Ways to Say I Love You

Valentines Day is approaching and it’s time for romantic thoughts and poetic words inspired by the eclectic mix of items at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too ! So many ways to say “I Love You”!

Decorations on wood won’t hide all my sins,
but when I’m with you our “love always wins”.

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Flowers and lace from Victorian times,
Forget-me not this Valentines.

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Vintage velvet boxes in shades of red and wine,
shall overflow with treasures if “jewel” say you’re mine!

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This rose is so lovely and my gift to you,
as this little bird sings of our love so true.

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I’ve carved our names in a heart on a tree in hopes that you will be with me.

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You can “spin me round” in circles and I’ll still be loving you!

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“Cancelled stamps” will “send” me to you,
“Forever” posting that our love is true.

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“Note after note” with “accordion fold”,
My love for you is a sight to behold.

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It may appear a little “cheesy” to some,
But the “boxes are stacked” and you are the one.

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I’d pick a bale of cotton to “sticks” with you.

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Valentine you “bowl me over”. “Wood” you be mine?

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I’d “sail” the seven seas to find a love as true as you.

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Just “sew” you know I’m on pins and needles.
“Cushion” the blow and say you’ll be mine!

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I’m not “clowning” around, you’re my better half.

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I’m “knot” intending to “hog” all your time,
But I’d squeal with delight to have you as mine.

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Have you heard the “buzz”? I want to “bee” with you.

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“Slow” with emotions but deep with devotion,
Lets get together and cause a commotion!

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I’ll be taking “baby steps” to prove my love for you.

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My love for you spills over like “gravy” in a “boat”.

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Nothing special to say I could “chat” all day long,
‘cuz for you sweet Valentine, my heart beats strong!

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So many clever ways to express your feelings! Get inspired by what you see and creative in how you express your love this Valentines Day. Open daily from 11-6. 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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Collections

One is one, two is a couple, and three makes the start of a collection! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too offer a wide array of items to get started with collecting whether it be pieces that you’re passionate about, investment collecting, or simply treasures that make you smile and your heart sing!

Nature’s bounty creates an abundance of selection. Organic centerpieces, plants served up in crafty containers, and the collections of flora and fauna discovered while enjoying the outdoors all make a statement and express personal style.

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Quirky groupings and creative assemblages of smalls in a number of materials make us smile as we pass by.

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Utilitarian objects serve a dual purpose as both a collection and working pieces which function and serve us daily.

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Industrial finds are still making their way into every household and continue to be highly sought after.

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Travel offers us the opportunity for the exotic in color, form, and function.

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Art will forever have a place in the home and workplace. From handmade cards to painted canvases and oversized optical art; all that’s needed is a wall and a nail (or string and clothespins)!

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Make a date to browse all three stores and start or add to a collection that is all your own. Open daily from 11-6. New delights and wonderful treasures brought in every day of the week. 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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New Year, New View

Here at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too we celebrate another year with thoughts and comments from our shoppers as we enter into 2016.

Life imitates art and art imitates life and sometimes it’s difficult to know which we are witnessing.

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All things in life aren’t black and white; there are areas of grey matter that we should consider.

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Even a common object holds beauty if we choose to see it.

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To be one of many isn’t necessarily the best for all; some need to be individual, to be bright and vibrant.

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Living simply requires that basic needs be met.

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Age and experience add character and beauty.

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A good life should be in balance.

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We should have respect for one another and celebrate our differences.

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If we look closely, beauty can be found in everything that surrounds us.

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Even those that are broken and shattered hold a beauty of their own.

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Certain things in life are best repeated.

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Create a haven for matters of the heart and meditate on these things daily.

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It’s a wonderful life. Enjoy the journey!

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Happy New Year. Thank you for your loyalty and patronage. We look forward to seeing you throughout the coming year! Open daily from 11AM to 6PM daily and we are open regular hours on New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve! 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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The Fine Art of Giving

Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too encourage you to “Give Vintage This Holiday”. The selection of great gift ideas to embellish and adorn the wardrobe has never been better. Glass cases are overflowing with rhinestones, jewelry, beadwork, and both collectible and novelty items!

Rhinestones cover these exquisite brooches and pins in gold and silver. Place a bit of glitter and sophistication on a lapel, shawl, or a favorite hat or belt.

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Gemstones, sterling, turquoise and more create the most intricate of designs in tray after tray of rings. No longer just for the finger, string favorites on a great chain with other special charms for a personalized gift to a dear friend.

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Coral in strands and medallions beckon to the naturalist.

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Search through novelty pins to find your ‘breed of choice’ and surprise the dog lover on your list. No worries, there are also friendly felines available as well.

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For those on your list who love black in their wardrobe and understated pieces of jewelry, we’ve got you covered with matte finishes and monotone color stories.

