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America's Largest Antique & Collectible Show

America's Largest Antique & Collectible Show

Despite the beautiful weather this weekend, we carved out a little indoor-time on Sunday to shop America’s Largest Antique & Collectible Show held at the the Portland Expo Center. This event happens several times a year and fills two to 3 huge buildings. This spring, the show was combined with a local artisan fair, so we got to see two shows for the price of one.

From antique furniture to milk glass, mink coats, costume jewelry, tools and signage. Prints and coins, wooden and metal toys in different states of wear. There really is something for everyone at this show. We spent a good bit of time flipping through vintage serigraphs while wearing white gloves. Prices were actually quite reasonable for the most part, except the people selling old fruit crates for $65.

Lots of older booth owners seemed to be parting with their old musty collections with a desperation in the air. Make no mistake though, some of these vendors were overheard driving hard bargains. We heard one burst into a dialogue of “this was cast in France by such and such artist before he died in 1819” and “this silk lampshade came over with my mother on a ship after the Titanic”. 

While we finally departed with a just a modern-day wasp trap and a hot latte, the joy of this show was really just perusing the tables, catching the twinkle in the eye of your browsing neighbor who just found their little treasure, and literally walking down memory lane.

The 2018 Oregon Bigfoot Festival

The 2018 Oregon Bigfoot Festival

It's this weekend, and if it's anything as big as last year, it'll be HUGE! We had so much fun seeing "our people", lol! Hope to see you all again this year. Our booth will have pint glasses, shot glasses, keychains, stickers, magnets, hats, and of course...all of our Bigfoot shirts, some for just $10!

The second annual Oregon Bigfoot Festival will be held Saturday, August 18th 2018 at beautiful Glenn Otto Park in the wonderful city of Troutdale, Oregon. The festival hours are 10am-6pm. There is a $5 suggested donation admission for adults and $2 for kids 12 and under.

6 Reasons to Visit the Festival of Balloons

6 Reasons to Visit the Festival of Balloons


The Festival of Balloons is an expansive wonderland of hot air balloons in Tigard, Oregon. Established as a community celebration in 1987, the festivities cover the 79-acres of Cook Park, the largest park in the city. At sunrise, 20 balloons will tower over our heads and descend into the early morning sky. Tethered rides will be available after the launch and some balloons will return for the Night Glow after sunset. For any child-at-heart, foodie, and outdoor lover, seeing the Festival of Balloons is a trip worth taking. Put on your LBR Oregon Dreaming Rainbow t-shirt and check out these six reasons to visit this unforgettable celebration.

Awesome Admission Price!
The Festival of Balloons is a 3-day event. You can get your weekend pass early for just $8! Your weekend pass gets you unlimited access for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If bringing kids under 6, they get in for free! You have access to easy $8/day parking at the Tigard High School field, just a short walk to Cook Park. If biking to the event is an option, there will be an area to lock your bike for free at the main entrance! Arrive early on Friday and Saturday and you may have a chance to take a free tethered balloon ride, right after the balloon launch. The rides are available first come, first serve.

Early Bird Catches the Balloon launch!
Encourage a friend or special companion to wake up before the sun this one time a year to enjoy the beautiful sight. In the spirit of science, hot air balloons are not able to fly during the day due to unstable activity in the air. Particularly because the wind is dependent on the sun, hot air balloons can only fly when the angle of the sun creates the appropriate pockets of hot air and cool air. There are opportunities to enjoy the balloon spectacular at sunrise and approximately 2 hours prior to sunset. Bring your LBR colorful bird tote to store your camera to capture the event. Foodie Bonus: There will also be a pancake breakfast food cart for the early comers!

Live Music & Rogue Beer
The live music offering is so varied that there is something for every music lover. Blues lovers will enjoy Friday night’s performance by Norman Sylvester. Geno Michaels & SoulCity will bring soul and R&B flavor to Friday night before ending the night with country singer Chance McKinney. On Saturday afternoon, School of Rock will kick off the day, followed by Big Bad Beat, Pressure Point and 5 Guys Names Moe. For those that enjoy live music with a beer in hand, there will be 21+ access to a spacious beer garden offered from local brewery Rogue Ales. A LBR Beervana t-shirt is perfect for the occasion!

