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vintage clothing + blow dry bar + party + hot sauce + live music + plants + happy hour + swag + vintage jamaican reggae vhs screening + jewelry
pretty wild right?

for more info and future events visit: coolshithappens.com
for inspiration on instagram follow: @coolshithappenspdx


Christmas ugliness is back in the shop NOW! Shop early for best (worst) selection!

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come on down to Hollywood Babylon at 4512 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97213. we have tons of ugly christmas sweaters and more.

Get Inspired for Halloween at Hollywood Babylon!

Everybody ready for Halloween? If you are looking to dress up this year be sure to stop by Hollywood Babylon!

In addition to loads a great new vintage fall merchandise, we’re brimming with costumes and bits and pieces to add the finishing touch to your holiday look! Last minute? No stress – we will help style you out with a unique costume.

Here are a few pics of costume ideas from our instagram:


above: the beginnings of a sexy diy wonder woman costume – stencil some stars on those leather panties!!

below: the ultimate teen wolf costume!!



above: sexy country chic kitty

below: the classic sailor


pictured below is one of our favorite customers, Denice, decked out as Dolly Parton last year and this years’ sexy pirate costume – both found at Hollywood Babylon!



We’ll be staying open a lil later this week to take care of all your Halloween costume needs!

feel free to call us at the shop: 503.282.1171 with any costume questions!

Hollywood Babylon

4512 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97213

WAVES live in store performance at Hollywood Babylon Vintage in Portland


Special thanks to Andy Parker and WAVES for performing live this past Friday night in the shop. We are in love with WAVES and can’t wait to hear more. Here is a tiny sample of his dreamy set from the other night – we wish we had captured more of his sick drum beats…alas, next time

andy parker performing as WAVES 5.15.15 at Hollywood Babylon from Hollywood Babylon on Vimeo.


Please join us this Sunday as we bring out the Holiday Sparkle!

This Sunday from 2-5pm we’re hosting a vintage holiday trunk show and sale! If you are in the Portland area we would love to see you and help you find the perfect glam piece to get you through the holidays and beyond!

vintage holiday sparke

Hollywood Babylon

4512 Ne Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97213

Join Us This Sunday, May 11th in St. John’s

This month at Portland Flea at The Colony St. Johns, we’re celebrating MOM!You’re invited to another day of vintage, fun, & friends. Bring the whole family, dogs & all–we’ll be open 10-4 at 7525 N Richmond Avenue!

In addition to our fabulous vendors, 1907 House salon will be on-hand to give you a perfect retro makeover–styles will including the Gibson Girl, the Starlet, the Charlie’s Angel, and the 80s Anarchist. The best part? Makeovers are free!
Once you’ve got your hair did, don’t miss our photobooth–step in with or without Mom to commemorate your day at the Flea. Props will be provided–you might even be able to snag an outfit from one of our vendors!

(And we’ll set you up with a way to grab your photo online, for optimal Flea memory-making.)

next in-shore show: Carletta Sue Kay (Sunday 2/9/14 at 5 pm)

we are beyond excited to host  our favorite vocal (& fashion) diva, Carletta Sue Kay for a live in-store performance at Hollywood Babylon on sunday, february 9th at 5pm. check out the event on face book here. be there or be square.





hope to see ya there!

xo, HB

elvis at christmas

elvis christmas

elvis really embodies the holiday spirit for us – he was known for his generosity and unconditional loving personality!

ps, thanks everyone for shopping hollywood babylon this season, we are your one stop shop for ugly christmas sweaters, classy attire, affordable vintage and good boots. wishing you all a joyous holiday season…no blue christmas!


christmas ugliness in store now!

christmas ugliness in store now!

come on down to Hollywood Babylon at 4512 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97213. we have tons of ugly christmas sweaters and more. check out our etsy shop in the “shop online” tab above if you are not in the Portland vicinity…

hollywood district (insider) shopping guide (revised)

dear portland shoppers:

oh wow it’s crazy out there! i attempted to hit the post office in nw portland yesterday and had to abort mission!! i was thankful today to find myself in lovely & calm hollywood district (except for trader joe’s parking lot – dayum!)

here are a few reasons to avoid the mall and downtown traffic and head to the charming diamond in the rough that is Hollywood District:

>Hollywood Babylon 4512 NE Sandy Boulevard – DUH! the best place to score a sweet vintage gift for yourself, or anyone on your list. we just returned from a shopping vacation in AZ and the store is stocked with some great new and cozy items. as always, our prices can’t be beat!

>the post office@50th & Sandy isn’t too hectic and has a handy self service postage machine (perfect for domestic holiday shipping)

>Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard – the main landmark of Hollywood is a relaxing place to catch a flick and they have gift certificates and memberships which would make for a nice gift and also supports an amazing local non-profit

>Yours Vintage 1627 Northeast 42nd Avenue – the coziest vintage/thrift shop in Portland, OPEN Thursday -Saturday 1 pm – 6 pm (behind the hollywood theater, next to bluefin sushi & trader joe’s)

>Antique Alley 2000 NE 42nd Avenue – okay this is possibly one of the main draws to the hollywood district besides the theater and hollywood shoe repair – this enormous basement level antique mall has it all – great tchochkes, furniture, records, jewelry and more…allow plenty of time to take it all in.

>Cosmic Monkey Comics! 5335 NE Sandy Blvd – the coolest independent comic book store around period. they have gift certificates.

>Case Study Coffee 5347 NE Sandy Blvd – next door to cosmic monkey comics!, case study is the neighborhood artisanal coffee house…it’s next level good. hit them up to charge/recharge before/after shopping in hollywood.

>Velo Cult Bike Shop  1969 NE 42nd Avenue – across from Antique Alley. The perfect place to take a break from shopping, have a pint of beer or cider and find a perfect gift for the cycling enthusiast in your life…

>Lorena’s Mexican Restaurant 4160 NE Sandy Boulevard – next to the Hollywood Theater, finally! decent family mexican food (a rarity in the Pacific Northwest). and margaritas!

>Killer Burger 4644 NE Sandy Blvd – the best burger in the hood – i think it’s all about the bacon. they have crazy hour from 2 – 5pm monday through thursday $4.50 for a burger and fries.

>Hollywood Shoe Repair 4504 NE Sandy Blvd (open weekdays) we are blessed to be right next door to one of the most talented (and fast and affordable) cobblers ever known. he gets so much traffic, and we’re grateful for the overflow visiting us at hollywood babylon!

>Patti Smith West over on 42nd near Fremont (3746 NE 42nd Ave) is a great curio shop with jewelry, vintage pottery and gifts, clothing and furniture all arranged in the most lovely inspiring way. ps, i looked up patty smith portland and found this article about the other patty smith ❤

alright so i’m sure i missed some amazing hollywood gems – but that was a short list, so get to it!

happy holidaze everyone!



NE Sandy and 41st circa 1934 (courtesy of Vintage Portland)