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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Sugarplum Delights

Shopping for great gifts is easy when you join us at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too. The difficult part is the process of narrowing down the selection and sticking to the task at hand! Open daily from 11:00-6:00pm gives ample time to browse through the many aisles and displays to find the perfect gift for friends, family, and often times, a special item for yourself!

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From collectible political advertising pins from the past…

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…to oversized original paintings by local artists, the selection has never been better or more diverse as our dealers fill their spaces.

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Well-loved and worn dolls delight the child and the collector alike.

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Nothing beats a cold winter night like a new design book filled with fresh inspiration and ideas for the home and garden.

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For the gourmet cook, clever signage makes for a unique gift to hang in the kitchen or pantry!

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Vintage plates, cups and saucers add new combinations for entertaining anytime of year. There is no end to the color options or patterns. You’ll be sure to find the perfect place setting for the hostess and/or host on your list.

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For those in love with the grain of wood, nothing beats a series of well seasoned wooden bowls in all shapes and sizes. Use functionally or decoratively. When not in use, leave them visible atop a large cupboard stacked and nested for the texture and sculptural element.

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In love with plaid? Keep those you love warm in wool shirts and jackets.

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Find a great vintage thermos in a matching plaid and venture up to the mountain or over to the coast for a hot cup of cocoa and warm someone’s heart.

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For those with a passion for copper; pots, pans, molds and kettles are in abundance and spilling off the shelves.

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Prized porcelain basins in blue patterns and designs for the more distinguished taste!

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A large selection of vintage and antique gilt frames for those who prefer gold are scattered throughout all three stores. Perfect for artwork or to hang a miniature inside a large frame. A more contemporary idea is inserting a chalkboard for daily notes and reminders!

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Hang a wreath on the door as you decorate, open your door and heart to those you love, celebrate the magic of the season, and celebrate the essence and the spirit of the Holidays every day of the year!

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From all of us at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too, Happy Holidays!

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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Gather Together

Gatherings are special throughout the year and Thanksgiving marks the start of the winter holidays. A special day to truly reflect and count our blessings, express gratitude, and also celebrate with those we love. Whether you spend the day with friends or family, it’s a great time to freshen up the decor and create your own personal style to welcome all those who enter into your home.

An ever-changing selection of unique items old, new, and repurposed is being brought in daily by our dealers. Create a look that is festive and comfortable for your home as you celebrate the Holidays, friendship and the art of food! Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too offer the best selection for your Holiday shopping needs. Open daily from 11:00-6:00. Closed Thanksgiving Day.

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As we prepare for our travels whether near or far…

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…prepare for the elements.

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Don’t forget a gift for the host/hostess.

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Nature beckons us to take a moment and enjoy the ever-changing colors of Autumn as we travel familiar roads.

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For many, the classic Fall harvest will be a centerpiece, side dish and dessert!

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Prep the stove, it’s one of the busiest days in the kitchen!!

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Refer to the favorite cook books in the kitchen cupboards for old and new recipes.

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Pull the muffin tins out from the lower drawer, you’re going to need them all.

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The collection of vintage rolling pins will get used for several dishes; the beauty of form and function in action!

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Grab the Holiday platter from the top shelf and don’t forget a selection of fresh coffee beans (regular and decaf).

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The investment of a great set of collectible plates are table worthy for the Holidays. Always lovely to look at but better when meals are served on them!

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Clean and count the silver service; company is coming.

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The soup tureen is ready for the table.

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Colorful miniature turkeys add to the centerpiece moments before the guests arrive.

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Leave room on the countertops for the dishes arriving if you’re choosing a potluck style gathering.

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Plan on enjoying time together well into the evening. Have a relaxing and joyous day this Thanksgiving. Thank you all for making the Stars family a part of your shopping ritual. We look forward to seeing you throughout the Holiday Season! Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too will be open regular hours for Black Friday from 11:00-6:00.

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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Embellished and Bejeweled

It’s cold and grey outside — the perfect time to think about bright, colorful accessories! With all the shades of grey we experience now until winter it’s easy to update our wardrobe with a touch of sparkle and shine. Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too all have great jewelry selections for both men and women.

Look through the closet for bare lapels, a pin-less purse, a bare shoulder strap, and dare to explore the jewelry box to find what you (or those you love) are lacking! Whatever taste one may have, chances are strong you will find it at all three Stars stores. Open daily from 11AM–6PM.

