Garden Thyme

Summertime has officially arrived and that equates to sunshine and garden thyme! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are filled with wonderful unique items for your yard, patio, and garden! Many vendors are filling the sidewalks with great finds for your potting shed and deck.

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We can never accumulate too many garden essentials. Vintage and contemporary tools, gloves, string and galvanized pails, along with planters of all shapes and sizes are ready for the choosing!

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Garden decor includes salvaged fence panels, architectural remnants, weathered and worn statuary, brightly striped garden chairs, croquet sets, and so much more!!

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Plants and sedums can be found throughout all our locations in living form or simply great textile design for tables and windows to bring a bit of nature into our lives and homes.

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Everyday delights are in store now as we spend more time outdoors.

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Join us rain or shine from 11am-6pm daily and select pieces that speak to you and make your heart sing as you incorporate them into your landscape and outdoor rooms. 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!

A Day at the Beach

Sunshine and record temperatures have been the norm this Spring. The soaring heat has made the rain most welcome for many of us. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too prepare for our Annual Birthday Sale June 9-12 as well as the start of summer with great finds to take us away to the oceanside without ever leaving home!

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The ocean is calling to us with the roar of the waves; beckoning us to walk barefoot in the sand.

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Shells are all around us if we know where to look. Large conch shells, garlands and starfish, and even treasure boxes and decorative frames bring Nature into our homes. Blue Ball canning jars and Fiestaware in shades of teal and green compliment these treasures.

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Don a wetsuit and try skim boarding or get out past the whitewater and hang ten! Hunt throughout the stores for your favorite Hawaiian shirt; several vendors are featuring them in a wide range of sizes, prints, and fabrics.

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Fresh seafood doesn’t get any better than at the Oregon coast; stop in at your favorite spot or pop your head into a new location and try out the fare.

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Relax and unwind, you deserve a break. The clean air and rhythmic tide are perfect for a nap on the beach.

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As the day comes to a close serve up a cool refreshment in vintage glassware and team it with a platter of colorful exotic fruits. A day at the beach doesn’t get any better whether actually there or simply reminiscing! Join us for all your shopping needs daily from 11-6. We’re spilling out onto the sidewalk with additional items on the weekends. 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!

Painted Furnishings

When creating a personal look in your home with unique furnishings, there are several choices. You start by considering keeping the original patina or looking for an item with a fresh coat of paint or possibly a distressed finish. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are filled with one-of-a-kind pieces that are affordable and cover antiques and vintage and some more contemporary designs.

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Ivory palettes are easy to intermix with existing pieces and evoke a clean fresh feel. They have a great shabby chic feel when distressed.

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Neutrals in slates, grays, and taupes are abundant at all three Stars shops. You’ll find decorative side tables, shelving, large cabinets, benches, outdoor tables, and more! The selection is at an all time high as our dealers bring pieces in for the inside as well as outdoor rooms — for use on the porch and deck as weather gets better.

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Bright colors add an accent to any room and can be permanent additions or seasonal. Repeat the accent color with smaller items like pillows, vases, and artwork to bring the entire room together.

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Make a statement with a wonderful whimsical piece that stands alone. This colorful chair can be a side table, be hung on a wall as a shelf, or simply be used functionally as a child’s chair.

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Distressed and weathered pieces show age and history and adapt beautifully with any interior.

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Join us every day of the week from 11AM to 6PM and search for painted furnishings to give a room a boost as well as creating additional storage and display surface. Stop back often — inventory changes daily. Also, be sure to check out the offerings on the sidewalk as the weather gets better. 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 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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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!

A Passion for Textiles

The wealth of textiles available serve so many purposes in our homes and workplaces. Form and function prevail while color and texture create a feeling of contentment and well-being. Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too have a vast selection to fill your linen closet and more. Have fun intermixing patterns and textures and the result will be creating a statement that is uniquely your own.

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From waking up under a treasured quilt that keeps us comfortable and snug to crocheted coverlets and chenilles. The temperatures are cooling at night and it’s time to bring out the blankets and create some visual interest and provide warmth.

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Decorative doilies and tablecloths add charm to a breakfast nook in the wee morning hours or at the dining room table for cozy evening meals.

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Embroidered florals are soft and delicate in color and keep lovely flowers for you inside as autumn winds blow the remaining petals off the zinnias, daisies, and dahlias outside.

