Whether you’re a local looking for something fun to do, or a tourist just passing through, it is show time once again in Portland! Don’t miss the 6th annual Dollhouse and Miniature Show on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 at the Holiday Inn Ballroom — Portland Airport. Doors open at 10:00 am.
Dubbed the show “where the world’s nicest people congregate” over 40 vendors from across the United States will exhibit and sell dollhouses, room boxes, vignettes, and a variety of hand-crafted and commercially produced miniature accessories. Many of these vendors are NEW to the Portland show, so even if you’ve attended in the past, it’s never the same show twice! It’s well known that miniaturists and dollhouse enthusiasts love to share their knowledge and show off their work, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.
Salem resident Pat Bennett is the owner and promoter of the Portland Miniature Show. “I’m not a dealer,” explains Ms Bennett. “I’m an obsessed consumer who has attended every miniature show possible over the last 12 years, and now I am promoting my own show; it’s very exciting!” Pat’s motto is “Happiness is… Miniatures.”
Because of the size and weight of an already-built dollhouse, it is actually uncommon to see many fully finished dollhouses for sale at miniature shows. However, you will find small scale reproductions of furniture, curtains, people, pets, leather-bound books, knitting baskets— everything needed to outfit a dentist’s office, a Tudor castle, and a Victorian dress shop— all for sale and hand-made by talented artisans. These same creative people also make room boxes and vignettes to display inside small containers such as teacups and matchboxes.
Pat subscribes to industry publications, and spends hours working on her own miniature creations. She encourages everyone to attend to see the exhibits— even those with no interest in dollhouses or miniatures. “Tell yourself it’s an art show and you won’t be wrong. Many folks have a preconceived image of a miniature show. Some think it’s all dollhouses and dolls when actually no doll is taller than about six inches. Many wrongly assume it’s just kids’ stuff.”
The Portland Miniature Show is a great opportunity to learn about the craft. Save $1 off admission by downloading a coupon here.
SEE YOU THERE!
Portland Miniature Show
September 14-15, 2013
Holiday Inn Ballroom — Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97220
Directions: From I-205, take exit 23B & go west on Killingsworth. Turn right onto Columbia Way (NB). Hotel on the right, or take Airport MAX Light Rail.
Saturday, September 14 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 15 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults $7.00 (under 12 Free)
Also mark your calendars for the 2014 Seattle Miniature Show, March 1-2, 2014