Meet the Vendor: Madge and Company
Who are you and what do you do?
Madge and Company are Patrick Dudley and Katrina Lakey. We are a small furniture and woodworking business based out of Portland, Oregon. We are blessed to have an abundance of beautiful, sustainably-harvested hardwoods here and our main focus is to showcase that beauty. We have a range of products from small household items to large custom furniture.
Our aim is to blend the beauty and timelessness of traditional hardwood furniture with a fun modern aesthetic.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
The Latest Thing we have been working on is our Hi-Fi Console Table. We recently started collecting a ton of vintage LP’s and wanted to come up with a cool way to showcase our record player and our records themselves. This table was our solution to always having a messy stack of records sitting out as a “playlist”. We integrated a vegetable-tanned sling into the table top to hold our current stack that were going to be listened to. It created a cool focal point that broke up the symmetry of the table while also conveniently adding some organization. Next up in the console family will be a full cabinet-style credenza. We should have our first prototype done shortly!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
We absolutely LOVE all the people we meet! Its so great getting to meet and develop relationships with our clients and customers at our shows. It has provided a great platform to promote our products and also to hear feedback.
How did you get started in your business?
It got started when moving into a new house several years ago. I needed a dining table badly and couldn’t find anything that I liked that didn’t break the bank. Luckily, there was a warehouse full of reclaimed materials a few blocks from the house. I built the table with a friend on the front porch in the rain and fell in love with the wood working. The entire process from drawing an idea, drafting, and making it into something tangible was amazing. From that point on, my focus shifted to figuring out a way to be able to do it every day. A few years later, Madge and Company was born.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
Our Favorite Item that we sell is our Weave Stool, our nod to traditional danish crafted furniture. It is a powder coated steel stool with a seat we hand weave from danish cord. It takes the most time and attention to detail of any of our products to make, but has such a beautiful finished look.