December 1st, 2010 Riley Hooper | Special Section Stories
 

Sellwood

Shop here for: socks, blocks and George Nelson clocks.

     
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Modern Pink


8128 SE 13th Ave., 946-8620, ilovevintagepink.blogspot.com.
You might not be able to wrap up a Danish modern dresser and fit it under the Christmas tree, but it’s a great gift for the mid-century modern furniture aficionado on your list. Here you’ll find pieces for the home and office in sleek teak and flashy orange vinyl.
Buy this: Heywood Wakefield 1950s theater seats ($249), ceramic crock ($35).

SpielWerk Toys


3808 N Williams Ave., 282-2233, and 7956 SE 13th Ave., 736-3000, spielwerktoys.com.
This austere kids shop specializes in old-school toys and games, the kind that focus more on imagination than batteries. Translation: It ain’t cheap, but it is delightful, from the wall of brightly colored foreign puzzles and games to the panoply of wooden animals, blocks and dolls. Does any kid really need a carved, gray-and-lemon-colored wooden washing machine or a $58 Rody bouncy horse? No, but, my, they are cute. KELLY CLARKE.
Buy this: Green, wooden rolling snail with ball. ($16), Carcassonne board game ($24).

Tilde


7919 SE 13th Ave., 234-9600, tildeshop.com.
Great care and attention to detail went into this space and collection of jewelry, clothing, soap, candles, pottery and art made by designers from Austin to Amsterdam. Informational cards explain the background of each designer’s collection, which vary extravagantly in style but share in common innovative design and careful construction.
Buy this: Wrench-shaped cast-iron bottle opener ($25).

Coco and Toulouse Go Shopping/Get Dressed


7080 SE 16th Ave., 236-5999.
Make the kids think Santa went shopping in Paris this year with this collection of French odds and ends—soaps, lotions, candles, picture frames, stationery, nightgowns and books—which make great stocking stuffers and larger gifts. And for the fashionable lady in your life, head next door to Coco Gets Dressed for a collection of sophisticated clothing.
Buy this: Super-soft Pine Cone Hill bathrobe ($72).

Sock Dreams


8005 SE 13th Ave., 232-3330, sockdreams.com.
Between the cow-print toe socks; super-soft wool leg warmers; tights and leggings in every color; cozy, over-the-knee knitted stockings and sushi-, bike- or bacon-and-eggs-patterned socks, you’re bound to find the perfect sock at this monomaniacal boutique. Nobody knows the importance of a good sock better than the owner, Monique Natosi. “I’m the type of person who starts with the socks and builds an outfit around that,” she says. It was Natosi’s passion for warm, comfy feet that prompted her to open a business dedicated to the festive footwear. “Socks are so fun and we weren’t finding the variety we wanted, so we opened a business,” she says. That was 10 years ago, when Sock Dreams was an online store. Since then, the quest to bring variety and comfort to the people’s feet has led the company to create its own line of socks and, a year ago, open a brick-and-mortar store in the heart of Sellwood. A portion of the massive online collection can be found in the store, including local brands Sock it to Me and Rock Socks.
Buy this: Sock it to Me mustache socks ($7), Sock Dreams Extraordinary Thigh-highs ($16).
 
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