The Hunt is On for the Prized Egg

Before the blink of an eye or the thump of a foot, the Annual Stars Easter Egg Hunt at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too will be here! Easter is this Sunday, March 27, and our doors will open at 11AM, so all our friends can begin the search for rainbow colored eggs that hold prizes of candy and gift certificates for shopping.

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This is a morning for the entire family to enjoy themselves together.

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Wake up with the songbirds outside your window.

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The early birds are at the head of the line.

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Think about your strategy to outsmart the other cats.

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Enjoy a hearty breakfast then grab your hat or bonnet.

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Put on your best white gloves (it is Easter Sunday after all).

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Remember your basket for gathering your treasures and finds.

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Take a deep breath and inhale the fragrant scent of fresh flowers as you pass by the garden…

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…and get in line outside your favorite Stars store for the thrill of the hunt!!

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All three stores are filled with Easter collectibles, nostalgic treasures, and even vintage holiday books for the little ones!

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Happy Easter to all our friends and family!

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Following the Stars Annual Easter Egg Hunt, plan to spend the afternoon browsing all three stores and exploring all that the Westmoreland neighborhood has to offer. We will be open 11AM to 6PM Easter Sunday. Thank you for your continued patronage. SHOP SMART. SHOP STARS.

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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!

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!

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!

A Splendid Halloween

Here are some photos of our fun Halloween display at Splendid. We love decorating these ghoulish scenes for you at Stars Antiques! Come down for some inspiration and spooky things to decorate your home. AND don’t forget to eat some candy corn from our candy machine!

Stars Customer Collections: Laurie

Today with talking with Stars Antiques customer, Laurie. She has been collecting pictures of ladies and their amazing fashion for 20 years! Some rooms in her home display them floor to ceiling! Amazing!

How did you get into vintage?
I have been fond of the Victorian era, collecting pictures and watching old movies. The one in particular was Gone with the Wind. I just loved the dresses the Ladies were wearing.

What is your favorite era?
My favorite era is 1890 – 1930’s.

What is your dream vintage score?
My dream vintage score? STILL LOOKING!

Is there a vintage score that got away?
I always have disappointments when things are out of my budget!

Are there other collectors in your household?
My Mom loves dishes and my sister is always looking for books.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Wear comfortable shoes and enjoy.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Favorite places to eat: Baja Fresh (any location in Portland & Beaverton), Papa Haydn in (Milwaukie), Marcos (Garden Home) & Dessert – Roses (Sherwood). And, of course, Starbucks for coffee.

What is your perfect summer day?
75 to 80 degrees, sunny and a cool breeze blowing.

Thanks, Laurie!

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Stars Customer Collections: Amriel

Meet Amriel. She is another wonderful Stars Antiques customer that we’re visiting with! Amriel has an amazing collection of vintage Barbie dolls. We love Barbie when she had cat-eye eyeliner and a good high ponytail!

How did you get into vintage?
Let’s see I decided I wanted to live life like a girl growing up in this country in the 1960s time period (I was born in 1971). I started reading Nancy Drew books and collecting Barbie simultaneously about 1999 when eBay started out

A few things you particularly love to collect?
My favorite era is 1967, specifically. I like the “Carnaby Street” fashions and Petula Clark, The Supremes, Peggy March, Connie Francis and Lesley Gore.

What is your dream vintage score?
Finding Barbie dolls from 1967 with outfits!

Is there a vintage score that got away?
Yes at the Antique Expo a “Little Black Sambo” illustrated book from 1909 that was only $5 got literally grabbed just before I grabbed it!

Any vintage shopping tips?
Yes, become friends with store employees and managers and give them your want lists and phone number!

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Stars Antiques, Powell’s, Billy Galaxy and the Disney Store in Clackamas.

What is your perfect summer day?
Country Time lemonade and a Lindsay Lohan movie with my vintage Uneeda baby-doll and stuffed tiger! 🙂

Thanks, Amriel!

