December Newsletter – 2017

December 6, 2017
Calling all ladies with size 5-6.5 feet, it’s your favorite time of year at HalfPint! Don’t miss out on your annual week long opportunity to shop a wide selection of sized 5-6.5 boots and shoes and get your second pair for half off at our
Petite Feet Sale! 


  • shop at participating businesses between Nov. 25th and January 8th.
  • make a purchase, get a stamp (no minimum!).
  • 10 stamps gets you a Mississippi Ave mug plus entry into the prize giveaway: 5 huge Miss Ave gift certificate packages are up for grabs! Each additional 10 stamps scores you another prize entry.
  •  10% of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave shops will go to our neighbors at the Boise-Eliot Humboldt school.
  • turn in your postcard by January 8th at the Rebuilding Center, Flutter or Trailhead Credit Union on Mississippi Ave to enter the drawing. Winners announced January 10th, 2018.
Treat Your Feet Sale!!!!
For the 1st time HalfPint will be having an exclusive Birkenstock Sale Dec. 15th-Jan 15th: Buy one pair get the second pair (of equal or lesser value) half off! For one month only come see our early selection of curated Birkenstocks and beat the Summer rush for your perfect pair (or two) of Birkenstocks! 
The art of leather carving or ‘Tooled leather’ goes back far in its roots. Perfectly preserved leather items have been unearthed from 3,000-year-old Egyptian tombs, are mentioned in the Bible and ancient literature, and are highly valued in most civilizations, though its origins have been lost in history. The first recorded use of tooled leather, as legend maintains, is from the Spanish Moors, who used it to decorate their homes as early wallpaper!

In the 1800s to early 1900s, leather tooling became popular among cowboys and ranchers of the “Wild West” for its ornamentation and expression of personal style. Elaborately tooled saddles helped express pride in their owners’ horsemanship and identified individual possessions among cowboys with no horses of their own.

 Leather tooling crafters use only full-grain leather, which has had the hair removed but retains its grain. Leather is then ‘cased’ or wet before the pattern is transferred or drawn on. Then a variety of carving tools are used to create the desired pattern before the item is assembled into belts, purse, wallets, and even shoes!

Visit us at the shop to get suited up for Winter! We have warm winter socks just in, as well as a great selection of kid’s non-Western boots and shoes! We also have a wonderful holiday selection of vintage leather jackets, leather gloves, plus vintage Pendleton wool shirts and jackets!

End of Summer Wrap Up Newsletter!

September 1, 2017
2017 End of Festival Season Wrap Up!
Big thanks to everyone who came out this summer and visited us at the
St. Paul Rodeo, Mississippi Street Fair, String Summit, and Pickathon!

Another fun and successful Festival Season. We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful patrons!

Come check out our fabulous selection of
25% off All Sandals & All Sisal Market Bags!
Kiondo Kenyan Bags & Mexican Market Bags!
Have you ever wondered how HalfPint got its name?
One of the most common questions we get is: Why the name ‘HalfPint’?

If you grew up in the 70’s and early 80’s, you’ll recall the popular American Western Drama TV series ‘Little House on the Prairie’ that was set in the late 1800’s. The show centers around Laura Ingalls Wilder, who was the second of five children in the family. Laura was the tomboy of the Ingalls daughters, and she preferred fishing and playing baseball over the other more traditional ladylike activities of the time. You could often find her tagging along with her beloved Pa and getting into mischief on her daily adventures. Being small and tough, her Pa affectionately referred to Laura as HalfPint. The real life Laura Ingalls Wilder went on to become a writer and chronicled her pioneer life in the Little House book series.

We greatly admire the spirit of Laura Ingalls Wilder and that spirit most definitely embodies our company culture. HalfPint is a female owned business and our team is comprised of all women. We like to think of ourselves as all having a little bit of the moxie of Laura Ingalls Wilder. You’ll also notice this theme reflects into our shop aesthetic. The decor has a pioneer feel to it, with lots of old distressed vintage/antique wood fixtures, as well as our merchandise having a certain Western flair (vintage cowboy boots being one of the many leather products we sell!). We hope you enjoy all the thoughtful details that go into making HalfPint the wonderful shop you know and love!

“The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies”- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Hey IG followers! Don’t forget to tag us in your HalfPint gear
to be entered to win our monthly $25 gift card giveaway!
Congratulations to August IG winner: kaylen_alan
swing by the shop to pick up your gift card!

HalfPint Memorial Day Weekend Warehouse Sale! May 27, 28 & 29

May 25, 2017

Don’t miss out on HalfPint’s Memorial Day Weekend Warehouse Sale!

Saturday through Monday we will have our warehouse open to the public for great deals on used leather goods for the whole family! We have a wide variety of Cowboy/Western Boots, Fashion Boots, Work Boots, Kids Boots, Shoes, Designer Bags, Backpacks, Leather Belts, and so much more! Get in here!

Newsletter – Memorial Day Weekend Warehouse Sale!

May 8, 2017
Memorial Day Weekend Warehouse Sale!!!
This Memorial day weekend marks our next 3-day Warehouse Sale!
As promised, we are doing our “By the Pound” Warehouse Sales 3 to 4 times a year now.

*All items sold by the pound–no minimum.

