Bye Bye Summer


With the close of August and the cooling temperatures it’s time to say so long to summer and hello to fall. Labor Day weekend marks the start of our End of Summer Sale at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too. The sidewalks will be filled with deals on all variety of items. From outdoor furnishings and garden to new fall furnishings everything will be on sale!

Grab your walking boots and cross state lines; this sale is the mother lode. All three stores will offer discounts of 10-50% off and the savings will astound you!



Fill your cupboards and pantries, hang art on your walls, and change out the color schemes throughout your home and office as we merge with cooler temperatures and shorter days.








Find great deals on vintage toys, textiles, garden goods, ephemera, and bric-a-brac on every aisle.







Four days of savings gives you plenty of opportunity to shop for must-have items as well as gifts for friends and family and something special for you.







Join us Friday through Monday, September 2nd through September 5th from 11AM to 6PM each day at all three shops. Bring your friends and find a great restaurant in the neighborhood to energize yourself and shop until you drop!


Thanks as always for your continued patronage! Many Stars dealers will be in the stores and out on the sidewalks — we look forward to helping you find everything on your list! 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!

Setting the Stage for Spring

Brisk clean breezes and bits of sunshine fill the house as we start opening doors and windows. Spring makes brief appearances and vanishes with the cold rains, but in the Pacific Northwest we’re already planning our gardens, gathering seeds, and turning the soil. Get a head start on new ideas at Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too. Whether you’re an avid gardener or simply enjoy the change in the season, our doors are open and we’re filling the shops with fresh air and fresh merchandise.

Early mornings bring songbird symphonies as our days get longer.


Bouquets are being gathered from the yard as snowdrops, crocuses, violets, and daffodils open and lift their heads towards the sky.


Colorful calicos cover this quilt and offer up warmth on a cool evening after a long and productive day outdoors.


Bright colors and deep shades of green in this granny square afghan are reminiscent of a well tended flower garden.


Pot decorations covered in buds, bees and bright flowers are a simple color boost to empty terracotta planters on the porch.


Gather your favorite seed catalogs and introduce a few new varieties in annuals and perennials.


Create a vignette of spring favorites to brighten a corner with similar colors in different mediums.


Change out the paintings in a room for a fast and easy update. Shopping for a new collection of vintage artwork can often be found for pennies on the dollar and allows for the thrill of the hunt.


Bring flowers inside that will never fade with these painted wooden boxes which create decorative storage. Stack mixed patterns for interest.


Aged and crackled porcelain pitchers could be the new focal point for the kitchen. Display on open shelves or on top of a cabinet; this tone on tone ivory features a wash of color across a glorious bird resting on a branch.


An early 1900’s postcard delights the eye as gardeners prepare for the first cuttings from their rose shrubs.


Pick up the pace and keep your heart healthy by taking walks in new neighborhoods and parks. Portland offers up a host of public gardens to explore and every week the view changes as the foliage grows.


Pack up the car and get out for an afternoon of exploring Sellwood and Westmoreland.


Take a drive in any direction and enjoy the farming communities, pastures, or mountainsides filled with animals.


Switch out the navy and black for bold prints and colors in outerwear.


Keep your head up and enjoy the beauty of the radiant sun.


Join us daily from 11AM to 6PM as we set the stage for spring! With every visit you’re sure to find something different as our dealers bring in new picks constantly! Mark your calendars and get additional savings Thursday through Monday, March 3 through 7 this week, as we celebrate with our Spring Stars On Sale event at all three stores! 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!

Creature Comforts

There is no denying the health benefits from having animals! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too welcome animals in the stores if you carry them or place them in one of the shopping carts! Plus, our dealers have a long-standing love affair with animals! Vintage prints, stuffed toys, paintings, cement statuary, porcelain replicas and more — we love all the critters! The stores are filled with sweet animal faces that are sure to bring back fond memories or have a new memory created as you decorate or give gift it.

My generation grew up with teddy bears that were carried and dragged all about the house and snuggled as the day drew to a close.


It’s safe to say that some of us have passed down our treasured bear to the next generation!


At the least our trusted companion is nestled somewhere in storage waiting patiently for daylight!


How lucky could we be if our beloved friend was also on the kitchen counter filled with cookies and treats!


Pet portraits are the rage and the stores are filled with all breeds. Here is a loyal dog, rendering in pencil and pastel, behind glass.


Almost every breed of dog is represented. Who can resist the soulful eyes and character of our canine family members?


So much knowledge and so many life experiences shared together.


It’s wonderful when your favorite breed is found, regardless of the medium.


Even repurposed materials, scaled close to life-size, are found throughout all three stores.


Resident artist Jay Hill captures the essence of the dog with his favorite toy on recycled wood!


Four-legged family members get equal billing with the children and relatives in wonderful frames of all shapes and sizes.


Cats wander and roam within the walls of Stars! Vivid colors and expressions of ambivalence shed light on their unique personalities.


Kittens team up in vintage prints surrounded by spring flowers.


Food never tasted so good when salt and pepper feature your favorite feline!


Even the most colorful cat can’t resist the intrigue and flight of the bird.


Who knew cats chirped as they watched these airborne creatures from the window?


We have also fallen in love with hens and chicks and fresh eggs of every color imaginable.


Pot bellied pigs of certain breeds have also become loving house pets. Uniquely intelligent and sure to delight and amuse with their loving snorts and cries.


Frogs, mice, and gerbils fill out the smaller scale friends when space is limited.


