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February always brings to mind three things: Valentine's Day, the promise of a winter thaw, and strangely spelled words.  Valentine's Day, traditionally for lovers, has become a day to say I Love You to all the ones we adore, not just our one-and-only. Seeing all the Valentine's gifts going out the door fills our hearts with gladness.  Hearts, of course, being the only containers which, the more you pour in, the more they can hold. And that goes both ways: the more you love, the more you can love.   We have cards for all the beloveds, too, in case you wondered. We...

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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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