Memorial Day Campout

The end of May is in sight, school is finishing up and summer is on the horizon. Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, and marks the beginning of camping at the many National Parks across the country or even in your own backyard. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are bringing out the gear for the perfect trip to the wooded forest!

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Be prepared! The training from our youth as we earned our proudly displayed badges still reflect the common sense needed for a successful journey.

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Hunting for nature’s treasures, outdoor grilling and barbecue, and singing songs in the evening are a necessity.

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Setting up camp, cooking basics, and open campfires will create the comforts of “home away from home” and bring everyone together in activities.

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Grab your beverage of choice and plenty of cups.

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Grind up coffee and place in a colorful airtight tin for the best cup-o-joe. A handy double thermos carrier allows for fresh coffee as you drive to your destination.

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Stop by a local farmer’s market on your way out of town for the best selection and pack plenty of stacking bowls for the outdoors. Fresh fruit is in abundance!

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Don’t forget the picnic basket filled with snacks and lunch for the day of the hike.

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A good hat with a large brim is essential for sun protection and also allows a good lakeside snooze when it looks like you’re fishing!

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Pack your easy-care wardrobe in a bold patterned woven basket. Then you are ready to pack the camping gear!

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Pull out the coolers, thermos, and lantern from storage. Classic vintage colors and plaid patterns never grow old to the nature lover. Built to stand up over time, many of these designs have been handed down through the generations.

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Folding lawn chairs and stools are perfect for packing convenience and shed the moisture of rain and morning dew!

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It’s ideal to arrive in time to set up camp during the daylight. Enjoy a day of fresh mountain air, cool streams, and hikes to wildflower fields. Kick back by a fire as dusk settles in and listen to the sounds of the wilderness. If you’re in a large group pack some games to play and the campfire songbook for reminiscing the good old days before technology advanced to iPads and smart phones.

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Wake up early with the sun breaking through the trees, grab the frying pans, oil, and get ready for bacon sizzling and eggs frying on a cast iron grill. Brew up the best cup of coffee over an open flame in an old percolater!!

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Remember to let the gear air out once home, pre-pack the supplies you traveled with for the remainder of camping season!

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Blaze a trail to the Stars stores any day of the week for the start of your camping day collections. Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone, let the outdoor adventures begin!

Open daily from 11AM to 6PM. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS!

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

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Mother’s Day at Stars!

The Stars family has been an extension of my life and activities with my mother, Vera, over the years. As we near Mother’s Day on Sunday May 10th, virtually every vendor at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too has something that would bring a smile to mom’s eyes! Start your shopping early, get ideas, take notes, remember where you saw it, and if you love it, don’t hesitate for it may be gone when you return! The Stars’ stores have so many ideas and options it gets overwhelming, much like our love for moms, grandmothers and other remarkable women in our lives. Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are some things that my own mother would love — maybe yours would love them too!

Colorful additions to her collection of owls and songbirds celebrate her love of Nature.

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For those moms who love working out in the garden there are a myriad of wonderful planters.

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If a day at the beach is her passion, select a handmade shell box to hold treasures.

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For the home, the simplicity of ivory furnishings are an easy fit for most home decor. Eastlake influences have delicate flower designs and a feminine element for mom.

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A cheerful throw pillow with bold red is a constant reminder of your love; perfect for the bed or favorite chair.

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Vintage glass and marble lamps with shades of deconstructed fabrics or lace will be appreciated on the side table by her favorite stack of reading materials.

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Cut and pressed glass pitchers and accessories cast rainbows of light across the wall and will be lovely intermixed with existing pieces as mom entertains.

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A wonderful retro mirrored vanity in a smaller scale can be placed in the bedroom. Fresh flowers will multiply with all the reflections!

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Glasses double as vases for the cuttings from the flower garden each morning.

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Timeless fashion includes anything turquoise!

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The contrast of black and clear baubles and beads dancing around the neck is true artistry.

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Animal prints run wild through the stores — a classic that defies age.

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Red makes a great accent to any wardrobe — this time in a roomy leather bag with strap.

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Furnishings in wood run from small compartmentalized organizers…

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…to oversized cupboards with glass doors on top for display and wooden doors below for storage.

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Perhaps a set of mugs that hold memories from when she was a girl will end up in her cupboard!

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A well loved game for family night or a jewel-toned memory vase may be the answer.

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Luggage with favorite travel destinations may take the place of the traditional box and wrapping paper with an airline ticket tucked inside!

