FAQs

  • Q: Why is your business named Native Nomad and is the term “Native” in reference to “Native American”?
  • A: Native Nomad was chosen because we are native to the PNW and nomads at heart. We also chose Native to represent the many local PNW artisans we sell/promote and Nomad refers to those small businesses we source from outside of our area. We have nothing but the utmost respect toward indigenous tribes and have in no way promoted ourselves as “Native American”, which is a term that the United States Government bequeathed upon the First Nations who lived here before the Europeans. Webster’s Dictionary definition: Native- produced, living or existing naturally in a particular region or environment.
    That’s us!
  • Q: Do you sell gift cards? A: Yes. We offer beautifully tasteful electronic gift cards that can be emailed to your recipient in order to be good stewards of the environment and not use wasteful plastics. If you prefer a physical card, we have paper postcards with a photograph of our oak tree logo that we can write the amount and redemption code on.
  • Q: Are you open 12 hours a day 365 days a year? A: No. We are a small family business and do not have enough resources to be open the same hours as big box and corporate retail stores. For the first several months we were open, our hours were 10 am to 6 pm as a test to find out the time frames for customer visitations. We found that nary a soul ventured in our doors prior to 11am and after 5pm and so after the 2021 Christmas holiday season, we changed our hours to 11am-5:30pm M-Sat and noon to 4 Sundays. These hours are subject to change if we have higher demand. We believe that our hours are really reasonable for a small town boutique, we are open 7 days a week whereas most boutiques have at least one day that they are closed. We are closed most major holidays, please check Google, Facebook or Instagram for holiday hours.
  • Q: Why aren’t all of your items sourced locally if you claim to “support local”? A: We strive to carry as many local, handmade products as we possibly can but just as you might buy bananas and mangos grown in tropical climates, we like to carry items made by artisans from other parts of the United States and abroad as well. If people do not purchase our local vendors’ products, then we are forced to look for alternatives elsewhere- we are at the mercy of what the public is willing to buy and our society is conditioned to pay cheap prices for products made overseas. We have been vendors at shops/markets and know how difficult and frustrating it is, most of the time just breaking even. We want to create a haven for fellow makers who fit our dynamic and do not have the time to drag all of their wares around, set up, tear down, pay fees, work long hours and get very little return for all of their efforts.
  • Q: Are all of your items ethically sourced, organic, fair trade and sustainable? A: To the best of our ability, we strive to source as many of the above as we possibly can- within reason. We research all of the small businesses that we buy from to see if they uphold these practices but to be perfectly honest, unless we can physically be in the same room as the makers, we have to trust that these companies whom we are buying from are telling the truth. If for any reason you are unsure about who we source from, please feel free to reach out to us.
  • Q: Are you a metaphysical shop because you sell crystals and dried sage/cedar/yerba santa/sweetgrass & resins? A: Because every person must freely find and follow their own path, we do not espouse any particular spiritual belief system in our business structure. We simply carry items that our customers have asked us to supply because they believe that these are helpful to their minds and bodies. The scientific community has found and is constantly finding many benefits from particular elements and plants, so we remain open minded. We urge our customers to find medical and professional help if they are suffering from any malady that causes discomfort or concern. We do not claim to diagnose or treat anyone for their ailments and are not liable for any negative effects incurred from the use of our products. We encourage you to do your research and to take the time to understand what you are needing and how you are using any items that we sell. All of our dried herbs, florals & resins are ethically and sustainably sourced and fair trade.
  • Q: Are you affiliated with a large corporation or any other business conglomerate? A: Nope. We are a small, local, family run business.
  • Q: Are you locals yourselves? A: Yep. We have lived in Oregon & Washington State for over 30 years.
  • Q: Do you make any of the items you sell? A: Yes, we make many of the items that we sell- we love to be creating and encourage others to do the same!
  • Q: May I return items that I don’t end up liking? A: We have a no return policy. As a small, independent business, it is very difficult for us to take back merchandise and resell it to the public at the original cost. Unlike large corporate stores, we simply do not have the buying power to take merchandise back when we have no idea where it has been and what it’s been through. We encourage you to measure, take pictures and think through your purchases beforehand. In regards to unwanted gifts, if they are brought back with a receipt and are in their original packaging, have not been worn or used and are in pristine condition, we will sometimes allow a trade to be made for an item of equal or lesser value to the original. We reserve the right to apply this to a case by case purchase at our discretion.
  • Q: I purchased jewelry at your shop and it broke, can I return it? A: It depends. If you have done your utmost to care for your jewelry (meaning you have hung up long, dangling earrings & necklaces, put your rings & bracelets in a jewelry box or similar container when not being worn, not slept in/bathed/showered wearing your jewelry, cleaned it with the appropriate cleaners) and it has still shown a defect in craftsmanship somehow, please feel free to bring it to us and we will do what we can to fix it. Note that not all damages can be repaired but we will do our best to make it right.
