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This year in Portland, we are fortunate to have the popular Harry Potter-themed convention, Leaky Con, descend upon our fair city. Named after the infamous pub in J.K. Rowling’s series, The Leaky Cauldron, the convention features actors, authors, fan fiction, music, and all things related to this century’s most famous wizard. But that’s not all! This year’s Leaky Con has expanded beyond just Harry Potter, and now features teen fiction in general. There will be several authors of note, including Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians, and Robin Wasserman, author of The Cold Awakening trilogy.
We will be at the convention for the next four days, June 27th- 30th, selling our tribute to the famous houses: our Sorcerer Socks! Our logo lady has dressed for the occasion as well; we have created four very special house stickers which will be available to con attendees this weekend and then (IF there are leftovers!) to the general public after. (We will announce sticker availability next week!)
If you’re in the Portland area this weekend for Leaky Con, please stop by booth 211 and say hello! If you’re interested in attending Leaky Con, it will be in Orlando next year, and in a new location the year after. Check their web site for updates!!!
Hey, all you Sock Dreams fans!!! This weekend, June 22nd & 23rd from 10am-6pm, we’re going to be at a convention that focuses on all things for the ladies: Ladies Day Out at the Oregon Convention Center! As we’re usually attending events with a geeky theme, this has allowed us to stretch our proverbial wings in terms of what we’re bringing for our customers. Of course, we’ll have a healthy smattering of our signature brands at their event prices, but we will also have lovely things for summer. Crocheted tights, thigh highs, OTKs, trouser socks, lightweight anklets and shorties, crews, midcalves, and pretty little fishnet socks.
Since we’re going to be celebrating ladies here in Oregon, we encourage you to celebrate the special lady or ladies in your life, wherever you may be. Call your mom, grandmother, sister or best long time girlfriend. Let your daughter, wife, partner or any other awesome lady in your life know that you appreciate them. We, of course, recommend Sock Dreams for all your appreciatory needs.
Have a great ladies weekend!!!
We love participating in PrideNW and for our seventh year we teamed up with the Rose City Rollers, joining them in the parade and being their booth neighbours! Last year was the first year we marched in the parade, so it was a fun sequel to share the parade time with other hardcore sock lovers!
As before, our doggie staff was represented by Mr. Ferous, who isn’t quite as little as he was last year.
Dreamers and friends waved socks, hooped hoops and spun staffs, all rocking our favourite legwear. The Extraordinary Harvest Rainbows made a heavy appearance; I think they may be one of the Dreamers’ favourites!
We were booth neighbours with Rose City Rollers (who we love!) and our lovely logo lady was part of RCR’s photo booth, they’ve got a Facebook album full of some great shots on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival.
All in all, another great Pride event! Thank you everyone who visited our booth, used a secret code, cheered us on in the parade and all of you who support us and our Sock Dreams every day! Check out our gallery from this year, Dreamer Sixten got some great photos!
Historically, LGBT Pride month is at this time because of the beginning of the Stonewall Inn riots on June 28th, 1969. On that day in the early morning in Greenwich Village’s most fabulous street, Christopher Street, the homosexual community decided they’d had it with police raids and laws that made them a marginalized group. They began a series a violent protests that many mark as the beginning of the Gay Liberation movement, a movement that has continued and brought gay rights to the forefront.
Year after year, the anniversary of the Stonewall has been celebrated in an increasing number of cities across the US, and year after year, we come closer and closer to the goal of normalization and open mindedness that the people at Stonewall were fighting for.
We are proud to participate in this legacy by supporting Portland Pride, and we hope all of you will go out to your various cities’ Prides, or create a Pride of your own!
We love our neighborhood! Sellwood/ Westmoreland is a cozy neighborhood nestled between Southeast Portland and Milwaukee, OR. It’s known for its extensive antique shops, great little places to eat, excellent proximity to rivers and parks, summer concerts, kid-friendly activities, and of course, our Sock Dreams shop.
For the past couple years, we have supported the Llewellyn Carnival, which is put on by Llewellyn Elementary as a super fun kids event and a fundraiser for their school. Every year, they’ve asked us to do an event, and this year we are proud to present… Ring Around the Knee High!
This ring toss, presented Sock-Dreams-style, was conceived and created by our PR team, and we’re pretty proud of it. It will be doing double-duty this weekend, as it and our other handmade creation, the Sock’s in the Dryer Toss, entertain bike riders during the Hott Socks bike ride.
The Hott Sock Bike ride is part of an event called Pedalpalooza, which features several of the zaniest bike events Portland has to offer; we have been a stop on the ride since its conception. Each year the shop and its adjoining yard fill up with bicyclists in nutty costumes, hungry for snacks, prizes, and sales. This year, we’ll be creating a carnival atmosphere featuring our two main events, as well as a donut on a string and other games of skill and chance.
If you’re in the Portland area this weekend, take the trip to Sellwood and stop by these events. It’ll be more fun than a sock full of monkeys!