The holiday retail season is officially on, which means the inevitable attempt and probable failure of keeping you abreast of the deals that will pop up over the next couple months is also officially on. Even if you come from one of those hippie families that exchanges only homemade gluten-free oat cakes and sock darning for presents, this is also the time of year when many stores are offloading past-season merch, so keep your eyes peeled for yourself, too. We'll be updating info as it comes in, here and on MOD, so check in often and you may never have to pay full price. In the meantime, here are a few upcoming highlights geared toward a younger, design-savvy set. And Frances May is everywhere.
—Open For Business, Nov 25-27 (11 am-6 pm daily): Curated by OLO Fragrance and Nice Work—a forthcoming new home-goods venture from Alison Hawley, formerly of Frank James—this sale hosted by the Ace is bar far the hippest way to participate in Black Friday. The participants: Antler & Co., AK Vintage, Better Late Than Never, Eric Trine, Fieldwork Floral Operation, Frances May, Hazel Cox, Hammerpress, Im:mortal, Maak Soap, Makelike, Moonwoods, Nice Work, OLO fragrance, Palace, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Pizza Friday, Tiandra Cummins, Wood & Faulk.
—Give Good Gift: Union/Pine is hosting an eastside holiday pop-up with an impressive roster of participants, Dec 2 (7 pm-midnight) & 3 (11 am-3 pm): Blackbird, Branch and Birdie, Bridge & Burn, Brass Tacks, Etc. Market, Frances May, Nuvrei Patisserie, Pattern People, Stand Up Comedy, Water Ave Coffee, Woonwinkel, Yo Vintage!, and more.
—Sunday Best, Dec 2 (5-9 pm) & 3 (10 am-7 pm) at the Cleaners: Another stellar roster of participants: Anna Joyce Design, B. Hive Designs, better late than never, Camamu, Demimonde Jewelry, Elisabeth Bentz, Hinged Strung Stitched, Kiersten Crowley, Laura Irwin, Misha Ashton, Old School Stationers, PenFelt, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, plainMADE, Satsuma Press, Shanna Murray, Studio Olivine, Tasi Designs, xobruno, and Zanna Printed Textiles.
—Frances May's "Fell off A Truck" Sale, Dec 3 & 4: This downtown favorite for men and women is taking over the vacant space next to Canoe on SW 11th & Alder for a two-day blowout sale of deeply discounted goods from seasons past—not just last season and the season before that, but years deep. This will be amazing.