Taylor Valdés, scrap artist, side hustler, tax preparer, bartender, mother, lover, and your friend in Portland, Oregon, created The Venderia in 2013 with one very old, very glittery vending machine at Beulahland.
Channeling the 24-Hour Church of Elvis and unconventional vending machines she'd seen in South Korea, Taylor filled her 1st machine with vintage novels, friends' artwork, oddities from junk drawers, VHS, hangover cures, condoms and plastic toy animals paired with handwritten fortunes. OBVIOUSLY the machine was an immediate sensation.
Six years later, The Venderia works with hundreds of local artists and makers. We are constantly creating new products for vending and always seeking new collaborators and machine host locations. Through our sister company, Vending Magic, we wholesale original products to vending machine operators nationwide and internationally.
P.S. I know I have missed a bunch of folks. Holler at me!