If you’re looking to load up on made-in-Portland souvenirs, unusual artwork and Northwest heritage home goods, look no further than Old Town Chinatown.
Buy directly from local artisans at Portland Saturday Market, the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Located in Waterfront Park, the market is open rain or shine, Saturday and Sunday, March-Dec. 24.
To give your abode that Portland feel, stop at Pendleton Home for goods from one of Oregon’s oldest and most famous businesses. Along with Pendleton’s iconic woolen blankets, the company’s only home-goods location features a complete indoor décor line and plenty of their sought-after board shirts.
The first floor of Compound Gallery showcases stylish shoes, vinyl toys and other gifts and gadgets inspired by Japanese and American pop culture; upstairs you’ll find an art gallery showing diverse works. Similarly, San Francisco-based Upper Playground houses the Fifty24PDX Gallery, a popular First Thursday stop, and offers street-art-adorned clothing, skateboard decks and collectible vinyl figures.
Speaking of skateboards, the nearby Cal Skate, Oregon’s largest and oldest skateboard shop, stocks more than 300 different decks and an ever-growing inventory of longboards, cruisers and pro models.
Floating World Comics houses an inventory of obscure titles shelved alongside mainstream selections and beautifully composed volumes of cutting-edge graphic art and design.
Founded by the Martinez family in 1969, Orox Leather Co. is a longtime Saturday Market vendor that opened a storefront in 2012. In addition to their famous sandals, they also craft wallets, bags, belts and more.
Prefer to do the making yourself? Gear up at Hand-Eye Supply, which offers tools, apparel and accessories for designers of all stripes.