Modern Economy is a sample sale that originates in Berkeley, holding events where shoppers can find goods (mostly for the home, but also some jewelry, baby accessories, and clothing) from independent designers at deep discounts (up to 70% off retail!). Historically, the sales have taken place in San Francisco and LA, but this month, for the first time, it's coming to Portland: July 19 at the Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 10:30 am-3 pm (free, credit card purchases only). Peep the list of participating businesses here.

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Stoneware bottles by Sara Paloma