Overflowing with Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, and more than 150 varieties of freshwater pearls, Planet Bead's extensive bead collection furnishes DIYers and beading students with the tools create custom jewelry. The beads are available á la carte, along with a selection of beading kits and instruction books. Meanwhile, in a classroom stocked with comfy chairs and custom-built crafting tables, resident bead experts guide students through complex patterns during one-day workshops. Each class focuses on a single project, such as making an anklet from Czech seed beads or guessing the number of beads Hulk Hogan could thread into his mustache.
Slinging sequential art since 1979, Things from Another World distills its thousands of new and back-issue comics into grab bags for eager eyes and brains to devour. Each bag includes Angel Volume 5: Aftermath in hardcover (a $24.95 value), a riveting slice of Joss Whedon's anti-hero's post-TV incarnation. The sleek, 132-page volume ensures that Buffyverse devotees can soundly satisfy their brooding vampire action fix. Things From Another World sprinkles healthy doses of mystery to the other five grab bag selections by mixing up trade paperbacks into discrete groups of enticing randomosity. Click here for the full list of potential titles and values included in each grab bag.
For more than 20 years, Smart Wireless, an AT&T authorized dealer, has outfitted mobile talkers with helpful cell phone holsters, graphic cases, and other accessories that add personality and functionality to cellular devices. On-the-go chatters can converse without need of their busy hands thanks to a Bluetooth headset ($79.95–$99.95), or simultaneously protect touch screens and wink at people behind them with cell phone screen protectors ($24.95). iPhone cases ($29.95+) enable phone owners to garb their monochrome devices in protective covers emblazoned with realistic designs such as options mimicking forest scenery. Additionally, Groupon customers who sign a new cell phone contract on the day of their purchase will receive Portland Trail Blazers tickets for a February 8 game or their very own retired basketball player.
Standard TV and Appliance has been equipping Oregonians with fridges, washing machines, televisions, and other home furnishings for nearly 70 years. Founded in 1947 by Clement and Hazel Gander, the appliance experts swiftly outgrew their original location and today boast four (soon to be five) locations in and around Portland. Besides selling new machines from top brands, they sling deals on quality used appliances, offer parts and repair services, and babysit lonely range-tops during long vacations.
Plato's Closet carries a wide assortment of gently used men's and women's clothing and accessories, ranging from affordable high-end retail brands to finer designer items. Surrounded by discounts of as much as 70% off retail price, uninhibited shoppers can construct a complete outfit or six without having to empty their wallets to pan for river diamonds. All of the merchandise that Plato's Closet stocks—including shoes, skirts, tanks, clutches, and more—is held to a strict quality standard and generally dates from the past 12 to 18 months. The racks of goods (individual items are often priced at less than $10) rotate constantly, and the front door goes ajar seven days a week, leaving a wide timeframe for store-crossed shoppers and garments to unite under seasonal practicality or astrologically illogical harmony.
Shoe Mill treats tootsies to an extensive selection of high-quality shoes and accessories complemented by a meticulous approach to finding the ideal fit. Like a plant in a sun chamber, foot-digits blossom under the possibilities of chic, versatile new styles for both men and women. Sassify soles in Rieker Sheila 54 boots ($179.95), or coddle cold feet in the warmth of sheepskin UGGs. Josef Seibel Men's Walth shoes ($70) provide dapper cover for mismatched socks, and a range of outdoor shoes] allow walkers to take on the elements with all the confidence of a candy thief in a room full of unarmed babies. An arsenal of care products is available to protect newly purchased foot wrappers from moisture, dirt, and other perils.