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Listen to live music as you enjoy ripe berries, explore one of the largest bookstores in the world or shop for boutique furniture or designer clothes. It’s all here in Oregon, and it’s all tax-free.
If you find yourself on the Oregon Coast in mid-February, explore the wares at Antique Week in Lincoln City. It’s a 10-day event that features items from secondhand shops and large-scale retailers. Numerous community events are also part of the festivities. If Art Deco items are your passion, stop by the Old Wheeler Antiques in Wheeler, which has reportedly one of the largest collections in the country. Reedsport Antiques is a great place for collectibles, and Seaside Antique Mall hosts more than 88 dealers with European and American items.
One of the largest antique malls in the Willamette Valley is Coburg Antique Malls. It includes two locations right across the street from each other. Their dealers offer antique furniture and vintage collectibles for the home and garden. If your travels take you to Eugene, the Oregon Antique Mall/Copper Penny Antiques can tempt you with antique furniture, political items, vintage jewelry, glassware, and more. Also in Eugene, you’ll find Pewter Rabbit Antiques, filled with quality estate jewelry, furniture, toys, and “the unusual.”
2Cs Antiques in St. Helens, located in Greater Portland, has three floors of vendors selling vintage, handcrafted and antique finds. If china or glassware tempts you, then a trip to Grace’s Rivertown Antiques, also in St. Helens, should be your next stop.
B&C Antiques in Southern Oregon’s Canyonville has been welcoming guests for more than 30 years. They specialize in vintage china, pottery and glass. Of course, if you find yourself near Hood River in the Mt. Hood & Columbia River Gorge Region of Oregon, you must visit the Downtown Historic Shopping District. Antique shops dot the streets, as do historic buildings, art galleries, designer shops, and restaurants.
There are more than 160 markets active across Oregon featuring artisan goods, fruits and vegetables. The Beaverton Farmers Market in Greater Portland near Southwest Hall Boulevard features approximately 200 vendors on Saturdays (and Wednesdays in the summer). You’ll find cider makers from around the area, as well as herbs, vegetables, and nursery plants.
Inside Portland itself is the Portland Farmers Market. Set on the campus of Portland State University, it features organic produce, prepared foods, fresh bread, cheese, and charcuterie. The Hillsdale Farmers Market is a popular Sunday market offering berries, cheese, and numerous other products sold at the four dozen stalls.
If you are traveling through the Willamette Valley, visit the Brownsville Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday, from May through October, you can find locally-grown produce and artisan-made goods. There are markets throughout Eugene, including a festive winter market which features squash, potatoes, onions, eggs, meats, and more.
Any trip through Hood River should involve a drive along the Hood River Fruit Loop. Not only do you get to enjoy a scenic 35-mile drive through the countryside, but you’ll love exploring the thousands of acres of orchards, vineyards and farmlands selling fruits, lavender, and wine.
The Bandon Farmers and Artisans Market, located at the Port of Bandon on the Oregon Coast, features wares from local and regional growers. The Seaside Farmers Market draws the crowds in the summer with its selection of produce, seafood, cheese, meat, and artisan products, as does the Downtown Farmers Market in Coos Bay.
While handcrafted items can often be found in the farmers’ markets, there are also shops throughout Oregon that offer one-of-a-kind finds. Of course, there are places like Tumbleweed Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market in Christmas Valley in Central Oregon that combine them both. Every Friday from May through October, you can find not only fresh produce but beautifully hand-crafted items. Meanwhile, if you are staying in Bend, stop by The Workhouse. It features more than 40 local artists creating metal works, clothing, handmade soaps, and decorative items.
M. Crow & Co. in Lostline, in Eastern Oregon, has been open for more than 107 years. This treasure sells locally sourced raw milk, produce, fresh eggs and numerous handmade creations. Artisans also draw visitors to Pendleton. From the Montana Peaks Hat Co to Staplemans Boot & Leather to the saddle makers at Hamley & Co (in business since 1883), you’ll find artisans dedicated to creating custom goods and a memorable experience.
Happily, there are independent bookstores throughout Oregon that bring joy to millions of readers. Among the most popular are Smith Family Bookstore in Eugene and Powell’s City of Books in Portland. The Smith Family Bookstore has two locations, one near the University and the other located downtown, and it has been selling and buying used books for more than 35 years. Powell’s City of Books is considered the largest new and used bookstore in the world. This brick and mortar shop covers an entire city block in downtown Portland.
Malls, Outlets and More
For travelers visiting Bend in Central Oregon, The Old Mill District is a great place to start. As the name suggests, the District used to house one of the largest sawmill facilities in the world. Today, it houses 55 local, regional and national outlets and businesses. It’s also home to the Les Schwab Amphitheater. If you are looking for big discounts, visit the Bend Factory Stores.
Meanwhile, if the Greater Portland area is your destination, the department stores of Washington Square in Tigard will tempt. They have five large chain stores, including what is reported as being the “Oregon’s largest Nordstrom,” as well as more than 170 boutiques, a children’s play area and a food court.
Founded in 1974 as an arts and crafts expo, the Portland Saturday Market is one of the most popular destinations for Portland metro area visitors.
Set along the banks of the Willamette River on Waterfront Park Trail, the market opens for business in early March, offering top deals on hand-made wares all the way through late December.
Explore the depths of the Portland Saturday Market and find a wealth of food vendors offering tastes from around the globe.
Toys, knick-nacks, collectibles, and plenty of art vendors line the many booths and tables set up at the Portland Saturday Market.
As you embark on your next trek along the Oregon Coast, head for Lincoln City and check out the Tanger Outlets. Just down the road from Devils Lake State Recreation Area, Tanger Outlets in Lincoln City is part of the Tanger Outlets chain spanning across the US. Whether you're in town on business or pleasure, take a stroll through the Lincoln City Tanger Outlets and nab some deals.
Throughout the year at Tanger Outlets in Lincon City, find exclusive discounts for military personnel, AARP members, and university students. Memorial Day at Tanger Outlets in Lincoln City features four days of massive savings. In early November, check out the annual Chowder & Seafood Cook-Off held at the Tanger Outlets in Lincoln City.