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Tuesday 26 January 2010 - Filed under Stores

Sometimes our most beautiful cloudy days in Portland, at some angles you could swear you’re looking at a black and white photo. There is no chance of that when you come across Cargo in Northwest Portland: a riot of color, lights, and sparkle, from the first glimpse from the street, and everywhere inside the 20,000 square foot warehouse. You need to have those places that you can go, that are guaranteed to lift your spirits, and this place always does the trick.

Party hats
I don’t have any upcoming celebrations, but party hats like these make me want to find a reason to wear one. Cargo has all kinds of things – furniture, garden statues, decorations, tchotchkes, gifts. I see the Cargo website says that there’s a world party store coming soon. I don’t know any more details than that, but I can’t wait to see what they do. I see bright colorful sparkly parties in my future.

chinese lanterns
For all your pressing lantern needs. And I have many. These are my favorite. One day I’ll have a tea house in the back yard filled with these.

moroccan lamps
Or maybe moroccan inspire lanterns instead. It’s a tough decision.

There’s all kinds of inspiration to be found in vintage Asian design and fashion books.

faux cherry blossom lights
Oooh… red cherry blossom lights.

The recycled newspaper bags they send you home with are pretty enough to use as gift wrapping, but I also get tempted by their gorgeous paper selection.

lucky red envelopes
With the teenagers in the family, where money is the gift of choice, wouldn’t it be fancier presented in a lucky red envelope?

So many more fun things to ogle, but work calls, so I’ll cut it short there for now. To be continued…

2010-01-26  »  megan

Talkback x 7

  1. Loree/danger garden
    26 January 2010 @ 9:36 am

    Would you believe I’ve only been there once and it was years ago. Thanks for the reminder! And I can totally see the lantern festooned tea-house in your backyard!

  2. Pam/Digging
    26 January 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    Where’s Austin’s Cargo?! I want one!

  3. Grace
    26 January 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    Hi Megan~~ You can send me the cherry blossom lights. COD. Please. What a fun place. I bet it’s like what I call the “vortex” where you lose all track of time or reality until hours later when you emerge with your acquisitions and think, wow, I’m hungry.

  4. Cindee
    27 January 2010 @ 10:51 am

    ooooooooo…..I must visit there.

  5. Jane
    28 January 2010 @ 8:29 am

    I always told myself Cargo had to be an overpriced, Pearl District place I had no interest in. Dang Ramone, now I know and will have to visit.

  6. ricki - sprig to twig
    28 January 2010 @ 12:57 pm

    Love it from the outside (these are folks who understand about banners!) but it has been ages since I took the time to wander around inside. We should all tell them you sent us.
    Good lunch across the street at 50 Plates.

  7. Alex Long
    5 October 2010 @ 2:59 am

    party hats are so cute that i have a collection of them;”*