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Just Released: 7 NEW Designs! November 18, 2016 13:20

We've been busy badgers over here, and are super excited to announce the release of SEVEN new designs for mugs and pint glasses! (Other products will be made with these designs upon request, but may not be online until January).

ARMADILLO

CACTUS

If this saguaro cactus proves popular, I'd love to add more plants and succulents to our designs.

FLOWER 

This chrysanthemum could also be joined next year my other beatiful blossoms if people like them.

OCTOPUS

Technically a reissue of an old design we stopped offering, this is one of the original designs I used to hand engrave onto items with a dental drill.

PANGOLIN

These fascinating ant-eaters are endangered, and deserve to be recognized!

PENGUIN

Seasonally appropriate, since winter is coming! This is also sort of a reissue, since I revamped an old stencil I used to put on shot glasses years ago.

TREE

Another reissue of an old design we stopped offering, but one I always loved. I used to hand engrave onto items with a dental drill, so each tree was different. This time, the trees on pint glasses and travel mugs are taller and narrower than the squat trees on handled mugs. I'd love to do more tree varieties in the future too!


Gourmet Gift Box Sets are here for the holidays! November 18, 2016 12:35

We've spent the past few months getting together some of our favorite edible treats from local purveyors to offer you a duper fun new solution for gifting! We have 3 exclusive gourmet gift box sets, for a limited time: Coffee, Tea, and Hot Cocoa.

Each set comes with your choice of sandblasted mug from our collection, and all are packed in classy white gift boxes, ready to give, or put under the tree with a bow!

Click through to each listing to learn more about the tea, cocoa on a stick, coffee, and caramels that are included.


New Mug Colors! November 16, 2016 10:37

We now have Yellow Gold and Black handled coffee mugs available, which you can request with any of our regular stock designs. We can even customize them for you!

New Pumpkin Spice Mugs are here! October 13, 2016 11:30

New Pumpkin Mugs

Pumpkin Mugs are Here!

We know you love your pumpkin spice lattes, and pumpkin pie, and yes, pumpkin smoothies, so we've made a mug to celebrate this delicious autumn tradition. Made to order on handled mugs, or any of our available products.


Sample Sale! 20% off Unique Items October 13, 2016 11:21

Sample Sale!

20% off Sample Items, while supplies last!

We've collected a lot of sample items over the 10 years we've been in business, and we'd love to offer them to you now at a discount! Some are testers that we may not want to produce in bulk. Others are sample colors or products, or new items that aren't even available yet. Some are blanks, so you get to choose any of our stock designs and we'll etch them for you.

Shop now, because they're going to sell out really fast and many are irreplaceable! Sale ends October 31st, 2016.


New Bowls! October 13, 2016 11:15

New Stoneware Bowls!
Choose your favorite design, and we'll sandblast it onto these stoneware bowls to personalize your kitchen! Choose from 2 bowl shapes, and 5 colors.
black sugar skull bowls
Gray shark bowl
Pea Green stoneware bowls
terracotta orange bowls
turquoise stoneware bowls

Our packaging is why customers buy September 16, 2016 13:46

That's a secret not everyone knows.

Here's a quote from our top-selling retailer, Cathy, from Crafty Wonderland in Portland:

"We love your packaging at our shop! For us it makes the product so much easier to display and stack without having a house of cards disaster with mugs coming tumbling down. Plus we just throw it in a bag and don't have to wrap in tissue when they sell."

Here's a picture of just one of the many areas of Crafty Wonderland that have our items on display:

Store display at Crafty Wonderland 

Before we had sturdy, informative packaging for our products, we faced a lot of challenges selling our cups. Potential customers admired, but didn't buy our items, and they had a lot of questions about durability and washing instructions.

They also didn't think they were getting a good value, because they didn't know anything about how and where it was made, or how long it would last.

Once we developed our unique packaging for pint glasses, handled mugs, and travel mugs, our sales and customer satisfaction rates soared, even with a price increase. Not only did our rate of breakage in transit for these items drop to absolute zero, but customers actually rave about our packaging online now.

Want tips for taking advantage of the sales benefits our packaging has to offer?

Let's address these common retail concerns to help you improve your merchandising:

Shelf space is limited.

  • Height is value, so take advantage of the stackability of our boxes to reach new heights and make more product visible at once. This also gets them closer to light sources so they’re easier to see.
  • Store overstock on a lower shelf than the main display. It's easy to spot the matching boxes, so you don't need to take up as much prime display space by having everything grouped together.

