Tag Archives: PDX

Gifts Inspired by the Rain

It’s ultra rare for snow to fall in Portland. Instead, we have these heavy downpours that require rainboots and hooded jackets… and, dare I say it, umbrellas. And if you haven’t already heard, Portlanders don’t use umbrellas. Pride aside, this December weather is downright disgusting. Thus it is time for the umbrella. And if you must sport an umbrella, it needs to be a chic one.

For all of the sloppy wet days that make me gripe, I thought it would be fun to bring you a gift guide inspired by Portland’s most predictable friend.

FOR HER:

Heart umbrella, $29.99 at ModCloth:

Umbrella earrings, $12 at Presents of Mind:

Kate Spade wellies, $125 at Zappos:

Right as Rain knee high socks, $7.50 from Sock It to Me:

“Singing in the Rain” macbook decal, $10 by Krazy Kutz at ArtFire Housewares:

Rain cloud necklace, $34 by DoughLadyDesigns on Etsy:

FOR HIM:

Shroud of Purrin softshell, $335 from Nau:

Waterproof messenger bag, $85 from Manhattan Portage:

“Big Bright Blue Rain on a Black Tee,” $25 by Ahpeele on Etsy:

Tretorn Strala Vinter rain boot, $44 at Zappos:

Gift Ideas According to You

Gift-giving has gotten a little out of hand for me. What started with a sweet spirit of generosity has turned into number crunching and color-coding. Yes, color-coding. I kid you not; I have a color-coded spreadsheet. With multiple tabs. And a list of people about a mile long. Because once you start adding people to your list, you have to make sure you don’t leave anyone out. So you start stressing and fretting, hoping you have enough money to cover it all. And it just makes you want to cancel the whole shebang, and go back to giving cards — simple, homemade cards. Not these super elaborate cards with layers and “pop” and embossing powder and whatchamacallits…

See what I mean? I’m a wreck. So in the hopes of collecting gifting wisdom from you, our dear sweet fans, I turned to Facebook, where all things are possible. Well, nearly.

Here is what you came up with for gift ideas in the “$10 and under” category:

1. Tiny booze bottles (Nathan, of Seattle)

2. Cookies and lottery tickets… or a can of potted meat and a wig (Danielle)

3. SITM socks (Aw thanks, Emily, Andrea, and Sheryl!)

4. Carved olive wood hearts from Kenya and other fine things from Global Exchange (Nichole)

5. Condoms (MaLinda)

6. Fun, Portland-made delights like the adorable fruit-n-veg earrings (below) by Erin Goldwater, sold at Little Things, the cute new shop in NW PDX (Andrea)

7. Make-your-own coin purses, sock inspired! (Addison)

Mingling with the Mayor

It’s not everyday you get invited into City Hall for a special meeting with special Portland people — especially when that special someone is the mayor of Portland, the delightful Mr. Sam Adams.

Believe it or not, it all started with Twitter. Carrie, being the super-tweeter that she is, got in on a round of tweets that finished the line “What would it take to get the mayor to ______?” Carrie followed suit and sent out a tweet, asking, “What would it take to get @MayorSamAdams in a pair of @sockittomesocks?” His reply: 15-minutes and a pair of socks!

And so began the long, delicate process. (Turns out, the mayor is a busy man!) But it was worth the wait, because he took the opportunity to interview Carrie, spotlighting Sock It to Me as one of 400 small businesses that hail from our very own City of Opportunity, er Roses. Check out the video, at the bottom of the page, and also enjoy our own stream of photos taken by photographer Jared Birt during our rendezvous with Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

Signing the guestbook in the mayor's office
This is about when the Mayor is saying, "These are great socks!"
An array of men's styles to choose from
The mayor chooses his 3 pairs of socks: Red Argyles, Ninjas, and Pirate Bots
Carrie showing off some good argyle style for the interview
Carrie's reply to Sam's question of best-seller: Mustaches
15 minutes and 3 pairs of socks later...
Talking to the mayor about how Sock It to Me wants to get involved in tackling big issues, like the now-hot issue of juvenile sex trafficking here in PDX
Sock It to Me times three (Salmon Argyles, Ninjas, Skillets)
A final handshake
Portland Mayor Sam Adams looking oh-so Portland on his bike, with his pants tucked into a pair of Ninjas
And he's off to his next appointment! Thanks, Mayor!

