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The Venderia: Portland’s wacky, whimsical vending machines (Travel Portland)
In 2013, Portlander Taylor Valdes set out on a mission to make vending machines fun. What started as a single machine at Beulahland has evolved into The Venderia, now found in several bars throughout Portland. Valdes thrifts, crafts and collaborates with artists to stock her vending machines with assorted off-the-wall items, ranging from vintage Troll Dolls and packs of tarot cards to paperback copies of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King. “I try to make products that are interactive,” says Valdes. “It creates a weird experience that’s very tactile and in the present.” Read full article on Travel Portland.