Today we are talking with one of our newest dealers at Stars, Deb Zsori! Deb is Stars Antiques dealer #53 at Stars and it is truly a visual treat to see how she merchandises her wonderful vintage wares. Very inspiring! You can find Deb on Instagram and follow some of her fun shopping adventures–she’s a true vintage lover. Stop by and peruse her booth!
Here is a fun Q&A we had with Deb:
How did you get into vintage?
I’ve been obsessed with vintage since i was a teenager, scouring thrift stores for fun vintage clothing to wear. I’ve been shopping and collecting vintage ever since. I love clothing, linens, pottery, artwork, books and whatever else catches my eye! My taste has evolved over the years, but my passion for hunting for great old things has never waned. I am constantly on the hunt for “new to me” treasures! I love shopping in all types of environments for vintage: thrift stores, yard sales, estate sales, flea markets and antique collectives. I also make a yearly shopping pilgrimage to Brimfield, MA with my sister, Pam.
How long have you been a dealer? Do you work alone?
I have been selling vintage seriously for about a year now but, again, I’ve been collecting treasures ever since my high school days. I work alone, but I’ve found that the customers and vendors around me at shows, fleas and collectives are such a support and form a great feeling of community. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this great community!
What would you say your specialty as a dealer is?
It’s hard to say what my specialty is–I’m drawn to such a wide range of eras, styles and categories–my taste can be very eclectic. I love unusual homegrown studio pottery pieces, but also the white, green and aqua pottery from the 40s and 50s. I love all types of artwork from oil paintings, line drawings and sculpture. I love unusual books (40s-50s children’s books, vocational/industrial books from the 20s to 40s–engineering, carpentry, dictionaries, atlases, textbooks). Other things I gravitate towards are linens, silver, trophies, old schoolhouse paraphernalia (chalkboards, chairs, textbooks), some midcentury and some industrial. For me, it’s more about how things work together in color, texture, form or theme. Since I’m drawn to such a wide variety of styles, I work hard to merchandise the items with unifying elements of color, collections of items, themes, etc.
Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
My home collections (or hoarding!) reflects what I sell at Stars–pottery, unusual books, silver and vintage artwork. My favorites are my vintage oil portrait paintings of ladies from the 20s to the 60s.
Any vintage shopping tips?
Shop high, shop low, shop everywhere! You never know what you’ll find and where. And really trust your gut–if you find something that you just love, buy it. Even though it may not work with what you normally buy or collect, you will find a special place for it in your home.
How do you like to unwind?
Sharing a delicious meal out and a cocktail with family or friends OR vintage shopping. I could shop 25 hours a day!
What are some of your favorite places to eat, visit and shop (vintage or not!) in Portland?
EAT: Grain & Gristle, Por Que No?, Miho–these places all have the perfect combo of delicious small plates and variety. Plus, tasty cocktails and great prices.
VISIT: I love the farmers markets. Sauvie Island for concerts during the summer. The Multnomah Falls and the Portland Art Museum.
SHOP: Rich’s for magazines. Uwajimaya in Beaverton for fave Asian foods and Japanese magazines. Ink & Peat for candles, lotions, potions, textiles (full disclosure-it is my sister’s store, but it would still be one of my favorites, even if we weren’t related!!). Palmer Antiques show at Expo–my favorite is the July show with the outdoor vendors, too! Anthropologie for inspiration. Lowell always has such interesting, unusual pieces and they do a great job with display. Beam & Anchor is a great space and great mix of product and display. And, of course, I’ve been shopping at Stars for years and there’s such a great variety of vendors and merchandise.
What is your idea of the perfect fall day?
Digging through the pumpkin patches of Sauvie Island to find the perfectly imperfect pumpkin or multiple pumpkins… you can never choose just one! OR vintage shopping!!!