Customers are afraid to pick up breakables.

  • Getting a product into a customer’s hand is halfway to making the sale, and a lot of folks are uncomfortable grabbing and moving around fragile items. People are confident picking up a cardboard box, and are more likely to connect to the product once it’s in their hands, even if they're just checking the bottom for a price.

The “tester” item gross factor

  • Items without packaging scream “damaged”, like maybe it was used and returned, or has already been treated roughly, and shiny ceramics and glassware attract dust and fingerprints like nobody’s business. Keeping the majority of items in their boxes means they will stay cleaner and seem newer.

Invisibility

  • Put unpackaged display glassware in a very bright spot so the etched design is either very well back-lit (like in a window), or in front of something dark and solidly colored. Too much distracting busy-ness behind a clear glass makes the etching basically disappear, and the item will become invisible.

Pricing seems high.

  • Customers love to hear our story and connect with our brand. They feel good supporting a small business like ours (and yours!) when they know more about us. Make sure customers know our handmade products are not cheaply made overseas by attracting attention to the story on our boxes.
  • You get what you pay for, and these cups will last a lifetime of everyday use, even run through the dishwasher and heated in a microwave. Knowing this often makes the sale! Creating shelf-talkers with our story and product features can really help, along with having salespeople that can point out these things.
  • We give you more for your money. You don’t just get an expensive cup tossed in a shopping bag at checkout--with Bread and Badger, you get a gift ready to give, and it’s easy to wrap! Even when shopping for yourself, it’s satisfying to unbox a new thing for the first time so it feels truly special.

Obviously, every shop is different, and you may have your own merchandising secrets that work perfectly for you. If you have a great tip, let us know so we can share it! If you have a pain point we haven't addressed, let me know and I'll come up with a solution for you.


Re-Issued Wine Glasses September 15, 2016 15:03

We just restocked a few wine glass designs which haven't been available for awhile! Check out the Bicycle, Honey Badger, and Zombie (just in time for your Halloween party planning!)

bicycle wine glass

honey badger wine glass

zombie wine glass


New Manatee (Sea Cow) Design August 17, 2016 11:40

New Manatee Design!
This gentle ocean dweller will remind you to slow down and enjoy the summer while you sip your favorite beverage from one of these glasses or mugs.

New Moon and Stars Design July 20, 2016 12:01

Our latest Moon and Stars design can be found on all our products, or accompanied by our 4 other space-themed creations. It's also available on any special wedding set.
 
Moon and Stars handled coffee mugs by Bread and Badger
Moon and Stars lowball and shot glasses by Bread and Badger
Moon and Stars stemware by Bread and Badger

Order Now for Father's Day! May 27, 2016 13:34

Order online by June 6th with Standard Shipping to the USA, or June 13th with Priority Shipping. Shop locally from one of these fine retailers in your area.

Please Note: We badgers are going on vacation in June, and our showroom will not be open regular hours the week before Father's Day. Please email or call to make an appointment during this time, as we will have someone working in our warehouse, but he'll need to know if you're stopping in.


New Champagne Toasting Flutes April 04, 2016 11:42

New Champagne Flutes

New champagne toasting flutes for weddings and celebrations! Featuring exclusive, romantic designs for fun folks who want a memorable event.

These new stemware items are larger than our previous style, at 8 3/4" tall, and holding approximately 6oz of bubbly. We can also customize these with a name or date for an additional fee.


Epic Seconds + Clearance Sale!! April 04, 2016 11:31

Snafu Seconds + Clearance Sale

Epic Snafu Seconds + Clearance Sale!!

We've been collecting all our slightly imperfect cups over the years, and they're finally available for purchase! We've added them to our clearance section, which has been further reduced.

LOCALS: Pick up your online order from our studio to save more! Use coupon code "PICKUP" to remove shipping charges, and then retrieve your order weekdays 9-3:30 (or possibly later by appointment) from 12003 NE Ainsworth Circle, Suite 109, Portland, OR. You can also browse our sale items in person!

Keep in mind that these will sell very fast and may not be available by the time we return your message!


Custom Project Gallery March 16, 2016 14:33

Did you know that we've created hundreds of custom projects over the years? We finally created an online gallery of some of our custom work, featuring our original art, and examples of client logos we've recreated.

Check out our Custom page to request info on your own project, or go straight to the gallery.


