As previously mentioned, the sustainably minded Urban Air Market—already well established in San Francisco, with over a decade of events spread over various neighborhoods—is making its first foray into the Portland market on August 2 and 3 at the Zidell Yards. In addition to pulling in some of their Bay Area vendors, they've tapped a growing roster of Portland makers, including Amira Jewelry, Appetite, Indie Ella, Sticks & Stones, Beckel Canvas, and so. many. more. They're also going to have art installations, food vendors, a beer garden, and a bunch of live bands.
If that weren't enough, the following weekend (Aug 9 and 10) sees the first-ever Portland version of the Renegade Craft Mini Market, which has 14 annual events in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, London, and—now—Portland. (They also seem to still be adding vendors; you can find out how to participate and see who's already on board here.)
It's been like Christmas in July around here with all the flea market/indie vendor events happening in town this summer. I'm excited by what seem to be lineups that miraculously aren't the same people over and over, intrigued by the ability to access out of towners without a plane ticket and a timing strategy, and optimistic about the prospect of Portland's small businesses making connections in other markets, too. I'm also curious to see if our population of flea/craft-market enthusiasts is strong enough to support the increased saturation. Needless to say, I hope so.