Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Making the shopping rounds - attn: fellow Oregonians!

At the risk of being shunned - I don't do Black Friday.

*awaits the hail of thrown objects, gasps and exclamations*


Okay. Got that over with. :)

If you've read my blog for very long you know I make most everything I give. What I don't make, I buy from other artists via etsy or I buy semi-locally. I don't really live near to anywhere so what seems close by to me will not seem that way to others. :)

Let's take a tour of some of my favorites! I hit all these places on Monday and had fun snapping photos to share with you. If you live in the Portland-Metro or state capital area of Oregon you should give these places a try.

First stop: The Apple Butter Barn (6002 S. Hwy. 211 Woodburn, OR 97071). It is run by the sweetest woman you'd ever hope to meet. She paints and you'll find plenty of her work in her shop.

The red wood and black letter sign is small and easy to miss and the actual "barn" shop is in back of the house, harder to spot from the road, so keep your eyes peeled!

The inside is bigger than you'd expect with a couple of rooms off the main. The place is heated by a wood stove which she had gotten up and lit at 5 am the morning I was there.

Her Christmas goods weren't on display the day I stopped but she was getting ready to get them out. They should be out for anyone who stops by now.

See the little silver bowls at the top of this shelf? Do they look familiar? Like...this?

I loved this basket of vintage linens - it was next to a rack of handmade flannel lap quilts all priced around $10-$20. What a deal!

From there the direction was Salem-bound. Spencer's Alley (found at 2673 S. Commercial St. Salem) is an old mall-type building that has been transformed into a multi-vendor spectacular. Space is rented to what I imagine are hundreds of vendors and each nook and cranny will have whatever that vendor decided to fill their space with. Home decor, handmade goods, imported fun stuff, etc, etc, etc, ad infinitum.

There's a table with coffee waiting just outside the inside entrance. What a welcome!

This is on the door on the way out - too true!

On the way back home, decided to make a stop at Bauman Farm which has been a favorite stop every fall since college but I hadn't been there when their Christmas goodies were out.

Bauman's is a Century Farm which has been in operation since the late 1800's and has been built up to quite an impressive place to visit. See some animals, taste some of the wonderful things from the bakery, pick up some produce, pick up some local made wines or even sauces made at the Mt. Angel Abbey (my favorite is the Heavenly Honey Monastery Mustard which you can also buy online here).
Sorry that's the only photo. Forgot to take any inside shots! I was distracted by the hot cider, my peppermint mocha and the smell of fresh-baked donuts. You understand. :)

Bauman's can be found at 12989 Howell Prairie Rd. NE Gervais, OR 97026.


Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Oh how I love shops like that! I think I'm going to buy some gifts on etsy right now...
(see how I didn't comment 19 times:)lol

Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair said...

Ooh, what cute shops. I love the little welcome houses. So cute!!!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

I love the "We Believe" letters!

Now I'm wanting hot cider and donuts...YUM!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Yeah, I don't shop on Black Friday either. I'm a very anti-mall kind of shopper, but I am going to brave the crowds this year. With 2 toddlers, this is one of the best ways to find good deals on new toys (almost everything they get is from yard sales & thrift stores.) so, we'll see how it goes. I will not be up at 3:00 in the morning, though!

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

I've NEVER done Black Friday shopping! I do however, shop the day AFTER Christmas. It's an annual event. LOVE it. The crowds aren't near as large nor crazed. As I am making 90% of my gifts this year, I don't need to do much shopping. I do love going to the mall ONCE during the holidays to watch the people running around. LOL
I SOOOO wish we had 'barn' stores here. VERY few and far between!

Uncovered Ruby said...

Thank you so much for sharing these glimpses of your favorite shops..I love places like these too. I think a road trip is coming up! Lisa :-)

Fairy Footprints said...

I found your blog via the Christmas carnival, I am so glad I did your creations are truly beautiful.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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