While Black Friday may look a little different this month, these services help find deep discounts at retail stores and online.
Businesses large and small have fortified their online presence to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, opening up new opportunities to keep holiday dollars local.
Cyber Monday follows Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and has become the biggest online shopping day of the year on an international scale. But big industry names like Amazon are not the only retailers that will offer digital deals on this day.
The Salem Chamber of Commerce recently published a column on the benefits of buying local, saying that buying locally puts twice as much money back into the community as buying at a chain store.
Local businesses hire local employees, pay local taxes and are more likely to donate to local charities, according to Salem Chamber of Commerce membership manager Zachary Sielicky.
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On Nov. 18, Gov. Kate Brown announced the launch of the “Give the Gift of Oregon” campaign as part of an effort to support local businesses statewide through the hardships caused by COVID-19.
“Oregon’s businesses are the backbone of our communities and our economy, and I am encouraging all Oregonians to shop locally this holiday season,” Brown said.
“Strengthening our economy starts here at home. Many local retailers are offering online, curbside pickup and ‘takeout’ shopping options, making it easy for Oregonians to shop safely.”
So, staying local doesn’t mean staying offline. Following are some Oregon businesses you can support from the comfort of your own home.
Amazon or Barnes & Noble might be the reflex for books, but take a minute to support some of these literature strongholds: Powell’s Books, Tsunami Books, Books With Pictures and the Book Bin all are locally-owned operations.
The Book Bin is a locally owned and operated business that runs in Corvallis and Salem. The same family has taken care of The Book Bin since 1984. Find its virtual browsing here: bookbin.com.
Powell’s Books is a Portland icon — and online retailer. Find it online at powells.com.
Tsunami Books has been a staple of Eugene for 22 years and boasts “new, used, rare and out-of-print titles at affordable prices”. Visit it at tsunamibooks.org. (Photo: Tsunami Books)
Tsunami Books has been a staple of Eugene for 22 years and boasts “new, used, rare and out-of-print titles at affordable prices”. Visit it at tsunamibooks.org.
Books With Pictures Eugene is a new business and sister store of Books With Pictures in Portland. Find it online at bookswithpictures.com (Portland) and bit.ly/3pXVumK (Eugene).
Trying to make a “uniquely Oregon” fashion statement? Try supporting an up-and-coming designer.
Spill the Beans Etc. is a Salem-based shop that offers hundreds of items, including silkscreened apparel and decals on Etsy here: etsy.com/shop/spillthebeansetc.
Lost Luck Co. is a home studio run by Alayna Sibille, bringing a southwest twist on, well, bad luck. Find Sibille online here: lostluck.co.
Pines and Treasures, based in Salem, offers cotton outfits, hats, and hair accessories for babies. Find her shop on Etsy here: etsy.com/shop/pinesandtreasures
Sonder Pets offers bandanas, doggy waste bags and scrunchies in modern fabric patterns. Find a treat for your pooch here: etsy.com/SonderPets.
Candles, soaps and cosmetics
Bath and Body Works, Lush Retail, The Body Shop, Yankee Candle and many other retailers offer an overwhelming selection of candles, soaps and other smell-goods, but they’re not the only ones. Consider something handmade this year.
LivingByVO offers customizable eco-friendly soy and cotton wick candles with the option to create your own text label, scent, size and add stones and flowers out of Eugene. Find LivingByVO on Etsy here: etsy.com/LivingByVO.
LivingByVO offers customizable eco-friendly soy and cotton wick candles with the option to create your own text label, scent, size and add stones and flowers right out of Eugene. Find LivingByVO on Etsy here: etsy.com/LivingByVO. (Photo: LivingByVO)
Bearded Oregon offers locally-infused products for your favorite beard, including soap and beard oils. Find Salem-based shop owner Aaron Naden on Etsy here: etsy.com/shop/beardedoregon.
Billow Cloud Soaps are handcrafted, small-batch seawater soaps with seasonally foraged botanicals and plastic-free packaging from Yachats. Soapmaker Elizabeth Markham welcomes custom soap inquiries. Request a little piece of the sea on Instagram at @Billow.cloud.soaps.
Topsy Blends is a Eugene-based holistic cosmetics producer. Find owner and aromatherapist Rachel London on Etsy here: etsy.com/TopsyBlends.
With the mix of markets, arts scene and metal-smithing resources around, there’s always a unique selection. Consider finding a local artist to fill a commission or explore already made pieces in your favorite style.
Epilith Jewelry uses metalsmithing to preserve natural elements such as fern and even a shed of snakeskin to wearable talismans “of our connection to the Earth.” Find creator Katie Boyles online at epilithjewelry.com. (Photo: Epilith Jewelry)
So Simply Quaint offers custom hand-stamped jewelry, keychains and gifts by Salem-based Heidi McQuigg. Find her items at the Fussy Duck or on Etsy at etsy.com/shop/sosimplyquaint.
Epilith Jewelry uses metalsmithing to preserve natural elements such as fern and even a shed of snakeskin to wearable talismans “of our connection to the Earth.” Find creator Katie Boyles online at epilithjewelry.com.
Belle Star Trading Company offers hand-beaded jewelry, leather and metal works. Find creator Jimmy Gross online at facebook.com/bellestarrtradingco.
Willamette Artisans is a local collective offering design, repair and appraisal. If you’re thinking about a Christmas proposal, the Willamette Artisans can help. Find them online at willametteartisans.com.
Small gifts and stocking stuffers
Let your imagination run wild on what to fill stockings with this winter, then find a local business to fill your order.
Liz Creates offers shirts, baby accessories and different décor out of Salem. Whether it’s a family portrait or name decal for your favorite cup, Liz creates it. Find her at facebook.com/lc.lizcreates.
The Altered Artistry brings a satisfying steampunk twist to goods, from jewelry to Christmas decorations, from Beaverton. The maker offers hand-sewn “junk journals,” steampunk nutcrackers, advent calendars and loves custom orders. Find the shop on Etsy at etsy.com/thealteredartistry. (Photo: Altered Artistry)
The Altered Artistry brings a steampunk twist to goods, from jewelry to Christmas decorations, from Beaverton. The maker offers hand-sewn “junk journals,” steampunk nutcrackers, advent calendars and loves custom orders. Find the shop on Etsy at etsy.com/thealteredartistry.
Therapy, a feel-good boutique: Instead of a mom-and-pop shop, it’s mom-and-daughter. The two craft and collect home goods with unique tea towels and dog toys, providing a little something for everyone. Find them on Facebook at facebook.com/TherapyAFeelGoodBoutique.
Didn’t see what you’re looking for?
The Give the Gift of Oregon campaign is collaborating with Travel Oregon, the Oregon Wine Board and Built Oregon.
TravelOregon is offering gift ideas online at traveloregon.com/giftoforegon. Access special discounts and donation opportunities through the wine board’s Giving Season.
Also consider checking out the Built Oregon Marketplace, an online platform to find Oregon Makers.
To find your own Oregon Etsy creators, make a search for the item you’re looking for, then click the magnifying glass icon. Once the search page has yielded results, select “All filters” to search for shops operating in a specific location.
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