We offer FREE USPS shipping on all US orders!
Three years ago today we opened up the tiny lobby space of Sock Dreams HQ to local sock shoppers. It was a soft opening, we didn’t know what to expect. Would we have customers (it’s not easy to park at SDHQ, there is a very busy thoroughfare right next to us), would we have enough space for customers? Even though it was a soft opening, there was quite a buzz gathering. As Niqkita posted the day before our quiet little opening, the excitement from future customers was “both hugely flattering and just a wee bit scary”.
Then, the October after the store’s first birthday, we had our grand opening at the new shop site! Instead of a little lobby at HQ, the shop graduated to a whole building, an adorable little historic house in the heart of Sellwood. Though our primary business is selling online, our storefront lets folks from Portland (and all around—we’re always touched to hear that people have us on their see-while-in-Portland vacation to-dos!) check out a selection of our top-selling styles in person.
There’s no way we can fit everything we have have online in our shop, but we do make sure that everybody’s favourites are well-stocked, like Tabbisocks, Leg Avenue, Sock It To Me and our Extraordinary and DreaM Stocking styles.
What’s especially special about the store is that we’re able to offer boutique styles and special brands that we can’t order in the amounts we need to sell online, or that we’re testing out in the shop before we bring them to the website. So, there may be socks that you see online that you can’t get in the store, but there are lots of styles at the store that you can’t get online. It’s a pretty good trade-off.
A few of the things we have just at the storefront are a wide range of wee baby and kid socks and tights, gorgeous Swan Clothing Garters and a giant selection of SmartWool.
I love going to visit and seeing how our shop-folks have transformed the lovely pieces of antique furniture into vibrant rainbow sock displays.
The fun banner there is by another lovely vendor whose work we’re able to offer at the store (though these ribbon banners are all ours!). You can also get a peek of the coat hanger draped with socks for folks to test the stretch of.
More things special to the store and some panoramas of the inside after the jump!
We are renowned for our super fast shipping but during these final days before the holidays USPS is overwhelmed and even we cannot perform miracles under such circumstances.
Here is a link to their shipping cut off schedule: USPS Holiday Shipping.
Plus, we need a day for processing so we would suggest Sunday December 19th as the last day to safely place an order with free first class shipping. If you order on Monday upgrade to Priority (free for orders $50 & up). Tuesday the 21st is the last day to safely order using Express shipping…
after that you’re really taking your chances if you want the item in time for Christmas, but we’ll do all we can on our end to get it on it’s way.
We offer the option of picking up your order at our warehouse in Portland for you local folks in need. Also… shopping at our little shoppe of socks in Sellwood is a fantastic idea because we’ll be open all the way up til 6 pm on Christmas Eve (picking up your online orders at the shoppe can be done, but does take us a little longer to process).
Of course, you can always do an Ecard at the very last moment and have instant gratification!
with Halloween just a few days away we ask that you select 2 day
shipping to be sure your order arrives by Friday or Saturday.*
If you are in Portland you can pick your order up at our warehouse by the Ross Island Bridge or at our shop in Sellwood (better yet, go shop there in person!)…. just include a note with your order if you want to pick it up and we’ll give you a call when it is ready!
*That is if you are in the US, if you are ordering internationally it is too late to get your goods from us, we would be lucky to get them to your border on time, let alone through customs.
Friday, October 22 · 6pm – 8pm
Sock Dreams Sellwood Shoppe
8005 SE 13th Ave Portland, OR
Why? …Last year was a great success and this year it’s looking even better! We’ll have music, singing pirates from PDX Yar, theatrical entertainment, face painting, and Style Ink will be there to do wild makeup and hair for guests. Like last year, the main event is the costume contest where you can win up to a $100 Sock Dreams gift certificate.
* Register your costume at the event on 10/22/10 from 6p – 7:30p. …Kids under 13 must have permission from a legal guardian to participate.
* When you register we’ll take a photo and from these the Sock Dreams staff will choose their favorite costume and declare the winner at 8pm 10/22/10.
* 1st place winner will receive a $100 Sock Dreams Gift Certificate. 2nd place winner will receive a $50 Sock Dreams Gift Certificate. 3rd place winner will receive a $25 Sock Dreams Gift Certificate. Contestants must be present to win.
* Judges will provide more weight to costumes featuring sock and/or sock accessories
* Costumes must be self contained. Connections to electrical sockets will not be available.
* It’s a family costume contest. Keep it fun and PG-Rated.
It’s official: Our brick & mortar shop will be open on Mondays through the winter! Now Portland locals (and sock-savvy visitors to our fair city) can start their week on the right foot. The hours remain the same, 11am to 6pm, but now the doors are open seven days a week!
Non-locals and folks who need socks at 3am (it’s always sock shopping time somewhere!) we are of course always open online, 24 hours a day.