Weekend Getaway: Shopping Portland

Word on the street up here in the PNW is that Portland is the place to go if you wanna buy some really cool threads tax free.  We took this rainy weekend to explore the many nooks of PDX and see what kind of treasures we could score.  We discovered that Portland is the epicenter of small boutiques of American made goods.  It was like we were in our own hipster heaven.

The first time we went to PDX we were limited to the pearl district and downtown, but this time we had a car and we found some great new neighborhoods.  (I discovered an awesome app for the iPhone: Tripit.  We had so many shops we planned to visit that we mapped them all out on the app so that we didn’t have to backtrack during our shopping extravaganza. Plus One for efficiency)

shop collage

Here’s a little list of our favorite shops in Portland:

Powell’s Books

1005 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
Neighborhood: Downtown

This place is an institution.  If you ask someone about where to go in Portland, they inevitably point here.  Every time I enter this store I walk out with great books at cheap prices.  Who cares if they’ve been gently loved before?

Moule

1225 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209
Neighborhood: Pearl District

S got a nice flannel and sweater here.  I wasn’t impressed with the women’s collection, but a great stop for men.

Frances May

1013 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
Neighborhoods: Southwest Portland, Downtown

We didn’t end up getting anything from here for lack of sizes, but the collection of shoes and dresses here was beautiful.

Tanner Goods

1308 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
Neighborhood: Downtown

This was one of MANY stores we came across that S had been stalking online.  It was also one of many stores that exudes rugged manliness.  Portland IS the center of lumberjack chic.

Lizard Lounge

1323 NW Irving St
Portland, OR 97209
Neighborhood: Pearl District

I LOVED this store.  It was really big compared to the other shops and had an amazing selection of boots.  They carry a ton of Hudson shoes which I have only seen online and in England.

Zelda’s Shoe Bar

633 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
Neighborhoods: Alphabet District, Northwest

My goal was to get a pair of booties from Portland.  After going to countless shoe shops, I finally found the boots I wanted, in my size, on clearance, at this store.  Kind of a small selection, and women’s only, but I found what I wanted.

This list could go on forever, but I’ll stop here.  There were tons of other shops that smelled like cedar and pine when you walked in, with tables covered in leather and copper goods, and backpacks and flannel hanging from the walls.  I enjoyed every one of them, but these were definitely my favorites.

*We came on the perfect weekend cause every store we went into was having major sales! Note to self: go at the end of a season.

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