If you’re at all serious about buying, listening to, or talking about music, Clinton Street is the best place to buy records in Portland. It’s not the biggest and there are certainly other quality shops. But this place just plain gets it. For a small store, it stocks a pretty astounding selection across genres and price ranges. The collectible stuff is priced really fairly—you’re not going to come across the bargain of a lifetime, but compared to the web or other boutique shops, the prices are well beyond reasonable.
These guys know the record game and all that stuff, but they are super-friendly and treat the customers with respect. It’s the kind of business you view as a fellow traveler. Also a great place to sell stuff, since you don’t have to worry about them blindly passing over some gem in your pile (the inverse of trying to get over on a store).
Clinton Street also sells vintage receivers, turntables, and speakers. Again, it’s good stuff priced to move. You can easily drop in there and walk out with a new set-up without dropping too much coin. When I first came to Portland, I was looking all over for room’s worth of equipment. I’d come up short other places, was running out of time before a party, and dropped in on Clinton Street after a web search turned it up. I went in, poked around, and 20 minutes later, I had what I needed.
It was easy, effortless, and a total success as a trip. Lots of bigger stereo places can’t give you that. Lots of other record stores will yield disappointing dry trips. Not Clinton Street. There’s always something there I want. And I always feel good about the purchase.
Records we sell on Discogs
Our very own label
Records we sell on eBay