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Every so often we have a chance to do something truly meaningful as a company (or individuals). These opportunities aren’t always the happiest of occasions though — in fact it is usually during the truly dark times that we are called upon to step up and lend a helping hand, and this winter was no exception. One of our coworkers has spent this last season undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma, and as many cancer survivors can tell you, the financial burden of treatment on top of being unable to work can be the most stressful thing about the already unpleasant experience. Even with temporary unemployment and the great healthcare that we Dreamers receive, we knew it wouldn’t be enough. That’s when we decided to ask our community for help on our coworker’s behalf.
We decided to use our collective personal time and money to put together a raffle basket. It immediately became clear that everyone here really really cares, as the donations consisted of some seriously great stuff: hand crafted items, gift certificates (including a 45 minute massage!) and some generally luxe products started pouring in!
The most beautiful moment of all came when we posted this photo of the basket to our shop’s facebook page, and within 24 hours it had over 30 shares and some incredibly heartfelt notes! Since we kept ticket sales to our shop in Sellwood, it was largely our own neighbors who came in to buy tickets, raising enough money to make a serious dent in our colleague’s medical expenses!
At the end of business hours on December 30th Dreamer Gelsey drew our winning raffle ticket! We left a voicemail for the winner, and in the following days a few different people came in to claim the basket, to our vast confusion. As it turned out, several workers at a neighboring company had all bought tickets under the same name, just because they thought it was a good cause (and hopefully they’re enjoying the basket, too)!
Many many thanks to everyone who helped us out on this project! Nothing has warmed our hearts this winter quite like this — even a really good pair of socks can’t compare with the kindness of our community.
Happy (almost) New Year, Dreamer Fans!!! We’re very excited about 2014! We have a lot of things happening for the New Year: continuing work on our new review system, some changing around of the web site, traveling to more places for conventions, and of course the new styles that are soon to grace the shelves at our headquarters.
But before we get in all our new lovelies for the new year, we need to clear out some of the inventory from this year–so we’re having a sale!
From 12:01 am (PST) December 26th to 11:59 pm December 31st 2013 we’ll be offering you 10% off for your order of $20 or more when you use the promo code Happy2014LN in your shopping cart prior to checkout. Want to save even more? Well, if you spend $40 or more, use the code SuperHappy2014LN and we’ll take a full 20% off of your order total! This is the perfect time to use all your holiday gift cards. This sale is ONLINE ONLY, and will not be happening in our shop.
Thanks to all our customers new and old and have a great 2014!
Nestled in a turn of the century house in the historic Sellwood neighborhood, recessed from busy 13th street just off of SE Nahalem is the Sock Dreams brick and mortar store. Here, you’ll find many of the items we sell on our online store, as well as several other shop exclusive styles. People as far away as Eastern Europe have been known to make pilgrimages to the shop, while visiting the Portland area, but the busiest time for our little shop is always the Holidays.
From Black Friday until almost the New Year, our shop is a bustle with folks getting warm, cozy, kitschy, fashionable, soft, funny and cute socks, tights and other accessories for their loved ones. The Sock Dreams shop team is four people strong and they do their best to help our customers find the perfect gift.
Pictured here, is our shop crew wearing some of their favorite socks.
First up is Rose, who has been working with us since August 2012 and, like many of us, has noticed a drastic change in her wardrobe-Waking up each morning and planning a whole outfit around my socks is awesome. Best dress code ever. Socks Dreams has filled me with so much confidence in my body/legs that I went from wearing a dress or skirt once a year to weddings to wearing them every day.
Rose is wearing the Sock It To me Dinomite knee high- I’m the weird one; I’ll just start with that. Every day I layer and mash weird colors together to make my personality jump out of my socks.
Rose spends much of her time at the shop picking out shop exclusives and helping customers.
In terms of tips on shopping for the holidays- Shop early! We have a few select holiday styles that are shop exclusive and they will be going fast.
Next is Gelsey, the Assistant Shop Manager, Gelsey has been with Sock Dreams since August 2010.
When asked what her favorite part of working here is- Hands down: the people. I love being friends with all of my coworkers. Best. Coworkers. Ever.
Gelsey wears Sock Dreams own brand of cotton slouch sock- I like wearing my socks scrunched down around mid-calf high boots, and I love the Cotton Slouch Socks because they actually hold their slouch rather than slowly sliding down to the bottom of my foot during the day.
Her tip for holiday shopping- The store and web site sometimes have different items. If you’re coming in for something you saw on the web site, make sure to call ahead so we can hold it at the shop for you.
Then there’s Laurel, our vivacious Shop Manger. Laurel has worked for Socks Dreams since August of 2008 and also loves all her co-workers.
Laurel is wearing a brand that is new to Sock Dreams, and we are all totally in love with- I really like the Sockwell compression knee highs because I’m on my feet a lot. They stay up great without being too tight at the top. They have a nice, cushy foot that’s great for boots and a toe seam that’s not very noticeable. They’re warm, they’re cute, and I’ve worn and washed them several times and they hardly show any wear. I especially like them when I go to the Timbers game and stand on cold concrete for 90+ minutes. Go Timbers! The Timbers being Portland’s pro soccer team.
We’re also part of a fantastic local network of shops where you can earn points to gain rewards- Sock Dreams is proud to be a part of the Supportland network. With Supportland, the customer has one card (or a phone app) that they can use at a ton of rad locally-owned businesses to earn rewards. With more businesses joining the network all the time, you can earn points every time you shop, and then turn around and use those points for coupons, gift cards, and other free stuff!
Last, but by no means least, is our newest shop employee Sabrina! Sabrina has been with us since July of this year and is a fantastic addition.
Her favorite part of working at Sock Dreams, so far, is- Helping customers find the perfect pair of socks!
Sabrina wears another house brand favorite, the O Dreamy’s in Heliotrope- They’re super soft, have a great texture and are subtle, yet visually interesting.
Sabrina’s holiday shopping tip- When it comes to returns, I would suggest calling us at the shop with any questions regarding what is acceptable for refund/ exchange. Also, I would suggest asking about a certain pattern/design they may not see in the store. We keep track of all customer product requests and try to meet them when placing orders for future stock.
These ladies work really hard to make your shopping experience effortless; they’re always happy to help you find the perfect thing. If you’re in the Portland area, come on by and say hello!
Dreamer Jen is all packed up and on her way back to us after a long, fun weekend in LA! Comikaze Expo was some serious (and fun!) business – there were more people and more celebrities wandering the expo than we’re used to seeing at conventions in the Northwest, making for the kind of glamorous gathering one expects in LA! Jen had the extreme pleasure of sighting the one and only Stan Lee, and very nearly got a chance to see Ru Paul as well!
It wasn’t the celebrities that made this expo a hit, though — Jen reports that she got to introduce more new people to our socks than ever before! There’s nothing quite like seeing a person’s eyes light up upon finding thigh highs that fit for the first time in their life!
This weekend Dreamer Jen is bringing a curated selection of only our most fabulously geeky socks for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in LA! Folks attending the Expo can stop by booth number 1516 to check out the selection, and even get a Sock Dreams giftcard while supplies last – just ask nicely!
Even if you don’t make it in time to get a giftcard, you can still pick up one of our special edition super hero logo stickers, lovingly designed by Dreamer Zaffie. We’ve also got a very limited number here at our headquarters, so if you can’t make the Expo, you can still get one with your online order if you act quickly! Just leave an order note requesting a sticker, and tell us who your favorite super hero is!
We wish you all a SUPER weekend, and look forward to seeing your faces in LA!