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Finnegan’s was born in '77, the same year as Star Wars and Saturday Night Fever. Portland had its own baseball team and the Trail Blazers won the NBA championship. And Jimmy Carter was president... Portland was so wee, and Finnegan’s has grown up as the city has grown, along with more than one generation of children, many now having children of their own. We’re celebrating all year long. We hope you can join us. Anyone else turning 40 this year? (August 2017 until August 2018) Come to Finnegan’s on your birthday and bring your ID for 10% off! (Anything but...

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The first time I heard of them, I didn’t hear it right. A boy about six or eight, maybe ten years old, called and asked if we carried them. Only, he had a lisp, and said his R’s in that adorable way people who can’t pronounce R’s do. “Do we have what?” I asked. “Schspin-ohs!” he kept repeating. It wasn’t long before we realized spinners were a thing. We ordered some. We sold out. And those were the Fine Fidget Spinners—$25 a pop. We ordered another style. Sold out again. That kept happening, and vendors were selling out, too, so...

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At Finnegan’s, we take fun seriously. This is an actual letter to one of our vendors: hiya. we just got a load of fun stuff from you. thank you. however, we are disappointed in the fart whistle. one was returned from a customer. it wouldn't whistle at all. so we tried out some others. they whistle, but in no way did they sound like a fart. we think our buyers will be disappointed, so we pulled them off the sales floor. would it possible to get credit toward our next order? yours sincerely, -f We try new things often, but...

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childhood, crafts, memories, play day, Saturday -

Saturdays at Finnegan’s are memorable for any kid, but we try to MAKE memories. How do we do that? By hosting Saturday Play Days! Most Saturdays, from 11-4 or thereabouts, kids ages 3 and up can partake in any manner of activities, depending on the day. (Tomorrow, for instance, we’ll have an obstacle course—with prizes at the end, for those who don’t believe that the journey itself IS the goal…) We like the kids to have a take-away of some sort, if not an actual project they made, then some sort of souvenir to remember us by. It’s a great...

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I hear it every day: “I haven't been in for ages. My kids are all grown.” My response is always the same. “We're not just for kids.” What kid, for example, is going to assemble a 3,000-piece puzzle? And what adult stops playing Twister, Monopoly, or chess? Okay, maybe some of us stop playing Twister… Besides the games and puzzles, we have coloring books for adults, gag gifts, hula hoops, desk toys, and these really lovely smelling soy candles made in eastern Oregon. (Pro tip: Do not give candles to a kid!) Yes, we sell toys for kids of all...

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