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Stars Customer Collections: Bren

Today we’re visiting with Stars Antiques customer, Bren. She and her family have an extensive vintage and collectible toys collection! Her Gumby collection is fantastic! Make sure to check out Bren’s Lost & Found Vintage Toys blog!

How did you get into vintage?
I guess I am vintage–LOL! Also, I grew up in a household with my great-grandmother—a real privilege. I developed an appreciation of things from another time that way.

A few things you particularly love to collect?
I love the toys of my own childhood—the 60s. My main collection is of Art Clokey’s clay animated character, Gumby, but I also like children’s books, toys and halloween items from the Victorian era onward.

What is your dream vintage score?
I would love a Green Ghost game.

Is there a vintage score that got away?
I’m from the L.A. area and once we walked the entire toy and collectible show at Veteran’s Stadium in Long Beach only to accidentally set down a bag full of Gumby items and leave them somewhere! I hope whoever found them enjoys them! Haha!

Are there other collectors in your household?
My husband collects vintage space toys and robots. My son collects trading cards of his era (Pokemon, etc).

Any vintage shopping tips?
Bundle! When at estate or yard sales, you will get more for your money than if you walk up with a single item.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Cosmic Monkey Comics, Annie’s Donuts in the Parkrose district and Things from Another World.

What is your perfect summer day?
My perfect summer day would be spent browsing a nice air-conditioned collectible shop!

Thanks, Bren!

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Stars Customer Collections: Cheryl Frampton

Today we’re visiting with another one of our truly inspiring Stars Antiques customers, Cheryl Frampton, about her personal collections. Cheryl originally hails from England, but now lives here in Portland. We love the story about her family’s shop across from Windsor Castle and her genuine love of old things.

“It is good to go with a budget and stick to it. Keep an open mind as to what you might find as sometimes an object is meant for you and will catch your eye. If it’s something you really have a good feeling for, then buy it. You will regret it otherwise. Above all, just enjoy the fun!”
–shopping tips from Cheryl Frampton, Stars Antiques customer

How did you get into vintage?
My grandparents, aunt and uncle all owned stores opposite Windsor Castle in England from when I was a young girl. One of my aunts owned a lovely antique store down a very small cobbled street in Windsor. The store was named “Nell Gwyn’s”. Nell Gwyn was the mistress of Henry the VIII and there was a tunnel that ran from Windsor Castle to the store where Nell Gwen once lived. Obviously, that had all been bricked up, but I remember being taken down there and seeing where that connection once was. I guess my fascination with antiques and things of the past developed from there.

Even my engagement ring had to come from an antique store. I just have this ability to pick things up and feel an energy with that object. I wonder where it came from? Who owned it? How did they get it? What sort of home did it live in? To me, a vintage or antique piece is never just another collectors item or something to collect for money alone. I look at old photographs and wonder about those people and their connections and I’m just fascinated by it all.

History was the only subject I actually loved and excelled in. My grandparents also lived in India prior to opening their stores during the second World War, they had amazing collection of antiques from India, so once again this fascinated me, more than any modern day collections.

A few things you particularly love to collect?
It is not so much a favorite era as such, as I am not keen on Victorian decor or anything too pompous, grand or over the top. I much prefer the Shaker style—simple and distressed look. However, I have just started to collect old kitchen tins from around the 1930s and do love the 1930s and 40s for that, so I guess that would be one of my favorite eras.

It also depends on what I am collecting at the time. I love to collect old vintage cards, photographs and use them for collages or gifts to others. Right now in my own home I have displays with some of the old pics attached to vases, jugs, mugs—any display I feel will benefit from that look. I love old children shoes, and intend to buy them and white wash them myself and add some old family pics or cards. Right now I am seeing a lot of vintage bingo cards being used for display purposes, like in old picture frames.