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Even a great old wavy glass jar or canister holds beauty. Fill it with sharpened pencils and have a notepad nearby for all the to-do lists.

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Over the years many people in the Stars family have met my mom, Vera. For several years, she joined me at the store on weekends. She would sit near my space working word-find puzzles and sewing her yo-yos from fabric scraps that people kindly brought in for her! She has lived with my husband and I for the past eight years as we journey with her through the progression of Alzheimers. Miss Vera and I (the reality of calling her ‘mom’ slipped away three years ago) have always had a special connection. She will always be first and foremost my beloved mother, but as I became an adult and began to visit with her more, we bridged the mother-daughter relationship and became great friends. I had the incredible opportunity to know her as a woman — a midwestern farmer’s daughter, Swedish in heritage. We have gone through many highs and lows over the course of my life, but have always agreed that we love each other through thick and thin. I love you, mom! Today and always. Love, Janice

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Open daily from 11AM to 6PM. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS!

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

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Trash to Treasure

Growing up, my grandfather had a pile of metal and tin out in a pasture just rusting away. I loved it then for all the unusual pieces and wished as a child that I could have sorted through the tall pile! What treasures could have been unearthed! Tractor seats, shovel heads and tines, old metal bedsprings, containers of all sorts and sizes were entangled with one another and sat for decades growing larger and wider each year!

From the trash can to the ice cube tray…

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…from personalized military gear to the school locker…

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Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too have industrial decor and furnishings in every size and patina possible!

Metal files and tool bins show up on every aisle of all three stores. Shiny, weathered, rusted and well worn; the toughest decision will be what best suits your needs.

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Drawers and open displays with several compartments help the crafter, artist and tool aficionado get organized! One has to step out of the box to challenge themselves with new uses for such pieces and incorporate them into everyday living.

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Even the open bin gets a new life.

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In the world of linear design, a vintage shoe display and curved lines of a mold get thrown into the mix for a twist on the rigid metal basics.

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A military storage locker gets cast iron legs and becomes a side table.

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To think that once used for the initial purpose many just wanted to file these things away or toss them aside in a pile outside in the back pastures of a large farm. Join us at the stores to hunt and dig through bins of smaller metal pieces for collage and wall decor and find larger pieces to update a space in your home or office for a true eclectic mix.

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Open daily from 11AM to 6PM. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS!

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

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Stars Antiques Portland Easter Egg Hunt

Mark your calendars now because the Annual Easter Egg Hunt is Sunday, April 5! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too will be open regular hours for Easter Sunday from 11AM to 6PM. The line starts early outside of each store as ‘children’ young and old take their spot to be in the stores when the doors open!

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Already, Peter Rabbit is peering about, scouring the nooks, crannies, and unexpected spots to place the prizes.

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He’s enlisted his hip chick pals to assist in the process! Eggs of all colors will be hidden through all three stores and the prizes run from candy to gift certificates for shopping!

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Even his butterfly friends are getting in on the action flying overhead for the best perspective on hiding spots.

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The “hunt” has become one of our favorite traditions; giving back to our customers is the best feeling. Nothing measures up to the young and the old hunting through the booths of our dealers searching tirelessly for the treasured egg!!

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You’ll be inspired by the vintage and contemporary Easter decor, colorful Spring displays, and have such fun searching high and low, you won’t want to leave!

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Set your alarm, get dressed, fix a hearty breakfast for the entire family, and join us this Sunday for the Hunt! Who knows, you may find a coveted egg with a $50 shopping spree and leave with a great treasure you weren’t expecting to go home with. Hippity Hop, Hippity Hop, Wake up early and come to SHOP!!

Open daily from 11AM to 6PM. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS!

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

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Spring Forward

All this recent sunshine has forced bulbs to open, trees to bloom, and flowers to lift their heads and the same is true of the new items coming into the stores! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are bursting with florals, birds, and fresh looks for your home and garden! Join us as we make our way through the aisles to ‘pick’ our favorites.

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Early morning walks feature a symphony of birdsong! A stroll through the stores presents a variety of decor featuring this feathered friend. From salt decanters for the kitchen or craft area…

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…to colorful luncheon and dessert plates…

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…an Asian-style table featuring a bird in the midst of bamboo…

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…red cardinals who appear to fly out and about…

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…and even a wealth of real estate.