Local Craft Vendors and Food Carts
Not only a playground for foodies, the Festival of Balloons will have some of Oregon’s most beloved arts & craft vendors. A key characteristic of Oregon festivals is its untouched community support. These local businesses draw approximately 18,000 visitors over the weekend and provides an opportunity for vendors to sell their art and support the community at the same time. There are interactive stations for kids with innovative minds to create their own art. Squatch Out for the Little Bay Root booth and scoop up some of our latest designs!

Cars and Carnies!
Car lovers and carnies alike will enjoy a plethora of entertaining events. On Sunday, car enthusiasts will enjoy the Festival of Cars, presented by Landmark Ford Lincoln. Stick around for the Festival of Cars Award Ceremony. For those seeking a thrill, you can purchase a $35 unlimited carnival rides pass for the entire weekend! From games to rides, as well as an eating contest, there will be plenty of fun to go around. Other attractions include the Saturday morning youth soccer tournament and a Twilight 5k run/walk including a kid’s mile dash.

Night Glow at Dusk
At dusk, balloons will fire up on the ground of the field for an unforgettable sight.  It’s recommended that you bring chairs and blankets to relax with your loved ones surrounded by the peaceful glow of the balloons. Enjoy music, dinner, beer and wine under the stars. Grab your matching LBR Oregon is for Lovers t-shirt for men and women. Or continue through the festival, to enjoy delicious foods and ride the Ferris wheel. While our lives will constantly evolve and the people around us will change, by being an engaged community member, we can secure a positive outlook for generations ahead.

Sunday Parkways 2017

Sunday Parkways 2017

In 2016, 73,600 participants walked, biked, rolled and enjoyed Sunday Parkways. Find your neighborhood and participate. You don't have to ride a bike, you can walk, roller-blade or pogo-stick to the end. But the streets are closed off, there are crossing guards and tons of activities at planned stops and rest areas. Saved ice and snacks!

Find your neighborhood route here!

Sunday Parkways, presented by Kaiser Permanente, is not about closing streets but opening them connecting neighborhoods across the city. Our streets and public spaces draw people to visit local businesses, interact with neighbors, connect with their community and city, while building physical activity into their daily lives. Sunday Parkways is one of the longest running and well-managed Open Streets programs in the United States.

The long-term transportation, health, and community benefits of Sunday Parkways are a critical part of this program. These successful events help people discover just how fun it is to walk, bike, roll, and be physically active. This encourages people to build more activity into their daily lives and to consider transit options. Lowering reliance on a traditional car-dominated lifestyle not only helps lower the city’s greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks, but also assists in helping residents and visitors become aware of and choose healthier means of travel.

Sunday Parkways shows off Portland’s premier family-friendly bicycle routes called Neighborhood Greenways. The events are anchored by Portland’s beautiful parks on these seven- to nine-mile routes with no start or end.

Mississippi Street Fair 2017

Mississippi Street Fair 2017

The biggest street fair of the year is coming up and we will be there for our 8th straight year. Join us and 30,000 other visitors to find out what all the fuss is about. Enjoy some good weather, music, a drink or two and shop hundreds of local craftsman.

We'll have a ton of $10 sale tees and all of our best-sellers too!

Saturday July 8th, 2017 from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Fair Beneficiary: Boise Business Youth Unity Project – Fosterinq a stronqer & community throuqh internships for teens

In 2005, a handful of small business owners got together with the aim of fostering inclusivity and neighborhood livability by helping teenagers gain entry into the work world through internships and job shadowing experience. The project that was established — Boise Business and Youth Unity Project (BBYUP pronounced Buy-Up) — connects business and youth in a positive way through summer internships.