What is your dream vintage score?
I would love to find a collection of 1930s perfume bottles in the blue cut class that my auntie once owned. I am not sure where they originated from and I have kept an eye open, but have yet to find them anywhere. I guess it would help if I knew the designer, but I only know it was around the 1930s and they were a limited edition.

Is there a vintage score that got away?
Just the other day I was snooping around a new antiques store in Oregon City. Not all the dealers were set up and there was an amazing wrought Iron Clothes Rack, in cream—almost a shabby chic look. It has a rack for shoes and had small birds attached to the rack, in perfect form. It would have worked perfectly in our new home! Our new house did not have a coats cupboard so this would not only have looked good and gone with my style of design, but done a jolly good job. I hesitated because I had recently spent so much. The house we have moved into is double the size of the small cottage in Lake Oswego we were in.

I had only driven a few blocks and decided to go back and guess what? It has just been sold. I could have kicked myself, having not seen anything like that before. Here I was—always being the one to advise others that if you see something you like and can afford it, BUY IT!—and there was me not following my own advice.

Are there other collectors in your household?
I would like to say yes, but my husband is a hoarder given the chance more than a collector. He cannot throw anything away without thinking there might be a use for it one day. Luckily I am not like that so faded shirts, socks with holes, old magazines, etc all get recycled in a manner of fashion. Having said that he, does like his English music magazine, Mojo, and has been collecting them for many years. Before we moved to the USA, I took a few dozen down to the local shop, thinking nothing of it, but it turns out there were a few collectors magazine amongst them. Now, that is the one thing I don’t throw out so easily.

Any vintage shopping tips?
1. It is good to go with a budget and stick to it. 2. Keep an open mind as to what you might find as sometimes an object is meant for you and will catch your eye. 3. If it’s something you really have a good feeling for, then buy it. You will regret it otherwise. 4. Above all, just enjoy the fun.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Oh, I would have to say Sellwood and Milwaukie for sure. When we first move to Portland, and knew no one, we lived in John’s Landing and would walk to both places. I came across Stars Antique Mall and that was it—IN LOVE hook line and sinker. Most of my favorite shops are in this area and there are wonderful quirky places to eat and quaint pubs. Parts of this area remind of the village I lived in back in the UK, so I guess that helps with my attraction to the place.

What is your perfect summer day?
Now you are going to find this strange, but I do not like summer. If it’s around 70 degrees—that’s fine, but over that, no thank you. A hot summer day would find me in air-conditioned places and praying for the fall to arrive. Don’t all shout at me at once, but seriously, my perfect day would be walking in the fresh air amongst the falling leaves. Junk shop and antique hunting, break for coffee, then finding a small pub with a roaring fire. I have loved those days as long as I can remember and can always get warm. Nothing beats going home to a warm place, fire and glass of wine or two and looking at your treasures. The only thing about summer that I do like is the beautiful gardens and feeling that I have more time in the evenings to get things organized.

Thanks, Cheryl!

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Stars Customer Collections: Sarah Ivy

Today we’re talking with another one of our amazing Stars Antiques customers. Sarah is giving us a little tour of her fun Portland home. She has a lovely collection of kitchenware. We love those pops of color from her Catherine Holm, Fire King and Pyrex pieces–so cheerful! We also love that she has a “gnome problem”.

“My husband and I live with our 3 year old son in a 1907 farmhouse in SE Portland. We LOVE old things, and our home is an eclectic mix of both vintage and new items. Our house is peppered with vintage gnomes, old books, terrariums made from interesting old glass containers, marbles and lots of old kitchen ware…mainly Fire King and Pyrex.”
–Sarah Ivy, a wonderful Stars Antiques customer

How did you get into vintage?
When I was around 14-15 years old, I was wandering through a little antique shop with my mom. Going in those shops was a new thing for us, we went in on a lark. I spied a really fantastic mug. It was really thick and the loveliest foamy green. I bought it for a few bucks out of my allowance and took it home. Turns out that it was Fire King jade-ite. And thus my obsession was born.