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Alcohol proof trays and containers from Japan feature wispy florals and butterflies in flight.

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Live ferns and green plants fill a tabletop and bring a bit of Nature indoors.

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Vintage books featuring colored illustrations of flowers are a favorite for many gardeners.

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Floral patterns cover everything imaginable. Serving trays may be used functionally for a gathering or hang on the wall for impact.

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Bouquets of color gracefully flower across the drawers of a black and gold dresser.

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Oil canvases take on different interpretations of flower arrangements.

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Porcelain containers can store coffee or tea and brighten the kitchen.

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Quilts and coverlets give a fresh look to the sofa or bed.

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Even metal and iron become delicate flowering branches in wall decor and chandeliers.

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With these great options celebrating the arrival of Spring even a rainy day becomes more bearable. Come join us whatever the weather and take home a little bit of sunshine and happiness.

Open daily from 11AM to 6PM. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS!

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

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Wood Storage

It’s easy to see why simple wooden crates for cola and printer’s drawers (both made for easier storage) have been on the forefront of collectibles for many years. Solid wood, great design and function within form have made these compartmentalized cubbies great display pieces. Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too have a wealth of selection when it comes to this industrial look with multiple uses!

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In fact, anything with small drawers has been a sought after item at all three of our shops. Turn of the century spice cupboards in fir, birch and mahogany now show up in artists’ studios holding supplies.

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Even larger pieces which feature a combination of drawers have transcended typical interest. From desks and hutches with side panels…

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… to larger cabinets and secretariats. The function of these pieces is now open to interpretation based on the owners needs!

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Asian influences in bamboo and rattan…

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and desktop organizers with numbered bins.

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Even weathered and distressed beadboard boxes with glass jars for storage get attention for their great design and charming aesthetics.

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Our dealers are bringing in new items everyday so it pays to shop with us on a regular basis to get the best selection. We’re open daily from 11AM to 6PM. Shop Smart. Shop Stars!

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

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From the Heart

It has been so much fun to walk through Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too and view the amazing variety of hearts and unspoken messages for Valentines Day tucked throughout the shops. Come by for your last minute gifts; we’re open everyday from 11AM to 6PM.

All the gang agrees, you’re swell. Be My Valentine!

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You Rock my World!

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My tulips will never lie; we’re two of a kind.

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I love you good and plenty.

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Wire you not with me; I hold you deep within my heart.

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You are berry special to me.

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From the bottom of my heart, I love ewe!

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I’d pick you any day!

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A little bird told me we were meant to be.

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Well loved and worn, I shell always be yours!

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Sorry to bug, I’m wanting a hug!

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I’m willing to take baby steps to quench my thirst for you!

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Crazy in love; you never cease to a-maze me!

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You rev me up, wheel you be mine?

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You make the world sparkle and shine. Please be mine.

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I’ve been sorting it out and I want you for my Valentine.

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You always serve me up something special! Be my sweet.

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Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I’ve a song in my heart
That reminds me of you!

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Happy Valentines from all of us at the Stars Family.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

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Gifts of Love

Valentines Day is right around the corner. Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too are bringing out the pink, red and blush tones to celebrate the day!

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From fabric garlands to simple vignettes, the shops are full of different ways of expressing and sharing your love in a most unique manner.

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Fresh flowers and tins filled with sweets are the expectation for many; however the stores are filled with a wide array of alternatives.

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Trade the traditional bouquet for a framed vintage label featuring a turn of the century gal embellished with flowers.

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Flowers can also be delivered through paintings, ephemera and still life prints.

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Look for the colors of the day in an original piece of artwork featuring soft pastels.

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A settee upholstered in a romantic tapestry of figures and a lush garden landscape wins over the Victorian enthusiast.

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Cozy up and send some warmth. For the children we adore, the stores offer a number of wool and cotton coverlets. For those of us a bit older, find a great vintage sweater or cardigan to wear into the early Spring.

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Even furnishings, large and small, will deliver a special magic when painted in pink or red.

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Happy Valentines Day to all! Shop Smart. Shop Stars. Open daily from 11AM-6PM.

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Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

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Resolutions and a Big Stars Vintage Sale

January has brought with it a wealth of change and opportunity. Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too vintage dealers have been busy bringing in fresh, new merchandise in preparation to purge the old at the annual STARS FAMOUS HAGGLE SALE which runs Friday, January 16 through Monday, January 19. Open daily from 11AM to 6PM! This sale is one of my favorites because I love to haggle, clear my space of older pieces, and check off one resolution — a new look for a new year!