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From classic rhinestones…

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…to silver and turquoise…

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…to golden shades of amber; the choices are endless.

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Rosaries and religious pieces are scattered throughout the stores, appreciated and collected by all for their beauty.

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For those who love the ocean, an abundance of beauty can be found in shell and coral designs creating unique expressions for the individual. Rings created from seashells are stacked on a vintage note holder.

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Coral bits are found in a wealth of necklaces as well as rings, bracelets, and cuffs and work for anyone on our shopping list.

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Sterling silver ocean and beach motifs along with Hawaiian quilt themes make up a charm bracelet.

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An abundance of turquoise jewelry can be found as well and proves to be a favorite for the season.

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Amulets and stones are threaded together for the individual who loves the hand-made work of local artists.

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Beads of all colors create intricate patterns for one-of-a-kind bracelets and neck pouches (which hold gem stones and crystals).

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True vintage aficionados will love the selection of baubles, brooches, and purses with rhinestones and sparkle. Sparkle and shine!! 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

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

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A Good Scare at Stars Antiques!

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The stores are getting a wee bit creepy as of late. Reports of things going bump in the night are becoming more prevalent. As we enter October, we begin the countdown to the now favorite holiday of the year, Halloween!

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What started as a youthful parade of costumes going door-to-door in the neighborhood for a trick or treat (hopefully something sweet) has become an event for all ages. Cavorting in full costume camouflage is now the rage as the sun slowly sets and the celebrations tend to go until dawn for those of us able to stay up that long!!

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From jarred body parts to spiderwebs that will snare you — one has to be very aware of their surroundings.

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Be cautious as you turn down an aisle at Stars, Stars Too, and Stars and Splendid as there may be a horrifically bold blood curdling painting awaiting you.

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It’s best by far to shop during daylight from 11:00AM to 6:00PM any given day of the week! To be locked in with all the freakish ghouls, goblins, and lost souls would surely be heart-stopping. Keep telling yourself there is nothing real, it’s all decor and you should make it out with great ghost stories to tell.

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Less than thirty days and counting to come shop for the most frightening of Halloween decor and fabulous costumes available! The scariest stuff goes first, so take a deep breath and check your heart rate as you enter the stores. And shop without fear for your personal celebration of All Hallow’s Eve!

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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Fall Into Place

The sun is setting earlier, there is a chill in the morning air; and yet we continue having some of the best days as summer comes to a close!

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Our dealers at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too are bringing in rich dark wood furniture in oak, fir, and mahogany.

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Rubbed with color and stain, these pieces all have a history and are rich in heritage.

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Butcher block tables are making their appearance again as we get prepared to cut, dice, chop, and mince the vegetables from our gardens and prepare wonderful stews and soups in oversized pots.

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Coal buckets and steamer trunks make their way to the forefront for the perfect decor as we move into fall. Copper boilers are out in all three stores to hold everything from quilts to kindling.

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It is a favorite time to pull out the heavier socks and textured, nubby sweaters as we clean out our closets and prepare for cooler (and shorter) days.

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Nature gets brought inside as we create centerpieces in the form of vacated birds’ nests and antlers that have been found lying on the mossy floor of the woods.

We begin to move the furniture around the room for more intimate settings as the darkness creeps in. Side tables are placed next to the wingback chair for the hot cup of coffee or tea. The evenings become filled with activities that got pushed to the side during the hectic summer months.

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Procrastination falls by the wayside as we begin writing the novel we always dreamed on a vintage typewriter.

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Time is created for cozying up with old volumes of yearbooks and journals we have acquired.

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Gathering for a tabletop game of Scrabble (no board necessary) with friends who love the art of words fills the night with laughter and learning!

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Vintage treadle sewing machines come out of storage for display, and, if maintained properly give a gentle soothing tone as they are operated.

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All variety of vignettes are found as you walk through the trio of stores. The best finds are found early in the season; open daily from 11am to 6pm, here is a small sampling of the transition into Fall from just a handful of our dealers.

Write up your wish list and join us at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too as you create your own personal style for your home. You’ll be amazed at the great finds and the fun you’ll have in the process.

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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Shop and Play

It’s Labor Day and the infamous STARS End of Summer Sale at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too is in full swing at our shops known to have the best antiques and vintage in Portland.