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Handcrafted sterling and turquoise rings, cuffs, bracelets and necklaces are in abundance as well.

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For the discriminating collector, a palette of beads and fine basketry with a rich history.

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Seashells are cut and polished, gemstones interspersed and the beach enthusiast is now crossed off the list!

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For the world traveler, a blend of cloisonné and enameling with silk and satin cord and tassel will be of special interest.

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For the friend who adores classic vintage there are sets (brooch and matching earrings) available and each piece comes with plenty of sparkle and shine.

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On the fun and quirky spectrum check out the creative presentation of these vintage earrings!

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Place a holiday pin on the gift package in place of a bow, or pin at the top of a stocking for an added bonus! From reindeer and evergreen trees to rhinestone bows and bells the selection is endless!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE! Join us daily from 11AM to 6PM and check off all the gifts on your list as you GIVE VINTAGE THIS HOLIDAY! Special hours: We’re closed on Christmas Day and we are only open 11AM to 4PM on December 24th. 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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Give Vintage This Holiday

Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too wish all of our friends, family, and patrons (old and new) a Happy Holiday. As we gather with our loved ones this season, it’s a time to reflect, show gratitude, and give thanks. We encourage you to continue the tradition of joining us for unique and eclectic finds by shopping vintage this Holiday!

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The menu always includes something made from scratch and you’ll find an abundance of kitchen utensils and more at all three stores.

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Plates and platters take center stage on the table. Search for pieces to add to an existing collection or mix and match patterns for a creative and fresh expression.

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Dishtowels take on a whole new look when embroidery and fun contemporary prints fill an otherwise white canvas.

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Decorative touches create a theme and tone for any gathering.

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Food and drink are the highlight at the table once everyone has their seat.

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Don’t forget dessert! From hard candies to homemade cookies, to pie and cake, nothing tops off a great meal with a bit of sweetness.

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Don’t forget the four-legged family members!

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The table is cleared; it’s time to unwind and put your feet up and enjoy the warmth and snap, crackle, pop of a fire.

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We’ll be closed Thanksgiving Day and open daily regular hours 11:00-6:00 until December 24th when we’ll close at 4:00pm. Thank you for your continued patronage the past twenty five years. We are grateful, thankful, and blessed to have you as a part of our extended family! Shop Vintage This Holiday. 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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Seasonal Contrasts

Much like the seasons change and contrast sharply one to the next, so do our homes and interiors as we shift from golden sunshine and the lengthy days of Summer to cooler temperatures mixed with rain and darkness as Fall arrives and Winter follows! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are filled with contrasts which draw us to certain styles and pieces.

Surface contrasts in grain, texture, hand-carvings, smooth stone, worn patinas, and shiny steels can be found in every space.

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Antique and vintage mixed with contemporary blend effortlessly.

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From the dining table and pantry,

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to the art which hangs on the walls,

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to bringing nature indoors; it’s the thrill of the hunt that never ceases.

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Contrasts combine to create a statement and personal style which varies greatly from one home to the next. From cabin fever…

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…to an era gone by.

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No matter your style; you’ll find a wealth of unique pieces to layer, blend, and integrate cohesively. Search high and low for all your accessories and furnishings daily from 11:00-6:00 at all three stores. 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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Trick or Treat

Remember when we were young and Halloween was just a day away? Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too take us back to our youth when we had no fear and stayed out late trolling every neighborhood we could walk or bike to for treats.

Remember the stories of the old lady in the scary house up on the hill past the black and white rock wall that our parents told us never to go to…

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The spiders and crows were so prevalent along the path that led to her door that you were sure to have webs and nests tangled in your hair.

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If you made it on her property you would encounter a frightening white dog AND cat with eerily glowing eyes AND teeth as sharp as razors.

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The ground was SO dry the crevices in the yard could swallow you whole.

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If you dared to enter and didn’t watch your step the crevices were so deep that no one would ever find you until it was much too late.

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Once at the door, there was another black cat sitting quietly and you could hear the floorboards of the porch squeaking and shifting as you walked over them…

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…and if you had the courage to knock for a Halloween treat, there would be a startling creaking and crackling as the door would open slowly and a hand would appear out of nowhere and place an apple in your bag.

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Who knew a surprise would be waiting for you on your return to the sidewalk — that scary witch had turned all your friends into goblins and jack-o-lanterns.

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Remember???

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Happy Halloween from the entire Stars gang!!

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Join us every day from 11AM until 6PM to keep the tradition alive!! 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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Autumn Joy

As the weather changes and blustery rains and wind return, our focus shifts from outdoor gatherings to nesting indoors. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are filling up fast with all things wonderful for autumn. Gardens shift from shades of green to wrought iron and rusted metal decor. Fireplace screens are making their debut as cords of wood are being stacked on the porch.

