Back in December of 2012 I was looking for creative holiday shopping, and decided to attend the holiday Portland Bazaar in Portland, Oregon. Created and organized by the talented Grace Bonney of the infamous blog Design*Sponge, I knew before even walking through the door that I’d be impressed. Of course, the event was ah-maazing, and I left inspired to create a fresh urban craft market of my own for my hometown city of Eugene, Oregon. Being a smaller city than Portland with a slower growth pattern, Eugene is ripe for savvy entrepreneurial challenges – and if done with the right amount of style and sophistication – can be a frenzied buzz of instant popularity and success. With this in mind, I felt a fresh urban craft market would fill a much needed local niche, and so I decided to give the event a try. I hastily (though thoughtfully and cleverly) named the event and designed the logo. The very first Gifted Urban Bazaar was introduced in December of 2013 and was held inside the Atrium of the Commerce Building in downtown Eugene, OR. The event was well attended and received positive feedback from both shoppers and vendors. With the success of the initial bazaar it was decided a summer event should take place, and on June 21st, 2014 Gifted Urban Bazaar was held at Kesey Square in downtown Eugene. With 16 participating vendors and attendance around 300 – 500, feedback from the public was overwhelmingly positive. Both shoppers and vendors expressed the need for such an event. There were also numerous requests to have the event more often!
Hearing the love and support from the community has been a complete thrill, and I’m excited to see how Gifted can grow. Nicole from Heritage Dry Goods and I have been working together to find a permanent sponsor, so that every event is on solid ground and the framing for internal infrastructure can begin. There may not be enough time for a second summer bazaar, but that means we’ll have plenty of time for the winter shows – and boy do we have plans to make them awesome! If you’re interested in future shows, head on over and “like” the Gifted Facebook page. You can also sign up for my newsletters via Little Arrow where I’ll announce any future bazaars.
Hope to see you at the next Gifted!