Eugene Saturday Market

Eugene, Oregon; home to the Oregon Ducks, elite athletes, homeless teenagers, and hippies stuck in the 1960s. One of the best random activities in Eugene is the Saturday Market (which takes place on Saturdays, obvi) where the perfume of choice is BO (and weed), white people serve a variety of ethnic food, wannabe musicians perform, and there is tie dye everywhere. What is not to love?

 

And if you go to the saturday market and want to fit in, then you OBVIOUSLY have to wear tie dye. And birks. (This is the closest I will get to "dressing up" in a costume).

And if you go to the Saturday Market and want to fit in, then you OBVIOUSLY have to wear tie dye. And birks. (This is the closest I will get to “dressing up” in a costume).

"We match," exclaims Tusia. My mother in law is having a heart attack as she looks at these pictures of her hippy grandkids. Wait till dreadlocks start happening at 16. #EugeneTeens

“We match,” exclaims Tusia. My mother in law is probably having a heart attack as she looks at these pictures. Wait till dreadlocks start happening at 16. #EugeneTeens

Birkenstocks family! (Obviously, if Ken were there, we would have a pair of loafers in the mix).

Birkenstock family! (Obviously, if Ken were there, we would have a pair of loafers in the mix).

Notice the beautiful green trees everywhere in Eugene.

Notice the beautiful green trees everywhere in Eugene. I love my hometown.

Over 200 local artisans come to sell their handmade goods, rain or shine.

Over 200 local artisans come to sell their handmade goods, rain or shine.

Hello, tie dye! Hello, stranger!

Hello, tie dye! Hello, stranger!

Our friends, Bridget and Joe, visiting from Oakland for the week. They left with matching handmade and radical hats.

Our friends, Bridget and Joe, visiting from Oakland for the week. They left with matching handmade and radical hats.

Hanging baskets on the street.

Hanging baskets on the street.

Wandering the booth, wondering what to eat / buy / examine.

Wandering the booths, wondering what to eat / buy / examine. Hand in hand, across the land.

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Old school woman rocking out to “Twinkle twinkle.” (NO JOKE)

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In line to buy lemonade.

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CHEESE!!!!

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The three little rascals all ready to rock out to the Grateful Dead. (The third is Joe and Bridget’s little girl, Olive).

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I mean, REALLY? Do you think Eugene would sell a NON-organic smoothie or lemonade? You would be put in jail if you did such a thing!

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Tamales. YUM. A staple in our house in Eugene.

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Renaissance Pizza > Greasy pizza

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The Whole Enchilada. A staple at the Saturday Market since my childhood.

Rainbow Promise. I always stop and get something at this booth.

Rainbow Promise. I always stop and get something at this booth.

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I left with two pairs of tie dye undies for Cruzzie to wear (hello, conservative new Boys School, helloooooo fun undies!)

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Now you know where I got my love of dream catchers

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Bracelets for sale. I kinda love the ‘go girl’ one. Half joking and half serious at the same time, cause, you know, GO GIRL.

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Our mode of transportation: tandem with trailer attached.

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Action shot. (I was tired from a long run so decided to get off and walk up the very steep hill).

 

So there you have it, a good summary of Eugene, Oregon. And you wonder why I love artisinal, local, organic, tie dye, and colorful things……

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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17 Comments

  1. I love places like this! I have to keep this in mind for when I visit. My brother is looking to go to school out there.

  2. Miss you guys. Excited to get back out there this weekend.. And for the record, I have never (not once) worn a loafer in the state of Oregon!

  3. Funny post! I live here in Eugene, and have to say that I really dislike tie-dye. The best part of the Saturday Market, imo, is the artist who makes shoes from metal. Shoe sculpture. Really cool! She lives in Blue River.

    Did you go to the Oregon Country Fair?

    • I can’t believe that you dislike tie-dye being a Eugenian! And the Country Fair is actually my nightmare…..

      • LOL…. I know, it is surprising about the tie dye. Agreed on the Country Fair, as well. Haven’t been in years and the only reason I did go was to check the artists selling their treasures.

        So great you spend the summer here! I love Eugene.

  4. What a perfect post about the joyous “flavor” of Eugene! Love and despise everything about the Saturday Market;)

    • Thanks! Although after today’s failure of swim lessons, my kids seem like monsters instead of adorable children.

  5. I wish we had gone with you. It’s been too long. Looks fun (and the same as 20 years ago).

    “Go girl” reminds me of 10 year old Galen’s all girls school motto.

    Too tired to help Papa pull your kids up that steep hill?! Spoiled

    • HAHAHAH to all of the above! Come back and visit again this summer!

  6. Love Saturday Market, love our Eugenian tie dye. Also a fan of the empathy booth there where you can pay to complain to someone and have them listen with empathy. Only in Eugene.

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