May 27th, 28th and 29th
10 am to 5 pm

You can expect to find:
•Leather Fashion boots (ALL SIZES): Born, Clarks, Timberland, UGG, Sorel, Merrell, Cole Haan, Nine West, Dansko, Doc Martens, Banana Republic etc.
•Men’s and Women’s Leather Cowboy/Western and Work boots:
(TONS/ALL SIZES): Tony Lama, Dan Post, Nocona, Justin, Ariat etc.
•Kid’s boots and shoes of all styles and sizes
•Shoes: Summer sandals, huaraches, Vans, Converse etc.
•Designer bags: COACH, Dooney & Bourke, Juicy Couture, Fossil, The sak etc.
•Leather purses and bags: Modern and vintage (1950’s-Present day), all styles, colors and sizes
including Jansport and Eastpak backpacks and large vintage duffel bags
•Leather belts: Fashion, vintage, dress, Western, boho/hippie, tooled (many great for making cuffs)
•Belt buckles of all kinds  •Vintage suspenders and ties
• And much, much MORE. . . not to be missed
*All items previosly used
Memorial Day Weekend Tooled Leather Sale at the Shop!
All tooled leather items: purses, bags and belts will be
20% off May 27th-29th at HalfPint. 
Think Spring!  Time to lighten up your winter accessories? Check out our new spring finds in the Shop! Vintage and modern sandals (brands as Korkease, Clarks, Dansko, Keen etc.), huaraches, vintage fossil purses, woven leather purses and colorful Latin American woven cotton and leather backpacks and more! Shop HalfPint first and update your look without breaking the bank! 
Mother’s Day Sale!
Get 15-20% off all sales for Mom’s. 15% off for all Mom’s.
Come in with your son or daughter or a Mom friend and you both get 20% off. 
Bonnie Cashin

Coach lovers have Bonnie Cashin to thank, when it comes to their favorite vintage bag.

Bonnie Cashin was hired in 1962 by Coach, as their first designer. Cashin, who is considered one of the pioneering designers of American sportswear, already had several distinguished design career posts prior to her position at Coach, including designing outlandish costumes 20th century Fox in the 1940’s. Cashin brought a bold and particular aesthetic to the new Coach label.

Cashin’s designs are well-known for several features. The iconic turn lock is due to her, the “Kangaroo” kiss lock pouch pocket is unmistakably hers. She also liked to use the “Punch” colors that were popular during that time period-bright mustard, yellow, grass green, lipstick red. Her designs were streamlined and the insides often featured her trademark striped madras cotton. 

Cashin was an avid reader and understood that busy modern women in the new consumer culture carried a lot more than the traditional keys, cash, lipstick and hankie. She was also concerned with how well a bag could be packed. To this end, she introduced leather shopping bags, totes in three sizes meant to be used at the same time, layered on one arm. 

Despite changing fashion trends, Bonnie Cashin’s lasting design influence has remained strong in Coach’s signature pieces over the decades.

Hey IG followers! Don’t forget to tag us in your HalfPint gear
to be entered to win our monthly $25 gift card giveaway!
Congratulations to April IG winner: mygirlsmylife78
Swing by the shop to pick up your gift card!

March Newsletter – 2017

March 13, 2017
 Come into HalfPint during the month of March for our Free Leather Belt Giveaway!
 Pick a free leather belt from our belt basket with any $30 or more purchase.

We would love to thank KOIN 6 for covering our St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser the last Sunday in February, and to everyone who came out, made a purchase or donation and/or signed up on the Be the Match bone marrow donor registry! We brought in nearly $1,300 for Childhood Cancer Research and signed up lots of folks on the Be the Match Registry!
Winter Clearance Sale!
All winter merchandise will be further marked down through the month of March.
Because, who doesn’t love crazy good deals?

Stop in the Shop for a preview of new spring merchandise coming in all month long. Lots of sweet little flats and pumps! Fun and bright bags! And don’t forget to swing by with your Spring Break peeps!
 Enid Collins was the first to pioneer and create the iconic kitchy box purse.

   Enid Collins grew up in San Antonio, then studied fashion design and fine art at Texas Woman’s University. Soon after World War II, her and her husband Frederick, a sculptor, bought a small ranch close to the town of Medina. Struggling to make a living as ranchers, they began to use their talents and training to make things they could sell. Together they began to make leather handbags which she designed and he built on their kitchen table.
   She opened her first shop in 1959, creating local motifs she grew up with like horses, and also Mexicana themes of sun (sol) Pax (peace). She also did an amazing Zodiac series. She expanded her Texan roots to also include French & Hometown Americana themes, as well as the movements from the era of the 60’s.
   She did hundreds of designs of these purses in a canvas tote style, a bucket style, as well as her famous wood box purses adorned with kitchy jewels and sayings like “NIGHT OWL”, “GLAMOUR PUSS”, “COCK O’ THE WALK”,”MONEY TREE”, “LOVE BIRDS” and so many more. They were expertly designed and bedecked with jewels, charms, and beads. Truly unique collector’s items. Blog Mention

February 27, 2017
Hey y’all, our friends over at recently featured us in their blog titled, “10 PDX Second-hand Spots that Vintage Fans Will Fall in Love With“! They have some magnificent choices for finding that ideal item that fits your style. Proving you don’t have to go far to find quality, unique vintage here in Portland.
Give a visit, and show Portland some local love!