New Bookworm Design is Here! February 03, 2016 14:08

Bookworm mugs

Our latest Bookworm design is now available! I first carved this design into scratchboard, then digitized a scan and cleaned it up.

Want a few book nerds to help you study or relax in the afternoons? Get them here:

Pint Glasses: $18

Lowball Glasses: $18

Handled Mugs$25

Travel Mugs$25

Shot Glasses$12

Wine Glasses: $25


Seattle Gift Show - January 2016 December 29, 2015 12:12

Bread and Badger at the Seattle Gift Show Urban Craft Uprising Marketplace
We'll be at our first real trade show in January! If you're a retailer, see us at the Seattle Gift Show in the Urban Craft Uprising Marketplace, January 22-25th, 2016. We'll have samples of all our products, plus a brand-new design!

Oregon Wine Press Feature December 02, 2015 09:36

Stag wine glass in Oregon Wine Press gift guide
Our Oregon Stag Wine Glasses have been featured in the Oregon Wine Press holiday gift guide! Buy yours right here, and check out the full gift guide here.

Shop in Person for Gifts November 25, 2015 10:18

Want to save on shipping, and do your holiday shopping from us in person?

Here are the events we'll be vending at in Portland, OR:

Open Studio/Little Boxes PDX
November 27th & 28th, 10-6
12003 NE Ainsworth Cir #109, Portland, 971.270.0694

Bee Thinking Holiday Bazaar (especially for beekeepers and mead enthusiasts)
November 28 + 29, 2015 from 1-3,
1551 SE Poplar Ave, Portland, 877-325-2221

Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar
Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 9am to 4pm
Laurelhurst School, 840 NE 41st Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale!!! 
Saturday, Dec 12th + Sunday, Dec 13th, 2015 from 11am - 6pm
The Oregon Convention Center - Exhibit Hall D
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR

Here are all the shops across the country that carry our work:

Not all shops carry all our work, so we recommend contacting shops before visiting if there's something specific you're looking for.

Our "I like it here" state travel mugs are available at a variety of hotel gift shops in AZ, CA, and TX!

 

Alaska

  • Roots Homegrown/Ebb and Flow Massage/North Wind 434 Arlberg Ave, PO Box 185, Girdwood, 907.444.9265

Arkansas

  • The Anchor – 1 E. Center St #150 Fayetteville, 479.249.8796

California

Colorado

Florida

  • Planet Tails – 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road #124, Naples, 239.293.3513

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

  • Made – 737 Massachusetts St, Lawrence

Kentucky

Massachusetts

  • Magpie416 Highland Ave. Davis Sq. Somerville

Minnesota

New Jersey

New York

North Dakota

  • Unglued 408 Broadway, Fargo, 701.205.1597

Ohio

  • Wholly Craft3515 N. High Street, Columbus, 614.447.3445

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Texas

Washington

Wisconsin

Other Online Shops

  • Etsybreadandbadger.etsy.com
  • Amazonwww.amazon.com/handmade/breadandbadger/

Portland Little Boxes Event and Quote in the Portland Tribune November 25, 2015 09:54

We're participating in Portland's Little Boxes event this year, to encourage people to shop from small businesses on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday instead of big box stores. You can visit any participating Little Boxes shop to pick up a passport (or use their app for iphone and Android), which will allow you to get 10% off your purchase at the next participating shop you visit, PLUS enter you into their raffle for HUGE prizes (like a trip to Hawaii, gift certificates, and a CSA share!).

Since our studio is located pretty far away from all the popular shopping districts in the city, we were interviewed by the Portland Tribune to find out more about why we chose our location, and what we hoped to experience during Little Boxes:

http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/282532-157349-east-portland-businesses-get-some-love


Christmas Ordering Deadlines 2015 November 05, 2015 15:02

Christmas Shopping Deadlines

U.S.A. Standard Shipping: 12/15
U.S.A. Priority Shipping: 12/20
Canada: 12/9
Rest of the World/APO: 12/1
Some items may sell out at our busiest time of year, so shop early for the perfect gifts!

Black Friday Deals and More! November 05, 2015 14:15

November always seems to sneak up on me, no matter how well-prepared I seem to be before Halloween. It's like the weather shifted the day the calendar page turned, too. If you're already scouting out holiday sale deals, then you'll be happy to hear that this is one thing we're on top of!