Also catch the 2-minute video clip that Mr. Mayor stuck on his website. His first words: These are great socks!

Win-Win-Winners!!

In case you didn’t know, we just love our local Design-A-Sock contest. Partly because we get to interact with a bunch of talented folk, and also because we end up adding some really fantastic designs to our line of knee highs. Any way you look at it, it’s a win-win situation. Fun for us, fun for you. Speaking of winning, here’s the dirt on our top three finishers, based on the voting on our facebook fan page. We hope you love the designs as much as we do… after all, you helped choose them!

1st Place: $500 + 10 pairs of socks > Peggy

Peggy won us over when she walked in the door wearing a pair of bird stripe socks, apparently one of many SITM styles in her sock drawer at home. We figure we’re at least doubling her collection with TEN new pairs she won alongside the five crisp Benjamins for her winning design:

Peggy works as a graphic designer by day, volunteers in her spare time, and crafts up the wazoo (she’s our new inspiration). What’s more, she has committed to swapping out her car for her two-wheeler, participating in the city’s month-long Bike Commute Challenge. We give her mad props for sticking with the challenge, and we thank her again for her rad, Grand Prize winning submission!

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

2nd Place: $100 + 5 pairs of socks > Nichole

What you may not know about Nichole’s submission is that she hand-painted it before scanning it in and sending our way. She wasn’t the only one to submit a design based on free-hand creation, and it was a treat to see the various mediums used by the different artists. Nichole’s umbrella design stood out among a few ideas inspired by Portland’s rainy temperate.

Nichole works for a nonprofit and squeezes in some time for her blog, Lived Up the Stairs, on the side. Upon receiving her cash prize, she told us she was planning on using the mula to vacation to the Grand Canyon. She was certainly excited to come in to the SITM HQ to receive her prize – especially since the only other time she won something like this was in the first grade when she won a pumpkin coloring contest. Glad we could brighten your day, Nichole!

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

3rd Place: $50 + 3 pairs of socks > Mattie

Miss Mattie loves illustration, that we know. Without any “formal” training, this talented gal self-taught herself to use Photoshop and other programs to look like a pro (without all of the cost). She’s currently working on burlesque bathroom pieces and hails a lot of inspiration from her artist sister. People freaked out about this design during our facebook voting process. And we can’t agree more: it’s a winner, for sure!

Like Peggy, Mattie is rocking the public transportation and rode on a city bus for an hour and 20 minutes to meet us at the SITM HQ. She picked out a pair of the Mustache socks for her boyfriend, along with the Manatees and Mushrooms for herself. As for the design Mattie submitted… We really hope we can produce it, but there could be some stipulations. Stay tuned; we’re waiting for feedback from our printers. (It’s kinda like checking in with Ma and Pa, if you know what we mean.)

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Again, we here at Sock It to Me send a special “thank you!” to all of the Portland folks who submitted a design or five. It just isn’t fun without you!

Vampire Kiss… Sold Out!

Most of the time we produce a new sock style, it gets lauded as over-the-moon cool, just as expected. But once every blue moon, we bring out a new design that ends up being… dare we say… a dud. Any wholesaler or retailer will tell you they struggle with the same thing. We’re telling you, fashion is risky business. But I’ve come to acknowledge that you have to be willing to take risks. Otherwise you’ll just end up with a product that looks like everybody else’s product. Boring!

I like to think our risk-taking is why people like us. Even so, I have to admit that I was a wee bit nervous when we ordered the Vampire Kiss sock, a black sock with a smattering of vampire mouths dripping with red blood. While Carrie stood by the design, through and through, I struggled to see their value and personally believed those vampire teeth would come back to bite us in the rear.

Oh how wrong I was! I’m happy to say that those Vampire Kiss socks were around a faint few months before we were wiped clean. Yep, these bloody socks sold out! So here it is: I was wrong. You heard it here, folks. I was wrong. As it turns out, this risk was well played.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this out-of-stock business may cause. We’ve got the order rolling and will have a new batch of Vampire Kiss socks in-house around November 1st!

Tashina wearing the Vampire Kiss in Portland, Oregon