To celebrate our anniversary and prove that anything can happen, we present the unthinkable – the Mississippi Records tchotchke shop website!
If you would have told me 17 years ago that one day the little record shop I just started would go online to sell tote bags, T-shirts, postcards, posters, stickers, and Sun Ra snow globes, I would have had a panic attack. I would have thrown up a little, looked in the mirror and said to my image, “how could you?” The internet! Tote bags! Snow globes! 17 years ago, it would have been unthinkable. I was a punk who hated the idea of anything with “branding” and I’d never been on the internet because I assumed it was just for rich people.
It’s surprising I was so anti tchotchke. All the Portland businesses I was modeling mine after were big on creating branded ephemera. I thought of Mississippi Records as an extension of the spirit of old Portland shops that self promoted like mad, but for some reason I thought we were not worthy of having commemorative items for sale besides records and tapes.
All the businesses I loved hawked patches and key chains and belt buckles with their name on them. It was in fact, a huge part of the Portland culture to make silly merch. Me and my friends collected this stuff too. My clock had Tom Peterson, a local furniture store owner’s face on it and it woke me up every morning to the alarm – his recognizable voice shouting “WAKE UP! WAKE UP TO A HAPPY DAY!”
In celebration of our 17th anniversary, I am now proud to finally join the ranks of all the stores I idolized as a kid and start selling Mississippi Records merch – straight up.
This is a family affair. All the items were designed by myself and people right in our immediate community. The site is maintained by Evve Weston. We worked together in a Deli when we were 16 years old, and now here we are. May the circle be unbroken.
Thanks for visiting this site and considering making a purchase. We very much appreciate your business.
All the love and love is love,
Eric at Mississippi Records. May 2nd, 2020