Deals Right Now

Want to get a head-start on your shopping? Right now, you can get free shipping on your order of $75 or more (U.S. shipping addresses only, please). We also have some insanely good deals (select items are 80% off or more!) in our sale section, while supplies last.

Little Boxes Black Friday/Small Business Saturday

We're participating for the first time in Portland's own Little Boxes event for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! Our studio will be open to the public both days from 10am-6pm, and we'll be offering special discounts and a raffle to people who stop in. There will even be an extra coupon in the Little Boxes passport book!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Online Sale

We're putting our entire shop on sale for the 4 days after Thanksgiving! All retail items will be automatically marked down 10% from Nov 27th-30th.


Replacement Lids Are Here in 4 Colors October 20, 2015 12:29

Our reusable ceramic travel mugs come with white silicone lids, but maybe you've been wanting a different color to class them up? We now offer black, red, and blue lids for only 3 bucks each! These dark colors are especially nice if you don't want coffee or lipstick stains to show up. You can still order replacement white lids as well. 
These are BPA-free silicone, and fit on any of our travel mugs (no guarantee they'll fit on any other brand though). We recommend hand-washing to avoid warping, but they have been known to survive dish-washing as well. 

New Design: Book Dragons October 20, 2015 11:35

Our latest Book Dragon design is now available! I first created this design as a hand-carved rubber stamp, then digitized the print and added some adorable, nerdy glasses.

Want to invite a few bookish dragons to your next book club? Get them here:

Pint Glasses: $18

Lowball Glasses: $18

Handled Mugs$25

Travel Mugs$25

Shot Glasses$12

Wine Glasses: $25


Product of the Week: Wooden Magnets September 21, 2015 12:21

We're really excited to announce our newest product line, a limited batch of laser-cut wooden magnets! These highly detailed little discs measure in at 2" across, and feature an incredibly strong rare-earth magnet on the back. You can even wear them as a brooch by putting another magnet or small piece of metal (like a paperclip) inside your clothes for it to stick to.
A very limited number of these exist, and some of the designs shown have been immediately shipped to a shop in Seattle (Loft 63, if you're looking for it), so order your favorites now! We may not be able to restock these until next spring.

Product of the Week: Hedgehogs are Here! September 07, 2015 11:21 2 Comments

Our newest Hedgehog design is here! Featured as our Product of the Week for the next seven days, all new hedgehog products are on sale at 10% off through Sept 13th!

Customer Story Featured on Stitch Shopped Blog September 03, 2015 09:43

This very sweet customer story was shared on the Stitch Shopped blog, featuring our Pug Rocks Glass (which has been retired, and replaced by the Pug Dog Lowball Glass).

Stitch Labs is the online inventory management tool that we use to track our stock between all our sales channels and our warehouse. They're fantastic, and I'm frequently in contact with their customer support folks, suggesting new features and bug fixes. Apparently, one of the support reps browsed our website while helping me through something, and fell in love with our products. In this post, she shares how she bought some pug glasses for herself, and gifts for family members too. It doesn't get much sweeter than that!

Read the full story on Stitch Shopped and check out their great photo of our pug glass!


Product of the Week: Special Brown Robot Travel Mugs September 03, 2015 09:32

This week's Product of the Week is this brown travel mug with a special small robot design at 50% off while supplies last!

We normally use a larger robot stencil for these to-go cups, but a few small ones were made by mistake. Get yours for half price now!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to hear about the latest weekly deals.


Product of the Week: Meat Pint Glasses August 17, 2015 14:53

This week's Product of the Week is the MEAT Pint Glass at 50% off or more!

Grilling days are almost at an end this summer, so throw your T-bone steaks or sizzlin' pork chops on the barbie, pour a cold beer, and enjoy the weather while it lasts.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to hear about the latest weekly deals.


WE'RE HIRING! August 12, 2015 13:46

Want to work full-time in our busy warehouse, doing production and shipping?

Read the full job description with instructions for applying here: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/lab/5167732876.html


Product of the Week: Bon Appetit Glasses August 03, 2015 14:46

This week's Product of the Week is the entire collection of Bon Appetit glassware. All style are 50% off or more this week!

This design was created to celebrate the joy of eating, specially for an art exhibition with the theme "Spoon".

Pint Glasses: $7.50 - $9 each (regularly $18)

Lowball Glasses: $7.50 - $9 each (regularly $18)

Wine Glasses: $7.50 - $11 each (regularly $22)

 

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to hear about the latest weekly deals.


