What You'll Learn:

  • How to start a non-traditional vending business, from picking out machines and locations to stocking and pricing items in your machine.


Here's what you need in order to get the most out of this course:

  • A sense of adventure!

  • An interest in having or expanding a vending machine business.

Course Description

The Venderia is a 6-part, self-pace online course covering all the ins and outs of starting a successful, nontraditional vending machine business. And just like our vending machines (& the ones we hope to see YOU create), there is nothing boring about it!

This complete course covers all the basics to prepare you to launch your business:

  • Where to buy a machine & what features to look for

  • How to evaluate potential locations

  • How to pitch to and land excellent locations

  • How to customize and brand your machine

  • How to assemble an appealing & profitable product mix

  • How price, source & package your products

  • Where to find and how to work with local collaborators


PLUS  Downloadable worksheets for each video topic.

This course is brought to you by Taylor Valdés, artist, side hustler, serial entrepreneur, & creator of The Venderia.

The Venderia has been a popular mainstay in Portland bar culture since it's inception in 2013.  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, local art, practical necessities and, of course, adorable plastic  animals paired with handwritten fortunes.  The machine was an instant sensation.  Today, The Venderia works with hundreds of local artists and makers, operates locations across Portland, & wholesales products to creative vending machine operators nationwide.  

We're excited to help you get started in this fun & flexible industry!

This Course Includes:

  • Over 1 Hour of On-Demand Video

    Each video comes with downloadable worksheets so you can put ideas into action.

  • Zoom Workshops

    Meet a supportive community of creative vending entrepreneurs. Ask questions, get answers and share ideas. During the pandemic we zoomed weekly, now we aim for 4 times a year. Life got busy!

  • Access to the Vending Magic wholesale super shop

    An online catalog of cool products designed and packaged specifically for vending machines.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Unit 1: Course Introduction

  • 2

    Unit 2: Location

    • Location, Location, Location

  • 3

    Unit 3: The Pitch

    • The Pitch

  • 4

    Unit 4: Buying A Machine

    • Buying A Machine

  • 5

    Unit 5: Branding & Customizing Your Machine

    • Branding And Customizing Your Machine

  • 6

    Unit 6: Inventory

    • Inventory: Part 1

    • Inventory: Part 2


Vending Machines Should Not Be Boring!

Taylor Valdes

HI! I’m Taylor Valdes, founder of The Venderia, a collection of artistic, outrageous, delightful vending machines in Portland, Oregon. Through vending I have created a career I love and a lifestyle that is flexible & fun. Today in the USA creative vending is in its infancy. There are so many opportunities for growth, so many locations that could benefit from cool vending machines, so many people ready to buy something more exciting that a cheap snack from a vending machine, so much room for new entrepreneurs to capitalize on! I am passionate about bringing new life and new products to the vending world and to expanding the creative vending network. In this course I will teach you everything you need to know to start your own, successful, non-traditional vending empire.

Who This Course Is For

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  • Anyone looking for a lucrative side hustle.

  • People who already sell small items and want to expand their reach.



Anne Parmeter

Wow, Taylor really laid out all of the things I would need to do to start a thriving vending machine business. But beyond that, her course is SO FUN TO WATCH! The worksheets are really helpful, and I love how she laid out all of the elements to choose an ideal location for a machine. I just learned so much about this business!


Jillisa Winkler

This course is an amazing breakdown of all the aspects of creative vending. Easy to understand and work through with your own ideas in mind plus Taylor is the vending queen and her fun personality makes you want to keep watching and learning.


Holli T

Clearly communicated information that has value. Quick delivery that respects my time. Aesthetically pleasing and very cool.