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My question is just that...are there any stores in/around Portland that might sell a cool sling or even, dare I wonder out loud, a mei tai?

Any suggestions welcome! We're likely taking a little overnight trip down there tomorrow (15/16th), and would love to find something cool while there.

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I know Mother Natures has a couple of slings and cloth diapers, but I'm not sure what kind or how many slings. Her address and phone number is:

Baby Products & Services

2627 SE Clinton
Portland, OR 97202 - 1240
(503) 230-7077
 

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molly: most of the stores i know of have just the usual maya wrap, new native, ergo carriers, kind of carriers. I was at Mother Nature's a few weeks ago and she carries Mayas (ring slings and pouches), Moby Wraps and New Native pouch slings.

Generations on SE Hawthorne (around 40th) carries New Native pouch slings, Chic Papoose pouch slings, Baby Bjorn carriers.

Milagros Boutique on NE Killingsworth at 30th carries Mayas (ring slings and pouches) and Ergo Carriers and lotsa diapering supplies and soft soled shoes at good prices. They also have some resale.

I PMed you my phone number if you wanna chat or grab some tea or something.


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Fairies and Frogs at Fremont and 14th/15th sells some handmade pouch slings, not sure who makes them. Ditto for Wild Child, at Alberta and 14th.

I have an awesome LIKE NEW mei tei (Lily's been in it twice)for sale if you want it: $25. It's blue "rocket kids" fabric, from babyfairies.com. And I'm at 12th and Ainsworth.


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Well, we only got a chance to go to Mother Nature's. Lovely store, we bought some Kushies.
But the only mei tai-ish carrier they had was the Ergo. As nice as I'm sure the Ergo is, as soon as I saw how many clips and buckles it had, I nearly hyperventilated.
I'm just not that into clips and buckles!

So I talked to the owner for a LONG time about mothering.com, about mamatoto.org, and maybe I opened her eyes to a less high-tech (or as I see it, American) way of carrying babies...
 

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Originally Posted by mollyeilis
Well, we only got a chance to go to Mother Nature's. Lovely store, we bought some Kushies.
But the only mei tai-ish carrier they had was the Ergo. As nice as I'm sure the Ergo is, as soon as I saw how many clips and buckles it had, I nearly hyperventilated.
I'm just not that into clips and buckles!
OMG, the Ergo rocks! I have a bad back, and once Sprogly was over about 14 lbs, it was the only carrier I could use. When I got used to it, and then tried a Kozy, I couldn't deal with not having the buckles. (Only 2 of them, unless they've changed it.) I love love loved my Ergo. Sprogly lived in his until he was about 10 or 11 months.
 

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Oh yes, I'm sure it's faboo! But when you start to sweat just putting the padded fabric on and try to figure out where all the buckles go...it's a clear sign that sling isn't coming home with you.

There was also the matter of the 92 buckaroo price tag...
 

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Oh yes, I'm sure it's faboo! But when you start to sweat just putting the padded fabric on and try to figure out where all the buckles go...it's a clear sign that sling isn't coming home with you.

There was also the matter of the 92 buckaroo price tag...

Then again, I could put mine on in a fraction of the time it took me to put on a moby-style wrap. Have they changed it, I wonder, maybe added more buckles or something?

I paid less than $92 (ouch!), but I bought it directly from the Ergo site.

I'm selling my virtually new Kozy (black, with pocket) for $45 OBO, if anyone is interested.
 

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the only thing they've changed (i think...) is that they added a comfort belt with a safety stretchy loop. and although still expensive, we got ours for $79 from a friend of mine who wholesales them here locally in the portland area.

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Hi! New to MDC- first post. This may be a little delayed, but I thought ya'll might want to know that someone at the Saturday Market is selling some kind of wrap/back carrier. I'm not sure if it's a Mei Tia (hum...I know I'm spelling & pronouncing that incorrectly). Her tent was near the skidmore fountian. Thought you might be interested. BTW- I love my Ergo- use it daily. I admit it was intimidating to load up for the first few weeks, but now it's a sinch.
 

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Hi! New to MDC- first post. This may be a little delayed, but I thought ya'll might want to know that someone at the Saturday Market is selling some kind of wrap/back carrier. I'm not sure if it's a Mei Tia (hum...I know I'm spelling & pronouncing that incorrectly). Her tent was near the skidmore fountian. Thought you might be interested. BTW- I love my Ergo- use it daily. I admit it was intimidating to load up for the first few weeks, but now it's a sinch.
Thanks, august girl!

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Originally Posted by august girl
Hi! New to MDC- first post. This may be a little delayed, but I thought ya'll might want to know that someone at the Saturday Market is selling some kind of wrap/back carrier. I'm not sure if it's a Mei Tia (hum...I know I'm spelling & pronouncing that incorrectly). Her tent was near the skidmore fountian. Thought you might be interested. BTW- I love my Ergo- use it daily. I admit it was intimidating to load up for the first few weeks, but now it's a sinch.
Welcome!

Just wanted to let people know an interesting fact about the Portland Saturday Market. The market on the side of the max tracks AWAY from the river is not actually the PSM. It is the Skidmore Market. At that one they sell things that they have not made personally. The one of the side of the Max tracks by the river is the PDM and everything there is made by the person selling


So which side is it? Do we have a sling maker in PDX? That would be cool!

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She was on the side closest to the river (East of the fountian.) Very near the fountian, facing the train tracks. So I guess she would have crafted them. She had a little one (about 12 months probably) sleeping happily on her back while she conducted business.
 

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I think I know who you're talking about... she was there last year, just for like one weekend, right before I found out I was pregnant. Then when I went back the NEXT week- she was gone, so if anyone catches her, could you please pick up a card? I will plan on getting down there, but you know how plans go....
 

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I know which lady you are talking about as well. Oh and btw they aren't always in the same spot from Saturday to Saturday. Her slings are sort of like the JMaxx ones you can find in some retail stores. They have draw strings through the rails to help tighten them. And she does make them herself. She also has these terrific diaper changing pads that roll up like travel totes.

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OOOh I am so going to have to look for her booth next time we go! anyone catch how much she charges? I am in a big need for a MeiTai style carrier with my almost 30lb one year old!
Is anyone on this thread part of the NWnaturalmamas yahoo group?
 
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