Quirky vending machines rebound in Portland after COVID closures, expand to Astoria, Las Vegas

Now that many restaurants and bars are back open, an unusual collection of vending machines are again accessible to adventurous groups in Oregon and Nevada.

PORTLAND, Ore. — An unconventional vending machine business in Portland is picking back up after a rough year and a half through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cari Carter started selling art, humorous gifts, and novelty items through vending machines about seven years ago. She now operates Magic Box PDX full time, with 13 vending machines placed at local businesses around Portland.

“I sell fun,” Carter said. “I like tchotchkes. simple weird things that just make me smile and laugh.” 

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