Horses, on the other hand, are perfect if you’ve a bit of acreage or access to a local stable.


Search high and low for your favorite friends, they’re tucked in everywhere.


Whether it be two, four, or eight-legged, with or without wings, gils, or fur you’re sure to find a lifelong friend to bond with. Join us daily from 11AM to 6PM and discover comfort and unconditional love! 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!

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”.


Flowers and lace from Victorian times,
Forget-me not this Valentines.


Vintage velvet boxes in shades of red and wine,
shall overflow with treasures if “jewel” say you’re mine!


This rose is so lovely and my gift to you,
as this little bird sings of our love so true.


I’ve carved our names in a heart on a tree in hopes that you will be with me.


You can “spin me round” in circles and I’ll still be loving you!


“Cancelled stamps” will “send” me to you,
“Forever” posting that our love is true.


“Note after note” with “accordion fold”,
My love for you is a sight to behold.


It may appear a little “cheesy” to some,
But the “boxes are stacked” and you are the one.


I’d pick a bale of cotton to “sticks” with you.


Valentine you “bowl me over”. “Wood” you be mine?


I’d “sail” the seven seas to find a love as true as you.


Just “sew” you know I’m on pins and needles.
“Cushion” the blow and say you’ll be mine!


I’m not “clowning” around, you’re my better half.


I’m “knot” intending to “hog” all your time,
But I’d squeal with delight to have you as mine.


Have you heard the “buzz”? I want to “bee” with you.


“Slow” with emotions but deep with devotion,
Lets get together and cause a commotion!


I’ll be taking “baby steps” to prove my love for you.


My love for you spills over like “gravy” in a “boat”.


Nothing special to say I could “chat” all day long,
‘cuz for you sweet Valentine, my heart beats strong!


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!

Stars Turns 25

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


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.




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










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





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!!



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


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











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!




So go ahead — have your cake and ice cream…



…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!

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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!

Meet the Dealer: Vintage Rust at Splendid!

Today we’re talking with Doug Nakanishi, one of the dealers behind Splendid space #52. He and his wife, Connie, are the duo who run Vintage Rust–one of the Stars Antiques family’s newer spaces. They do a wonderful job finding industrial pieces, signage, salvage, vintage souvenirs, furniture and a lot more. Come down to the shop and check them out!

Here is a fun Q&A we had with Doug:

How did you get into vintage?
I was born and raised in Chicago and I was always into collecting vintage things when I was growing up. At a very young age I collected stickers, beer cans and as I grew up I collected vintage clothing, used albums and even worked for a used book store that sold antiques, too.

How long have you been a dealer? Do you work alone?
In the 1980s, I was a picker in Chicago. I went to the University of Iowa and I used to go to farm auctions before Ebay. I would bring treasures back and sell them to collectors, dealers, photographers, and designers. I was a professional photographer in Chicago and I used junking to supplement my income. In the 1990s I took a corporate job, but I realized that I didn’t enjoy the corporate path, so I returned to my true love with was hunting for treasures. I have been a picker my whole life!

What would you say your specialty as a dealer is?
My specialty is reclaimed treasures from the past. Therefore, the company name is Vintage Rust. I enjoy industrial, farm primitive, and americana past treasures. American history such as the machinist era, and pieces that bring back America’s past is what I love.

What is your dream vintage score?
My dream vintage scores are pieces with stories from where they came from. For example, a “game of chance wheel” that came from a old carnival or a industrial piece that came from an old garage in Chicago, etc. Treasures with stories.

Do you collect some specific things for your own home?
I am not a collector. I know that’s rare in this business, but I try not to get attached to physical objects. I enjoy them for a while and then I sell them.

Any vintage shopping tips?
My vintage shopping tip is only buy what you love! Never buy things because you think you can make a buck.

How do you like to unwind?
I unwind with my wife and 2 Golden Retriever dogs. Fly fishing, traveling on the road for stuff and eating at great places.

What are some of your favorites place to eat, visit or shop in Portland?
I love Portland. I have so many favorite places to eat. I am a foodie at heart. I love Toro Bravo, Screen Door, Pok Pok and Podnah’s Pit. My favorite place to shop is Stars & Spendid and Monticello antiques malls.

What is your perfect winter day?
My perfect winter day is fly fishing with my wife in one of Oregon’s rivers for Winter Steelhead and then, if the fish aren’t biting, finding some farmer who has stuff to sell!

Thanks, Doug & Connie!

Stop by Splendid to see dealer #52, VINTAGE RUST!

Mad Science at Stars!

If you are looking to set up a mad scientist’s bar area in your home for Halloween–our Stars & Splendid dealer #76, 76 Gifts might have what you are looking for! We loved their bone rattling setup this year. Come by the Stars Antiques Malls–there is a lot of inspiration for your own fun festivities!

Elegantly Ghoulish!

Another one of our dealers who did a beautiful job decorating their space with delightful Halloween merchandise was Stars dealer #45, Bow Tie. We love the lightness and elegance mixed with the Halloween motifs–just beautiful! Stop by and gather up these beautiful decorations for your own sweet Halloween look! Come visit Stars dealer #45 and look around for more neat Halloween-related goodies.

Mitzi’s Halloween Decor Galore!

She is at it again–that Mitzi Lee Jones really knows how to find wonderful, festive decorations for the holidays. We always love how she puts her space together just in time to help everyone have even more Halloween fun. Stop by her space (#79 at Stars) for some inspiration and great things for your own spooky home decor. Read more about Mitzi HERE and visit her spaces at Stars!