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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Summer Celebration

The temperatures are off the charts and it is going to be a long hot summer. Join us at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too and enjoy the comforts of air conditioning and cool down as you look for your Fourth of July decor!

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It’s a grand old flag, and several can be found throughout all three stores as well as decor in red, white, and blue in everyday objects. From empty spindles to textiles that grace our beds, dining tables, and couches.

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Vintage bowls, pitchers, chargers, plates and drinking glasses all play a role in the mood created as we set the table for the Holiday.

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Even aprons, bottles, spices, and saltines get patriotic!

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Children’s cups and saucers, kite string, dolls, toys and games join in the fun!

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So don your hat and pack your bag and thermos for the fireworks at the Waterfront.

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Look up the meaning…

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Follow the signs…

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Look up at the stars…

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and celebrate Lady Liberty and the birth of a nation.

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Happy Fourth of July to all our friends and family! Open daily from 11AM to 6PM.

We will be open July 4th, closing early at 5pm. 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!

Stars Turns 25

It’s our Birthday!! We’re celebrating with a Big Birthday Bash Sale this Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14.

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Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are excited to share twenty five years of collecting, hunting and gathering, and bringing you the best selections of all your favorite things.

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Open everyday, join us for great savings on everything in all three stores!

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It’s hard to imagine any of the past 25 years have been work when doing what you love is your business!

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No matter how you add it up, two and a half decades have come and gone and we are as popular today as we were when we first opened!!

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In fact, many of our younger shoppers weren’t born when our doors opened in 1990!

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What does twenty five look like? Our vendors have plenty of examples.

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We enjoy helping everyone search for items high and low throughout the Stars shops. Sometimes, there is no specific piece in mind, but when you see it, you know it! The unique mix of items that the Stars stores bring in daily help express your personality and create an eclectic and comfortable home!

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So go ahead — have your cake and ice cream…

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…and THANK YOU for making the Stars family a part of yours whether it be for one year or all twenty five! Your continued patronage is greatly appreciated. Happy Birthday to us!

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!

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!

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!

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!