IDA Marketplace

We are really excited about this year's IDA Marketplace! All of the IDA Marketplace vendors are graduates of the Oregon Individual Development Account Initiative who will join us in Salem to sell their wares and tell us about how having an IDA laid the groundwork for their success. Meet our IDA Marketplace vendors below.

 

We want to make the world a better place, for our people and our planet, one handmade piece at a time. We use design and business as a tool to educate and employ underserved artisans in East Africa by providing skills training and a market connection. Nearly all of our pieces are designed in our Portland, Oregon studio and delicately made by our artisans in Kenya & Rwanda.

We believe in the slow fashion movement and create our goods with environmentally friendly and fair trade practices in mind. Using local and recycled materials, such as brass, bone, horn, and indigenous grasses, we create modern, tribally inspired pieces that we hope you will love and feel good about purchasing. We are creating jobs, promoting education, and improving the quality of life in East Africa. Won't you join us?


 

Bernadette and Lloyd have been making natural stone jewelry for over sixteen years. They started their home business after retiring. Examples of their work include Golden Obsidian, Picture Jasper, Coral and Fresh Water Pearl.  They specialize in custom orders, and many of their customers call or email their particular requests.


 

Designs by: Chelsea Kelly started out with up-cycling materials and creating fashionable accessories out of them. As the business has grown, I've been able to branch out into different areas. Not only do I have my line of up-cycled items, but I also have an organic cotton knit line that is made with new materials. I make bags, scarves, makeup bags, baby blankets, passport wallets and many other accessories. I also do many custom orders.


 

Made in Coos Bay, OR.

 

 


 

We use only fresh goat milk and high quality vegetable oils to create a well balanced bar with great lather and excellent moisturizing properties. We created our goat milk soap formula over 12 years ago and enjoy bringing you and your skin some of the best homemade soap money can buy!

Farm Maid Soap also hand pours long lasting, fragrant Soy Candles in reusable canning jars and creates fabulous hand made Perfumes. And yes - we have goats!


 

The Far Woods is sister design team Nina and Sonya Montenegro.  Based in Portland, their practice emphasizes experimentation in paper and fabric. Much of their work centers on themes of environmental and social justice.


 

Flossieolivedesigns began as a curiosity and a desire to do something meaningful with my surroundings and turn “scrap” into functional art. I have moved through various mediums throughout my life with the mingling of art, nature and function remaining constant.  A few years ago I picked up a hobby pyrography tool at a craft store.  I fell in love with the art form. Burning an image into wood added a different and much needed element to my art.  It felt cleansing and spiritual, old and significant compared to what I had done previously.  Slowly I have cultivated this skill and developed a style that is morphing into more elaborate wood projects and metal.


We enjoy meeting our customers and would like to share the beautiful culture of Ghana. Our items are all exported from Ghana, West Africa catering to women, men and children all shapes and sizes. Each item is handmade from the biggest to smallest. Kweki African Fashions is here for you and will do whatever it takes to make sure your experience with us is the best!


 

We work using locally grown and processed lavender. Products can be used by every member of the family including your favorite cat or dog.. Established in the winter of 2012 Lots of Lavender has participated in local plant and craft venues as well as events in Sisters and Albany.

As owner I have a long background in chemistry, horticultural and gastronomic pursuits and have developed a passion for the lavender plant. Its' many chemical properties lend itself to the many products that I have formulated. Lovely smooth creams, wonderful lavender brownies and an effective flea shampoo to protect my buddy Freckles, a sweet Cocker Spaniel.


 

Mountain Mel’s Essential Goods was founded by Mother, Herbalist, and Outdoor Educator, Melissa Mutterspaugh, who has a great passion for nature and sharing it with others. We are on a mission to inspire people to take better care of the planet through taking better care of themselves! We have a line of medicinal herbal teas that are carefully formulated to enhance your health and well being, one delicious cup of tea at a time! Our natural first aid goods are made from the finest ingredients Mother Nature has to offer. They are the goods you'll want to take with you in your back pack or camping gear for your most epic adventures! All of our ingredients are made with ethically sourced, organically grown, &/or wild harvested plants and oils.

100% Natural 100% Good! Handcrafted in the Foothills of Mt. Hood!


 

Pinkleton’s is a small-batch caramel corn confectionary located in Portland Oregon. We are uncompromisingly committed to using the best ingredients possible.
With a decidedly Victorian & vintage feel, Pinkleton’s is obsessed with getting caramel-corn just right. We use no artificial ingredients.

This caramel corn can only be made in very small batches, going through a toasting process that creates an unbelievably light crunch that has to be tasted to be believed.


 

Osiyo! Welcome to Rock On Jewelry I hand craft Rock On Jewelry from my home studio in Portland, Oregon. Inspired by my Cherokee heritage, each piece offers a story of its origin and healing energy. Out of respect for the Earth, I use only salvaged stone and materials.

I believe that everything we need to know in life, we can learn from nature if we are quiet enough to listen. For me, this is what my jewelry represents. There is a transfer of spirit as each piece is created transforming them to a living, breathing force of their own to be loved and shared with others. What began as a journey on a path of self-exploration in 2002 has evolved in representing a blend of ancient healing, story telling and current Native American culture. I hope my work inspires you to honor and care for Mother Earth through the jewelry you choose to wear.


 

WINKPENS LLC is a manufacturer of innovative and quality writing instruments, with a unique niche for creative and refillable glass fountain pens built to write with alternative liquids such as wine, juice, or tea. The company was founded in 2015 by Jessica Chan, an industrial designer from Portland, OR, to realize her vision of creating a sustainable alternative to something that many people use in their daily lives.


 

Our company began in 2013. At the time, Raj was in the Kumaon region on the border between India and Nepal on a Fulbright Fellowship, working with a non-profit to create dignified rural livelihoods. It all began with a deal — if local communities would grow tea, Raj would introduce their teas into the US. To learn how to create world class teas, we’ve partnered with pioneers across the Indian subcontinent. We’re honored to offer our teachers’ teas as a part of our collection. As such, every tea we carry plays a role in creating a more sustainable future.

The philosophy underlying our work is a simple one: the best teas grow out of the best practices. As such, we are a tea company and yet we see our work as part of something much larger. Every cup of tea we drink supports one system or another, ecologically and socially. We hope you’ll join us as we unlock the potential of this miraculous leaf.


Special Musical Performance

Allen Mathews is a guitarist living in Portland, Oregon. Specializing in classical, Spanish, and Brazilian music, he has been welcomed as a performer in 6 countries, and throughout the US.

As an educator, Mr. Mathews teaches guitar at Reed College and Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, and maintains a private teaching studio and online instruction for guitar and piano lessons. For three years he taught classical guitar and group guitar classes at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. He has been a guest instructor and clinician at colleges and universities around the country.

Allen Mathews has a B.A. in Guitar Performance from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and has studied with many fine musicians in the US and Brazil, where he lived for a time. His current collaborations include a duo with guitar and percussion, a duo with guitar and mandolin, and a trio with guitar, violin and cello. Previously he has collaborated with theater productions, opera, choir, dance, and symphonic wind band. He continues regular coaching with renowned former concert pianist Mark Westcott.

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Neighborhood Partnerships is a statewide nonprofit organization with a 25-year history of achieving impacts throughout Oregon’s communities. We are recognized for our leadership in policy and program design, advocacy, and program management. We work with organizations, foundations, jurisdictions, trade associations, and individuals who are committed to improving life for all Oregonians. We are the manager of the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative, the convener of the Oregon Asset Building Coalition, and the convener of the Housing Alliance.