Friday, April 16, 2010

West Coast Wonder: Shopping!

Since we were in the heart of downtown Portland yesterday, we couldn't help but hit up some shopping hot-spots! I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites of the day...
This place is so big, it occupies a whole city block! Not only is Powell's one of the biggest book stores in the world, it's totally unique because it stocks both new and used books on the same shelves. You can buy, sell, and trade used books, or buy them new in the store or online.
  • More than 1, 000, 000 volumes on the shelves
  • 3000 used books bought by Powell's every day
  • 3000 people purchasing books every day
  • 3000 people enjoying the coffee shop each day
  • 80,000 book lovers perusing the selection each day (in Portland and on the website)
(images via To Be, Inspired)
Yes. I finally got to visit the place I have only dreamed of. Of course, I have their website memorized, but I had never visited the actual brick-and-mortar store, and it was everything I imagined it to be. Absolute gorgeousness. Utter beauty. Totally out of my price range, but it was not beneath me to drool. This store is amazing.
The Anthropologie store fronts are always amazing. When I had my own shop, this was always a great place to take inspiration from. This particular location had a full window of spring flowers. There was a flower bed, with real sprouts and blossoms, but there were also hundred flowers made from re-purposed pop bottles. I love that they can create beauty by mixing earthy goodness with recycled upgrades. How inspirational! Here are a few of the things that caught my eye...
I know this is not a unique Portland experience, as there are twenty eight of these stores across the US, but it was so awesome! Buffalo Exchange is a second-hand store that operates on a kind-of consignment process. People bring in fashionable name-brand or vintage clothing, and they receive 30% of the selling price, or 50% in store credit. The clothes were gorgeous, and it was so interesting to be in a thrift store, and not have to dig through to find the 'good stuff'.
These are just a few of the amazing places we went to. Touring Portland by bike was such a great choice, because it means we can get anywhere, we can do it pretty quickly, and it's so easy to pull over and check out all the interesting places we see! Tomorrow we're off to the Alberta Arts District, which is apparently an experience in itself. Looking forward to it!


  1. The whole experience sounds utterly amazing so far Meg! I'm already pestering Matt about going there ourselves. Love the updates!
    -Julie V.H.

  2. I'm inspired to take a portland trip when we live on the west coast now!