Finding the Best Record Store in Portland: Top 10 For 2022

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Written By John @ The Portlandist

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Even as the elements of daily life increasingly transition from the physical realm to the digital space—including music consumption, which is now dominated by streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music—vinyl record albums have seen a surprising sales boom in recent years. In 2021, sales of vinyl records in the U.S. skyrocketed by more than 50 percent, surpassing sales of physical CDs and totaling more than $41 million in revenue. 

Despite the significant operational challenges resulting from the global pandemic, Portland’s community of record stores is now reaping the benefits of the vinyl renaissance, proffering both new and used albums for audiophiles to browse and enjoy.   

Next time you’re in the mood to spin some new music on your turntable, check out one of our 10 best record stores in Portland for 2022.

The Best Record Store in Portland Oregon

Below is our picks for the top 10 best Record Store in Portland Oregon. To snap directly to a specific location, please click the corresponding link in the list below.

  1. Everyday Music
  2. Black Water Records
  3. Little Axe Records
  4. Jackpot Records
  5. Music Millennium
  6. Mississippi Records
  7. Speck’s Records & Tapes
  8. My Vinyl Underground
  9. Vinyl Resting Place
  10. Tomorrow Records

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10. Everyday Music

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Launched in 1995, Everyday Music is one of the Rose City’s most reliable sources of new and used vinyl as well as CDs and DVDs. The company once operated multiple locations around the region, but competition from online sales and streaming services forced the closure of the Beaverton storefront in 2019, the Seattle outpost in 2021 and the Sandy Boulevard shop this spring. However, the Pearl District location is still going strong, with a constantly-rotating inventory of new and used titles that means every visit is a new experience. 

For vinyl fans, the shop helpfully labels the physical condition of its used records as “Fine,” “Good” or “Very Good” and provides headphones to allow shoppers to sample the music before they buy. The extensive inventory runs the gamut of genres, including rock, pop, rap, hip-hop, jazz, blues, folk, country, reggae and world music, and the experienced owners will special-order any obscure title you seek, as long as it’s currently available. However, mining the store’s selection for rare gems and other treasures is a simple pleasure in its own right. 

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1313 W. Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon 97209


9. Black Water Records

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This small storefront in the Eliot neighborhood boasts its own label as well as an impressive collection of new, used and rare punk and heavy metal records. Thanks to the label’s history of launching local and up-and-coming acts, the shop is a haven for aspiring artists looking for their big break as well as collectors and regular customers.    

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223 NE Russell Street, Portland, Oregon 97212


8.Little Axe Records

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Founded by partners Jed Bindeman and Warren Hill in 2010, Little Axe Records opened its original location in a garage on Beech Street in 2010, passing through several subsequent storefronts before landing at its current spot next to the Hollywood Theater on Sandy Boulevard.

Though its used record selection isn’t as extensive as some of its peers—skewing heavily toward rock, electronic and modern with a bit of soul, jazz and blues—Little Axe’s unique offerings include an African record subscription available in six- and twelve-month options. An in-store record player with headphones offers customers the opportunity to listen to albums before making their purchases. 

The Little Axe record label, which formed when Mississippi Records split in 2011, focuses primarily on small productions of international music, with occasional forays into other genres. 

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4142 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97212


7. Jackpot Records

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It’s hard to miss this bright-yellow storefront in the heart of the Hawthorne District, and as soon as you step inside, you’ll know you’ve arrived at a music lover’s mecca. An eye-catching red ceiling, neon block letters reading “RECORDS” and walls plastered with album artwork assault the visual senses, and its shelves are stacked with new and used vinyl from all genres, including hard-to-find contemporary titles like Lizzo’s Coconut Oil EP as well as vintage movie soundtracks like Rosemary’s Baby. Like many of its local contemporaries, Jackpot Records operates its own small label, both current and defunct artists like the Fallen Angels and Martin Denny.

Jackpot buys and sells used titles, so if you’ve got vinyl you no longer want, you can bring it in for cash or store credit to add to your collection. 

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3574 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, 97214


6. Music Millennium

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For more than half a century, Music Millennium has been Portland’s go-to source for music and memorabilia. When it opened in 1969, the tiny, 800 square-foot storefront focused on sales of underground music not readily available at other retailers; it has since expanded to offer a vast inventory of new and used records by local artists like Blossom, international superstars like Prince and everything in between.

In addition to selling records, CDs, cassettes, posters and other goods, the shop has become famous for its musical performances, launch parties and other special events. Over its 53-year history, Music Millennium has hosted sessions with vaunted artists like Sheryl Crow, Everclear, Cheap Trick, Soundgarden, Little Feat and Susanna Hoffs—just to name a few. While the coronavirus pandemic temporarily halted its ability to host these intimate live shows, the shop’s calendar is once again beginning to fill with opportunities to enjoy live music and artist meet-and-greet sessions.

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3158 E Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon 97214


5. Mississippi Records

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Mississippi Records may stock the most eclectic selection of new and used records in Portland, with plenty of rock, pop and punk vinyl as well as soul, blues, jazz and hip-hop albums from across the decades. New arrivals are arrayed near the registers, while the back section of the store is dedicated to local artists. The shop regularly hosts release parties and other special events for its eponymous label, but you’ll need to check their website or stay connected to the storefront to keep up with their calendar, since the owners eschew social media because “it’s just not interesting to us and life is too short.” Fair enough.

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5202 N Albina Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217


4. Speck’s Records & Tapes

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Popular Portland DJ Michael Gersten is the proprietor of this modest shop in the Kenton neighborhood, which stocks a high-quality mix of used records, most notably an excellent selection of jazz. The store’s inventory also includes cassette and VHS tapes, vintage audio equipment, T-shirts and various other music-related merch. Friendly, helpful service is the cherry on top that keeps customers coming back for more.

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8216 N Denver Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97217


3. My Vinyl Underground

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This obscure storefront is located in the basement of Books with Pictures, a comic book shop in the Division neighborhood. My Vinyl Underground sells both new and used vinyl and CDs, with an inventory that skews heavily toward small labels (including in-house label Jigsaw Records) as well as local artists and various subgenres of indie pop and rock music. The small space hosts live shows from time to time, which are generally publicized on its Instagram and Facebook accounts.

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1401 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97202


2. Vinyl Resting Place

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For more than 35 years, this St. Johns-area storefront has been buying and selling records and CDs of all musical genres, with an emphasis on blues, jazz, classic rock and folk. Locals (and visitors in the know) look forward to the shop’s twice-yearly $1 record sale events, held on the second Saturday in May following the annual neighborhood parade and in mid-September to mark the store’s birthday. Vinyl Resting Place does a brisk business the rest of the year as well, thanks to its carefully-curated selection of vinyl in outstanding physical condition.

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8332 N Lombard Street, Portland, Oregon 97203


1. Tomorrow Records

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This cozy Southeast Portland storefront stands out for its massive selection of new and used audio equipment, from turntables and record players to speakers and stereos. Its new and used vinyl collection is rock-heavy but eclectic, with genres like gospel, folk, R&B and even children’s music remaining well-represented among the bins.

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700 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97214


Our Final Thoughts: The Best Record Store in Portland Oregon

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