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The Hugest Summer Sale of Them All

I came here from San Francisco, where there are hardly any seasons at all. The advantage to being a child of the great California Drought was that I could wear my clothes year-round, never had to consider the possibility of rain, and simply layered according to whether it was "foggy" or "foggier" that day.

To that end, it still seems ridiculous to me to have to pack away beloved items for months at a time, and I prefer to transform summer dresses into fall jumpers, and add thick fall tights under summer's playful shorts.

Therefore, the PDX Collective Summer Sale is a cause for celebration. Eight Oregon boutiques are offloading the last of their summer merchandise at ridiculous bargain rates, saving you money to spend on the new fall shipments—mix away!

Moxie (2400 E Burnside)—At 50-75 percent off, look for items from Kenzie, Tulle, House of Spy, BCBG Girls, To the Max, and Saja. Back at the store, check out two Canadian lines new to Moxie this fall, Sasta and Togs Design. Sasta has printed tops and skirts made with soy(!) and Togs Design features the irrepressible tunic sweater, with unique and versatile touches. Also check out printed hoodies and shirts from surf company Split, and skinny jeans "out the wazoo," from Yanük and Ben Sherman.

Pin Me Apparel (3705 N Mississippi)—Pin Me will be offloading gear from Mon Petit Oiseau, Maria Bonita, Original Penguin, OK 47, Wrangler, and Gentle Fawn at 50-75 percent off. They're making room for new winter coats, dresses, and tops from Dace, Industry, and Stüssy. Look specifically for cool, affordable coats from Tulle, accessories from Orla Kiely, and Wranglers' (you guessed it) skinny jeans.

Signal Sports (1327 NW Kearney)—Load up on swimwear from O'Neill, Aaron Chang, Malika (from Hood River), Poppi (from here), and Water Girl. Plus clothing from Lole, Salomon activewear, Nikita, Nike, and Adidas at least 50 percent off. And make way for winter sports gear coming in fresh to the store from Burton, Fire and Ice, Marmot, WESC streetwear, and Lifetime. Also check out Roxy's winter line (you'll recall them as a longstanding purveyor of swimwear).

Dragonlily (1740 SE Hawthorne)—Save on dresses and separates from locals Ipseity and Dervish at 60-70 percent off! The new stuff for fall includes asymmetrical tops and ruffled pants from Ipseity, "sassy pants" from Dervish, velveteen jackets and tweed skirts from Suzabelle, sweater coats from Parabeau, and party dresses from Frocky Jack Morgan and Hemp Couture.

Baddoll Shoes (1639 NW Marshall)—Need more shoes? Of course you do. You'll find deep discounts (50-60 percent off) on NaNa, Reef, Diesel, and Puma summer styles, while back at the store they're putting out new merchandise from LaCoste and new lines United Nude and Dry-Shod, plus environmentally friendly heels and boots from Terraplano.

Phlox Boutique (3962 N Mississippi)—A newer addition to the Portland boutique world, Phlox features designs from all over, including owner Barbara Seipp's own line, one of many intensely feminine, urban lines carried in the store. In addition to summer sale items, head to the shop for a look at new designs from Tibi, Corey Lynn Calter, Three Dots, and Lewis Cho.

Nolita (923 NW 10th)—One of the best places to score a pair of jeans, Nolita will be offloading denim from Fred Perry, Seven, True Religion, and more at up to 80 percent off!!! And check the store's new influx of cashmere from Inhabit and Vince, James Jeans'—wait for it—skinny jeans, organic sweatshirts from Loomstate, and Blue Blood, a men's line of jeans that you can actually wash without fading.

Parts + Labour (112 3rd, Hood River)—If you don't make it out to Hood River very often, you've probably never been to Parts + Labour, a super cute boutique that will be representing at the sale along with the Portlanders. Snatch Blue Cult and Dish jeans, Triple 5 Soul, Boxfresh, Fornarina. Plus Portland designers Karaline, Dervish, Elizabeth Dye, and Aster Park.

PDX Collective Summer Sale, Sat Sept 16, noon-6 pm, Apotheke, 1314 NW Glisan, Ste 2A

Lay on the layers: marjorie@portlandmercury.com

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