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Thing That Makes Me Happy: #63 and #64

July 8, 2010

I have thought about putting up “Shopping” as one of my 101 Things That Make Me Happy, but truth is, most of the time, shopping doesn’t make me happy. Shopping can actual make me pretty miserable, considering I’m plus-size and have a difficult time finding things that fit me properly. However, there are two stores in this world that never fail to bring a smile to my face!

#63: Powell’s Bookstore

Touted as the world’s largest independently owned bookstore, Powell’s Bookstore gives me the goosebumps. As a small child, I hated the store, because it was so big and overwhelming. Powell’s takes up an entire square city block in Portland, and is four stories tall. As an adult, it is still big and overwhelming, but it is glorious with all the books it carries. But you don’t even have to visit Oregon to shop at Powell’s. Powell’s books are also available to order online on their website. Their website also has a pretty nifty interview section with some top authors if you’re interested in that sort of thing. Since it’s a new and used bookstore, you can also sell your books at Powell’s (provided their massive stock doesn’t already have eleventy billion copies!). When I moved to the East Coast three years ago, I sold over $50 worth of books. Not enough to live off of, but it was a pretty sweet deal.

#64: Target

Who doesn’t love Target? No, really. I have never met a person who did not find at least some joy within the walls of Target. It has everything you could possibly need and want and more. From their cute little home decor section to their amazingly cheap yet durable t-shirts to their home goods section that carries every product in every line I can think of. I always seem to end up spending way more than I expected when I go to Target because there is just so much awesomeness inside. Seriously, it’s a good thing my closest Target is a thirty-five minute subway ride away or I’d be in big trouble!

My week of guest posts was interrupted by some faulty scheduling, so we’ll have a wedding update tomorrow and two more fun guest posts next week! Happy Thursday!

  1. July 8, 2010 2:21 PM

    I love Powells! My wonderful in-laws live in Portland, and no trip to see them is ever complete without a trip to the City of Books. Now I’m happy, too. Thanks!

  2. July 8, 2010 4:24 PM

    So crazy. I was reading a book today and the author spent nearly two pages talking about this bookstore.. I have never heard of it before, so its wild that I would come across it twice in one day.


    Hannah Katy

    • July 8, 2010 5:15 PM

      It’s not wild, it’s a SIGN FROM GOD that this is the best bookstore in the Universe. And now you know. 🙂

  3. July 8, 2010 8:48 PM

    I want a Powell’s! We’re stuck with Half Price Books- which is good…but no Powell’s. I’m a Target lover too! I kinda want to go there right now!

  4. July 8, 2010 10:41 PM

    I NEED to find a Target one day!!

  5. July 9, 2010 1:23 AM

    I am so with you on the shopping… Actually, HATE it quite a bit. But when it comes to bookstores it si a completely different story. We do not have Target over here, so cannot comment over there. However, another shop that makes me very happy is a stationery shop, Paperchase, in the UK. Wish we had one of those where I live.

    • July 9, 2010 9:10 AM

      Stationary stores are so pretty! I love them too. But I don’t do near enough letter writing to justify spending all that money on paper.

  6. July 9, 2010 4:30 AM

    Have you been to Strands in Manhattan yet? 18 miles of books under one roof! I loved it! Had to force myself to leave though, haha!

    • July 9, 2010 9:14 AM

      Yes, apparently there is a bit of debate about which bookstore is really the biggest, mostly because Powell’s doesn’t really say in what way they are the biggest. Physically, they are the biggest bookstore, and if you take into account their other branches around Portland, I imagine they have more volumes of books as well. But Strand is probably the largest individual bookstore, considering there is only one Strand, and multiple buildings (and a warehouse for online purchases) with Powells.

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