Black Friday/Saturday is over, but holiday promotions and sales events are only going to come more furiously over the coming month (example: today is Cyber Monday, which means your favorite web store is probably having some sort of sale). You can ignore 'em as annoyingly aggressive attempts to separate you from your hot toddy allowance, or you can use them as convenient, festive ways to celebrate your gift-giving generosity in ways that support your local industry—one in whose producers rarely perish in sweatshop fires.

Here on MOD we'll keep faithfully posting as many of these sales pop-ups, and fairs as we can, so be sure to check in regularly for updated info on things like this weekend's Da Vinci Arts Middle School Holiday Arts Fair, which features over 70 local vendors (the diverse array of products include "jewelry, stoneware, ceramics, exotic clocks, sculptures, metal work, paintings, photos, and wearable art"), directly benefits arts education, and features the raffling off of "PDX Mona" by Hadley Hutton here, complete with nose piercing, geek-chic glasses and a bird on it. (Cringe inducing, but think of the children.)


Running this Saturday Dec 1 and Sunday Dec 2 (from 10 am-5 pm and 10 am-4 pm respectively), the Fair will also feature plenty of live music, hands-on activities, food, and the opportunity to buy artwork directly from students.