Today we’re spending some time with Michael Burns, Stars & Splendid dealer #44. His business is called Orient Express Antiques and he’s been in the Stars family for nearly 5 years. His specialty is Asian and eclectic antiques and he’s been a dealer for more than 25 years. Stop by and visit his wonderful space and check out some of his current amazing pieces online HERE.
★A FUN Q&A WITH MICHAEL FROM ORIENT EXPRESS AT SPLENDID★
How did you get into vintage?
Just started collecting miscellaneous stuff of no consequence until I saw a friend’s collection that really hit me and then we started collecting in earnest.
Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
Yes, Asian items mainly, but also eclectic items.
What is your favorite era?
18th & 19th century.
What is your dream vintage score?
Finding the unusual Asian pieces that no one else has.
What is the vintage score that got away?
Well, if you snooze you lose when you see something and it happened to me with a pair of very unusual vases, which I have always regretted not buying at the time.
Any vintage shopping tips?
Be very careful!
What is your favorite place to eat in Portland?
We don’t go out to restaurants much to eat, so it would be hard to say but we do like to eat at the University Club.
What non-vintage shops do you frequent?
We check out a lot of the consignment shops, as you never know what might be there. Although the picking are slim these days.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Since we are retired, anything we want to! We like to garden, entertain and go to movies.
How do you unwind?
Gardening and reading.
Have any fun trips planned?
Yes, several this year: Georgia, San Francisco, Palm Springs and who knows what else.
Do you find inspiration in any movies, TV shows, music, theater, arts, sports, recreation etc?
We enjoy adventure, sci-fi movies and some comedies.