Product of the Week: Zombie Mugs 50% off! July 27, 2015 10:13

We've started a new Product of the Week feature! A different item will be selected for a flash sale on our website for a week. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to hear about the latest deals.
This week's Product of the Week is the Zombie Mug. All 4 colors are an incredible 50% off this week! Last week's feature was the T-Rex Mug in Navy Blue, Sky Blue, and Celery Green, which is still on sale for a limited time.

Etsy Blog: 10 Years of Etsy Trends June 24, 2015 13:53

We were recently interviewed on Etsy's blog about our trendy mustache designs!

https://blog.etsy.com/en/2015/10-years-of-etsy-trends/


Father's Day Gift Ideas June 01, 2015 13:27

Hard to shop for Dad? We're here to help!

Handyman Maker cups

Dad's fix stuff. Sometime it's even better than before!

You can choose one of our handyman banners, or customize this design with your own short phrase, name, or date. (Please allow 2 weeks for customization so we can make your custom stencil.)
 

Lumberjacks are cool.

Our straight-sided lowball glasses are perfect for sipping scotch or a favorite cocktail. Heck, we even drink wine out of ours, since there's no delicate stem to get in the way! Gift a pair of these with his favorite booze or some artisan bitters.
 Dad Tattoo Heart and Donuts mugs

Coffee is an essential element to human life. So are donuts.

 Show your eternal love for your Dad (or his love of donuts) with a Tattoo Heart coffee mug.

Beer makes everything better.

Choose the perfect design, then make sure to fill it at your local brewpub before gifting! (Please allow at least 2 weeks for customization if you're not choosing a stock design.)
Meat pint glasses

Beer goes best with meat.

Get ready for grillin' with these beefy pint glasses. Gift a set of steak glassware with a new metal spatula, a six-pack of brews, or a spice rub.

Check out more suggestions for dads here.


Lowballs are Back! June 01, 2015 11:47

Our super classy straight-sided lowball glasses are perfect for sipping scotch or your favorite cocktail. They have plenty of room for a giant ice cube, and rest on a heavy, stable base.
Now available etched with any of our stock designs, and all can be customized for the perfect Father's Day gift!

Mother's Day Super Gift Ideas April 29, 2015 14:57

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and we've got you totally covered in the gift department!

We've got a Mother's Day Gift Guide full of our cutest animals, more feminine themes, and glassware for wine, so shopping will be fast and easy. (Please note that custom items are made-to-order within about a week, so order immediately!)

We're even having a huge clearance sale, where you can get fantastic deals on discontinued drinkware styles.

Want to make your perfect gift even more memorable for the moms in your life? Here are some hot tips to upgrade your gift, from a mom who knows:

  • Hot Mama. Pair a stoneware mug with her favorite hot beverage. Buy cold press coffee if she's modern, or whole beans, ground coffee, or K-cups, depending on her preference. You can sign her up for a tea subscription service like Plum Deluxe. For a treat, get these perfect hot chocolate sticks and homemade marshmallows from Rose City Sweets.

 

 

  • Satisfy her sweet tooth. Pinkleton's is the best caramel corn in the world. Buy her a Bread and Badger gift card, and include a bag of this treat, and she will love you forever. My fave is Orange Cardamom Scotch. If you want to skip the popcorn and dive straight into the caramel, One Fork Farm has the best and freshest caramels. Their newest flavor is Velvet Chocolate, featuring Woodblock Chocolate (you may need to email them and ask specifically for it, since it's so new, or buy it at the Portland Saturday Market!).

 

  • Let her show her true colors. Get her a pair of champagne flutes, and something from the extensive collection of mineral makeup from Shiro Cosmetics, then give her an excuse to dress up. Shiro gets bonus points for their geeky themes and Benedict Cumberbatch line.

 

 

  • Booze can't lose. Make her a cocktail kit with all the ingredients for a fun drink. You can make something up (or steal a recipe from my Pinterest board) and name it after her! Want something simpler? Get her some fancy bitters from The Bitter Housewife, and let her play experiment on her own.

Just so ya'll know, we're not associated in any way, shape, or form, with any of the other businesses listed here. We just like them, and think you will too. A few of them are friends of ours, and are very nice people.


New Spring Designs Are Here - Outdoorsy, Romantic, & Crafty! April 21, 2015 15:10

New Designs for Spring are Here!

These designs are all made to order within a week on any of our glassware or mugs. Many designs can be customized for weddings or special occasions!