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We’re open, on sale, and ready for you to shop until you drop.

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Don’t sit around debating whether you should shop or not. The clock is ticking, the savings are great and this is the final day to save! Get up and come on out to the sidewalks and the stores in Westmoreland.

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The sidewalks are filled with treasures from your favorite dealers!

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From pottery and an assortment of vintage letters used in advertising, to Hawaiian shirts and great vintage picnic baskets complete with service, you’re sure to find something that makes you smile!

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The stores are packed with new fall offerings, and everyone is offering a discount!

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The best part; you can shop all three stores from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and still get to the coast to watch the sun go down. Shop and play, now that’s a good 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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Form and Function

It’s hard to imagine a home without pottery of some kind.

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Consciously, I never really thought about how much pottery I had acquired until I began writing this post. Displayed on tables, inside cupboards, on shelves, and windowsills, it is everywhere.

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The utilitarian role is hard to argue; how can you not collect something that is such a joy to the eye, is available in many colors, sizes, and shapes, and serves a multitude of roles in the home and workplace. It is the quintessential fusion of form and function!

My collection began with plates. When I bought my home I began entertaining and loved intermixing colors and patterns, to create a unique look. I inherited my grandparents Red Wing crocks and butter churns from the turn of the century. Mixing and cooking bowls came from each of my grandmothers when my mother was ready to part with them. Over the years I have picked up, perhaps, too many vases, pots, bowls, and dishes as I hunt and gather for my home and studio.

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My current passion is small bowls that stack precariously in the cupboard 3-10 high and are used daily for all sorts of things.

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Some of the pottery is artfully displayed — the cooking bowls are stacked in mild disarray on an open shelf.

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A corner shelf holds the three Majolica Ware pieces that I own.

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Virtually every dealer at Stars, Stars and Splendid, and Stars Too feature a small collection within their space.

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Our owners, Brent Heeb and Darwin Otto, show their personal style of collecting and merchandising at Stars Too. Their style is inspirational, their displays magical. Pottery is displayed on ledges, tabletops, open shelves and behind closed cupboard doors.

Dealer #2 at Stars features a wealth of contemporary white pottery with a few vintage pieces mixed in to anchor her space.

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Dealer #27 at Stars shows a number of collectible pieces of earthenware, crocks, and bowls in vignettes in every color imaginable.

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Across the street at Stars and Splendid, along the back wall of the store, is Dealer #118 who sells nothing but pottery, earthenware, and china!

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From canisters, plates and vases, to studio pottery and recognizable collectibles, the form and function of pottery pieces have their place working daily in our homes and workplaces.

Find pottery treasures of your own at all three Stars shops from 11am to 6pm daily.

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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Time Flies

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I recently celebrated my 55th birthday and it surprised me how quickly the last year passed. I know to many that I’m still a youngster, but to many more I’m probably viewed as old!! I see so many things at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too that I remember from my youth.

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Growing up in the Midwest, I longed for a pair of fancy cowboy boots with all the curves and topstitching defining every edge.

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I couldn’t help but grimace when I ran across this macrame shoulder bag at Stars Too. Not that I don’t love this bag, but somewhere upstairs in my closet, covered in dust, I have a navy blue purse that I started to ‘knot’ in the fifth grade. It really is almost done — I just have to tie off all the threads at the base. Truly!

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Who out there remembers the fashionable granny squares in these bold color palettes? We not only had the throws made by grandma, but the vests and sweaters too.

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I’m in the stores virtually every Saturday — a shopping day for many families. I love when I hear children comment and ask their parents “What is that?”

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“You grew up with a typewriter? How does it work? Where’s the mouse? How do you hit send?”

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“Grandma and Grandma made butter from scratch? Why didn’t they just go to the store?”

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Walking through the stores I smiled as I viewed the changing times and laughed to myself as I saw this popular schoolyard chant from when I was a young girl!

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The original function and purpose of an item is not necessarily why we invest in it today as a collectible piece.

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Sometimes we purchase an item that takes us back in time to a simpler life.

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Sometimes the item is simply for the vernacular statement.

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Most often, it is a collectible that will be displayed and cherished even if it is never to be used! Come shop with us daily from 11am to 6pm. Find your favorite pieces from your youth as you view the displays at all three Stars shops!

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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