  • Q: Why is the metal on my jewelry tarnishing and are your stones gemstones? A: The only naturally occurring metal that does not tarnish is pure gold (at over $1,800 an ounce, this is not always financially feasible for everyone). Silver, brass, stainless steel and copper are our main mediums of metal for the jewelry that we make and all will have some form of tarnish or verdigris. This is considered desirable for some people who like more of a natural, vintage, aged or rugged appearance to their jewelry. Not to worry, if you like it shiny, there are cleaners and jewelry cloths that wipe that tarnish right off. It’s merely a little oxidation (when oxygen reacts with the metal) but it doesn’t mean it’s not quality jewelry. However, all of our jewelry is hypoallergenic and nickel free. If you have allergies to silver, copper, brass or gold, please ask us so that we can assist you in finding the right metal for you to wear. We are not a fine jewelry store but if you are concerned with tarnishing, we do offer some gold filled platinum and silver jewelry. In regard to our stones, we source high grade natural gemstones from reputable sources. The grade of a gemstone is primarily decided by its hardness (its breaking point) and clarity. Diamonds are the hardest gemstones and therefore will not break and are more expensive. A stone that is softer will generally be less expensive but this does not mean it is not valuable at all, just less valuable than others. We do not carry diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds; etc. as they are considered fine jewelry and are carried at expensive jewelry counters under high security. We do carry popular and affordable gemstones like moonstone, lapis lazuli, labradorite, agates, jaspers, turquoise, amazonite, tiger eye, chalcedony, amethyst, rose quartz, apatite…
  • Q: Do you do custom orders?
  • A: Yes, to an extent. We do not do special orders for our live edge furniture because of the overwhelming amount of requests and our limited amount of time. We encourage you to keep checking with us and see what new items we’ve been inspired to create in the workshop. We do, however, take special orders for our handmade jewelry items and can usually have them finished within one to two weeks. If you would like a custom piece by any of our vendors, please give us your request and let us communicate with them so that we can run all orders/transactions through the shop. If you go around us and place orders directly, then we lose sales and cannot operate with local vendors, which defeats the purpose here.
  • Q: Are all of your items used/upcycled items from thrift stores or local home good stores? A: No. The only used items that we sell are the vintage antiques that we paint & refurbish and we source them from local people through Marketplace or Craigslist. Many of the pillows & blankets that we sell are hand loomed from recycled acrylics and plastics through small, independent businesses here in the U.S.
  • Q: What is DIY Paint and how is it any different from other paints? A: DIY Paint is primarily clay based, so it has a thicker and richer texture than standard chalk paint. It also has ten times more pigmentation than most paints on the market. It is water based, environmentally friendly, non-toxic, with no VOC’s or noxious fumes so you do not need to wear gloves and a mask while working with it. It is also manufactured right here in the U.S. (New Mexico) and was developed by Debi Beard, owner of the amazing shop DIY A GoGo in Southern California. Debi’s Design Diary on YouTube has a library of videos and tutorials on DIY paint projects and is a fantastic resource for all of your craft painting needs/questions. If you would like to talk with us about your paint projects, we encourage you to come in and we’ll help you find the right color, finish and tools.
  • Q: Do you ship? A: We are sorry but due to the instability of the shipping industry, we are not able to ship our items at this time.
  • Q: I’m interested in being featured at your shop, how do I go about it? A: We love our makers and consider them part of the family here at NN. We get requests daily and it is difficult to find time to sort through every one. We do ask that you not come into the shop with your items and ask if we’ll carry them because it distracts from our time with customers. For this same reason, we also ask that you not call us to inquire about being a vendor either. Feel free to come in and browse our offerings, and if you think your items flow with our aesthetic, please feel free to send us an email with pictures and price points at nativenomadinc.com We will try to get back with you in a timely manner but due to time constraints, we may miss your attempt to contact us. If you do not hear back from us, chances are that we already have a vendor who makes items similar to your own or we did not find that your creations suit our space. Don’t let this discourage you, there are folks out there who want what you have to offer- you’ll find your people!
  • Q: Are you a consignment shop? What type of vendor set up do you have? A: No, we are not a consignment shop. Most of these type shops here in the area charge the vendors rent on top of taking a percentage of sales- and most require volunteering their time to work & clean the shop each month as well. We only ask that our vendors give us wholesale pricing and we purchase from them directly. No rent, no setting up & staging booths, no working long hours for us. We, in turn, deal with the public, absorb all overhead costs & labor to run a brick and mortar- cleaning, working, entering inventory, staging and tagging everything and promoting/advertising for you. If you already sell your items at several local shops, please do not inquire to be at ours. We do not want local shops taking our unique vendors away from us and we want to respect the territory of those shops as well. This is what keeps customers coming back to each of our one-of-a-kind spaces.