architecture, artifice, nature and human constructs, as well as the many artists and their art that surrounds her.
1.  What are you most excited about selling at the next Bargain Hunting?
What’s the price?
 I am most excited about finding new homes for the lonely samples and science experiments that are constantly accumulating in my studio. I have been going through a major transition, so I am really looking forward to clearing the slate, so I will be letting go of a lot of inspiration pieces, random vintage and pieces i’ve made over the last few years to make room for the new pieces I’ve been making and collecting. I am also liquidating feather pieces. I love feathers, but I am taking a new direction.
2. What inspired you and keeps you going creatively?  Any tips for staying on track when you’re in a creative slump?
I have been having fun with Pinterest making boards of beautiful vintage lingerie, dresses and costumes and all the other things that strike my fancy! http://pinterest.com/piperewan/ I have been doing this 1911 corset sew along http://piperewan.blogspot.com/2012/01/1911-corset-project.html that has been really fun to do and share and see what the other participants are making! In general, if I am feeling uninspired, I like to wander around and look at things. I also like to look at books. An afternoon at Powell’s does wonders for my creative soul.
3. What fashion era do you love best and why?
I love NOW! Truth be told, I take inspiration from so many fashion eras, and you will find elements of many different eras in my designs. That is why my designs have a vintage look, but no one seems to agree upon which era they represent. It is amusing to me to hear people argue over it in front of me. Truth be told, I often couldn’t say myself. So many design elements come in and out of style, and are made and remade in their own style over many different decades with each repetition bringing a new iteration unique to the time it is made.

Artist Spotlight with Amelia

Amelia is a line of clothing inspired by special objects and the memories those objects bring to mind. I like to imagine walking through a long lost aunt’s attic and discovering a great big trunk full of beautiful dresses. The dresses that were worn during first dates, best friend’s birthday parties, summer picnics, and once in a lifetime galas. They’re lovely, full of memories and nostalgia, and ready to be worn by you while you make your own treasured memories!

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I make dresses that are ready to make new stories and keep you looking smart while having new adventures.
1.  What are you most excited about selling at the next Bargain Hunting?
What’s the price?
I’m excited to find homes for the holiday dresses and even some late summer sundresses. I’ll be bringing both last season and some current season dresses just to free up some room in my studio. Everything will be 30-70% off. Seriously amazing discounts but limited sizing of some styles, so get there early!
2. What inspired you and keeps you going creatively?  Any tips for staying on track when you’re in a creative slump?
I’m inspired by fabrics and love to experiment with new designs and techniques, even if they don’t make it into my official line. I also love to get out into the world and look at real women’s style. There is a lot of creative style in Portland and I love seeing how people make their clothes their own in unexpected ways. Street style blogs are fun but nothing beats wandering around out there myself.
3. What fashion era do you love best and why?
 I love the fashion of the 1940-1960s. I know its a sizable window, but there were so many interesting things going on and I love the tension between feminine and masculine influences at the time. Although realistically almost every era has had some inspired moments. And some truly awful ones.