For 15 years, Record Store Day has been a staple for the music community.
Although organizers envisioned the event in 2007, the first Record Store Day didn’t happen until April 19, 2008, with over 1400 stores taking part nationally and internationally.
15 years later, Record Store Day continues rousing crowds to active and pledged stores throughout the nation to celebrate the music industry and applaud the community. However, in 2020 and 2021, the holiday split into multiple days due to the pandemic.
Undeterred, audiophiles and casual listeners kept the tradition alive, with a blooming tradition among early risers and late-night browsers, each dedicated to their own strategies of beating the crowds.
For this year’s holiday, record stores are carrying limited edition vinyl and 7” singles from contemporary artists like this year’s Global Ambassador Taylor Swift and other artists, who mark the day by celebrating the first time their work will be available in the US, illustrating that Record Store Day has something for all.
In the Vancouver-Portland area, approximately 17 stores are participating in full swing for the first time in two years.
This is Vancouver’s only pledged store, which means staff agree to put physical customers first by avoiding price mark-ups and online sales.
1709 Records is conveniently located at 1709 Broadway St in downtown Vancouver. The store is women-owned and LGBTQ+ friendly. Owner Miki Rodgers wants her store to be an inclusive space for all, feeling that it “represents not only the limited releases but really us as the stores and the community because without the community there’s no stores.”
“Hey! Community, I am here for you,” Rodgers announced, “I want it to feel like home but also a dance party. If you want to bring a friend in and you know something’s on the record player, and you’re like ‘hey, can we dance?’ dance all night, if you want to.”
1709 Broadway St, Vancouver, WA 98663
Store Hours: Wed-Sun 12 PM-5 PM
Just a drive over the river, Everyday Music opened in 2003. Nowadays, its two locations sit on NE Sandy Blvd and W Burnside St. Living up to its name, the stores are open 364 days a year, closing only for Thanksgiving.
1931 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232 Mon – Sun 11AM–6PM
1313 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209 Mon – Sun 11AM–6PM
Founded in 1993 and located in downtown Portland, Platinum Records, also known as Platinum Records Lights & Sounds offers DJ equipment, lights, audio/video equipment, cases & records as well as repairs and rentals.
104 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Having opened in 1969, this is Portland’s oldest record store and is considered an essential of RSD History. With its two story building, Music Millennium hosted over 300 live performances on its top level. On its lower level, the store carries records, cds and dvds from all decades.
As owner since 1984, Terry Currier has been a part of RSD for as long as he can remember. He also recognizes that “independent retailers, small independent retailers, they’re mostly doing it for the love of whatever they’re selling, whether it’s records, cutlery, restaurants, you name it.”
3158 E Burnside Portland, OR 97214
Landfill Rescue Unit Records
Dog friendly Landfill Rescue Unit has been a Portland staple since last year. The shop, as their name suggests, rescues vinyl records from landfills, lessening waste. Anyone can trade in vinyl records after an “honest evaluation” from staff. They also sell t-shirts and leather jackets.
2533 SE Belmont St Portland, OR 97214
Shop Hours are as follows: Mon-Fri 11AM–7PM
Open since 2018, the welcoming, well-lit shop is home to records from all genres as well as refurbished recording equipment.
700 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Mon-Fri 11 AM-7PM
Jackpot Records – Hawthorne
Jackpot Records is a place you have to visit to believe. Open since 1997, the store is covered with neon signs and home to friendly staff, active turntables, varied records and lively performances.
3574 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd.
Mon-Sat 11 AM -6PM
2nd Avenue Records
Established in 1982, 2nd Avenue Records has worked hard to keep their store community oriented. Consisting of new and used records, the shop doesn’t shy away from cassette tapes, cds and t-shirts as pictured above.
400 SW Second Ave
With two open shops, Exiled Records is a dog friendly store with accessible locations for people with disabilities. Exiled creates a welcoming environment for all customers.
While they have recently opened their second location, both are participating in Record Store Day.
4628 SE Hawthorne Blvd
8685 SW Canyon Road
Store Hours are as follows for both locations:
Mon-Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sun 11 a.m. -5 p.m.
Fellow patron, 14-year-old Isabel Frisas waited outside 1709 Records five hours before the shop opened at 10 am. “It was sick. So worth the wait,” Frisas said.