Meet the Vendor: Bread and Badger
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Amanda Siska, the co-owner of Bread and Badger. I create fun, offbeat art using pencils, calligraphy pens, markers, digital programs, and linocuts, that my husband and our small team of helpers sandblasts onto glassware and stoneware cups. We believe in making useful products that people will feel connected to for a lifetime.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
We have an explosion of new designs this year, with a focus on love and romance. Since our cups are often given as gifts to family members and for weddings, I wanted to create a wider collection of heart designs, but with different personalities for different people.
Our products connect people to their passions, and remind them of what makes them happy throughout the day. So, there are tattoo hearts with customizable banners, a potentially kinky lock & key collection, a rain cloud, a tree stump with heart-shaped rings, a diamond with wings, and a tool logo with a customizable banner for crafty, handy maker-types.
We’re also expanding our product line to include made-to-order beer growlers, handled mason jars, votive candle holders, and more! You’ll be able to order these from us at UCU, and we’ll ship them out within a few weeks.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
We recently moved into our own studio! It’s located in NE Portland, near-ish the Airport, and we love having visitors. Stop by most weekdays from 10-3 to pick up an online order from us, or shop from our warehouse shelves. You can get a little behind-the-scenes tour of our workspace, visit our saltwater aquarium, and grab a super deal on seconds and samples that aren’t available online. Call ahead to make sure we’re there: 971-270-0694 and find us at 12003 NE Ainsworth Cir. #109 (on the east side of the building, near Caper’s Cafe), Portland, OR 97220.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Of course, I love talking directly to our fans and customers, face-to-face, and getting instant feedback about what we’re doing. But my real favorite thing about craft shows is shopping for myself! 😉 I always come home with a pile of amazing goodies, and lots of new friends.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
Sometimes, you just have to go all-in when you’re ready to expand! We were really nervous about moving the business out of our house and into a commercial space, since it would be a big upheaval to our lives and increase our expenses quite a lot. But the space we found is close to our house, and we really needed the room to work!
We knew we’d need to increase sales a lot just to break even with this big move, but since we’re able to fill bigger orders now, and can have an employee help us do it, the growth seems to be happening very naturally and easily.
Moving into a 2,000sf. space is no joke though, and we’ve still been adjusting to all the changes nearly a year later. I’ve learned to expect things to change slowly, but steadily, and to always expect the best but plan for the worst.