Creepy Stuff in Store For You!

It’s later than you think…Stars, Stars & Splendid, and Stars Too are gearing up for one of the most celebrated holidays! Halloween is lurking around the corner, waiting to surprise you when you least expect it. Get a jump start with your decorations, wardrobe, lighting, and table top centerpieces.

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String up outdoor lights on the porch and grab your embellished sweater to greet trick or treaters. And don’t forget your hat!

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Which witch wishes for a night flight?? Only close friends know the answer.

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Lanky skeletons are hanging out in the strangest places and befriending those around them.

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Keep mom’s wise words in the back of your mind as you prepare for October 31st. Don’t cross paths with a black cat. Be wary of webs, and watch for crawling rats and flying bats in the dark alleyway.

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Make your plans early, call your friends to gather and go have some fun!!

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We’re open everyday from 11-6 for all things orange and black, creepy crawly stuff, and things that go bump in the night! 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!

BOO! Spooky Stars + Monster March!

Not only are we having a “monster” sale this weekend (Sat 11-6 & Sun 12-6 both shops) at Stars, but Sunday 10/30 at 3pm, the 11th Annual Sellwood-Moreland Monster March Halloween parade will kick off! You can even snap up a great Monster March t-shirts (of all sizes) and totes online–Sellwood artist, Gary Hirsch, created this year’s fantastic design. To make it more fun and festive neighborhood biz, Sweet Pea’s, will be handing out balloons again this year!

The Sellwood-Moreland Monster March was created by Kathy Diamond and Lynn Van Horn (with a lot of help from Liz Cerabino-Hess, the former, former owner of Haggis McBaggis!) and is sponsored by the Sellwood-Westmoreland Business Association. The parade will start at Llewellyn Elementary (6301 SE 14th Ave) school at 3pm on Sunday, October 30th, and be lead, as it has since the beginning, by our local fire engine! You can view the route here.

The march has always been about community, with a special emphasis on our schools. True to Kathy Diamond’s original vision and any profits made by the sale of the official Hirsch-designed T-shirts (buy here!), or other merchandise, will be given to the foundations of our neighborhood schools: Llewellyn Elementary, Duniway Elementary and Sellwood Middle. Please feel encouraged to support these foundations by giving at thinkschools.org! HAVE FUN!

Here are some TERRIFYING photos from Stars to help get you in the spirit…

Not really spooky, but very pretty and Halloween-y!

The Gorey Details

Two of our display cases that are spooky 365 days a year are from Stars & Splendid dealer #50, Julia Koerth. Julia runs “Gorey Details” and provides our customers with wonderful ink stamps of all sorts to decorate your party invites and letters to friends or have as party favors and prizes. Of course the stamp case is well-stocked right now with bats, pumpkins, and all else spooky! Julia’s second display case has creepy lenticular portraits, moody toys and ephemera, and lots of great spooky jewelry.

Stop down for Halloween fun! Here are some photos of Julia’s cases:

Mitzi’s Spooky Space!

Like I mentioned last time, some of our vintage dealers at Stars Antiques Malls get more into the holiday spirit than others and Mitzi Lee Jones is definitely one of them! Please stop by her booths at Stars–she is dealer #79. You’ll find pumpkins, skulls, skeletons, tattered Victorian umbrellas, black cats and even striped wrapping paper mixed in with all her marvelous vintage treasures. If you remember–she was already planning out her decorations this summer! She’s obsessed with her ghoulish goodies and so are we!

Gayle’s View: Halloween In Westmoreland

Halloween revisited….

Hello out there…I really intended to write a lyrical ode to the wonders of Halloween in the Westmoreland neighborhood.

After all, the whole area is decorated in the most tasteful of Halloween adornments. And there is the adorable Monster March held in the streets every year and attended by hundreds.

BUT….

On the day of Halloween, Brent, my Stars Antiques partner, sent out photos of two fill-in employees to me with a note saying they were from Scappoose and worked for a six-pack of beer and a carton of cigarettes. He was also considering them for Christmas holiday fill-ins.

I have always been the one in charge of hiring as I am the Human Resource person. But somehow I let things slide, and Brent (in his pushy way) went above my head and hired this pair. He knows full well that Stars is known for its excellent (even over-qualified) employees, and also that we have a dress code befitting our stores. I just want you all to know that I am not the one responsible for this lapse. Hence I share photos of the pair… presenting Mabel and Hazel—-or the “twins” as they call themselves…

Now, just yesterday, I received an e-mail from Brent saying he had offered them the Christmas gig. Before I called him on this, I thought I should meet them. I caught one of them for a short interview (actually, they do have potential–maybe with make-overs and a 12 step program they would be acceptable). Mabel (or was it Hazel–can’t tell them apart) said it was exhausting working a shift at Stars because the bedroom slippers lacked support. (Oh how well I know those cement floors and how important it is to wear good shoes).

After the interview, I realized they were just too far gone to pass the muster of my high standards for employees. Therefore, I avoided making eye contact with them the rest of the day.

Well, it turns out they declined the offer from Brent as they winter in Arizona in their matching pink travel trailers.

I sign off…. disappointed that I couldn’t wax poetically about this particular Halloween…. and also that I do not think that this is a reflection upon the city of Scappoose–just an isolated incident…

—Gayle
Stars Antiques