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Silk runners with hand-braided fringe from the Victorian era bring romance and nostalgia to a dresser top or side table in the bedroom.

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A cut velvet drapery panel serves as a backdrop on a sofa piled high with embroidered peacock pillows and a handwoven wool blanket.

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Heavily fringed piano stools covered in quilted silks and satin work well at the dressing table and easily double as a small table to set your reading book as you drift off to sleep in your favorite chair.

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Repurposed remnants teamed with bits and pieces of trim are a simple project to make for holding favorite jewelry, lingerie, and hosiery.

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Vintage floral screen dividers add privacy in close quarters and shade the afternoon sun on a warm fall day.

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Hooked rugs under foot are perfect bedside when the wood and stone floors start feeling cold on the toes!

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Bold and colorful tapestries, rugs, and pillows transport us to another place and allow pattern and texture to be a focal point in any room.

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Whatever your style, you’re sure to find a look that expresses who you are from romantic florals to bold rich color, from classic design to a mix of diverse pieces from around the world. Create a home in which you choose to dwell! Join us daily from 11-6 and start discovering the differences that make your house a home. 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!

Perfect Summer Day

This summer has been a surprise with record temperatures. Although we have seen a recent cooling period, the local weather folks say we’re headed back to warmer days. Here are some great ideas from Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too to consider while you SHOP OUR AIR-CONDITIONED STORES!!

You know it’s time to get out of the house when even the animals are looking hot and sluggish.

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Grab a colorful woven tote.

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Glance at the sunlight as it casts color and patterns on the wall behind you as you step out.

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Enjoy the blue sky and the fragrance of the flowers as you leave your cares behind.

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Grab some light fare from one of the many fabulous eateries in the area.

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Ice cream is essential. Always.

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Search out unique outdoor furniture, there are great selections of vintage motel chairs.

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Metal bistro and patio sets have been salvaged and up-cycled.

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Don’t forget to grab the outdoor lanterns for when the sun goes down!

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Our dealers have a number of fun items for the garden, including the classic, collectible watering cans.

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Vegetables, fruits, and flowers are fresh and ready to bring inside and hang, rather than rinse and prepare!

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Water elements for the yard and garden are in abundance; from contemporary birdbaths to antique wash tubs for children!

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Mountain streams and ocean shores beckon us when the mercury rises! Find a cool spot to fish.

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Search for shells in the sand.

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Fly a kite.

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Feel the sand and water rush between your toes as you step into liquid.

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On returning home, create a new mixed drink concoction.

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Serve over ice in polkadot patterned vintage tumblers.

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Throw an old quilt out on the lawn (or barkcloth) for casual seating.

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Call the gang over for an impromptu evening gathering.

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Bullseye! You’ve hit the mark on a perfect summer day. Open everyday for your shopping pleasure from 11-6pm. Create memorable moments with found items as you step into our shops from your stroll in the Westmoreland neighborhood. 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!

Spring Forward

All this recent sunshine has forced bulbs to open, trees to bloom, and flowers to lift their heads and the same is true of the new items coming into the stores! Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are bursting with florals, birds, and fresh looks for your home and garden! Join us as we make our way through the aisles to ‘pick’ our favorites.

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Early morning walks feature a symphony of birdsong! A stroll through the stores presents a variety of decor featuring this feathered friend. From salt decanters for the kitchen or craft area…

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…to colorful luncheon and dessert plates…

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…an Asian-style table featuring a bird in the midst of bamboo…

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…red cardinals who appear to fly out and about…

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…and even a wealth of real estate.

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Alcohol proof trays and containers from Japan feature wispy florals and butterflies in flight.

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Live ferns and green plants fill a tabletop and bring a bit of Nature indoors.

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Vintage books featuring colored illustrations of flowers are a favorite for many gardeners.

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Floral patterns cover everything imaginable. Serving trays may be used functionally for a gathering or hang on the wall for impact.

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Bouquets of color gracefully flower across the drawers of a black and gold dresser.

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Oil canvases take on different interpretations of flower arrangements.

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Porcelain containers can store coffee or tea and brighten the kitchen.

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Quilts and coverlets give a fresh look to the sofa or bed.

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Even metal and iron become delicate flowering branches in wall decor and chandeliers.

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With these great options celebrating the arrival of Spring even a rainy day becomes more bearable. Come join us whatever the weather and take home a little bit of sunshine and happiness.

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!

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!

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!