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It’s easy to sit back and contemplate change, but better to achieve it. Halfway into January 2015, we tend to lose sight of any resolutions made for the New Year. We have good intentions, but our daily life can interrupt and play havoc on any hope for true change.

Set your clock a bit earlier and you’ll be amazed at what can be achieved in a short amount of time. You may even wake up to the neighbor’s chickens’ morning banter.

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Start putting more fresh fruits and vegetables out in bowls and on platters. This is not only a colorful centerpiece, but a healthy snack.

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Cut back on sugar and salt in your diet!

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Hide the sweets away! Temptations are easy to pass up when they are not visible.

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Start a collection of vintage cookbooks from Stars and search out healthier meals and menus!

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Share those meals with old friends and new by scheduling gatherings throughout the year.

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Make time for fresh air and exercise. Take up a new sport or get more proficient at an old one. Shopping at any of the Stars stores burns many calories! The hunt and gather, stretching to reach something up high and squatting to check out what’s in the baskets along the floor — all great exercise.

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Reach out to an acquaintance by writing a letter with a vintage typewriter. Find classic stationery and envelopes as you shop with the Stars team to personalize the look!

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Tell someone you love them. Vintage Valentines are in store now.

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Take time for yourself.

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Take a personal holiday.

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Finish unfinished projects…

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… and start saving for new ones.

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Get organized at home — especially the kitchen! We have metal bins and cubbies of all shapes and sizes, industrial carts and tables, and wall mounts for your coats, bags and more.

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Get creative by recycling found items. Don’t have the time or patience? Find it as you shop at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too. We have a wealth of dealers who create one-of-a-kind pieces from fabric, metal, wood, shells, and more.

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Take time to curl up under a lovely quilt and read a book or plan this spring’s flower garden.

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Experience art.

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Remember to take time to laugh and be silly.

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Get better in touch with yourself, know your body and it’s limitations. Then work to feel great at the close of each day by what you have accomplished.

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Happy January, everyone. Thank you for your continued patronage to our stores! Remember to join us this Friday, January 16th as we open our doors at 11AM for the STARS FAMOUS HAGGLE SALE. All three stores are overflowing with great items for your home, office, studio and, of course, gifts for friends. The sale runs through Monday, January 19th.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

You can also find us on Stars on Facebook and @StarsPDX on Instagram!

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Holiday Sparkle

To all our loyal shoppers, friends and family, the Stars Family thanks you for your continued patronage to Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too! May your season be filled with love and friendship, memories to travel forward with, and remembrances of days gone by!

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We all delight in the holidays, but for many of us, it is the sparkle of the season that makes it so magical! The season shines with special decorations, ornaments, candles and trees filled with twinkle lights. A wealth of handmade decor fills the home with special moments and times shared together over the years. For many, it is a ritual of carefully unpacking collections that have been stored the past year. A time for reflection and a moment to pause and give continued thanks for the daily gifts we receive simply by being present in the moment.

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Handmade ornaments fill windows, entryways, and create shadow play against a bare wall. Treasured memories of gathering and crafting, creating, stapling, and gluing are a part of many families’ holiday evenings. There is no ornament that can compare to those we have created by hand with those we love. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, many homes are filled with recollections of seasons past!

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Nature comes inside in the vignettes of woodland creatures and tall Doug Firs. The outdoors beckons as we view the mountains and trees glistening with a fresh coat of snow. Evergreen boughs and cedar fragrance fill our homes and hallways and greet our company in the form of wreaths and swags with holly, rosemary, and dried seed pods tucked in.

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Colorful nativity scenes from around the world are found in many households. Filling nooks above the fireplace, tucked along a windowsill, or taking center stage on the dining table or under the tree.

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Sparkling glass ornaments hanging on a tree, filling a large vessel that rests atop a mirror for glistening reflections and vases brimming with tinsel and shine make the house a home and place a smile on our faces. Top that off with a vintage silver tree or a fresh snow flocked tree, strands of lights, and the collections acquired over time — merriment is sure to greet you every time you enter a room.

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Across the miles, from our home to yours…HAPPY HOLIDAYS! We look forward to seeing you in the New Year! We will be closing early on Christmas Eve at 4:00pm and closed Christmas Day.

Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346

Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990

Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067

And find us on Stars on Facebook & Instagram @StarsPDX!

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