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Texture and color come to life in weathered doors with worn paint and knots and grain show their age and character in almost bare wood furnishings.

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Details in how we decorate become very personal as we hunt and gather for unique pieces that speak to us! Turn of the century trunks from Europe have history and create a focal point in any room while they store items inside and serve as a coffee table. Place a large 3/8″ thick sheet of glass on top and place under a window for a one-of-a-kind plant table.

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Tile top tables bring bold color and pattern into a small area.

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Studio pottery is affordable and unique and comes in all shapes, sizes, and glazes. Display in mass numbers on an open shelf, mantel, or on top of a hutch.

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A classic spindle-back bench shows fluid movement and form in fine carpentry detailing.

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Victorian mantles also feature unique trims and moldings that harken back to another era, yet blend effortlessly into a more contemporary setting. Cherished family photos will look perfect displayed across these wall mounts.

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Goldleaf frames are showing up as we enter Fall and will be in abundance as we near the Holidays. Frame paintings, mirrors, or leave empty and create a wall of architectural bliss by hanging multiple pieces as a statement. Look for floral designs and the much sought after piecrust corners.

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Industrial, country, or an eclectic mix — whatever style you prefer, you’ll find your look at all three Stars shops.

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Make it personal with your finishing touches. Hang it, frame it, and stack it. Start a collection of the ordinary and display prominently!

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There are no rules and no mistakes! When you invest in what you love everything works together to create an extension of you! Join us every day from 11AM to 6PM and begin (or continue) shopping for all the things that make your heart sing. 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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Scary Selections at Stars

Halloween is a favorite holiday for Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too. Every year, all three shops welcome Halloween with open arms and rattling bones! Scary selections and decor to die for are always the theme as we move closer to October 31.

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Illusions are everywhere. What looks like a simple blanket could be an eerie sunrise. A paper dress may take you on a psychedelic journey of op art. Keep your eyes open as mischief lurks and is likely to play mayhem with the ordinary everyday items found at the stores.

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A ghastly gamble, throw the dice to see where they land and enter at your own risk as you shop for decoration ideas.

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The shrill cries of the crow rattle even the most steadfast shopper.

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Move slowly and make lots of noise! Expect the unexpected at every turn.

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Danger and the dreaded black cats will surely cross your path. Fill your basket quickly and keep moving through the aisles. Keep your wits about you and most importantly, remember to breathe.

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Evil lurks and lingers; sinister faces peer out from behind glass and quietly stare from tabletops as you make your way to the registers. Your pace quickens as you wonder how much more your heart can take.

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Witches green with envy peer about with wicked thoughts while ghosts and goblins slink and slither with plenty of tricks up their sleeves. Timing is everything; the earlier in the day, the better the selection.

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Best to get out now and shop while there is daylight!! Have a swig of potion to gather up the nerves! Open from 11AM to 6PM daily, you just never know what you may stumble across for your everyday needs and Halloween decor! 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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A Passion for Textiles

The wealth of textiles available serve so many purposes in our homes and workplaces. Form and function prevail while color and texture create a feeling of contentment and well-being. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too have a vast selection to fill your linen closet and more. Have fun intermixing patterns and textures and the result will be creating a statement that is uniquely your own.

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From waking up under a treasured quilt that keeps us comfortable and snug to crocheted coverlets and chenilles. The temperatures are cooling at night and it’s time to bring out the blankets and create some visual interest and provide warmth.

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Decorative doilies and tablecloths add charm to a breakfast nook in the wee morning hours or at the dining room table for cozy evening meals.

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Embroidered florals are soft and delicate in color and keep lovely flowers for you inside as autumn winds blow the remaining petals off the zinnias, daisies, and dahlias outside.

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Silk runners with hand-braided fringe from the Victorian era bring romance and nostalgia to a dresser top or side table in the bedroom.

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A cut velvet drapery panel serves as a backdrop on a sofa piled high with embroidered peacock pillows and a handwoven wool blanket.

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Heavily fringed piano stools covered in quilted silks and satin work well at the dressing table and easily double as a small table to set your reading book as you drift off to sleep in your favorite chair.

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Repurposed remnants teamed with bits and pieces of trim are a simple project to make for holding favorite jewelry, lingerie, and hosiery.

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Vintage floral screen dividers add privacy in close quarters and shade the afternoon sun on a warm fall day.

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Hooked rugs under foot are perfect bedside when the wood and stone floors start feeling cold on the toes!

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Bold and colorful tapestries, rugs, and pillows transport us to another place and allow pattern and texture to be a focal point in any room.

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Whatever your style, you’re sure to find a look that expresses who you are from romantic florals to bold rich color, from classic design to a mix of diverse pieces from around the world. Create a home in which you choose to dwell! Join us daily from 11-6 and start discovering the differences that make your house a home. 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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