A few things you particularly love to collect?
My primary weakness is vintage kitchenware, particularly Fire King and Pyrex. I love the style and functionality of old glassware from the 30’s to the 60’s and I like to collect beautiful but practical things I can put to use. Both my husband and I love books, so they’re pretty much tucked everywhere around the house. I’ve also got a fairly nice old marble collection. Oh, and I have a little gnome problem, they seem to always follow me home.

I’ve been accused of collecting animals, but I think one dog, four cats, and ten chickens is entirely reasonable.

What is your dream vintage score?
I daydream about wandering into a thrift shop and finding a full set of Fire King tulip or polka dot bowls.

Is there a vintage score that got away?
YES. Last year I saw a beautiful red Catherine Holm lotus plate out at the coast. It was really reasonably priced, but I walked out of the shop without it (don’t ask me why, I was apparently feeling cheap that afternoon). I spent the next month obsessing and feeling incredibly foolish for not just grabbing it. Of course it was gone when I finally got back.

Are there other collectors in your household?
Not when it comes to antiques, but my husband has an awful lot of music equipment and robot parts. His collections aren’t quite as aesthetically pleasing as mine, but they definitely have high entertainment value.

Any vintage shopping tips?
I don’t know if it’s a tip, exactly, but my main rule for myself is to not buy broken items, no matter the rarity or my desire. It helps me keep my “stuff” at a manageable level. I’ve also finally figured out that for me, it’s not about having a ton of something, it’s about hunting for those really nice examples and displaying them well. Less is more and all that.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
I love Sellwood, we always like to stop in and grab lunch at the Limelight (those fries!) in addition to the excellent antiquing. (editor’s note: those fries are so good and addictive–we agree!)Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time in my own neighborhood, Foster Powell. It’s really starting to change and develop in a fantastic way and it feels great to get out on foot or by bike and support local businesses making a go of it. A delicious brunch at Bar Carlo or a beer at NWIPA is always a treat.

What is your perfect summer day?
Not too hot, a morning at home with my husband and son, a fun but low key adventure out at a Portland park, library, or local event, then a simple but great pitstop somewhere for lunch. Finish up with a good cocktail and homecooked dinner at home, probably accompanied by porch time with some of our many lovely neighbors.

Thanks, Sarah!

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Stars Customer Collections: Jo Dee Post

Jo Dee is another great Stars Antiques customer. She sent us a link to her online shop where she takes vintage baskets–many that she finds at Stars, of course–and adds her special touch of beading to jazz them up. What a neat idea!

How did you get into vintage?
I have always loved vintage for as long as I can remember. There is something special about vintage and its fun to imagine the life of an item–where it came from, and who may have owned the piece, did it have one owner or was it passed down for several generations in a family, and my own memories associated with certain items.

A few things you particularly love to collect?
I don’t really have a favorite era – its more about the piece. My favorite vintage items to collect are wire baskets, cobalt blue glass, glass bowls, tin containers and jewelry!

What is your dream vintage score?
Finding a unique vintage piece that I have never seen before–for a great price!

Is there a vintage score that got away?
Yes—there have been many. Sometimes you come across something that you fall in love with but you just can’t justify spending the money at the time.

Are there other collectors in your household?
No, but I think my girls will grow up to appreciate vintage because they have gone on many shopping trips with me.

Any vintage shopping tips?
Take your time! Enjoy the thrill of the find – don’t race through the shop. Vintage shops are usually full and if you don’t really look close you will miss something! Go back often – vendors are always adding to their items.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
Of course Stars is one of my favorite shops and I love Monticello Antique Marketplace on Stark and Lincoln City’s Antique Store!

What is your perfect summer day?
A perfect summer day would be plenty of sunshine, a lunch out, and a leisurely stroll through any kind of vintage shop!

Thanks, Jo Dee!

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