Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Have you ever been to Powells Books?

This place is the mecca for books-- both new and used.  You name it, you can find it at Powells.  This is one of, if not the largest new and used book store in America.  (If it isn't, let me know!)  I cant tell you how many books this place has, but it used to be a car dealer ship way back in the day, and now is a multi-level, multi room book store, an entire block, packed to the gills with glorious books.

Any topic you can think of, from the most obvious-- to the ones you think you are making up, they have a section on.  At least an entire bookshelf of the most obscure books.  They have one of the largest craft sections I have ever seen.  For example, the craft section consists of 4 aisles of books-- both sides, top to bottom.  In the picture above, is 1 side of an aisle of craft books.

They have the largest Fashion section, you want books on log cabins, they have it-- how to build, how to buy, how to remodel.  They have an entire room on children's books.  Everything from birth to young adult.  Literature, western, horror, fantasy, mystery, new and old.  Books on how to make books.  Art, religion, travel, gardening, cooking and more.  There is a Rare room, where I had books in my hand at $1000 each plus.  Impressive right? 

Wandering around the endless corridors of massive stacked books and shelves 15ft high, pulling one out, adding it to your pile, smelling the books, there is just something about this place that can mesmerize you.  You can get lost in there for days.  They have windows, but you are so enthralled in the books, that you definitely look track of time.  It is the secret, heart pounding excitement that runs through your entire body when you find the one you have been searching for, for so long, that keeps you coming back for more. 

It is a special place that is on the must do list, whenever you are in Portland.  There is a great pizza shop across the street, have a slice and a beer.  Fill your stomach and dive into the store for hours and hours of entertainment.  See you there!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful bookstore! Someday perhaps -- I've never been to that part of the country and would love to go!

  2. Hmmmmmmmm. Have you ever been to The Strand in New York City? Four floors and described as 18 miles of books.


  3. I love Powells. A very dangerous place and so close to where I work. A quick walk and I can drop $$ fast.

  4. Ah Powells.... love that place so much. I need to go there again, soon.

  5. Wow, Shannon, you could do an add for Powell's. It is a pretty amazing place, I must admit. Especially when followed by a Ruby at McMenamin's.

    Nothing is quite like Powell's.

  6. i love Powells and visit at least once a year. i have found more great books there than of course i need. but oh i love them


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